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.

The 2021/22 programme theme comes from celebrated science fiction author Octavia Butler, “All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you.” The course involves both online (using video call platform Zoom), and in-person components. Beginning on September 28, 2021, classes take place twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, between 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Tuesdays will involve a live online lecture with a new guest speaker every time, or some pre-recorded content that we will watch, listen to, and discuss together.
  • Thursdays are a combination of workshops and tutorials, as well as in-person field trips to various cultural venues, such as the Museum of Anthropology, Bill Reid Gallery for NorthWest Coast Art

The course covers 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.

Due to this term’s online component, students need access to a device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer) and an internet connection. 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.

Applications will be taken early September 2021. To find out how to apply, please email 

Hum’s Public Programme series includes study groups, workshops, field trips and a film series. Everyone is welcome to participate, with no registration. These groups are set up so people can join in at any time. Email for more information about how to participate.