Liberal Arts and Sciences

"What I’m really looking for is mental stimulation. I want to be stimulated and I want to be interested. It’s so important to keep your mental health alive as well as your physical health."

Sheila Winder
UBC Elder Scholar and Ageless Pursuits student

To comply with limits on social gatherings and physical distancing measures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we will not be offering fall 2020 or winter 2021 UBC Elder Scholar or One Day @ UBC courses. Explore our new online offering, UBC Academic Explorations, and learn from home.

Discover an ever-changing line-up of courses covering the arts, humanities, science, health, public affairs and more. Taught by UBC professors, instructors and leading experts, our classes allow you to explore a topic in depth, stay current and gain new perspectives on our world.

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UBC Academic Explorations are entertaining and informative online courses each featuring six live lectures that you can watch from anywhere. Enjoy an ever-changing line-up of topics by UBC experts, professors and instructors from across faculties and departments.

UBC Elder Scholar courses are designed for retirees, semi-retirees and mature adult learners. Held one morning per week over six weeks at Tapestry Wesbrook Village on the UBC campus, classes of 20–60 gather for a lecture followed by questions and time for socializing. Currently on hold due COVID-19 guidelines.

One Hour @ UBC is a limited series of free online lectures that offer perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Day @ UBC are single-day courses that provide easy and affordable access to UBC experts. Small class sizes ensure opportunities for participation and discussion. Currently on hold due COVID-19 guidelines.

One Week @ UBC (formerly Ageless Pursuits) courses are offered in the first three weeks of June. Courses take place mornings Monday to Friday, and students are encouraged to stay and explore the campus.

Courses and Programs