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, 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.

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Upcoming Elder Scholar Courses
Lectures (at Tapestry Wesbrook Village, unless otherwise noted)
Next Offering
Not Allowed: The History of Censorship in the Arts Sep 21-Oct 26 More
Revolutions in the Shaping of Modern World History Sep 22-Oct 27 More
Masterpieces of Russian Literature Nov 1-Dec 5 More
International Scene: Perspectives on World Events and Politics Nov 3-Dec 8 More
Powerful Women in Italian Renaissance Art Nov 7-Dec 12 More
 Study Groups
Canada at 150: Past and Present Achievements Sep 21-Dec 14 More
Canada at 150: Present and Future Challenges Jan 25-Apr 19 More
Walking Tours
Strathcona: Vancouver’s Oldest and Newest Neighbourhood Oct 22-Nov 19 More
The Heights: Hills, Bumps and Real Estate Feb 25-Mar 25 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.

Critical and Creative Thinking

Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking are more important than ever, both in the workplace and in civil society. These are the two required courses for our UBC Certificate in Liberal Studies, but are also open to anyone who wishes to explore these subjects.

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.

Languages, Cultures and Translation

Conversational courses in 11 languages, plus understanding wine, beer, and spirits courses 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.