Deferrals, Refunds and Withdrawals

We understand that sometimes your plans can change. It is International's objective to make requesting to defer to another term, or getting a refund as smooth as possible. Please see below for details on what you will need to do to complete this request.


Requesting to change your starting term at UNBC, known as deferring, is a simple and quick process. Please see the details below on this process

Undergraduate Deferral

To request a deferral, students should fill out the Undergraduate Deferral Form.

When requesting a deferral please include your 9-digit UNBC student number in the subject line and clearly state that it is a deferral request.

Please note that deferrals are generally granted for the term following your original offer of admission term and can only be granted once. A deferral from the May term to the September term cannot usually be granted because it is not within the academic year, which runs from September to May; in this case a new application would be required. A charge of $38.25 will be made for all deferral requests made from January 2022 onwards.

Graduate Deferral

To request a deferral students must send an email to

When requesting a deferral please include your 9-digit UNBC student number in the subject line and indicate what term you would like to defer your admission to, if applicable.

Please note that deferrals are not automatically approved. The program will review each request and must approve it. A $250 deferral deposit is required within 30 days of approval. 


Prior to starting your studies at UNBC, if you decide to decline your offer of admission and withdraw please email admissions at the following email addresses. Remember to always include your 9-digit UNBC student number in your email.

Undergraduate Students: Send an email to

Graduate Student: Send an email to

International Admission Deposit Refunds 

Refunds for new international students – International Admissions Deposit

For all international admissions deposit refund requests, a $150 processing charge will apply. The international admissions deposit is $1,500 and is only refundable in cases where a student’s study permit has been denied. If you have paid additional tuition above the deposit amount it will be refunded to you in according to the refund regulations found in the Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Calendars.

To submit a refund request, please follow the below steps:

  1. Review the UNBC International Admissions Deposit Refund Policy.
  2. Notify the appropriate UNBC admissions team (Graduate or Undergraduate) of your withdrawal.
  3. Login to your student account and deregister from all courses before the deadline.
  4. If you are staying in housing contact as soon as possible to cancel your booking.
  5. Email with the required documents below, please include your 9-digit UNBC student number:

Some UNBC programs may have additional deposits that are not covered by this policy (eg. MBA). If you have paid additional deposits, please contact your program directly.

Refund requests are usually processed within 8-10 weeks of the receipt of all the required documents. Incomplete refund requests will not be processed. If your refund request is approved, the funds will be returned to the original payment location.

Refund amounts will be determined after all charges have been applied, including any owing tuition and fees.

Refunds for current international students

If you have attended UNBC for at least one semester or are a current student with a balance on your account, please see the UNBC Finance website for more information about applying for a refund or contact