Experiential Learning

Make the most of your degree by participating in opportunities that apply classroom knowledge to the real-world. Get involved at UBC, volunteer, gain work experience, and/or study abroad.

A great place to get started is the Arts Compass program / website — they have tons of information and events for students, from experiential learning to tips on how to get the most out of your degree to career planning and more!

Arts Co-op

Graduate with more than a degree and explore your career options with Arts Co-Op.

As an Arts Co-op student, you’ll gain 12 months of paid work experience and a network of professional contacts through a variety of opportunities in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. During the course of your degree, you’ll alternate between study terms and three paid, full-time work terms.

Arts Co-op partners with a diverse range of employers to provide transformative workplace learning experiences for your personal, academic, and professional growth while helping you prepare for your future career.


90% of co-op graduates from Canadian schools receive job offers within one month after graduation


Co-op graduates earn 12% higher starting salaries than non-co-op graduates

Manage your job search

Enhance your job search skills through extensive and specialized pre-employment training, including resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, personalized career coaching, and ongoing workplace support.

Expand your skillset

Diversify your degree and stand out to employers by gaining transferable skills and experiences in a broad range of roles. Some professional skills that you can develop include:

  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Research, analysis and project management
  • Communications and writing
  • Digital media and technology
  • Leadership and teamwork

Centre for Community Engaged Learning

The Centre for Community Engaged Learning hosts programs that provide students with opportunities to learn, participate, and collaborate on projects in the community. You can learn from our amazing community partners at our Changemaking events, participate in a hands-on and intensive community experience, lead a project by writing a grant, and/or joining a Collaboratory project.

Go Global

Go Global’s international learning programs offer students transformational experiences that promote global awareness, meaningful engagement, and cross-cultural understanding. Programs include academic exchanges, group study programs, and research and service learning. Application deadlines vary depending on the program.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students play a crucial role in the ongoing research in linguistics in our department. We’d love to have you get involved!

Tandem Language Program

Do you want to improve your French? Your English? Your Japanese? Your Arabic? Or any other language? The UBC Tandem Language Learning Program pairs you with someone at UBC who speaks the language you want to improve and also wants to get better at the language that you speak.

No teaching experience is required – just enthusiasm! Activities and support are provided by a facilitator. The program runs once each semester – this term from September to November. Partners meet for 1.5 hours every week for a total of 9 weeks. You spend half of each meeting in each language – the one you’re learning and the one you’re teaching. This is a fully student-run program that is free to all students at UBC. It’s also great for meeting people across cultures and participating in a lot of fun intercultural activities on campus.

Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved in the linguistics community by volunteering your time with these unique opportunities.

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