river in india

India: International Conservation and Forest Resource Management Field School

CONS 453 | 6 credits

About the program

Coursework: CONS 453 (6 credits)

In this course, students will examine the complex system of tropical dry forest ecology and management, livelihoods, non-timber forest products, wildlife management and conservation in India. Interactions with local practitioners and people living on the landscape will provide an opportunity to learn about the history and future the most diverse set of ecosystems in the world, existing under the pressures of one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Students will be required to develop a wide range of skills, from performing measurements on forest ecosystems to interviewing for the purposes of gathering data.

Accommodations will be dormitory-style or shared rooms, with private washroom provided in some locations. Access to indoor plumbing and electricity may not be available at some field sites.

General timeline

Program dates: April 30 – June 1, 2018 (final assignments due June 15)

Vancouver workshop and skills development:

April 30 – May 4, 2018

Study abroad in India: ~ May 6 – June 1, 2018 (finalized dates TBA)


This course has been approved for credit in all Life Sciences programs and specific program requirements in Natural Resources Conservation and Forest Resource Management degrees. Prior to taking CONS 453, students should have two courses (6 credits) in second or third year ecology and one course (3 credits) in statistics for the biological sciences. It is strongly recommended that students take CONS 330 or another course that emphasizes scientific writing skills at the third-year level prior to taking this course.

  • Have a strong interest in studying and travelling abroad.
  • Be willing to participate and function as a part of a group.
  • Be flexible in their requirements for personal comfort.
  • Students must hold a current passport and be eligible to apply for a tourist visa to India.

Please contact go.global@ubc.ca if you are interested in the program but do not belong to the above programs.

Program fees and costs

The program fee is $2,700 - $2800 subject to change based on final number of enrolment.

All qualifying students will receive a $1000 Go Global Award.

Program Fee Includes  
Program Fee Does Not Include

Accommodation in India


In-country travel related to the program (ground & air)


Museum entrance fees


Most meals


Go Global Fee


*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 the India is a separate cost.  You are responsible for arranging your own travel. Go Global can provide suggestions upon program confirmation. 

*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

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

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

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

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

Withdrawal within 7 days of deposit being posted on your 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 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • 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 go.global@ubc.ca.


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