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July 15 – August 15, 2017 Program Details

The 2017 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 2017 are:

Package A – 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.

Package B – Wood Products and Machinery

Manufacturing of Wood Products

The objective of the course is to provide an overview of the secondary wood product manufacturing sector. This includes the transformation from a design idea into a finished product, considering digital design aspects, materials, as well as construction principles. In addition, it builds the base for module B “Introduction to woodworking machinery”.

Introduction to Woodworking Machinery

The focus of module B is to highlight the utilization of the state-of-the-art woodworking machinery. This includes safe working procedures, the explanation of various production equipment, as well as the manufacturing processes needed for production of wood products. Students will use the High Head Machine Lab at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing to work on a hands-on project to enhance and apply the skills and knowledge learned in both modules.

Package C – 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.

Green-Space Management in North America

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 Surrey, 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.

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 15th to August 15th, 2017. This includes arrival and departure days, so students should arrive in Vancouver on July 15th. Orientation Day is set for Monday, July 18th, and classes will officially start on July 19th.

Program size
The minimum group size is 24. Students from multiple universities may be combined into one class if the minimum cannot be met by any one university.

Academic pre-requisites
Students should have completed basic first-year science courses at their home universities.

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 2017 program fee is CAD$4750 and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Intercultural Communication workshop
  • Accommodation for 31 nights
  • 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