Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of attending the Summer Institute in person?
Attending the Summer Institute at our St. Mark’s College campus at UBC allows you to be part of our vibrant community of faith and learning. Whether you have been taking virtual courses over the last two years or are just beginning your educational journey at St. Mark’s College, the Summer Institute is an opportunity to build deeper connections with your classmates, instructors, and other members of the St. Mark’s community, both in and out of the classroom, and take part in activities that facilitate meaningful encounter and dialogue.
What living accommodations are available on campus?
While St. Mark’s College does not provide housing for students, there are a variety of short-term accommodation options around the UBC campus. Students seeking short-term accommodations during the Summer Institute can contact the following resources directly to reserve a room:
We encourage you to plan your accommodations early, as space is limited and other conferences and summer programs may be taking place at the same time on the UBC campus.
What if I can’t attend the Summer Institute in person?
If you are interested in taking a for-credit course at the Summer Institute virtually, please contact [email protected]
Public workshops, continuing education, graduate courses, courses for audit - what’s the difference?
- A public workshop is open to everyone who wishes to attend, whether or not they are students at St. Mark’s College.
- Graduate courses (for credit) are open to registered students at St. Mark’s College and involve both in-class lectures, discussions and outside coursework. Credit earned upon successful completion of a course can be applied to a graduate program at St. Mark’s College. Current students can register for graduate courses via My Lion.
If you are not yet a student but would like to begin your graduate studies at St. Mark’s College, please review our admissions requirements and application process. Questions? Contact [email protected].
- Auditing a graduate course is an option for those who are not interested in pursuing a graduate program but who are interested in a particular graduate course. Students who audit a course will not earn graduate credit. They are expected to participate fully in class lectures and discussions but will not be assigned additional assignments outside of class.
- Continuing education courses are available to anyone with an interest in furthering their learning, whether or not they are students at St. Mark’s College. Registration takes place through the links shared under each course description.
Where can I find the course materials I need? Will I need to purchase course materials?
The textbook list for graduate courses
will be available on our website in advance of the Summer 2 term. For continuing education courses, students won't be required to purchase course materials.
How do I get to the Summer Institute?
The Summer Institute will be held at St. Mark’s College at UBC, located at 5935 Iona Drive. The UBC campus is readily accessible via public transit, and the UBC Bus Loop is just a ten-minute walk from our campus.
For those who wish to drive to the College, please note that there is no public parking at the College. There are various options for paid parking at UBC
, including the North Parkade, which is a ten-minute walk from our campus. Limited paid parking is available across the street at the Carey Centre
, and parking passes must be paid for at the Carey Centre Reception desk.
What happens if a course I signed up for is cancelled?
Some courses may be cancelled in the event of low registrations. We encourage you to register by mid-June to ensure the course you would like to take has the minimum number of students needed to move forward. If St. Mark's College has to cancel a course, you will be given a full refund.