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Student Services and Amenities

St. Mark's offers numerous services to our students. As an affiliate college of UBC, we are also able to offer access to many UBC services and amenities.

When you enrol as a St. Mark's student, you will receive a UBC Affiliate card. Review the instructions for receiving and activating your affiliate UBC Student Card and Compass Card

For more information on our student services, please contact [email protected]

  • ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS (VIA UBC CENTRE FOR ACCESSIBILITY)


    Are Academic Accommodations (via UBC Centre for Accessibility) for You?

    Do you have an ongoing medical condition or disability that impacts your access to campus activities? Did you receive academic or other disability-related accommodations at another educational institution?

    Eligibility Requirements for Academic Accommodations
    If, and only if, you have answered "yes" to either of these questions, then only UBC’s Centre for Accessibility - NOT the Student Resource Centre (SRC), NOT our staff, and NOT your instructor - determines your eligibility for academic accommodations in accordance with the university’s Policy 73: Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.

    When a student has been deemed by UBC’s Centre for Accessibility as eligible for academic accommodations, has received an approved accommodations letter, and has provided a copy to the SRC and his/her instructor(s), the SRC then facilitates disability-related accommodations and programming initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with disabilities and ongoing medical conditions, while following SRC procedures for Academic Accommodations.

    For more information, contact Academic Accommodations at the Student Resource Centre (SRC).
    mailEmail Academic Accommodations at the SRC

  • Academic Advising



    Every student at St. Mark’s College has academic support. You can speak to your advisor about your program by emailing [email protected] or calling 604-822-4463 Ext. 111



  • Alma Mater Society (AMS) (UBC)



    As a student attending an affiliated college of UBC, St. Mark’s students become members of the UBC AMS. The AMS is the official student union of UBC and represents over 50,000 students and alumni. Members of the AMS have access to additional services:

    Extended Health & Dental coverage administered by Studentcare fills the gaps in provincial health care and other basic health-care programs (health, dental, vision and travel). All AMS members taking courses in the Fall or Winter Semesters are automatically enrolled in the program. During the Change-of-Enrolment Period for new students in September or January, students may be eligible to opt-out of the program or to enroll family members (spouse and/or dependent children). Go to studentcare.ca for more information. Note: Opting out can only be done through UBC student care, not St. Mark’s College.

    UBC Athletics & Recreation facilities include the fitness centre, swimming pool, ice rinks, tennis courts and gyms. All AMS members can access these facilities at UBC student prices from September to April of each year. Please note that some facilities may require students to pay additional user fees. Students must request the Athletics & Recreation fee be added to their My LION account in order to access this service. Email [email protected] for more information.

    For more information, please contact [email protected]



  • Campus Ministry



    The Campus Ministry Team of St. Mark's and Corpus Christi Colleges has supported student life, including the faith journey of registered students, hired staff and faculty, and all who visit our campus, for over 60 years. We continue to do so as a team comprising of the Director of Campus Ministry, and Pastor of St.Mark's Parish - UBC Catholic Chaplain. For more information, contact: [email protected]


  • Career Development Centre

     

    The Career Development Centre offers numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to gain volunteer and work experience, both on and off campus.

    Build your personal profile, beef up your resume, and make new connections.  These opportunities allow you to expand your network and gain real-world, on-the-job experience.

    For inquiries regarding internships, pre-practicum placements, or co-curricular records please contact [email protected].


  • Counselling, Health and Wellness (UBC)

     
    Located at UBC Hospital and Brock Hall

    St. Mark’s students have access to the UBC Student Health Services located at the UBC Hospital and UBC Counseling Services located in Brock Hall.


  • Health and Dental Insurance (UBC)


    Office located at the NEST

    As members of the AMS, St. Mark’s students enroll in the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan with extended health and dental coverage. Extended Health & Dental coverage administered by Studentcare fills the gaps in provincial health care and other basic health-care programs (health, dental, vision and travel). All AMS members taking courses in the Fall or Winter Semesters are automatically enrolled in the program. During the Change-of-Enrolment Period for new students in September or January, students may be eligible to opt-out of the program or to enroll family members (spouse and/or dependent children). Go to studentcare.ca for more information.

    For more information, please contact [email protected]

    Opting Out of Health and Dental Insurance

    Students who already have comprehensive coverage are permitted to opt out of the Health and Dental Plan. Those wishing to opt out must pay all fees and apply for a refund. Opting out can only be done during the change of coverage period. Note: Opting out can only be done through UBC Student Care, not St. Mark’s College.




