Pre-University Summer Program Information & Courses

UBC Future Global Leaders

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Registration Alert

Commuter Option: Registration for sessions 1 and 2 is closed. You can register for any open courses in session 3 if you plan to commute to UBC.

Residence Option: Registration for the residence option for ALL sessions is closed.

Experience University Life – While Still in High School!

Discover and explore your academic interests and passions at a top university, and develop skills and confidence to be a successful university student. Study and enjoy social activities with students from more than 45 countries around the world at one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses. Choose from more than 30 academic courses, as well as unique university preparation courses. English language learners can improve their skills in English language courses with an academic focus.

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Program Details

UBC Future Global Leaders two-week courses include three hours of morning classes, afternoon workshops focused on university preparation and fun social activities. Students living in residence have additional opportunities to discover all that UBC has to offer and to explore Vancouver in the evening and on weekends.

View a Sample Schedule

Download a sample schedule to see what two weeks at UBC Future Global Leaders looks like. Please note this schedule subject to change.

Live in a UBC Residence

Living on campus in a student residence gives you a chance to live the full university experience with students from around the world. You stay in a furnished single bedroom with shared (single gender) washrooms and co-ed floor lounges. Approximately 28 students live on each floor and are organized by gender.

Monitors live on your floor. Not only do they organize activities, they are there for questions and advice. Most are current university students, and many are past Future Global Leaders themselves!

A Full Calendar of Activities

We make the most of your time at UBC Future Global Leaders with workshops and optional group activities after class. For students living in residence, there are additional on-campus and off-campus activities in the evening and on the weekends. Explore the UBC campus, an exciting and beautiful city within a city, and experience the best that Vancouver has to offer.

Questions?

Got questions? We’re here to help. Call us at +1 604 822 1444 or contact us. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

Courses

Explore your academic interests and passions

UBC Future Global Leaders academic courses are taught by UBC professors and instructors at the level of first-year university. All two-week UBC Future Global Leaders courses can be combined to make a four- or six-week program.

Registration Alert

Commuter Option: Registration for sessions 1 and 2 is closed. You can register for any open courses in session 3 if you plan to commute to UBC.

Residence Residence: Registration for the residence option for ALL sessions is closed.

Academic Course

Anthropology and Sociology

Session 1
June 30-July 13

Session 2
July 14-July 27
Session 3
July 28-Aug 10
Consumers and Consumption: A Global Perspective SESSION CLOSED
Crime and Society: Contemporary Topics SESSION CLOSED
Forensic Anthropology: Identifying the Dead
Relationship Science: Understanding Close Relationships SESSION CLOSED
Health Sciences and Psychology Session 1
June 30-July 13
Session 2
July 14-July 27
Session 3
July 28-Aug 10
Biology, History and Future of Cancer
Cell and Molecular Biology in Medicine SESSION CLOSED
Clinical Neuroscience: Exploring Brain Dysfunction SESSION CLOSED
Cognitive Psychology: Exploring Human Behaviour SESSION CLOSED
Health Psychology: The Intersection of Psychology and Medicine SESSION CLOSED
NEW Breaking Bad Habits: The Science Behind Behaviour Change
Law and Philosophy Session 1
June 30-July 13
Session 2
July 14-July 27
Session 3
July 28-Aug 10
Contemporary Moral Issues and Critical Thinking SESSION CLOSED
Ethical Leadership and Choices: An Introduction to 21st-Century Philosophy
Introduction to Law and Legal Issues
Media, Technology and Computing Session 1
June 30-July 13
Session 2
July 14-July 27
Session 3
July 28-Aug 10
Artificial Intelligence and Society: The Impact of Machine Learning Systems SESSION CLOSED
Digital Media Entrepreneurship SESSION CLOSED SESSION CLOSED
Introduction to Computational Thinking SESSION CLOSED
Minds and Machines: Entering the Age of Automation SESSION CLOSED
The Science of Computation: Roots, Insights, Applications SESSION CLOSED
Virtual Reality SESSION CLOSED
Politics, Economics, and Global Affairs Session 1
June 30-July 13
Session 2
July 14-July 27
Session 3
July 28-Aug 10
Introduction to the Global Political Economy SESSION CLOSED
Multinational Corporations and Globalization SESSION CLOSED
Outlaw Economics SESSION CLOSED
Politics and Diplomacy in a Global Context
Preparing for University Success Session 1
June 30-July 13
Session 2
July 14-July 27
Session 3
July 28-Aug 10
Preparing for University Success: An Intensive University Preparation Course SESSION CLOSED SESSION CLOSED
Science and Engineering Session 1
June 30-July 13
Session 2
July 14-July 27
Session 3
July 28-Aug 10
Applied Chemistry: Chemical Engineering in Daily Phenomena
Foundations and Frontiers of Biological Engineering SESSION CLOSED
Introduction to Engineering SESSION CLOSED FULL
Ocean and Atmosphere Systems through the Lens of Climate Change SESSION CLOSED
Urban Planning Session 1
June 30-July 13
Session 2
July 14-July 27
Session 3
July 28-Aug 10
Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs SESSION CLOSED
A Global Approach to City-Making SESSION CLOSED
English Language Course
English for University Success Session 1
June 30-July 13
Session 2
July 14-July 27
Session 3
July 28-Aug 10
English for University Success: Environment and Climate Change SESSION CLOSED
English for University Success: Global Citizenship and Cross-cultural Communication SESSION CLOSED
English Language: IELTS Academic Test Preparation SESSION CLOSED
English for University Success: Media and Technology

Questions?

