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India: International Conservation and Forest Resource Management Field School

Coursework: CONS 453 (6 credits)

About the program

Coursework: CONS 453 (6 credits)

Come with us as we explore how conservation efforts and forest resource management can alter the livelihoods and empowerment of local people in India. Through discussions with government officials, indigenous peoples, and researchers, we will learn how lives can be changed by conservation initiatives and the importance of new approaches to managing forest resources. Approximately two weeks will be spent in Northern India in the state of Uttarakhand, and one week in the Southern India state of Kerala.

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

Week 1 Vancouver
Week 2 + 3 Dehradun
Week 4 + 5 Delhi (transition) and Kerala
Weeks 6 + 7 Independent travel / study


Prior to taking part in this program, students should have completed coursework in these disciplines, and should also have a record of strong academic performance. Students should be eligible for third year standing in their program.


  • 6 credits in Ecology (e.g. FRST 210 and 211, or BIOL 302 and 303)
  • 3 credits in Statistics (e.g. FRST 231, or BIOL 300)
  • CONS 330 is also strongly recommended, but other third-year courses in the natural sciences that emphasize scientific writing and experimental design will be considered at the discretion of the instructor.
  • 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 - $2900 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

Refund on deposits

Students are eligible for a refund of their deposit minus the administrative fee ($407) if they withdraw from the program within 30 days of paying the deposit; this provides time to fill vacated spots so the cost to other students does not increase. After 30 days, the deposit is 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.

Refund on program fees

Students who withdraw from a Global Seminar after having paid the remaining program fee are not eligible for a refund of their deposit or the program fee. 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.


Go Global Vancouver

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  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver


Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

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