Beijing - Contemporary Forestry and Conservation in China

CONS 488 | 3 credits

About the program

This course is led by Dr. Guangyu Wang, Department of Forest Resources Management.

Dates: May 9, 2022 - June 3, 2022

Topic: Examine the current development of Chinese forestry, conservation, ecological restoration, plantation, and urban forestry

Locations visited: Beijing & Hainan, China

Funding: All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award

About the course

The Contemporary Forestry and Conservation in China program contains one 6-credtit UBC course, which provide opportunities for you to examine the current development of Chinese forestry, conservation, ecological restoration, plantation, and urban forestry through indoor lectures, filed trips to nature reserves, visits to timberland, agroforestry areas and national parks in Hainan Island, south China.  

You will have the opportunity to meet and network with world renowned professors and experts form the Chinese State Forestry Administration, the Chinese Academy of Forestry, Peking Univeristy, Tsinghua Univeristy, Renmin University and Beijing Forestry University, among others. You will also get a chance to visit conservation and protected areas on Hainan Island in south China. The program content includes Chinese vegetation and ecosystems, ecological and commercial forest development, biodiversity protection and management in global hotspots within south China, forest policy and economy, management of plantation areas, ecological restoration projects, urban forestry, development and management of national parks, and ecological restoration in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The overall learning objectives of the program includes cultivating your abilities to demonstrate a basic understanding of the development of Chinese forestry and urban forestry, to describe the current forestry and ecological restoration issues in China, to compare the differences in related issues between China and Canada through environmental, economic and social research, and to understand conceptual and practical forest management in China. The field trips will provide you with an exceptional hands-on opportunity to examine the topics listed above and to build networks with world renowned experts in the field, which might lead to potential job opportunities. 

Experience in the field

The following schedule indicates the different activities for each day.

  • Sunday, May 9: Arrive and settle in at Beijing Forestry University.
  • Monday, May 10: Campus tour and orientation, cultural Activity with BFU Students
  • Tuesday, May 11Overview of Chinese Forestry and Conservation, Lecture 1 and 2
  • Wednesday, May 12Lecture 3 (Ecological Restoration in China), Lecture 4 (Chinese Culture)
  • Thursday, May 13Lecture 5 (Urban Forestry and green space management), Lecture 6 (Chinese Culture)
  • Friday, May 14: Cultural Experience (The Great Wall)
  • Sunday, May 15: Free Day
  • Monday, May 16: Lectures 7 and 8 (The development and management of national parks in China, including Case Studies)
  • Tuesday, May 17Field Trip 1 to BFU research forest
  • Wednesday, May 18: Lectures 9 and 10 (The management of plantation areas in China, including Case Studies)
  • Thursday, May 19Field Trip 2 to Xiong'an (Demonstration of plantation areas)
  • Friday, May 20: Field Trip 3 to Miyun Reservoir for watershed management
  • Saturday, May 21Cultural Experience at The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven
  • Sunday, May 22Free Day
  • Monday, May 23Field Trip 4, Beijing to Hainan
  • Tuesday, May 24Visit Sanya City's Urban Forests and Landscaping
  • Wednesday, May 25Field Trip to Hainan Rain Forest National Park, Nature Rain Forest conservation
  • Thursday, May 26: Field Trip to Hainan Rain Forest National Park, Tourism and community engagement
  • Friday, May 27Field Trip to Hainan Rain Forest National Park, Hainan Gibbon Conservation
  • Saturday, May 28: Field Trip to Hainan Rain Forest National Park- Hainan Gibbon Conservation
  • Sunday, May 29: Field Trip to Hainan coffee plantation, coffee supply chain, coffee culture exchange, ecotourism and community development
  • Monday, May 30: Field Trip to Asia Pulp and Paper plantation forest management, FSC Certification
  • Tuesday, May 31: Field Trip to Visit Asia Pulp and Paper Mill (the biggest pulp and paper plant in Asia) and COC certification
  • Wednesday, June 1: Field Trip to Dongzhai Harbor Mangrove Forest Conservation and Mangrove Forest Research Institute
  • Thursday, June 1: Meetings with Director of Hainan National Park, and Faculty of Forestry, Hainan University
  • Friday, June 2: Group Presentations and closing (Hainan University)
  • Saturday, June 3Back to Vancouver

Notable environmental conditions

  • Hot weather, especially in the 2nd half of the program with half the time spent in the forest
  • Lots of walking and hiking for the 2nd half of the program


On BFU campus, you will stay in standard student dorms (each has a bedroom and share common area). On the road, you will stay at 2-3 star hotels or hostels.

Eligibility requirements

General Global Seminar requirements

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application 

  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g., not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar 

  • You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar 

  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure 

  • You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date 

  • Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis 

  • You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar 

  • You must be in your third, fourth, or final year of study. If you plan to complete your second-year requirements by the end of April 2022, you are eligible to apply.

Program-specific requirements

3rd year standing or above. Students with Forestry and Environmental Sciences background are preferred.

How to apply

Application deadline 

January 27, 2022

  1. Log in to the Gateway online application program 
  2. Select “Search Experiences” and type "GSP" to explore Global Seminars programs 
  3. Upload the application form for your selected Global Seminar – see Application documents below 

*Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 2 Global Seminars*

Program fees and costs

Approximately CAD $2,600-$2,900

Students are responsible for covering the cost of 3 credits of UBC tuition.

The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee ($415) is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

Pre-departure policy

Safety abroad

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences. In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodations, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:


You can contact Go Global by email, phone, in-person or virtually through Zoom.

Booking a virtual advising appointment

If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone, and can be scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm PT from Monday to Friday. 

If you require an appointment outside of these hours, contact Go Global and they will do their best to accommodate. Appointments outside of regular hours can only be accommodated virtually.

In-person drop-in advising hours

Starting Tuesday, Sep 7, Go Global will offer in-person drop-in advising at the UBC Life Building during the times below:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Go Global 101: Virtual group advising sessions on Fridays

Sign up to attend a Friday group advising session online and learn more about the programs, talk to an advisor, or meet other students interested in Go Global programs.