Experiential Learning

Discover international and local experiential learning opportunities available to students in the Department of History.

Opportunities Within the Department

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.

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

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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 skill set

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

Go Global

Imagine studying World War II history in Germany, learning about the Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom, or taking part in a group field study in Hong Kong. Studying abroad can be a valuable addition to your history program. The History Department routinely grants transfer credits from history and related courses taken abroad.

Going global allows students to explore their History degrees from a different perspective, in another country, and gain access to courses and teachings beyond what is available at UBC. Students who study abroad get an edge in the workforce, as more industries value cross-cultural competencies and experience.

Please refer to the following information to help guide you in your partner university selection:

  1. HIST 490: Seminar for History Majors, or its equivalent, must be completed at UBC
  2. Please remember that of the 30 upper-division credits required for the history major, no more than 24 credits are allowed in any one field (such as Canadian, Modern European, Asian).
  3. Of the 42 total minimum history credits, at least six credits must be substantially pre-modern in content. If you want to fulfill this requirement abroad, please ensure that the course content has substantial pre-modern content. If you’re uncertain, please check with a History Department advisor.
  4. More than half of the upper division credits for the History Major should be designated as history courses. Below are some guidelines to help you determine if a course abroad is equivalent to a UBC upper year history course:
    1. Is this course offered by the History Department in the partner university?
    2. Does it have a lower level requirement?
    3. Is it offered as an upper year course abroad?
  5. Keep in mind that other universities have different degree structures. For example:
    1. In the UK, second and third year corresponds to UBC’s 300 and 400 level courses.
    2. In the rest of Europe, the third and final year of the Bachelor program and the first year of a masters corresponds to UBC’s 300 and 400 level courses.

Contribute towards important projects led by community partners around the world. Connect your academic studies with real-world experience. International Service Learning fosters meaningful connections with communities around the world and will help you discover the local impact of global issues.

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