Haida Gwaii Semester & Summer Term

The Haida Gwaii Semester Admissions Committee carefully reviews applications to select students well suited to our unique programs, while aiming to build a student body comprised of diverse interests and backgrounds. The committee considers applicants who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership skills, and an enthusiasm for learning.

We operate on a rolling deadline, which means that we accept and review applications until our programs are full rather than adhering to a fixed deadline. We encourage interested students to apply early.

HGI is committed to equity and diversity, we encourage applications from Aboriginal students, students from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, students from the LGBTQ+ community, mature students, and international students. We also value the participation of Haida and local students and invite any interested people of Haida Gwaii to meet with us to learn more about our educational opportunities.

Step by Step Process

Please note that successful applicants are required to register with both HGI and UBC. 

Submit your online application form and unofficial transcript

HGI will contact you to confirm your application was received. HGI will review your application and contact you with our admissions decision within three weeks of receiving your application. 

Once Admitted to HGI

1. Pay Program Deposit.

Pay your $500 non-refundable program deposit to secure your seat in the program (the deposit is applied towards your HGI program fee). Details on how to submit your payment are included in your acceptance package. 

2. Register for your Haida Gwaii Semester Courses.

UBC Students

HGI will initiate your registration for the Haida Gwaii Semester courses

Non-UBC Students 
Meet with an academic advisor at your home university to obtain a letter of permission, this will help ensure that the fifteen 300-level UBC credits you earn will be transferred back to your home university. Make sure your letter of permission includes:
  • Your home university’s letterhead 
  • A list of the courses you will take with HGI 
  • The academic session you are applying to (i.e. which semester you will be a part of) 
  • Your current bachelor program and academic standing

Follow the directions on the UBC Non-Degree Studies page. Note that the application process is different for courses that start in either January or September.

3. Once you have been admitted to UBC, paid your application fee and tuition deposit, please contact HGI to initiate your registration for the Haida Gwaii Semester courses. 

4. Information on when and how to pay your UBC tuition and Haida Gwaii Semester program fees are included in your acceptance package from HGI.

5. After completing our program, please request your official transcript from UBC to begin the credit transfer process with your home university (based on your letter of permission).