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Academic Information


This is a step-by-step guide to registering for courses at Columbia Bible College

Returning to Columbia?

Questions about Registration?

Are you Graduating?

STEP 1 – COMPLETE PRE-REGISTRATION FORM. Each student is required to complete a pre-registration form each semester.

If you are a resident student, click here to fill out your pre-registration form.

If you are a commuter student, click here to fill out your pre-registration form.


STEP 2 – PAY REGISTRATION DEPOSIT. To make your payment, please refer to Payment Information for information on the registration deposit and payment methods. If you have any questions, contact Reception at (604) 853-3358 or info@columbiabc.edu.

If you are a continuing resident student, deposit is $100.

If you are a new resident student, deposit is $400.

If you are a continuing commuter student, deposit is $100.

If you are a new Quest or ERT student, deposit is $800.


STEP 3 – REGISTER. New students will complete course registration with an Admissions Advisor. Returning students can register themselves through their student portal after Steps 1 & 2 are completed. Registration opens Nov. 6, 2023, starting at 7:00 am. Instructions for registration are linked below and also found in student portals under ‘How to Guides’.


Quest students will register through their instructors.

Students who have been away from Columbia for two semesters or more are required to submit a new application form along with one reference.

If you’re a Certificate or General Studies Diploma student, feel free to send Greg Thiessen a Teams chat or book an appointment if needed.

If you’re a BA/BAPT or Diploma (not General Studies) student, feel free to send Erv Klassen a Teams chat or book an appointment if needed.

Please fill in the Grad Application form. Students are required to submit this in order to graduate and/or participate in the ceremony in April.

If you have any questions about the grad form, please contact Corina Penner.

Academics Team

If you need advice, have questions, or just want to get to know the Columbia Academics Team, we love meeting students! Connect with us today! 🙂

Gil Dueck

Academic Dean

Gil is lifelong learner who sees Christian education as a way of pursuing God.  He has a PhD in Applied Theology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam where his research focused on faith development among young adults.  He has spent more than 15 years in Christian higher education in a variety of roles but primarily in teaching and administration.  He is happily married to his wife, Shelley, and they have three amazing daughters. Gil is a self-proclaimed sports nut who enjoys hockey, soccer and basketball.

Erv Klassen

Registrar and Assistant Academic Dean

Erv is passionate about old books, especially medieval Christian devotional literature, and loves introducing these spiritual classics to others. He is a Columbia alumnus (BRE in 1988), has a MATS in Spiritual Formation from AMBS, and is currently working on his DMin at ACTS, focusing on the topic of hope. Erv also enjoys reading Superman comics, listening to rock & roll, and playing modern board games. Erv and his family love being in nature – whether that is camping by a lake, bird watching by a river, flying a kite by the ocean, hiking though a forest, or sitting on the back deck looking at the mountains that surround their home in Hope.

Greg Thiessen

Assistant Registrar and Metzger Collection Manager

Greg is a history nerd who loves learning and loves seeing students at Columbia thrive in their studies and in their discipleship journey. He wears a couple hats at Columbia beyond Assistant Registrar – teaching (history courses) and managing the Metzger Collection Museum on campus. He is a Columbia alumnus (Diploma in Biblical Studies, 2003), has a BA in History from TWU (2006), and a MATS with a concentration in Church History from Regent College (2010). Greg is husband to his lovely wife, Aften, and father to their three adorable and rambunctious children.

Corina Penner

Executive Assistant to Academics

Corina is a Columbia alumna having completed a Diploma in General Studies in 2018. Corina has a hand in many pots here at Columbia so you’ll always find her hard at work in one of her 3 offices. Fun fact – she probably knows more students’ names than any other Columbia staff member. She’s also incredibly talented creatively and mechanically – just ask her about Lola.

Schedules & Timetables

Click on the links below for more information.


Fall 2023 Timetable

Winter 2024 Timetable

Course Offerings

Fall 2023 Offerings

Winter 2024 Offerings

Textbook Store

The Columbia Textbook Store is located on the first floor of the Resource Centre beside Reception.
The Bookstore carries all current semester textbooks and a limited supply of past semester text books.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm (Contact Reception for exceptions)


Return Policy

Refunds or exchanges will be accepted until the second week of each semester (third day for summer semester) or one week after date of purchase if purchase was made prior to a semester. For a 100% refund or exchange, students must bring the textbook back (a) in the first week of the fall or winter semester, (b) within the first three days of the summer semester, or (c) one week from the date of purchase if the purchase was made prior to the beginning of a semester. A 90% refund is available for textbooks returned the second week of the fall or winter semester.

