About ElderCollege

VIU ElderCollege. For those 50 or better. Learning for Life.

Exercise your mind! ElderCollege classes are open to everyone!

ElderCollege is an opportunity for people 50+ to engage in classes for self-development and fun. Join life-long learners for interesting and stimulating courses.

If you are under 50, you can still be enrolled in the class of your interest, but you cannot become a member to get the reduced rate for the course.

Why is ElderCollege different?

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

How you can participate

Volunteers make ElderCollege a success

You can volunteer your time as an instructor. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the linked form or contact Xochitl Hernandez at 604-485-8053 or Xochitl.Hernandez@viu.ca for more information.

Become a Member

If you are 50 years of age or over, and have an interest in learning, become a member of ElderCollege and take advantage of our many learning opportunities, and the reduced rates for our courses. Younger spouses and partners of ElderCollege members are eligible to become members and attend classes.

ElderCollege operates over two semesters. Your membership is valid from July 1 to June 30 each year. You must be a member before registering for ElderCollege courses to get the reduced rates.

To get your membership (ElderCollege Powell River ONLY):

Phone 604-485-2878 (ask for course code RMEM 001 C17R01) or apply in person.


Your membership fee allows you to enroll in ElderCollege courses delivered at the Powell River Campus.

  • Annual Membership Fee: $20.00
  • Get the reduced rates for our courses
  • Course tuition varies
  • *Lab fees may apply

An additional fee is paid by those under 50 to attend any class (RECS 001 C17R01).

Although instructors are volunteers, your tuition covers a variety of services:

  • registration & administration
  • photocopies & supplies
  • promotional expenses
  • special events
  • facility usage


To register for a course, please phone 604-485-2878, drop by or apply online.
Please note, you must be an Eldercollege member prior to registering online. Register with secure online registration (SSL).

Teach a Course

Interested in sharing what you love?

Why not teach an ElderCollege course? Join others with similar interests and share your knowledge and enthusiasm. Make friends and learn from each other.

Complete the form and click on the Submit button at the bottom of the screen. Your information will be emailed to the ElderCollege Coordinator, who will contact you to set up your course.

For more information about ElderCollege, please contact Xochitl Hernandez at Xochitl.Hernandez@viu.ca or 604-485-2878 Ext. 8053.