UBC Forestry Summer Institute

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UBC Forestry Summer Institute

2024 Offering

July 22 – August 2 / August 9, 2024

To continue providing the international students to experience the teaching culture of UBC, the frontier academic subjects at UBC Forestry, moreover the cultural diversity of Vancouver and the society of Canada, we plan to offer our new program, the UBC Forestry Summer Institute, in 2024. We aim to bring all students a rich international experience.

Our programs are mainly designed for undergraduates, and open to graduate students if interested.


Choose 1 out of the 3 packages:

Important Deadlines

Registration DeadlineMarch 15, 2024
Payment DeadlineApril 1, 2024
Visa Application DeadlineApril 10, 2024

General Requirements

To apply for the Program from UBC Forestry Summer Institute, you must be:

  • An undergraduate student at a post-secondary institution outside of Canada, and
  • At least 18 years of age on the first day of the program.

English Language Requirements

To qualify for the program, you must be fully proficient in English and be able to engage in an academic setting. Language requirements are self-assessed—we do not require TOEFL or IELTS results.

Program Fees & Expenses

Program Fee: 2000 CAD (including tuition fee and course materials)

UBC Forestry will find a contractor for logistics. The cost will be paid by applicants.

Visa Application: 700 CAD (includes application fee and biometrics fee for fingerprint collection)

Living cost (food is not included): 1895 CAD(14 days)/2495 CAD (20 days), including:                              

  • Accommodation (based on the price of the UBC student dormitory)
  • Airport transfer (round way)
  • Car rental for group activity (1 day)
  • Health Insurance
  • Victoria and Vancouver Day Trip (2 days)

Other Estimated Expenses on the Student Side:

  • UBC Museum Entrance: 60 CAD
  • Food: 50 CAD/Day
  • Local Transportation:
  • *One-time fare: 3.15 CAD cash/credit card or 2.55 CAD by compass card (90 min ride)
  • *Day pass: 11.25 CAD
  • Personal and Household Expenses: 50-100 CAD

Course Package Cancellations

In some instances, course packages are canceled due to insufficient enrolment, or other reasons. If this happens, students will be offered a choice to apply for another course package or to request a refund.


If you, for any reason, can no longer participate in our program and choose to withdraw after you have confirmed your acceptance, please email info.afrc@ubc.ca with an official withdrawal request along with a brief explanation for the withdrawal.

If you have already paid your fees, you may be eligible for a refund.

General Refund Policies

Refunds may incur additional charges and exchange rate differences.

All refunds will be processed after the end of the program.

Withdrawal request madeRefund amountCorresponding withdrawal deadlines 
60 days before program start date100% of program feeMay 16, 2024
30 days before program start date50% of program feeJune 15, 2024
1 day before program start date25% of program feeJuly 14,2024
On or after program start dateNo refund 

*withdrawal and refund requests must reach the contact email on or before 11:59 PM Vancouver time on the dates specified.

Refunds for Visa/eTA/Study Permit Refusal

If you are withdrawing from our program because Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has denied your application for a Visitor Visa, Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Study Permit, we will refund 100% of the program fee.

You must email info.afrc@ubc.ca within 15 days from the date shown on the letter from IRCC, before your program start date. Your email must include:

  1. An official withdrawal request stating that IRCC has denied your application for a Visitor Visa, eTA or Study Permit, and
  2. The official letter of Visitor Visa, eTA or Study Permit denial issued by IRCC.

Refunds for Visa/eTA/Study Permit Delay

If you are unable to attend our program because you are unable to obtain a Visa/eTA/Study Permit before the program start date, we will refund your program fee based on the following terms:

If you have submitted your Visa/eTA/Study Permit application before April 4, we will refund 100% of the program fee no later than 1 day before the program start date. You must provide copies of official documents (e.g. confirmation from IRCC) showing the date which you have applied for a Visa/eTA/Study Permit in order to qualify for a refund under this situation.

If you have submitted your Visa/eTA/Study Permit application after the deadlines mentioned above, refunds will follow the general refund terms listed in the table above, under “General Refund Policies”.

Refunds for Course Cancellations

If your enrolled course package has been canceled and you are unable to join any alternative course packages on offer, we will refund 100% of the program fees paid.

How to Apply

Note: Make sure to read all the information before you start the application process.

Go to this link or scan the QR code below to fill out the registration form.

If we accept your application, we’ll send you an email confirming your acceptance. The email will include the link to pay your program fee and deposit for booking your accommodation (10%). We will also provide the contact for the visa application.

You will receive a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) AFTER we have received your program fee payment.

Find out what kind of travel documents you will need to enter Canada and make an application for one as soon as you receive your Letter of Acceptance, as processing time may take longer than you expect. Find out the current visitor visa processing times here. It will depend on the country of where you are applying from, not the country of your citizenship.

Please contact the agency we provide for your visa application. The service fee will be directly charged by the agency.  

After receiving your UBC accommodation deposit, we will book the UBC accommodation for you. The deposit for UBC accommodation is not refundable if you do not join our program later. 

Please inform us as soon as you get the visa. We will email you the link for paying the living cost for your stay in Canada. After receiving your payment, we will confirm accommodation, airport pickup, weekend day trips and other services for you.

Complete and submit your UBC Forestry Summer Institute Consent Package. All students below 19 years of age are required to have a parent or guardian complete the package.

The package includes giving consent for:

  • Outdoor activities
  • Expectations of Conduct
  • Expectations while living in residence
  • Use of your image for photos/videos
  • Emergencies
  • Release of liability, waiver of claims, and assumptions of risks

A UBC Catalog account will be created for you to access the online orientation course. You are expected to complete the orientation before arriving in Vancouver.

Enjoy UBC Forestry Summer Institute!

Arrive in Vancouver and settle down in your residence. Attend the in-person faculty orientation on the first Monday. Engage in the courses and other curricular activities offered during the program. Make new friends from around the world. Explore Vancouver and Canada during its best season… and have an unforgettable summer!

Contact Us

Dr. Suzy (Xueqin) Zeng
Assistant Director
UBC Asia Forest Research Centre
Email: info.afrc@ubc.ca