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.

Ageless Pursuits Summer Institute

Offered over four weeks each June, participants meet on the UBC Point Grey campus for one to four 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.

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. 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. 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.

Additional lifelong learning opportunities for seniors include:

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.

Languages, Cultures and Travel

Conversational courses in over 15 languages, culinary arts classes, understanding wine courses and destination travel programs 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 Continuing Studies non-credit courses.