The Scandinavian and Nordic Cultural Association of UBC (SNCA) is a student-run club started in 2003 and is constituted through the Student Administration Council (SAC) of UBC’s Alma Mater Society (AMS).
We are an open and inclusive club and our members are students, alumni, teachers and staff who come from a variety of backgrounds who have one thing in common: A love of Scandinavia. There are a lot of clubs at UBC, and we saw a need for a club where students and others could connect through Scandinavian languages, culture and events, stay connected with other Scandinavian events around town and share all ‘Things-Scandinavian.’
In short we created a club where we could get together, forge lasting friendships and have fun, the Nordic way.
We do everything from language groups, parties and events and getting together to socialize and unwind.
Our biggest event of the year is our annual Lucia Festival which we’ve been hosting on the last day of classes before the winter break since 2005. Lucia is a Scandinavian festival of light in the darkness of winter. We dress in long white gowns, carry candles, sing traditional Swedish carols and serve Lussekatter (sweet saffron buns), gingerbread cookies, coffee and tea. It’s always free and open to anyone to enjoy.
Some of us have Nordic heritages, while others got hooked by visiting or studying the Scandinavian languages and cultures. The point is, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from to join the club. What matters is that you’re passionate about Scandinavia and that you want to share, learn about and participate in things with a Scandinavian flair.
We look forward to meeting you. Email us if you have any questions or comments. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can!
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