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June 8 – July 8, 2019 Program Details

The 2019 June/July program will offer 1 package 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.

Course credit may be granted by the participating universities.

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.

Urban Forestry and Well-being

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 City of Surrey, City of 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 June 8th to July 8th, 2019. Orientation Day is set for Monday, June 10th, and classes will start on June 11th.

Program Size
The minimum enrollment is generally 20 students, although some packages may have higher minimums. Packages with low enrollment may be cancelled. students will be informed if their first choice package is full or has been cancelled and will be given the option to choose another package.

Academic pre-requisites
Typical participants are undergraduate students who have completed, at minimum, first year science courses at their home universities. All classes are taught in English so at least basic proficiency in the English language will be necessary.

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 2019 program fee is TBA and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation on UBC campus
  • 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

Mr. Stephen Kumar
Executive Associate
UBC India Liaison Office
New Delhi, India
Email: stephen.kumar@ubc.ca
Phone: 91-99-53481067

Ms. Marg Toronchuk
Program Coordinator
Vancouver Summer Program
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Email: marg.toronchuk@ubc.ca
Phone: (604) 822-0158