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Registration priority FAQs

Why has Douglas College made changes to the registration priority system for returning international students?

Douglas International is aligning our registration timeslots with the GPA-based registration priority system that domestic students currently use so that all Douglas students will have equal access to courses based on their academic performance at the College.

When will the changes to international registration timeslots take place?

Changes to the registration priority system will come into effect for the Summer 2019 semester registration period. 

What , exactly, is a registration timeslot ?

Each semester, you will be given a specific date and time to register for your courses. The registration system will not allow you to register for courses until your allotted time. You can find out your timeslot by logging in to your MyAccount and clicking on “Check Registration Date & Time” up to one month prior to the registration period.

How might the changes to the registration priority system affect me ?

In an effort to align registration processes for international students with those of the rest of the College, your registration time will be determined by your overall grade point average, not your program. If you are in an open enrolment program, you will notice that your registration date and time may be impacted by your academic standing.

If you have a lower GPA at this time, it is important to be aware of these upcoming changes so that you can work toward raising your GPA to secure an earlier registration timeslot. If you are experiencing challenges with your academics, there are various resources available at the College for you to access. We suggest visiting the Learning Centre for resources and subject-specific assistance from a peer tutor. If you feel like you are not in the correct program, but you are unsure what you want to study, you can make an appointment with a counsellor for a career counselling session. You are also welcome to drop by the Douglas International office (S2800) to meet with an International Education Advisor

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This change does not come into effect until next year. Why should I be concerned about this right now?

If you have a lower GPA at this time, it is important to be aware of these upcoming changes so that you can work toward raising your GPA to secure an earlier registration timeslot. 

How will my registration timeslot be determined?

The timeslot will be based on your overall grade point average. If you have a higher GPA, you will have an earlier timeslot to start your course registration. For example, if your Douglas GPA is 4.00 or higher, you will be placed into Group 1, which will receive the highest level of registration priority. If your GPA is 2.00 to 2.49, you will be placed into Group 11, which will have you registering after students with a GPA higher than 2.49. Please see the link for the GPA-based timeslot:

https://www.douglascollege.ca/study-at-douglas/register/canadian-students/registration-faqs

How and when will I be able to check what my registration timeslot is?

You can view your time slot on your myAccount up to one month before registration starts. Each semester will be different so be sure to check ahead of time so you can plan your course schedule and register as soon as the system allows. Prepare to register by attending a workshop offered by the international office and reviewing the website: https://www.douglascollege.ca/study-at-douglas/international-students/new-and-returning-students/how-to-register

Can I request an earlier or later registration timeslot?

Registration timeslots will be assigned according to your overall GPA, therefore if you would like an earlier registration timeslot, you must make an effort to raise your GPA. You may register for classes any time after your registration date and time, therefore you do not need to request a later registration timeslot.

If you are experiencing challenges with your academics, there are various resources available at the College for you to access. The first step is to politely approach your instructors to discuss the challenges you are having, as they may have some helpful suggestions for you to do better in their classes. Please note however that instructors CANNOT adjust registration slots. 

If I am unable to register in the courses I need, what can I do?

If you have a late registration date, you may notice that classes will fill up quite quickly. If you are unable to register for a class that you need, you will be required
to put yourself on to the waitlist. For more information about the waitlist procedure, please click here. If you have not received an offer to register for any classes you are waitlisted for, plan to attend the first class of the semester to see if the instructor will accept you into their class. Please respect that the instructors have the right to decide how many additional students they will let into their classes.

Please make sure you PLAN AHEAD and do course planning before your registration date as academic advising appointments during and just before registration time fill up quickly. We cannot ensure that academic advising will be available in time for you to take advantage of registration times that will secure you seats. If you do have a later registration date, be prepared to create some back-up schedules if in case you do not get into the classes you want.

If you are unsure how part-time or full-time student status could affect you, please contact one of our Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors. 

Have more questions or need help? Come visit the Douglas International office to meet with an International Education Advisor or contact us at ci@douglascollege.ca.