Most first-year students may take SCIE 113 (First-year Seminar in Science) to fulfil part of the Communication Requirement. However, at least one course in ENGL will also be required. In order to take any English classes at UBC you must have a good grasp of the English language. The Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exam is used to determine a student's eligibility to register in first-year English courses.
Students from Secondary School
Students admitted directly from secondary school are required to take SCIE 113 or an ENGL course in their first year if eligible to do so. To be eligible to take an ENGL course, students must have written the LPI and obtained a score of level 5. For details on this examination, and exemptions from it, see the UBC Calendar:
Students admitted directly from secondary school who have not obtained a score of level 5 on the LPI will be permitted to register in no more than 12 credits of coursework per term, until a satisfactory LPI score is achieved. Students unable to enrol in a first-year English course because of an unsatisfactory LPI score are advised to take a non-credit writing course through the UBC Writing Centre.
Second Degree and Transfer Students
Students admitted to a second-degree program who have not met the Communication requirement by the time they have completed 30 credits of coursework at UBC toward the B.Sc. will not be permitted to enrol in courses other than first-year English until the Communication requirement is met.
Students who are accepted on transfer from other post-secondary institutions, or who are readmitted to the Faculty after being required to discontinue, must either have met the Communication requirement or be eligible to enrol in first-year English before they will be permitted to register in any courses for credit. This usually requires achievement of a level 5 or better on the LPI exam in the summer prior to admission for the fall term.
Students admitted to the BSc program from the Faculty of Arts at UBC Vancouver and who have credit for ASTU 150 may use that in lieu of one of the ENGL courses normally required.
How Long Do You Have?
Students who don't achieve a level 5 LPI score before completing 30 credits toward the B.Sc. won't be permitted to register in any additional credit courses until they do.
Students admitted to a first-degree program who have not met the Communication requirement by the time they have completed 60 credits of coursework toward the B.Sc., taken either at UBC or at another post-secondary institution, will not be permitted to enrol in courses other than first-year English until the Communication requirement is met. Once admitted to UBC, students will not normally be permitted to satisfy the Communication requirement at another institution.