Ecuador - International conservation and forest management

CONS 453 | 6 credits

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

About the course

This course is led by UBC faculty members Fernanda Tomaselli  and Suzie Lavallee

Ecuador is one of the global biodiversity "hotspots", with both extremely high diversity and endemism. The challenges to conservation are complex and intertwined with the livehoods of rual and indigenous peoples. Students in this course will conduct field studies, spanning both the social and biological sciences, to assess some of these challenges. As a part of the course, students will study in-depth issues of their choice, ranging from tropical forest ecology to management of high elevation ecosystems. To prepare students for their work, we will provide workshops in sociological field methods, forest measurements, experimental design, and statistics. Students will develop scientific writing skills to fourth-year level standards and demonstrate strong oral presentation skills.    

About the experience

The course will travel from coastal dry forest, to cloud forest, Amazon jungle, and high-elevation areas of grasslands that are surrounded by volcanoes and wild open areas.

A typical day might include:

A typical day in our course will involve light hiking in rural / wilderness areas. Students will be speaking with land owners, government representatives, and local ENGO’s to learn about local conservation and forestry initiatives in Ecuador.

Notable environmental conditions

Significant environmental conditions include high elevation areas (e.g. +2500m) as well as Amazon rainforests and dry coastal forests. The range of environments means that students need to be prepared for a wide variety of weather conditions.


Accommodations may be ‘rustic’ in some locations, as we will be making efforts to support local groups through homestays and guided tours.

General timeline

The program will take place in (in Ecuador) from May 10 to June 6, 2020. Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions and a full week of class (May 4 to 9) in Vancouver. You might also be required to submit extra work after the Seminar takes place. 

Program dates: May 4 to June 6. 


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

6 credits of Ecology, 3 credits of statistics, TCPS2 Core ethics training, CONS 330  or special permisssion from the program director.

Spanish (3 credits minimum) strongly recommended. 

Please note that due to the region visited and nature of the course, vaccination against yellow fever prior to departure is mandatory. 

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 fees and costs

CAD 3,300 - 3,600+  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

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


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:

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.

Contact Go Global

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

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