ORICE is the Office of Regional and International Community Engagement at UBC. With a growing number of community partners in Canada and around the world, ORICE is committed to overcoming complex social and ecological challenges.

The ORICE mandate is to foster meaningful engagement between students, faculty, and communities. Students bring their discipline to life on location by connecting with community partners in a way that opens dialogue and aims to be mutually beneficial, through asset-based community development practices.

ORICE provides several opportunities for engagement through programming such as the International Service Learning Program, regionally-based community engagement, and courses at UBC that bring community partners and their current areas of focus into the classroom.

About ISL

International Service Learning or ISL provides students the opportunity to contribute towards important projects led by community partners around the world. ISL challenges participants to apply their discipline to real-world issues while aiming to make a positive impact in solidarity with their host organization

ISL connects students and faculty from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic disciplines, and interests with community-based organizations across the globe. By engaging directly with poverty, disability, conservation, health, education, sustainability, and other important issues, students are able to better understand both the impacts of development at individual and community levels as well as gain a better understanding of the challenges and successes involved in international development.

Students can participate in a variety of different programs with International Service Learning, including:

  • Course-Based Placements: During course-based placements, students are partnered with community organizations abroad for twelve weeks.They spend this time working with their community partner towards supporting the organization mandate and addressing broader facets of social change. Combining these placements with courses such as history, economics, sociology, or psychology allows students to earn course credit in a unique learning environment that fosters the application and critique of theory to practice.
  • Co-Curricular Placements: During co-curricular placements, students are able to apply directly to partner with a particular community on a focused issue for twelve weeks. Potential areas of focus may relate to sustainability, literacy, education, micro-finance and more. Students will assist their community partners in implementing projects that produce positive change.


ORICE has identified six key values through the Ethics of International Engagement and Service-Learning (EIESL) Project. We strive to enact these in all of our work with our students, instructors, and community partners.

  1. Intercultural Understanding
  2. Training and Education
  3. Sustainability
  4. Balance and Reciprocity
  5. Motivations
  6. Witnessing and Observing

To learn more about these key values, visit the EIESL Project Website.