The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program that offers the opportunity to take a program package, includes two academic courses, while learning about Canadian practices and culture. Participants will attend highly interactive classes and engage in a variety of social activities while living in residence on UBC's stunning campus, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish people.

The UBC School of Nursing was ranked the top nursing school in Canada for 2023 by Maclean’s Magazine. Our excellence in health education and research methods is a significant part of our success. No prerequisites are required; however, participants must be proficient in English, have a strong academic background, and be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the session. Course credit may be granted by the home university. We look forward to sharing with you our commitment to health education, research, and practice at the UBC School of Nursing! In 2023 we offered three packages for the UBC Vancouver Summer Program. Information and applications for the 2024 VSP Summer Program will be available in the spring of 2024.

Vancouver Summer Program 2023 - Wrap-up Video

  1. Introduction to Seniors’ Health
  2. Introduction to Caring for Seniors at Home and in the Community
  1. Global Health Leadership
  2. Health Impact and Climate Change 
  1. Introduction to Mental Health
  2. Strategies to Manage Stress in Everyday Life

VSP Program Benefits

  • Study at one of the world's top ranked universities
  • Unique courses specifically designed for the Vancouver Summer Program
  • Courses offered by theme and in pairs to enhance cross-disciplinary learning
  • Experience Canadian culture and teaching practices
  • Engage with UBC Student Cultural Ambassadors
  • Participate in socio-cultural activities with other students
  • Approximately 39 hours of class time per course
  • Earn a certificate and grades letter upon successful completion

If you would like more details or have further questions about the VSP in Nursing, please contact:

Please contact for general inquiries and applications. More information available at

For Central Office, Office of the Vice-Provost International, please contact Tel: +1-604-827-2957

For East Asia, please contact Rebecca Chiang in our Asia Pacific Regional Office, Hong Kong at Tel +852-2111-4401

For South Asia and the Middle East, please contact Faisal Beg in our India Liaison Office, New Delhi at Tel: +91-11-46061905

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