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UBC Future Global Leaders

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UBC Future Global Leaders has wrapped up for 2019. In the next few weeks, we’ll be adding photos and videos from this summer. In the meantime, please subscribe to stay informed of news and registration updates for our 2020 program.

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 around the world at one – or both – of UBC's spectacular 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.

Registration for UBC Future Global Leaders 2020 will open January 7, 2020.

2020 Session Dates:

Session 1: Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 11, 2020 (UBC Vancouver | UBC Okanagan)
Session 2: Sunday, July 12 – Saturday, July 25, 2020 (UBC Vancouver)
Session 3: Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 8, 2020 (UBC Vancouver)

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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 or Kelowna in the evening and on weekends.

Courses in 2020 will be offered in three sessions at UBC Vancouver and in session 1 only at UBC Okanagan. Students can combine courses on one or both campuses to create a 4- or 6-week program. (Note: To be able to take courses on both campuses, students must register in session 1 at UBC Okanagan and session 2 at UBC Vancouver, with the option of adding session 3.)

View a Sample 2019 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 UBC 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, and all its amenities and facilities.

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.

Here are the courses we offered in 2019.  Courses for 2020 will be announced in the fall.  Subscribe to stay informed about the 2020 UBC Future Global Leaders Program.

Academic Course

Anthropology and Sociology

Session 1

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

2020 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: Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 11, 2020    (UBC Vancouver | UBC Okaganan) 
Session 2: Sunday, July 12 – Saturday, July 25, 2020     (UBC Vancouver)
Session 3: Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 8, 2020  (UBC Vancovuer)

2020 Program Fees

Canadian Students (including landed immigrants)
Residence Option CAD$3,160 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$1,660 for one two-week course.  Fees also include afternoon workshops, social activities weekdays 1 - 5 pm, and special events on Friday evenings.  Lunch is provided Monday to Friday, as well as dinners on Fridays and the first Sunday. Local medical insurance is provided for Canadian students travelling from overseas. 
International Students
Residence Option CAD$4,250 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$2,750 for one two-week course. Fees also include afternoon workshops, social activities weekdays 1 - 5 pm, and special events on Friday evenings.  Lunch is provided Monday to Friday, as well as dinners on Fridays and the first Sunday.  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 for UBC Future Global Leaders 2020 Program will open on January 7, 2020.

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 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 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.

Registration for 2020 opens January 7, 2020.  Follow these 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)

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.