Learning Opportunities for Seniors

Engage with others who share your love of learning. Our non-credit liberal arts and science courses are designed to enrich your life with exploration, discussion, and discovery of something new.

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, study groups, and walking tours. UBC Elder Scholar courses are offered in the fall and winter terms at the UBC Point Grey campus.

Lectures are offered in the daytime at Tapestry Wesbrook Village, in classes ranging from 20 to 60 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.

Registration for fall 2017 Elder Scholar courses is now open. Click the links in the table below to view full course descriptions and to register.

Lectures Dates
Nordic Treasures: The Museums of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo Sep 26-Oct 31, 2017 More
International Scene: Perspectives on World Events and Politics Sep 27-Nov 1, 2017 More
Buddhist Philosophy in Dialogue Sep 28-Nov 2, 2017 More
New Trends in Science, Technology and Design Nov 7-Dec 12, 2017 More
The Cold War and the So-Called "Second Cold War": Comparisons and Contrasts Nov 8-Dec 13, 2017 More
Obey! The Art of Persuasion in Society, Media, Politics and Advertising Nov 9-Dec 14, 2017 More
Study Groups
A Century of Russia: From Czarist Monarchy to Putin's Federation Sep 20-Dec 13, 2017 More
Walking Tours
From 1927 to 2017: How Early City Planning Shaped Today's Vancouver Nov 4-Dec 9, 2017 More

One Day @ UBC

Offered on Saturdays in the fall and winter terms at the UBC Point Grey campus, these single-day courses provide easy and affordable access to top experts in their field and the small class size ensures ample opportunities for discussion. LEARN MORE.

Ageless Pursuits Summer Institute

Offered over three weeks in June, participants meet on the UBC Point Grey campus for one or more individual weeks of stimulating lectures, lively discussion and shared enquiry. Courses take place each morning, Monday to Friday, and are open to adult learners of all ages. LEARN MORE.

Languages Courses

Conversational courses in 10 languages for adult learners of all ages. LEARN MORE.

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. Note that this is not applicable to UBC Extended Learning non-credit courses.