Learning Opportunities for Seniors: UBC Continuing Studies

UBC Elder Scholar

UBC Elder Scholar courses are designed to meet the needs of retired and semi-retired adults, but are open to all adult learners. Course formats include lectures, seminars, study groups, and walking tours.

Lectures are offered in the daytime at Tapestry Wesbrook Village, in classes ranging from 20 to 60 students. Seminars are led by UBC professors, including professors emeriti, combine short lectures and group discussion, and range in size from 10 to 24 students. Study groups provide a peer-based learning experience in which groups of approximately 15 members meet for two hours each week to explore a topic in depth. Walking tours take learning to the streets of Vancouver to delve into specific aspects of local history with an expert guide.

UBC Elder Scholar courses can be applied toward the UBC Certificate in Liberal Studies. Keep an eye on their website for upcoming courses: https://cstudies.ubc.ca/seniors/elder-scholar

Ageless Pursuits

Offered over four weeks each June, this popular series provides an opportunity to challenge your mind, expand your understanding, refresh yourself with new ideas, join friends old and new, and of course, have fun!

Participants meet at the UBC Point Grey campus for one to four individual weeks of stimulating lectures, lively discussion and shared enquiry. You select two morning courses from four options each week, and sign up for one week or more. The courses take place each morning, Monday to Friday. Ageless Pursuits courses can be applied to the UBC Certificate in Liberal Studies.

The next Ageless Pursuits Summer Institute will be offered in June 2015. Subscribe to their email list to be notified when registration is available: https://cstudies.ubc.ca/summer/ageless-pursuits

One Day @ UBC

Offered on Saturdays at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the UBC Point Grey campus, One Day @ UBC single-day courses provide easy and affordable access to top experts in their field – and the small class size ensures ample opportunities for discussion. One Day @ UBC courses can be applied toward a UBC Certificate in Liberal Studies.

UBC Credit Courses

The University of British Columbia currently offers seniors (65 and older) the opportunity to take most UBC credit (degree related) courses for general interest, free of application, tuition or student fees. Some conditions apply. Find out more about these UBC credit courses by viewing the Access Studies section of the UBC Student Services website: http://students.ubc.ca/enrolment/courses/non-degree/access#senior. Some conditions apply. Note that this is not applicable to UBC Continuing Studies non-credit courses.  For more information on these courses, please contact UBC Continuing Studies on 604-822-1444, or view their website: https://cstudies.ubc.ca/seniors.