Nanjing tree trunks clustered together

Nanjing and Shanghai, China- Exploring Contemporary Forestry and Conservation Policy/Practices in China

CONS 449 and FRST 449 | 6 credits

Apply by January 24, 2020

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

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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

About the course

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

The “Exploring Forestry and Conservation in China” program contains two UBC courses which provide opportunities for you to examine the current development of Chinese forestry, wood industry, and conservation through indoor lectures, field trips to nature reserves, visits to local industries and plantation areas.

The program content includes:

  • Key vegetation and ecosystem
  • Landscape restoration and development
  • National park and recreation in  Yellow Mountain National Park, Anhui, China
  • Natural resource policy and community development
  • Commercial plantation and timber production
  • Wood processing, marketing and international trade
  • China Canada import/export business

About the experience

A typical day might include:

  • Indoor lectures/seminars/workshops at NFU’s classrooms
  • Outdoor field trips: visit plantation, national park/nature reserve, cultural and historical sites

Notable environmental conditions: 

  • Half of this program takes place in the forest and the other half in the urban environment
  • It can be hot during the last week of the program
  • Lots of walking and hiking for the 2nd half of the program


You will stay on the NFU campus in standard student dorms. Each bedroom has a shared common area. When traveling, you will stay in a 2-3 star hotel or hostel.

General timeline

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


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.

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

Program fees and costs

The program fee is between CAD $2600 - $2800 + 6-credit tuition and flights. 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 $1,000 Go Global Award.

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:

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:

  • 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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