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July 13 – August 13, 2019 Vancouver Summer Program Details

The 2019 July/August program will offer 3 packages, each consisting of 2 courses. Each course will have 39 hours of class time, taught by UBC instructors. Classes are interactive and may include group work, class discussion, guest lecturers and field trips.

Students will choose and register in one package.

Course credit may be granted by the participating universities.

The packages offered for 2019 are:

Forest Management and the Effects of Carbon

An Introduction to the Ecology, Economics and Politics of Carbon

Humans use carbon-based molecules in almost all aspects of daily life – food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and power generation are but a few examples. Unfortunately, deforestation, land degradation, and fossil fuel emissions are responsible for the build-up of carbon in the atmosphere. This is causing the atmosphere to heat up which, in turn, is changing the global climate. To understand why this is a problem and what we might do about it, students will be provided with an introduction to the ecology of carbon (where it is, how it cycles through the living and non-living world). We will then discuss how carbon can be managed to maximize benefits and limit emissions. This is not just an ecological problem. It also involves the intersection of economics and politics, both national and international. The course is mix of lectures, group discussions, and field trips.

Sustainable Forest Management

This course represents an attempt to integrate knowledge and processes relating to forest management across a wide array of disciplines, but it centrally concerned with bringing the underlying ecological and management science together. It involves a mix of lectures, group discussions and field visits to increase the understanding of students about problems involved with managing forest ecosystems for a variety of societal goals and objectives. The course is heavily geared towards ecological, economic and policy context of British Columbia; however, international implications and issues of forest management are also covered. The objective of the course is to familiarize the students with a variety of forest ecosystem values and their management issues and to enable meaningful analysis of the current issues in forest sustainability.

Lectures are interactive and students are encouraged to participate in discussion on topics raised in class. Moreover, past field trips pertaining to this Package have included a tour of environmentally sustainable buildings at UBC, a walk through Pacific Spirit Park as well as a tour of the UBC Botanical Gardens.


Urban Forestry

An Introduction to Urban Forestry

This course will provide a general introduction to the concept of Urban Forestry and why this is an important topic in today’s rapidly urbanizing society. There is a growing need to adapt to multiple impacts of climate change; and increasing demand from the public for the recreational, psychological and health benefits that green-space networks provide. With increased urban populations, global warming, urban heat islands, flooding and pollution, cities may become unlivable or demand massive energy-use for cooling, unless we can establish large scale, healthy urban forest systems.

Urban Forestry and Well-being

Urban forestry is about planning and managing urban green-spaces and ecosystems for human welfare, ecological health, and protection of our cities’ support systems. Urban forest networks, parks, wetlands, and other green infrastructures are vital in moderating heat waves and cooling demands, maintaining biodiversity and carbon sinks, controlling forest fires, storm-water flood mitigation, bio-energy production, etc. Urban Forests improve and protect our health, property values, local jobs and businesses, outdoor recreation opportunities, and community character. This course will give the students an introduction to the importance of understanding urban forestry in the face of today’s rapid urbanization as forests and green systems compete for space among buildings, roads/transit, storage facilities, and energy infrastructure.

Students will be able to experience the concepts learned in class through fieldtrips and class activities. Past participants have been taken on fieldtrips to various locations around the Greater Vancouver area including City of Surrey, City of North Vancouver and Stanley Park. There was also a tour of the UBC Botanical Gardens as well as other guided walks through the UBC campus designed to demonstrate the many facets of urban forestry.

In collaboration with the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture:

Wood + Architecture

Wood – Building by Nature

British Columbia has been a global centre of innovation for the cultivation, processing, engineering and manufacture of wood building materials and wood building design for over 100 years. In this course, students will learn about the physical and mechanical properties of wood, one of nature’s most abundant and versatile building materials. Focus will be on how wood can be used to inform creative processes of industrial design, engineering and architecture. Course format combines classroom-based lectures, machine laboratory demonstrations and exercises, with field visits to study contemporary places and techniques of wood production, processing and construction.

Designing with Wood

This field-based course connects the technical understandings of wood as a material from Course 1 to their application in the design of innovative wood buildings and structures. Students will learn to see, document, analyze and illustrate the integration of design and technical concepts within a contemporary wood building, and will ultimately be asked to design a small building that is technically sound, critically considered, and beautifully executed using wood as the primary medium. Course format combines classroom-based lectures, presentations, studio projects and lab demonstrations with field visits to innovative buildings and design and engineering firms.

The program includes a City Tour, welcome and farewell lunches, and many social activities in the evenings and during weekends. Some of these activities are included in the program fee while others are subsidized. Activities may include museum visits, outdoor activities such as canoeing and cycling, with plenty of opportunity to explore sites of interest in Vancouver, as well as weekend or day trips to places such as Whistler and Vancouver Island.

On a field trip in Coal Harbour in Downtown Vancouver

On a field trip in Coal Harbour in Downtown Vancouver

Students kayaking in Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Students kayaking in Deep Cove, North Vancouver

Exploring downtown Vancouver

Exploring downtown Vancouver

Duration and Dates
The summer program will run for four weeks from July 13th to August 13th, 2019. Orientation Day is set for Monday, July 15th, and classes will officially start on July 16th.

Program Size
The minimum enrollment is generally 20 students, although some packages may have higher minimums. Packages with low enrollment may be cancelled. Students will be informed if their first choice package is full or has been cancelled and will given the option to choose another package.

Academic pre-requisites
Typical participants are undergraduate students who have completed, at minimum, first year science courses at their home universities. All classes are taught in English so at least basic proficiency in the English language will be necessary.

Accommodation and Support
Accommodation is provided on the university campus with easy access to classes, libraries, sports facilities and transportation.
Students are supported by the Faculty of Forestry Undergraduate Program staff and volunteers.

Program Fee and Application

The 2019 program fee is $5,250 and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation on UBC campus
  • Medical insurance
  • Group airport transfers
  • City Tour
  • Select social activities

Students are responsible for the cost of food, transportation around the city as well as any other personal expenses they may incur.

Application and selection is made through the participating students’ home university. Please contact your university’s International Office for more information.

To learn more about the Vancouver Summer program with the Faculty of Forestry, please contact:

General Program Information

Ms Ana Curcin
Student Advisor, Faculty of Forestry
University of British Columbia
2617 – 2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: (604) 827-5195
Fax: (604) 822-8645
E-mail: ana.curcin@ubc.ca

Applications / Registration

Ms. Winty Cheung
Executive Director
UBC Asia Pacific Regional Office, Hong Kong
Email: winty.cheung@apro.ubc.ca
Phone: 852-2111-4401

Ms. Teresa Sham
International Short Study Programs Manager
Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Email: teresa.sham@ubc.ca
Phone: (604) 822-0563

Ms. Marg Toronchuk
Program Coordinator
Vancouver Summer Program
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Email: marg.toronchuk@ubc.ca
Phone: (604) 822-0158