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UBC Student Card and Compass Card

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

Obtain your affiliate UBC Student Card

Affiliate students who would like to renew their expired student cards or apply for new cards will have to email the UBC Carding office at [email protected] and request one. Steps and material needed are:
  • Indicate “Affiliate student card renewal” or "Affiliate student card application" on the subject line;
  • Indicate affiliate student number;
  • Attach a digital picture;
  • 5 to 10 business days may apply for the requests to be processed.
Upon receipt of the request, the UBC Carding office staff will process the renewal or application and will contact each individual student to book a time and date to pick up the renewed card via curbside.

Obtain your Compass Card

Obtain a Compass Cards from Compass Vending Machines (CVMs) located at SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express stations. When you get a Compass Card, you'll pay a $6 refundable deposit for your card. You can get your $6 deposit back by returning your card to the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium-Chinatown Station or the West Coast Express Office at Waterfront Station.

Note: You cannot load your monthly U-Pass, even if you are eligible when you have a negative balance on your Compass Card. Make sure you have a balance of at least $0.01 on your Compass Card to be able to request your U-Pass each month.

Create an affiliated CWL (Campus Wide Login)

All students must create a CWL

Note for transferees: Students who already have a Compass Card must first unlink their U-Pass from the Compass Card from the previous institution in order to link their U-Pass through their affiliate UBC Student Card.
  • Open the CWL Website
  • Click on the heading “Getting Started”
  • Click to PROCEED
  • Read the terms and Conditions then click on “I AGREE”
  • Click on AFFILIATE then continue
  • Enter Your Information and Select a CWL Login Name and Password
  • Your default affiliate password is your birthdate in YYMMDD format
  • Find your affiliate UBC Student Number on your affiliate UBC Student Card
  • Log in to UBC and verify your new credentials using your new CWL login and password. 

How to link your U-Pass to your Compass Card

The first time you go online to request your monthly U-Pass BC Benefit you will need to link it to a Compass Card by doing the following:

  • Visit
  • Select UBC as your Post-Secondary Institution
  • Enter your affiliate CWL login and password when redirected to UBC
  • Request your U-Pass BC benefit for September (and subsequently for each month)*Allow up to 24 hours for activation

How to load your U-Pass

  • Sign into
  • Link your Compass card: enter the 20 digit number & the 3 digit CVN on the back of the Compass Card.
  • Request your U-PASS BC: once your card is linked, you can request your U-PASS BC.The system will confirm your eligibility and then LOAD your pass.


Always request your next month’s benefit in advance

It can take up to 24 hours to activate your U-Pass BC onto your Compass Card

You will NOT be eligible to ride transit until this request is processed


You must always carry ID with you when travelling

Please contact [email protected]

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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


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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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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