Programs Especially for Seniors

Lifelong learning, especially in the university milieu, can be a path to enrichment and enjoyment in retirement years. Our courses and programs for seniors provide unique learning experiences for retired or soon-to-retire people who enjoy reading, learning and engaging with kindred minds on new ideas and the issues of the day. We offer a variety of learning options for seniors throughout the year, including:

UBC Elder Scholar

UBC Continuing Studies is pleased to launch a new program in fall 2013 called UBC Elder Scholar, designed to meet the needs of retired and semi-retired, university-educated adults looking for intellectually engaging, challenging and enjoyable learning opportunities.

Each term, UBC Elder Scholars meet for two hours once a week for eight weeks at the UBC Point Grey campus. Seminars are led by distinguished UBC professors emeriti, combine short lectures and group discussion, and often include guest lectures from other professors, and doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Classes range in size from 10 to 24 students. There are no papers, exams or grades, but students are encouraged to read background material and participate in discussions. UBC Elder Scholar seminars can be applied toward the UBC Certificate in Liberal Studies. Participants also receive bulletins about free lectures, seminars and other special events at UBC.

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Courses at Tapestry Wesbrook Village

UBC Continuing Studies offers liberal arts courses for seniors in the daytime at Tapestry Wesbrook Village (view map). Courses are open to the general public and include complimentary tea and coffee. These courses can be applied toward the UBC Certificate in Liberal Studies. Tapestry at Wesbrook Village is an active seniors living community housed in a beautiful facility with a state-of-the-art UBC classroom. View courses offered this term.

Credit Courses

The University of British Columbia offers senior citizens (those 65 or older) exemption from tuition and application fees for credit courses. For more information and conditions that apply, please visit the UBC Student Services website (see under "Exchange Students" section).


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