UBC Future Global Leaders Summer Online

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Explore Your Interests From Home

No matter where you are in Canada – or around the world – you can get a head start on your future with UBC Future Global Leaders Online. Try out popular university subjects taught by UBC professors and affiliated instructors in small virtual classes. Enjoy an interactive experience and make friends from around the world.

Summer Online at a Glance

Courses and Terms

Our 3-week university courses run Monday to Friday, with two hours of live online classes a day. Choose from July & August sessions.

For High School Students

Recommended for high school students ages 15–18 who have completed grade 10 or equivalent. In some circumstances we can accept 14-year-old students.


Recommended 78% average / 3.5 GPA / B average / IB 5 or higher / IELTS of 6.0 / TOEFL 80 or higher (or equivalent) for English language learners.

Letter of Completion

Receive a letter of completion when you successfully finish your course.

Easy Registration

No application, transcripts or proof of English proficiency is required. Simply check your eligibility and register!


The UBC President Bursary is available to British Columbia grade 11 students in need who meet eligibility criteria.

Try a University Subject

Taught by UBC professors and affiliated instructors, these 3-week online courses are a great way to explore popular subjects before you apply to university. Enjoy small virtual classes with a maximum 35 students, get to know your instructor, and meet other students in the Virtual Lounge. Get a taste of university learning – without the exams!

Session 1

July 3–21, 2023 | Monday to Friday, 10am–12pm Pacific Time | $850

Business and Social Impact

Study businesses that contribute to the social good, and pitch your own idea for a social enterprise.

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Introduction to Engineering

Learn about the profession of engineering, and the key disciplines.

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Introduction to Machine Learning

Learn the basics of programming! No experience required. Gain skills to handle real-life datasets with beginner-friendly Python.

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Introduction to Philosophy

Philosophy gives you tools to think carefully and critically about almost any subject.

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Introduction to Psychology

Explore the intricacies of the human mind, and understand how people think, act and feel.

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Session 2

July 24 – August 11, 2023 | Monday to Friday, 5–7pm Pacific Time | $850

Introduction to Business Foundations

Get a broad introduction to business by studying core business functions.

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Introduction to Data Analysis and Visualization

Learn how to analyze and visualize large amounts of data. Try your hand at Python.

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Introduction to Engineering

Learn about the profession of engineering, and the key disciplines.

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Medical Anthropology: Contemporary Topics

Explore healthcare topics including the experience of illness, genetics, cancer, addiction, ethics, mental health and the law.

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The Origins of International Criminal Law

From the Nuremberg trials, to Ukraine war crimes, understand the evolution of international criminal law.

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Experience Learning in a Virtual Classroom

At UBC, we offer a virtual classroom experience with easy-to-use technologies like Zoom. Watch live lectures, take part in interactive exercises and activities, and get to your classmates and instructor in small breakout rooms.

Virtual Student Lounge

Hosted by our Student Ambassadors, the Virtual Student Lounge is the place to chat and make friends with other Future Global Leaders students outside of class.

Bursaries for British Columbia Grade 11 Students

The UBC President Bursary program was set up to support grade 11 British Columbia high school students who can demonstrate financial need and who meet UBC Future Global Leaders eligibility requirements.

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The online Introduction to Engineering classes are going great! The live sessions are very interactive and it almost feels as if the course was in-person.

– Kimathra, UBC Future Global Leaders Student

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