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Beijing - Ecological Restoration and Urban Forestry in China

FRST 449, CONS 449 | 6 credits

Apply by December 5, 2019

Applications are reviewed as they are received, so early applications are encouraged.  

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  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.

Students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director at an orientation session or one-on-one to learn more about the program.


About the course

This course is led by UBC faculty member Dr. Guangyu Wang. 

This program is made up of two UBC courses, which allow you to examine the current development of Chinese forestry and conservation,  learn about ecological restoration, explore plantation and urban forestry through indoor lectures, take field trips to nature reserves, and visit plantation area and national parks in northern China.

The program content includes:

  • Key Chinese national natural resource development policy and programs
  • Forest development in the populated urban regions
  • Urban forestry and green space management
  • Balancing the plantation and ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation in tropical rain forest
  • China key programs for protection of endangered species and ecosystems
  • Interaction with international conservation organizations working in China

The overall learning objectives of the program include cultivating abilities to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the development of Chinese and urban forestry
  • Describe the current forestry and ecological restoration issues in China
  • Compare the differences in related issues between China and Canada through environmental, economic and social research
  • Understand conceptual and practical forest management in China

The field trips provide an exceptional hands-on opportunity to examine the topics listed above and an opportunity to build networks with world-renowned experts in the field, which might lead to potential job opportunities.

About the experience

Students will have opportunities to meet and network with world-renowned professors and experts from the Chinese State Forestry Administration, the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), the Chinese Academy of Forestry as well as key international conservation organizations working in China. They will also get a chance to visit and experience tropical rainforest and national park located in Hainan Island.

Locations visited:



Hainan Island including tropical rainforest national park/nature reserve and mangrove forest

A typical day might include:


Field trips to nature reserves, plantations and national parks

Notable environmental conditions

Hot weather, especially in the 2nd half of the program with half the time spent in the forest (Saihanba National Park should be very pleasant in May due to its elevation and forest coverage)

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.

General timeline

The program will take place in (in China)  from May 4-29, 2020. Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.  

Program dates: May 4-29, 2020


To be accepted for this Global Seminar, you have to meet both program-specific requirements as well as Go Global’s general eligibility.

Program-specific requirements:

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

Global Seminars - general eligibility

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

Program fees and costs

CAD 2,600 - 2,800+  tuition and flight.

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 is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

All qualifying students will receive a $1000 Go Global Award

Program fee includes Program fee DOES NOT include
Accommodation Tuition*
Program-related travel Flight*
Program-related excursions Incidentals*
Meals *depending on program
Go Global fee ($415.00)

*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to your destination is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.

Please contact a Global Seminar Advisor if you have questions about the program fee. Connecting early with an Enrolment Service Advisor will also be helpful in order to plan for your trip.

Global seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after you accept your spot in the program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit posted on SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit due date

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


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:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Pre-departure policy

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:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

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


Global Seminars Advisor

Student Advising

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Please email with your student number in the subject line.

Global Seminars Advisor

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

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