November 8 - 1:00pm - UBC Life Building - Multipurpose Room
November 8 - 1:00pm - UBC Life Building - Multipurpose Room
Applications are reviewed as they are received, so early applications are encouraged.
Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 3 Global Seminars.
Shortlisted students can expect to be invited for interviews in early January.
Selected students will be notified mid-January.
Contemporary scientists agree that solutions to complex global challenges such as environmental sustainability calls for “systems thinking”: the process of understanding how things influence one another within a whole. Systems thinking as an approach to problem-solving argues that the component parts of a system can best be understood in the context of relationships with each other and with other systems, rather than in isolation.
A scientific approach to examining the world that embraces systems thinking therefore demands that we consider landscapes, regions or whole continents as systems. In these systems, elements such as land, air, water, human societies, plants, and animals, interact in ways that influence the likelihood that the system will survive or perish.
This 3-credit summer intensive course ( program runs between April 27 to May 14, 2019) builds on ISCI 360, in which students examined the complex interconnecting components that contribute to the nature and status of the present-day system of a country, a region or a city. We intend to begin with a study of Iceland (as a completely self-contained nation-state ‘system’, Iceland offers a particularly valuable case study).
The summer intensive course offers you an opportunity to visit and experience Icelandic land, ecosystems, and communities first hand, and to hear the perspective from locals and local experts on contemporary and historical factors influencing (in this example) the Icelandic system.
In addition, the course will function as a data-gathering field trip to allow the student team to pursue a pre-selected research project investigating the possible effects of perturbations of the Icelandic system.
A typical day might include:
Attending lectures from selected local guest speakers on topics relevant to Iceland like:
Geological and hydrological systems
Impacts of glaciation
Factors influencing local climate
The influence of climate
Water and land on terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the resultant influences on agriculture and local energy systems
Data gathering for students’ research projects
Visits to sites like
Gullfoss and Geysir - Iceland's best-known geyser area. Gullfoss is a huge waterfall in a cliff-girded canyon.
Thingvellir is the only place in the world where you can see the tectonic plates move apart from each other.
Myvatn and Akureyri are Lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Mt. Hverfjall, Krafla, and the geothermal area east of Namaskardur.
Asbyrgi and the National Park Jokulsargljufur. This 3.5 km long canyon with has walls of up to 100 m high walls that are occupied by fulmars during the breeding season.
Glaciers – There are a number of regions to choose from.
Weather permitting we will also be visiting the Westman Islands
Notable environmental conditions
Lots of walking, hiking, outdoor activities as well as long periods of sitting in cars and buses
Accommodation will be dormitory style and similar to modern hostels.
The program will take place in Iceland from April 27 to May 14, 2019.
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.
This course is open to students with third-year or higher standing in the Faculty of Science.
ISCI 360, Systems Approaches to Regional Sustainability (taking place in Term 2 of each academic year) or assigned readings.
While the course is suitable for third-to fourth-year students from a variety of majors and science disciplines, preference will be given to students registered in Integrated Sciences.
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
Approximately CAD $3000+ 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 $1,000 Go Global Award.
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|Meals *depending on program|
|Go Global fee ($415.00)|
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.
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.
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.
Adjustment on deposits
Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:
Withdrawal after acceptance in program
Withdrawal within 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC
Withdrawal after 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC
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 email@example.com.
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 the program:
The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844
Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053
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.