  • Library



    St. Mark's

    St. Mark’s students have access to the St. Mark’s Dr. John Micallef Memorial Library, as well as the entire UBC library system. Orientations for the Micallef Library are available every term. To obtain a St. Mark’s library card and account, which enables borrowing throughout the Consortium of Theological Schools (St. Mark’s, VST, Regent), please contact St. Mark’s library staff.

    UBC Library

    St. Mark’s students can access the UBC Libraries, which make up the second-largest group of research-intensive libraries in Canada. There are multiple library locations on the UBC campus. The affiliated UBC Student Card that you receive also functions as your UBC library card.


  • Parking



    Parking is available for St. Mark’s Graduate students during class time, if there are vacancies. Contact the Welcome Centre to receive a parking pass, otherwise your car may be towed. A 2-hour parking pass is available from the Welcome Centre for students using the library on weekdays - parking is subject to availability. 


  • Printing and Photocopying



    Students wishing to use the photocopier or print documents in the Micallef library can set up user accounts through the Welcome Centre. 


  • Scholarships and Financial Aid



    To discuss financial support to complete your studies, explore our scholarships and financial aid or contact [email protected]


  • Sports and Fitness (UBC)



    UBC Athletics & Recreation facilities include the fitness centre, swimming pool, ice rinks, tennis courts and gyms. All AMS members can access these facilities at UBC student prices from September to April of each year. Please note that some facilities may require students to pay additional user fees. Intramural participation requires payment of the optional UBC Athletics and Recreation fee. Students must request the Athletics & Recreation fee be added to their My LION account in order to access this service. Email i[email protected] for more information.


  • Student Resource Centre

     
    The Student Resource Centre (SRC) is available to undergraduate and graduate students as as a learning resource that connects students with programs and services at the Catholic Colleges and through the UBC Learning Commons: tutoring, writing assistance, access to information and workshops on study and research skills. For more information, please go to the Student Resource Centre, Room 203 or call 604-822-6862 ext. 114. 

    Click here to access the SRC's Canvas resources -- CWL required.

    Writing Assistance

    There is a Writing Instructor in the Student Resource Centre available for one-on-one writing assistance. To book an appointment, contact the Writing Instructor directly or book online (select Writing Assistance).

    Drop in hours are also available. Check out the Writing Assistance Schedule posted on the Student Resource Centre bulletin board outside Room 203, or check the Writing Assistance blog for an up-to-date schedule.


  • Textbooks

      

    St. Mark's is no longer ordering textbooks through the UBC bookstore, as the majority of our students order their own textbooks online or purchase them elsewhere. Book lists will continue to be published on the St. Mark's website, and you can check those lists when you register for your classes. Students are responsible for ordering their own textbooks. 

    Students who are cross-registered at Corpus Christi College can continue to find their textbooks at the UBC bookstore.
    Textbook Lists


  • U-Pass BC


    The U-Pass BC program is a comprehensive transportation service that provides students with universal, accessible, and affordable access to the public transit system in Metro Vancouver.

    Students taking at least one course on campus are required to take the U-Pass and be members of the AMS.

    Students taking courses exclusively online are automatically exempt from the U-Pass as long as they are also exempt from membership to the AMS. If a previous exempt online student decides to take one course on campus during the year, they will subsequently be charged the AMS fee for the year and the U-Pass for that semester.

    Once students have paid into AMS for the year, they can no longer be exempt from the U-Pass fee for that year because they would be considered members of the AMS for the remainder of the year.

    Please note: New students in the Spring Semester (April start) only have access to the U-Pass for May and June. Students are only charged the U-Pass fee for two months. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are currently in the process of addressing this issue.

    For more information, contact [email protected]


  • Wireless Network

     

    The St. Mark’s wireless network is accessible throughout the St. Mark’s campus. Visit the Welcome Centre for network info, or call 604-822-4463. 


  • Writing Assistance



    There is a Writing Instructor in the Student Resource Centre available for one-on-one writing assistance. To book an appointment, contact the Writing Instructor directly or book online (select Writing Assistance).

    Drop in hours are also available. Check out the Writing Assistance Schedule posted on the Student Resource Centre bulletin board outside Room 203, or check the Writing Assistance blog for an up-to-date schedule.




Do you have a question but aren't sure who to reach out to for help?


Visit our Student Services Directory for a list of common concerns and who to contact for support.


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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come

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Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
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SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ


Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]



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