Got questions? We’re here to help. Call us at +1 604 822 1444 or contact us. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

UBC also offers a wide range of day camps for children aged 2-18 years. For more information, visit UBC Camps.

Dates & Fees

2019 Program Dates

Choose one two-week course from a variety of courses in each session. Courses can be combined to make a four- or six-week program.

  • Session 1: June 30 - July 13, 2019 (Session Closed)
  • Session 2: July 14 - July 27, 2019 (Session Closed)
  • Session 3: July 28 - Aug 10, 2019 (Commuter option only)

2019 Program Fees

Canadian Students
(including landed immigrants)
Residence Option CAD$3,045 for one two-week course, including airport pick-up and drop-off services, accommodation in a UBC campus residence (single occupancy), three (3) meals per day on campus, workshops and all group-led activities. Local medical insurance is provided for Canadian students travelling from overseas.
Commuter Option CAD$1,600 for one two-week course, including afternoon workshops and group-led social activities from 1pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Lunch is also provided Monday to Friday, as well as dinner on Fridays. Special events on Friday evenings are also included. Local medical insurance is provided for Canadian students travelling from overseas. 
International Students
Residence Option CAD$4,095 for one two-week course, including airport pick-up and drop-off services, accommodation in a UBC campus residence (single occupancy), three (3) meals per day on campus, workshops and all group-led activities. Local medical insurance is provided for international students.
Commuter Option CAD$2,650 for one two-week course, including afternoon workshops and all group-led activities from 1pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Lunch is also provided Monday to Friday, as well as dinner on Fridays. Special events on Friday evenings are also included. Local medical insurance is provided for international students.

All fees are in (CAD) Canadian dollars and subject to change.

Fees do not include airfare, travel insurance, spending money and visa or immigration documentation fees. 

Admissions & Registration

Registration Alert

Commuter Option: Registration for sessions 1 and 2 is closed. You can register for any open courses in session 3 if you plan to commute to UBC.

Residence Option: Registration for the residence option for ALL sessions is closed.

Please note you must be 15- to 18-years-old on or before the session start date.

Admission Requirements

Before registering we recommend students be sure they meet the following requirements.

Academic and University Preparation Courses

  • GPA (grade point average) score of 78% or equivalent. Please include your most recent school report card or transcripts in your application.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or equivalent OR TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based test score of 80, or equivalent. You self-assess your English proficiency levels and are not required to provide proof of English Language proficiency.

Note about Academic and University Preparation courses grade point averages and equivalent IB Final Grades: A minimum IB final grade of 5 is required to attend UBC Future Global Leaders.

Percentage Grade Point Average Letter Grade IB Final Grade
78% 3.5 B 5

English Courses

  • GPA (grade point average) score of 78% or equivalent. Please include your most recent school report card or transcripts in your application.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.0 or equivalent, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based test score of 60, or equivalent. You self-assess your English proficiency levels and are not required to provide proof of English Language proficiency.

Note about language requirements: English language requirements are recommended to ensure that you can participate and benefit fully from the curriculum. If you enrol in an academic course but unable to participate effectively in English, we will place you in an English Language course. If you would like to combine English language and academic courses, we recommend you take an English language course first.

Steps to Register

Step 1 Review program admission requirements and dates and fees.
Step 2

Select course, register and pay the CAD$500 deposit. For detailed payment instructions, see Policies & Payments.

Step 3

Once you register, you will receive a registration confirmation and a link to additional forms. This information package is required to finalize your registration. Your fees are based on your accommodation requirements and if you are a Canadian or an International student. For fee details, see Dates and Fees.

Step 4

Complete the online information package and upload the following documents:

  • An electronic version of your latest school report card or transcript
  • Recent digital or digitized photograph of you (from the shoulders up)
  • Consent forms signed by your parent or legal guardian (parent consent, activity consent, and optional consent to use image)
  • Third party activity liability waiver (for students living in residence only)
Step 5

When you have completed the information package, you will receive a confirmation of registration within two (2) business days confirming your course, accommodations details, and helpful information as you plan your summer.

Step 6

Final payment: The balance owing is due upon receipt of the completed information package. The final balances will be automatically processed to the credit card used to pay the deposit, and a receipt will be sent by email. If you would prefer to pay the balance owing by some other form of payment, please contact fgl.exl@ubc.ca before submitting your Information Package. For information on refund policies and cancellations, please see Policies & Payments.

Questions?

Got questions? We’re here to help. Call us at +1 604 822 1444 or contact us. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

Registered Students

Get all the information you need for UBC Future Global Leaders 2019. Find out how to get to UBC, what to bring and where to go the first day of class. See what activities and workshops are planned, and download a packing list for residence.