Learning Beyond the Classroom

Students on the Grand Canyon


Students in an office setting

The UNBC Co-operative Education (Co-op) program offers students the ability to gain practical, paid work experience while completing an undergraduate degree. UNBC Co-op students benefit from our welcoming and supportive environment through job readiness training and access to unique work experience opportunities, and can look forward to connecting with employers who are instrumental in helping UNBC Co-op students become agile, dynamic, and resilient professionals.

Field Schools

Moose hide tanning class

Imagine travelling to Guatemala and working with local Indigenous communities or building a robot in your class? How about engaging in a class simulation about the impacts of climate change? Across the University, field schools are specifically designed for you to apply your knowledge and reflect on your learning through experiences inside and outside the classroom.

Study Abroad

Student travelling in Europe

Explore the world while you study! Experience new independence with UNBC Study Abroad opportunities and grow your self-reliance and confidence. Become immersed in a new culture and broaden your personal and educational perspectives. See the world and make every day an adventure.


Student researcher

UNBC provides exceptional undergraduate and graduate learning and research opportunities.

  • 1 of 4 original research intensive Universities in B.C.
  • Participate in ground-breaking research as early as your first year.

Meet Ann! A UNBC Research Ambassador

Ann DuongAnn Duong
BSc. (Hons) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
UNBC Research Ambassador & Quality Assurance Officer for the Northern Analytical Laboratory Services department at UNBC.

“UNBC is a great university if you want to have a personalized education. The class sizes are small so you really get to know your peers and professors, and it really comes in handy when you’re looking for a research or career opportunity. If your priority is to receive a great education and you love the outdoors, UNBC is the way to go!

There are so many opportunities to get involved in research at UNBC as an undergrad. You can start even in your first year by volunteering in the lab. That’s how I got my feet wet.

The skills that I learned from research are quite practical. Research really enabled me to become a better thinker and how to approach problems from different perspectives.

The earlier you can start research the better because it is a lifetime endeavour. That one research question you’ll work on in undergrad will turn into a masters thesis, then a PhD, and eventually it might even be your career. That’s why developing those skills early on in your undergrad is so important, and even if you decide not to have a research career, the skills, perseverance and knowledge you gain will be invaluable in anything you wish to pursue in the future.”