Experiential Learning

Make the most of your asian studies degree by participating in opportunities that apply your growing academic knowledge to the real-world.


Develop professional skills and experiences


Test possible career paths


Build your professional network and resume


Participate in local or international programs

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.


80% of employers consider co-op students as potential future employees


Co-op graduates earn 15% 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

Work Learn program

The Work Learn Program supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences on and off campus, offering current UBC Vancouver students the opportunity to develop their professional skills in a work environment.

Learn from a mentor, expand your professional network, and gain work experience and skills through a part-time UBC job while taking classes.

Go Global

Study and apply what you learned about asian language and culture in the country where it originated. Go Global and the Department of Asian Studies have worked closely together to identify study abroad opportunities for asian studies students. These opportunities include: exchange, international internships, research abroad, global seminars, international service learning and more.

We recommend that students pursuing an asian studies major should study abroad in their third year. With a foundation in asian studies, you will better appreciate the differences in perspectives around the world. Generally, credits taken abroad will contribute to your upper level asian studies major requirements. However, there are still a variety of credits that may also contribute towards lower-level requirements and/or elective credits.

We encourage you to take note of your asian studies program requirements prior to international exchanges.

*Transfer credits process can take up to 16 weeks for courses to be evaluated. Please consult with Go Global Advisor and Arts Advising if you are planning to study abroad in your final year.

Conduct research abroad at one of our 150 partner universities worldwide. Students may choose to embark on self-directed research abroad programs or structured research abroad programs. Researching abroad allows undergraduates to learn new techniques, build your career as well as network and engage with other cultures.

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.

Take a UBC course abroad to experience hands-on learning alongside a small group of peers. Each course is unique in location, length, and cost. Immerse yourself in another part of the world and bring course content to life.

Spend the summer studying in an exciting international location without interrupting your winter semester course load. Together, the Department of Asian Studies and Go Global have identified a list institutions where students may wish to take Asian language courses throughout the summer, including:

  • Ewha Womans University
  • Keio University
  • Osaka University
  • Ritsumeikan Asian Pacific University (APU)
  • Seoul National University
  • Sophia University
  • Waseda University
  • Yonsei University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
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