Academics and learning

A UBC education is a modern learning experience that will motivate and challenge you. It’s your opportunity to learn from award-winning faculty, contribute to projects with global significance, and pursue your unique interests. At UBC, you can meet with professors, collaborate with peers, and personalize your program to align with your educational and professional goals.

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Interdisciplinary and innovative programs

At UBC, you’ll find a range of programs that approach established ideas and topics in new ways.
UBC students participate in hands-on learning

Undergraduate research

As a UBC student, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and collaboration. It’s your chance to work alongside award-winning faculty, boldly testing new theories and developing technologies that have the potential to change the world.

Okanagan Campus

Get inspired at the Undergraduate Research Conference
Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award

Vancouver campus

Get inspired at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference
Join the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Club

Co-operative Education

Combine your studies with full-time, paid work experience. UBC Co-operative Education is the largest program offered at post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, and connects over 4,000 students each year with valuable work experience placements at top local and international organizations.

Okanagan campus

Explore UBC Co-operative Education

Vancouver campus

Explore UBC Co-operative Education

Study abroad

Step outside your comfort zone and switch up your learning environment by taking your education on the road. With programs like Go Global, you’ll have endless opportunities to immerse yourself in new cultures and gain new perspectives.

Okanagan Campus

Learn more about Go Global

Vancouver Campus

Learn more about Go Global

Community learning initiatives

Apply your academic knowledge to real-world issues through UBC’s many community-based learning opportunities. Collaborate with staff, faculty, and community partners to work through complex issues, both locally and internationally.

Okanagan Campus

Explore the Community Service Learning Program

Vancouver Campus

Explore the Centre for Community Engaged Learning

Learning spaces

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UBC libraries

Access computers, study solo, book a meeting room, or attend a workshop in one of the top research libraries in Canada.

Okanagan campus

Explore Okanagan campus libraries

Vancouver campus

Explore Vancouver campus libraries

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

A hub of inspiring teaching and learning spaces, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre offers quiet study spaces, classroom facilities, and refuelling stations like Ike’s Café.

Vancouver campus

Explore the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Study spaces Image source: Martin Dee/UBC Communications & Marketing

Study spaces

On both campuses you’ll find unique study spaces where you can work quietly on your own or collaborate with your peers. Find your new favourite spots on campus with these resources.

Okanagan campus

Download the informal learning spaces map [PDF]

Vancouver campus

Check out the study spaces map

Inclusive Technology Lab

Inclusive Technology Lab

Experiment with assistive technology in a supportive environment. The Inclusive Technology Lab offers distraction-reduced study spaces, an accessible group study space, and peer support.

Okanagan campus

Explore the Inclusive Technology Lab

Arts Atrium

Arts Atrium

Get ahead on your course reading surrounded by greenery in the Arts Atrium. This unique indoor space has been deemed a “quiet zone” for students from Monday to Friday.

Okanagan campus

Explore the Arts Atrium

Learning Commons Image source: Martin Dee/UBC Communications & Marketing

Learning Commons

Located in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Learning Commons provides workshop spaces for group work, equipment loans, tech help, peer coaching, and advising.

Vancouver campus

Explore the Learning Commons

First-year cohort programs

Spend your first year in a small cohort while studying an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum.

Learning support

Learning extends beyond textbooks and lectures, which is why UBC offers a wide range of resources to support you. From specialized programs to new educational technology and facilities, you have access to the people, tools, and spaces that will help you succeed.

Okanagan Campus

Explore Learning Supports
Find out about Supplemental Learning

Vancouver Campus

Explore the Learning Commons
Apply for the Academic English Support Program

Advising and tutoring

Whether you want advice on picking courses or need help understanding challenging course materials, UBC has options. You can meet with an academic advisor, join a peer-assisted study session, or attend a tutoring session led by a senior student in your field.

Okanagan Campus

Learn about Academic Advising
Find out about the Peer Mentor Program

Vancouver Campus

Connect with Academic Advising offices
Sign up for Peer-Assisted Study Sessions