Kayaking, mountain climbing, back country skiing, biking and backpacking — it may sound like a fantastic vacation, but it is all part of the Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (ETOL) program. Yes, fun is definitely a part of this four-year program, but it also includes serious courses that will help prepare you for a career in the fast-growing fields of ecotourism, adventure tourism and outdoor pursuits. You will be able to combine your love of the outdoors and adventure with entrepreneurial savvy.
News and Upcoming Events
New student advising sessions - Fall 2014 new student advising will be available in April and May 2014. If you have received an offer of admissions and you have accepted that offer, please register here for your new student advising session.
ETOL student selected for Valedictorian
“Ever since I was young I would strive to be in some sort of leadership role. I never really cared about grades in school until I was in ETOL, but the one thing I have always made sure of is that I was in a role where I could help others.” - Mike Wenzlawe, Spring 2013 Valedictorian and ETOL Graduate. Read the full article.
Bringing the Faculty of Community and Health to Peru
Previously open only to ETOL students, the field school is now giving all Faculty of Health and Community Studies (FHCS) students the opportunity to embark on this incredible journey. Read the full article.
Put what you learn into action
Part of the popularity of this program — which is unique in Western Canada — is the practicum and expedition requirements. As and ETOL student you will complete two practicum courses, giving you the opportunity to get some real world experience. The ETOL program also includes two expedition requirements, the first one is a course which is completed in the Spring (early May) or Summer (late August) of year one. In May 2013 some students went to Moab, Utah on a mountain biking, hiking and canoeing expedition. In August the rest of the first year students went to either Northern BC's Atlin Lake where they were hiking and canoeing or to Vancouver Island's Clayoquot Sound for a sea kayaking experience. Both practicum and expedition experiences allow students to put what they have learned into practice as they gain new experiences in the field.
This program gives you a combination of hard (technical) and soft (interpersonal) skills; you’ll have a solid base in:
You will likely be working with both the public and fellow professionals in and out of an office. Demand is high for well-trained people.
Your job title could be: