Exploring Forestry and Conservation in Asia


Go Global – “Exploring Forestry and Conservation in China”

UBC Go Global develops and facilitates international learning opportunities through study, research, and service learning. All of the programs offer students transformational learning experiences that promote global awareness, meaningful engagement and cross-cultural understanding.

Under the Go Global group study program format, “Exploring forestry and conservation in China” has been developed as a four-week intensive program offered through the UBC Faculty of Forestry in partnership with Nanjing Forestry University (NFU).

View photos from past trips!

This program contains two UBC courses which provide opportunities for students to examine the current development of Chinese forestry, wood industry, and conservation through indoor lectures, field trips to nature reserves, visits to local industries and plantation areas.

The program content includes vegetation and ecosystem, ecological and commercial forests development, biodiversity protection and management in global hotspots within China, forest policy and economy, commercial plantations, products processing, wood marketing and international trade, as well as the current development of forestland and forest tenure reform.

Since 2012, 33 students (28 from Faculty of Forestry, 2 from Faculty of Science, 2 from Faculty of Arts, 1 from Faculty of Management) went to China through the summer group study program. Through their hard work and team collaboration, many fantastic team papers and group presentations were developed.

Places the students visited –

Nanjing city
Xiashu research forest
Taixing – ginkgo town
Siyang – poplar plantation
Yixing – Bamboo Park
Yancheng – Costal Rare Birds Nature Reserve
Dafeng – Milu Nature Reserve
Yangzhou City
Wuyishan Nature Reserve (on UNESCO list)

If you are interested in this program, please the Go Global GSP website for more details, or contact us.


Biodiversity, Agriculture, and Culture of Taiwan Summer Program

College of Bioresources and Agriculture, National Taiwan University (CBA, NTU) holds the “Biodiversity, Agriculture, and Culture of Taiwan Summer Program” for you to explore in Taiwan. All the courses and field trips of this program will be conducted in English.

During the program, we will bring you from the ocean up to low, mid, and high elevations, where you will see why and how a small island could be endowed with such high biodiversity. You will also have opportunity to experience the unique culture in Taiwan through sightseeing and language learning activities.

Program Dates: July 2 to July 31, 2016 (including arrival and departure dates)
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016
Course Credits: 4 NTU credits (Credit for BACT summer should be confirmed and acknowledged by your home university before you take part in)

For more information, please visit the BACT program website, UBC Go Global, or contact us.


Taiwan Nature Treasure Map Program

Exploring the Nature of Taiwan
Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, the National Taiwan University School of Forestry and Resource Conservation is offering the “Taiwan Nature Treasure Map Program” for young people interested in promoting and experiencing the natural beauty of Taiwan. This program is a 6-week long internship which includes 1-week orientation and 5-week internship at a selected Experimental Forest, Forest Recreation Area or National Park.

This program provides you a great opportunity to learn more about the natural history of Taiwan and explore the subtropical and tropical ecosystem. You will work with local rangers and gain hands-on experiences whilst building lasting friendships. Additionally, we would love to see you sharing your Taiwan experiences with your friends and family!

Admissions Criteria

Who Can Apply: English speaking international youth aged 20-30


  • Background in natural science, recreation/tourism or communication/journalism
  • Photography, video making and creative writing skills

Applying Deadline     March 18, 2016 (rolling review process)

Credits: 4


Program Schedule for 2016

March 18 Application deadline (rolling review process)
March 31 Admissions announced
June 28-29 Arrive in Taiwan
June 30-July 2 Orientation (Including program introduction, exploration internship sites, panel discussion on natural protection and ecotourism, training courses)
July 4-August 8 On-site internship
August 10 Closing ceremony

Work with local rangers: English documents proofreading, English teaching, English interpretation, or surveying of natural resources (about 3 hours per day).

Weekly observation records: Produce your Taiwan natural or cultural experiences weekly in the form of article, photo or video clip and post on your Facebook (or Twitter) and the program website.

Taiwan Nature Treasure Map (team work): Create a treasure map (see example below) of the internship site at the end of the program.

There is no program fee, but you will need to pay for your own travel, food and personal expenses (about USD $600) or any personal activities. Free accommodation will be provided at the internship sites. Limited homestay options might be available during the orientation and closing ceremony in Taipei. However, if you need to stay in the hotel, you will have to pay for it.

Scholarship Up to NTD 15,000 (about USD $450) will be granted after you finish the whole program.

Internship Sites

  • Yangmingshan National Park
  • Shei-Pa National Park
  • Yushan National Park
  • Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area
  • Jhihben/Chihnan National Forest Recreation Area
  • Hehuanshan National Forest Recreation Area
  • Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area
  • Heshe Nature Education Area
  • Xitou Nature Education Area
  • Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area

Contact us:

Prof. Chia-Pin (Simon) Yu, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Resource Conservation
College of Bioresources and Agriculture
National Taiwan University
Address:No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617 Taiwan(R.O.C)

For more information, please visit treasuremaptw.org, download the PDF brochure, or contact us.