Learning Opportunities

Students can make the most of their geography degree by participating in opportunities that challenge them to apply their growing knowledge outside the classroom.
Benefits to Students:

  • Develop solid professional skills and experience
  • Test possible career paths
  • Networking opportunities that increase contacts and post-graduation job prospects
  • Potential to make a difference in the community

Go Global

Co-op Programs

The Arts Co-op Program and the Geographical Sciences Co-op Program offers students enriched educational experiences for personal and professional growth. Co-op students alternate between academic terms and challenging, paid work experience. The Co-op program partners with a diverse range of employers to offer work opportunities that will help you excel in both academic and professional capacities, and prepare you for your future career. What Geography grads say about their journeys in co-op: “Doing a Co-op degree was the smartest choice I made at UBC!” – Phil Casey, BA 2010, Major Geography, Minor Visual Arts “My resume is much more impressive than it would have been without co-op and I have solid work samples that I can show potential employers.” – Carolyn Tse, BA 2011, Major Geography, Minor English To read profiles about the experiences of these and other Geography co-op students, click here. What you’ll get out of Co-op:

  • Explore career options, while building your skills and discovering your interests
  • Clarify career goals and options available to you with your degree
  • Gain job search skills through extensive and specialized pre-employment training, including resume/cover letter writing, interview, and workplace success strategies
  • Build 12 to 16 months of experience to add to your resume before you graduate
  • Enrich classroom learning, and discover how your degree applies in the workplace
  • Help finance your degree with relevant, paid work
  • Develop a network of contacts that will increase your chances of finding meaningful work upon graduation

Applying to Co-op: Intake for Arts Co-op takes place each year in September. Visit www.artscoop.ubc.ca to learn more about the application process, employers who hire co-op students, and the types of work students do during co-op. Applications to the Geographical Sciences Co-op program are typically made in March (see the application deadlines). More information can be found here.

Arts Internship Program

The Arts Internship Program enables undergraduate Faculty of Arts students to develop their skills and expand their resume with part-time, unpaid positions that offer meaningful, career-related experience within their communities. Internships are 8-12 hours per week and 4-8 months in duration. Internships are unpaid professional placements in primarily non-profit organizations, social enterprises and art organizations.

Centre for Community Engaged Learning

Community Service-Learning or Service-Learning refers to a model of experiential learning that combines classroom learning with volunteer work that achieves community goals. Real-life experiences in the community are linked to academic content through processes of critical reflection such as journal writing, small group discussion, and the writing of analytical papers.

Student Directed Seminars

Student Directed Seminars is a student-driven program that puts you in charge of your education. Within a framework designed by a student-initiator / coordinator, class participants will define the direction of the course, learning with and from one another through individual and group projects.

Sustainability Education Resource Centre

Sustainability Education Resource Centre students can get one-one-one advice on UBC’s diverse sustainability education offerings and integrating sustainability into their studies through courses, leadership and volunteer opportunities and also get informed about the current events happening on sustainability on and off campus .


Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies (SEEDS), brings staff, faculty and students together to work on ground-breaking, progressive and often visionary projects that relate to sustainability at UBC. Some of these are already having a major impact on university operations while others are pointing to a more sustainable future here at UBC. UBC SEEDS coordinates these hands-on, research opportunities. UBC students carry out the research as part of their academic work within a course, as a self-directed study or as a thesis project.

Directed Studies

For course work in Directed Studies in Arts or Science, see one of the Advisors in the field of your proposed directed study.