Information for Prospective Students

If you're passionate about conservation, ecotourism, outdoor recreation, travel, nature, adventure, the outdoors, and parks, then you'll fit right in!

Careers in outdoor recreation, nature-based tourism and conservation are some of the most rewarding and fulfilling. You can pursue both passions and studies in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management.

Why Study with Us?

  • Dynamic faculty
  • Field studies and adventures
  • Small class sizes
  • Experiential approach to education
  • Outdoor skills and studies
  • An active and involved student body
  • Applied class projects - make a real difference

Transferring to ORTM

  • Completed a diploma in tourism or outdoor recreation?
  • Started a tourism/recreation degree program elsewhere?
  • Looking for a change from a completely different subject?
  • Ready to pursue your passion?

If you’ve started your studies elsewhere and are interested in nature-based tourism, outdoor recreation, parks and protected areas, or conservation – consider transferring to UNBC’s Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program. Transferring to the UNBC ORTM program is easily done. We welcome students to either the BA or BSc program who have started studies at other institutions.

University/College transfers are pretty common here at UNBC and you'll find lots of students in the ORTM program who have come from other places and programs.

Special Agreements

ORTM and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

"NOLS is a pre-eminent leader in wilderness leadership and environmental ethics. What NOLS  teaches cannot be learned in a traditional classroom or on a city street. It takes practice to learn outdoor skills and time to develop leadership. The backcountry provides the ideal setting for this unique, experiential education - NOLS classrooms are some of the world's wildest and most awe-inspiring locations ("

ORTM partners with NOLS Yukon to offer academic credit to students completing NOLS studies. ORTM students can supplement their education with a NOLS course and receive full academic credit for their adventures. Scholarships and internships are available. Contact at ORTM for details.

University of the Arctic Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies - advanced emphasis stream in Northern Tourism

The ORTM Program's advanced emphasis stream in Northern Tourism for UArctic’s Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies program is now up and running. Visit the web site or email Phil for more information.

ORTM Resources