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London, UK - In Search of Indigenous London

Apply by December 6, 2018

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

  1. Log in to the Gateway online application program
  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

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. 

ARA Funding

This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. ARA is a funding body made of the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, anonymous donors and Go Global that supports research intensive Global Seminars.

The ARA program offsets the cost to students for participation in an ARA course.  Up to 70% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students; up to 100% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students who demonstrate financial need (as determined by Enrolment Services).  The ARA program does not fund course development costs; faculty salaries; costs related to tuition, textbooks, course materials, visas, and vaccinations; daily meals; or personal expenses incurred by students.

For more details, please see the Eligibility and Fees and costs section.

About the course

This course is led by UBC faculty member Coll Thrush

This course attempts to rethink the nature of the capital of the British Empire and the Commonwealth by framing it through the experiences of Indigenous children, women, and men who travelled there, willingly or otherwise, from territories that became Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Australia.

It begins with two weeks in Vancouver, followed by two weeks in London, and ends with two weeks back in Vancouver. During our time in London, in addition to course readings and seminar discussions, we will meet with a range of people including archivists and curators, activists and community leaders, and we will visit a number of the city's leading museums and institutions.

By the end of the course, we will have disoriented and reoriented ourselves, bringing our experiences in London back to Vancouver to share with colleagues.

This course has several objectives:

  • to offer a crash course in the history of one of the world's great cities
  • to teach ways of engaging critically with Indigenous experiences
  • to think critically about images of Indigenous people in the popular imagination
  • to have students think in the longue durée about encounter and its consequences
  • to use the resources of London (e.g. museums) to enhance in-class learning
  • to apply the learning in the course to other Indigenous contexts

By the end of the course, students will be able to do the following:

  • think critically about the nature of settler colonialism and Indigenous history and be able to extend that analysis beyond its usual spatial boundaries to include, for example, London
  • work with diverse and often difficult and fragmentary primary sources
  • write in multiple registers, from traditional academic writing to self-reflexive, first-person journaling
  • learn how to work with places as texts and archives in their own right

About the experience

A typical day might include

  • daily excursions including
  • investigating archival materials and consulting with Indigenous curators at the British Museum
  • participating in a Black history walking tour and slavery exhibition
  • visiting Pocahontas’ tomb in Gravesend, Kent – a town that markets itself using her imagery


Student residence style accommodation in central London

General timeline

The program will take place in London July 14-29, 2019.

Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions and lectures in Vancouver. Full schedule below.

Full schedule below.

Vancouver - on campus classes: July 2-11

London: July 14-29

Vancouver - on campus class and research conference: July 31-August 9


To be accepted for this Global Seminar, you have to meet both program-specific requirements as well as ARA general eligibility.

Program-specific requirements

At least one course in Indigenous studies

ARA Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled in UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts
  • Be in their third, fourth, or final year of study.
  • Be enrolled in at least 24 credits in the academic year before the program
  • Must be registered in 24 credits in the current academic year, or sufficient to graduate
  • Have a minimum GPA of 70% with no fails or incompletes

This is a highly competitive program that is generously funded through the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global. The funding provided for this program is limited to only UBC Vancouver students in the identified Arts Majors.

Program fees and costs

Approximately CAD $2400-2700 plus tuition.

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 ARA Funding. A separate application is not required.  ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% funding for the program fee and flight. Accepted students with demonstrated financial needs are eligible for 100% funding for Program Fee and Budgeted Flight.

*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 destination  is a separate cost. However, 70 – 100% funding is provided for the flight at a budgeted cost of $1,000. 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.

*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 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 go.global@ubc.ca.


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

Pre-departure policy

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

Drop in advising - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm

Please email go.global@ubc.ca with your student number in the subject line.

Global Seminars Advisor


Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


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