Back to School

Four easy ways to go back to school during retirement:

Community Programs

Lifelong learning classes might be right in your own backyard. Start by visiting your local public library and community centre and ask about their workshops. It could be as easy as joining at Book Club! If english is your second language and you long to impress your grandchildren, now is your chance.

Highschool Graduation

It's never too late to get your High School Diploma. Seniors in their seventies have obtained their degree and you can to! Here are some sites that offer flexible options:

A Certificate of Graduation or an Adult Graduation Diploma Program that can be obtained by attending School District Continuing Education Centres or Adult Basic Education at Postsecondary Institutions.

Post-Secondary Studies

Perhaps you always dreamed of getting a degree and now you have the time to pursue your dream!

Why not join a movement! The Third Age Learning or ElderCollege is an international movement whose aims are to provide education opportunities to retired members of the community. In British Columbia there are currently 18 organizations located throughout the province providing programs.

For more information visit online at and in the mean time here are some examples:

Universities offer accredited courses and non-credited courses. If you are simply interested in visiting campuses to develop your personal learning you can choose continuing studies. Some Universities like UBC and SFU have designed departments that offer courses for Seniors. Click here for an example.

If you opt for a full degree then you can search through over 1,900 Post Secondary Programs offered in BC. Click here to get you started.



Education can be quite costly but there are several options for funding such as student loans, scholarships and grants. First ask your school counsellor for advice and useful contacts. Then look online at useful sites like University Study Listings.