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How to Join ElderCollege

Become a member

If you are 50 or better and have an interest in learning, become a member of VIU ElderCollege and take advantage of our many learning opportunities. The annual membership fee is $20 and is valid from June 1 to June 30 of the following year, and most course tuition is $40 + tax per course; material fees may be additional. Younger spouses and partners of ElderCollege members are eligible to attend classes, space permitting. An additional fee of $20 can be paid by those under 50 to attend any class.

Join today by calling 1-866-734-6252

What your course fees cover

  • course registration & administration
  • photocopies & supplies for your course
  • VIU ElderCollege promotional expenses
  • facility usage
  • special events

What your membership card gives you

  • registration in ElderCollege courses before the course calendar is distributed in the community

Presenting your ElderCollege membership card also gives you:

Why VIU ElderCollege courses are different

  • a participatory learning experience
  • no quizzes or grades
  • lively, fun and full of discussion

How you can participate

  • take a course
  • instruct a course
  • recruit new members
  • volunteer on a committee or the board

ElderCollege courses run in Parksville, Qualicum, and Nanaimo!

Volunteers make VIU ElderCollege a success

Get Involved by volunteering your time as an instructor, a Committee Member, a member of the Board of Management, or a volunteer in other support roles. Read the Strategic Plan to find out more about what the Board of Management does.

VIU ElderCollege instructors enjoy:

  • Interested and interesting students
  • Lively classes, sometimes with over 1000 years of life experience
  • An enthusiastic and participatory environment
  • 12 hours of teaching, rather than a full semester
  • No exams or assignments to grade
  • Invitations to special events
  • Complimentary VIU ElderCollege membership and a free ElderCollege course for each course taught
  • Access to the VIU library while teaching
  • ElderCollege instructors do not need previous teaching experience, they just need to love their topic and be able to communicate it well to their students!

FIND OUT MORE. Complete a Course Proposal Form to submit your course idea.

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