How to apply

Hum offers university-level courses for low-income people who live in and around the Downtown Eastside and Downtown South. Hum courses are for people who have encountered financial and other barriers to university education and who wish to expand their intellectual horizons in an accessible, challenging and respectful environment. Applicants must have basic English literacy skills, be willing to attend classes, complete assignments and participate in group discussions. Applications for these non-credit courses are accepted not on the basis of past academic history, but on the applicants’ desire and ability to be part of the Hum Programme. In September 2022, Hum courses will return to meeting in-person on the UBC Point Grey campus.

Writing 101 and 201 courses cover a different writing genre every week, including memoir, poetry, screenplay, comedy, personal essay and more. Beginning on Tuesday September 13, 2022, classes are every Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Hum 101 and Hum 201 courses cover a different subject in the arts or social sciences every week, including history & politics, first nation studies, creative writing art, music, architecture, philosophy, literature, sociology, gender studies, economics, popular culture, creative and critical thinking, and more. Beginning on September 28, 2022, classes take place once a week, on Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Beginning on Thursday September 15, 2022, classes are every Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Students receive school supplies, UBC student card, bus tickets to get to and from class, meals, stationary, readings, and childcare if needed. and childcare if needed.

To apply for a course applicants must attend one of the following information/application sessions (applications are not taken online):

Carnegie Centre, Main and Hastings St. (third floor classroom)
Saturday August 20th at 11:00 a.m, for Hum101 & 201
Saturday August 20th at 3:00 p.m, for Writing101 & 201
Thursday August 25th at 6:00 p.m, for Hum101 & 201 + Writing101 & 201

Gathering Place Community Centre, 609 Helmcken St. (meeting room)
Monday August 22nd at 6:00 p.m, for Hum101 & 201
Tuesday August 23rd at 6:00 p.m, for Writing101 & 201

Crabtree Corner, 533 East Hastings St. (third floor meeting room)
Monday August 22nd at 11:00 a.m, for Hum101 & 201 + Writing101 & 201

nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch Library, 730 E. Hastings St.
Tuesday August 23rd at 1:00 p.m, , for Hum101 & 201 + Writing101 & 201

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 302 Columbia St. (women only)
Wednesday August 24th at 1:00 p.m, for Hum101 & 201 + Writing101 & 201

Vancouver Recovery Club, 2775 Sophia St. (Spanish room)
Wednesday August 24th at 6:00 p.m, for Hum101 & 201 + Writing101 & 201