Program dates: UBC students spend 8 weeks doing research at Imperial College London from late-June to late-August each year (exact dates to be decided each year).
This may be part of a 16-week summer research term at UBC during which students spend May and June at UBC, then July and August in London.
Imperial College London is a public research university in the United Kingdom. Imperial is among the top universities of the world and consistently included in the top 10 globally. Imperial received its highest ranking as 2nd best university in the world in the 2014/15 QS World University Rankings. Outside of U.S. universities, Imperial is ranked 3rd best university in the world in the 2015 Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report World University Rankings.
Since 2014, Imperial and UBC have engaged in a Summer Research Exchange for Science undergraduate students. UBC students spend 8 weeks at Imperial during the summer undertaking research under the supervision of a faculty member.
Meanwhile, students from Imperial come to UBC for 8 weeks to undertake research.
Student selection and project placement
Professors at UBC and Imperial College work together to establish the research projects each year. Student selection is managed within the academic department.
Often, students and professors will apply for an NSERC-USRA award for a 16-week summer research placement, where 8 weeks of the paid research term will take place at Imperial.
If you are a student interested in participating, you are encouraged to discuss this opportunity with professors in your department.
October – February: UBC and Imperial professors establish which departments will be participating in the exchange and discuss possible collaboration and student projects
January – March: Projects established and departments select their students
By late March: Departments notify Go Global of participating students and Go Global processes the students’ acceptance to the program
April – May: Students undertake pre-departure preparation
Late-June: Departure for London
Late-August: Return to UBC