Blockchain@UBC Summer Institute

ARST 575N, LIBR 559U | 3 credits

About the program

Leaders: The program is led by Dr. Victoria Lemieux and Dr. Tim Weingartner 

Date: The course will run from July 11 to August 5, 2022 

Topic: Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs)

Locations visited: Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts at the LU campus in Zug-Rotkreuz, Lucerne, Mt. Rigi  

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

About the course

The goal of the 2022 Summer Institute, which will be offered by the University of British Columbia and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts at the LU campus in Zug-Rotkreuz, is to provide students from a variety of disciplines from both universities with advanced, specialized training in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs). Topics covered include: basic blockchain architecture and operations, privacy, security, and trust and blockchain/DLTs, emerging international standards and use cases, technical knowledge on the popular and emerging blockchain protocols, and understanding of blockchain and DLTs in social, economic, legal and political contexts. 

The training days incorporate a mix of in-class plenary presentations, seminar-style discussions, and hands-on lab work involving individual and team-based design and coding. In-class training is supplemented by videos, readings and lab exercises to be completed in advance of each session to make best use of in-class time. 

The training sessions culminate in a two-day “blockathon”, sponsored by industry or community partners, in which you and your fellow classmates will work as members of teams to design and prototype blockchain solutions for social good and community well-being.  

This course is an elective in the University of British Columbia’s Blockchain Graduate Pathway, a multidisciplinary NSERC CREATE-funded graduate training programme in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.  

Experience in the field 

Schedule of activities 

  • July 11 – Arrive Zurich and transfer to student accommodation in Lucerne  

  • July 12 – Student welcome reception 

  • July 13 – Day 1 of summer Institute workshops (refer to course syllabus for details) 

  • July 14-20 – Summer institute workshops continue (refer to course syllabus for details) 

  • July 21 – Group cultural exchange activity – field visit to Lucerne and exploration of Lucerne by boat 

  • July 22 – Group cultural exchange activity – field visit to Mt. Rigi 

  • July 25-28 - Summer institute workshops continue (refer to course syllabus for details) 

  • July 29 – Last day of summer institute workshops  

  • August 1 – First day of Blockathon for Social Good - Public Holiday in Switzerland  

  • August 4 – Last day of Blockathon for Social Good and Closing reception 

  • August 5 – Transfer to Zurich and return to Vancouver 

A typical day in the program: You will engage in two three-hour workshops on a topic of focus (e.g., blockchain in healthcare, Self-Sovereign Identity & Blockchains, or Buiding DApps with Ethereum) 

Special environmental conditions: Covid-19 continues to be a public health risk. Measures for safe travel and local public health measures in Switzerland are being monitored and will be communicated to all participants in advance of travel.  


Shared accommodation in double rooms (2 persons per room) in Baarerstrasse 112, 6300 Zug. 

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

MAS Students - MAS Core, MLIS Students - MLIS Core, DUAL Students (Either MAS core or MLIS Core)

This course is open to upper-level undergraduates as well as graduate students from the School of Information and other disciplines (with the permission of the course instructor).

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 3300- 3500  

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. 

Global seminars refund policy

To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at

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 accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053


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 email and provide an overview of the questions you have. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone.

Virtual drop-in advising is available on Tues, Dec 21 and Wed, Dec 22 from 1 to 3 pm PST through Zoom.

In-person drop-in advising hours

Go Global offers 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

January Hours

Go Global will hold virtual reception hours on Tues, Jan 4 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am PST and 1 pm to 3:30 pm PST through Zoom.