For an exchange or refund, customers must have the original till receipt (plus debit/credit card or yellow textbook charge receipt if applicable). All refunds will be applied to the student’s account unless original purchase was made with a credit card (refunded to credit card).

Textbooks will NOT be accepted for a refund or exchange if:

  • plastic shrink wrap has been opened or removed (when applicable).
  • textbook has been damaged in any way.
  • any accompanying CD or student aid is missing from the text package.
  • returned after the second week of the fall or winter semesters, or after the third day of the summer semester.

Columbia Bible College reserves the right to refuse refunds if the return does not meet the standards listed in the store policy.

Transcript Requests

Students and alumni who have a ‘My CBC’ account may request a copy of their official transcript by logging in and submitting the online transcript request.


If you do not have a ‘My CBC’ account, please complete the PDF Transcript Request Form and submitting it in person, by fax/email or by mail. Please note that there is a $10.00 fee for each transcript requested and is due when request is made.


Transcript requests can be made through the Registrar’s office.


If paying by VISA or MasterCard, students may fax or e-mail their completed transcript request form to the Receptionist.

Email: info@columbiabc.edu
Fax: 604-853-3063 (ATTN: Reception)


Students may mail their completed transcript request form along with credit card information or cheque to:

Registrar’s Office
Columbia Bible College
Abbotsford, BC
2940 Clearbrook Road
V2T 2Z8

*Please note that incomplete forms will not be processed.

Syllabi Requests

Students transferring from Columbia Bible College to other academic institutions are sometimes required to provide syllabi for courses they have completed at Columbia.

To request electronic copies of syllabi please contact Academics with the following information:

  1. Course name
  2. Course number
  3. Year and semester course was completed

To request physical copies of syllabi please complete the Syllabus Request Form and return by one of the methods mentioned above. Please note that there is a small fee to cover the cost of photocopying.

Parchment Requests

To request parchment replacement, please contact Academics.

Letter Requests

Students can request the following types of letters by contacting Academics.

  • Letter of Enrolment — click here to complete the request form
  • Letter of Permission — email Erv Klassen
  • Confirmation of Graduation — email Kristara Vainio

Academic Calendar

Fall 2023 Semester


15       Fall Semester Payment Due Date


3-4     New & Returning Student Orientation

5          Day and Evening Classes Begin

5-11     Course Add/Drop Week

12         75% Refund for Withdrawal Starts

26         50% Refund for Withdrawal Starts


1          Second Payment Due for Deferred Payment Plan

2          National Day for Truth and Reconciliation observed (no day or evening classes)

9        Thanksgiving (no day or evening classes)

10         0% Refund for Withdrawal Start

23    Mid-semester grades posted


1          Final Payment Due for Deferred Payment Plan

6          Last Day for Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty

6          Registration for Winter Semester Starts

13        Remembrance Day (no day or evening classes)


8         Last Day of Classes

11-18  Final Exam Week (regularly scheduled exam finished on Dec 15, rescheduled or accommodated exams of local students may extend to Dec 18)

15        Winter Semester Payment Due Date

19-Jan 7    Christmas Break (Residence Closed Dec 16 – Jan 7)

Academic Calendar

Winter 2024 Semester


7        New Student Orientation

8        Day & Evening Classes Begin

8-14   Course Add/Drop Week

15      75% Refund for Withdrawal Starts

29      50% Refund for Withdrawal Starts


1          Second Payment Due for Deferred Payment Plan

12        0% Refund for Withdrawal Starts

17-25   Family Day / Reading Week (no day or evening classes)

26   Mid-Semester Grades posted (classes continue)


1          Final Payment Due for Deferred Payment Plan

11         Last Day for Withdrawal from Classes Without Academic Penalty

11         Registration for Fall Semester Starts

29        Good Friday (no day or evening classes)


1          Easter Monday (no day or evening classes)

12        Last day of Classes

15-19   Final Exams

20        Commencement Ceremony & Reception

Spring/Summer 2024 Semester


15         Spring Semester Payment Due Date

22         Spring Modular Classes Begin


1          Spring Online Classes Begin