International Learning

Vancouver Summer Program Packages

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.

International students from various disciplines are invited to apply. 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 the 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 home university. We look forward to sharing with you our commitment to health education, research, and practice at UBC School of Nursing! We are very excited to offer three packages for the UBC Vancouver Summer Program in July 2023:

Package A: Seniors’ Health and Home Care

  1. Introduction to Seniors’ Health
  2. Introduction to Caring for Seniors at Home and in the Community

Package B: Interdisciplinary Global Health Leadership

  1. Global Health Leadership
  2. Health Impact and Climate Change 

Package C: Mental Health & Wellness

  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
Program and Registration

Program Fee

The 2023 program fee is $5625 CAD and will include:

  • Tuition and course materials
  • Shared accommodation on UBC campus
  • Medical insurance
  • Group airport transfer and city tour
  • Orientation and farewell events
  • Social activities (optional trips may require an additional fee)

Students are responsible for the cost of food and transportation around the city, as well as any other personal expenses they may incur.


Students must meet their institution’s requirements for studying abroad, be proficient in English, and have a strong academic background. Online applications accepted starting November 15, 2022.  Please apply at and click on July session.


Participants will be housed in one of three UBC residences on campus with easy access to classes, libraries, sport facilities, and transportation: Ritsumeikan-UBC House, Marine Drive Residence, or Walter Gage Towers. Students will stay in shared suites that include 4-6 single bedrooms, an in-suite bathroom with a shower and toilet, a lounge area with a television, and a fully-equipped kitchenette. High-speed wired internet is included. The residences are secure and have a 24-hour front reception desk. If maximum occupancy is reached in apartment style accommodation, students may be placed in dormitory style accommodation.

Accommodation details can be found here, and campus resources can be found here.

Take a virtual tour of the UBC residences. Maybe also a quick tour of campus.

Date and Schedule

July 14 - August 14, 2023

Schedules vary depending on the package selected. Typically, classes are held 4-5 days a week. Example of a typical schedule:

9:00–12:00 | Morning class
12:00–13:00 | Lunch break
13:00–16:00 | Afternoon class

Once you arrive, you will have access to our social excursions led by our Student Cultural Ambassadors. They are current UBC Students organizing and assisting in the Vancouver Summer Program and your local guide to UBC and Vancouver. Past activities included city bus tour, hiking, a baseball game, and ice skating. Past venues also included UBC Museum of AnthropologyUBC Botanical GardenUBC Farm, Vancouver Lookout, and many more. You will have access to recreational facilities using your UBC Student Card, including the VSP Sports Festival. Also, we also have a Mini Grad Fair, for those of you interested in Graduate Studies in the near future.

Nursing Package A: Senior's Health and Home Care

The following two academic courses are offered in Package A:

Introduction to Seniors' Health

Field excursions to innovative seniors’ care centres and effective mentorship techniques will provide students with an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the most advanced learning in healthy aging and common health concerns among seniors. A broad range of guests will engage with students, including older adults, healthcare providers, and educators, and will provide content expertise. This course provides a window into normal aging processes and introduces students to some of the main health challenges experienced by seniors, including dementia. Best practices for supporting seniors’ health and wellbeing will be discussed, guided by ethical considerations and principles of personhood. The course includes lectures, workshops and mentored individual projects by students that will be presented at the end of the course.

Introduction to Caring for Seniors at Home and in the Community

Students will gain hands-on experience in developing skills to effectively engage with and support seniors in their homes and communities. A wide variety of guests will engage with students, including seniors, family caregivers, and health and social service providers. Students will engage with seniors to consider practical tips to create supportive home environments. This course provides an overview of the key components of supporting the health and well-being of seniors in their home environment. Students will be introduced to issues associated with aging in place, including environmental, policy, and systemic factors. The course will be led by expert faculty in the field of aging. Course content will be delivered through lectures, case studies, small and large discussion groups, and field excursions.

The content covered in NURS Package A: Seniors Health and Home Care is similar to foundational pillar courses in the Masters of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) Seniors Care program as a whole (NURS 542, NURS 585S), however, this course does not translate exactly into the content covered for either course due to condensed format.

Nursing Package B: Interdisciplinary Global Health Leadership

This interdisciplinary Global Health Leadership package offers the following two academic courses:

Global Health Leadership

As we become more globalized and connected, health care providers have opportunities to lead the way for social justice and equity. This course will draw upon the World Health Organization’s current program of work and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. Students will learn about leadership styles and strategies for global health advocacy work and policy development. Course discussions will highlight global health leadership in action for complex contemporary challenges such as climate change; human resources for health; good global governance; decent work; gender and age-transformative action; universal health coverage (UHC); and the “triple billion” goals. To lead globally, we have to think both locally and internationally, and students will have opportunities to meet local leaders who are champions for local Indigenous rights and cultural safety in Vancouver.

Health Impact and Climate Change 

Our planet is experiencing the largest threat of the 21st century, climate change. To prepare for the future and to promote the physical as well as mental wellbeing of individuals, communities, and populations, this course is designed to take students on the journey of examining key concepts in climate change and its intricate impacts on human health.  Using the social determinants of health framework, students are encouraged to analyze how anthropogenic activities contribute to environmental degradation in order to inspire them to adopt sustainable practices into their lives. This course includes lectures, climate expert sessions, and case studies that will enhance the content in an enriching way. 

The course content NURS Package B JULY (Interdisciplinary Global Health Leadership) is covered in a number of courses, including NURS 290, NURS 351, NURS 512 & NURS 520. However, this course does not translate exactly into the content covered for the courses due to its condensed format.

Nursing Package C: Mental Health & Wellness

This package is open to all prospective students of various disciplines:

Introduction to Mental Health

Using a life-course perspective addressing mental health from the prenatal period through older adulthood, students will build their understanding of the various mental health challenges, risk and protective factors, health system challenges and opportunities and evidence-based approaches to mental health promotion, prevention and treatment of common mental health challenges for individuals and their families. This course provides students with a foundation for working with individuals, families, and populations who experience and are living with mental health and substance use challenges. This course includes lectures and discussion groups.

Strategies to Manage Stress in Everyday Life

Students will have the opportunity to explore knowledge related to stress, stressors, resilience, social support, and strategies to foster physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Key concepts to be explored include the positive and negatives aspects of stress, factors that contribute to stress, physiological and psychological responses to stress, and the various strategies to navigate and manage stress, including the role of social support and self-care. There will be a strong focus on practical strategies to manage stress within the context of students’ current and future lives. The course will encompass a variety of methods including lectures, discussions, and an interactive assignment will allow students to express their creativity.

The content covered in NURS Package C JULY (Mental Health & Wellness) is similar to coursework covered in a few courses, NURS 303 and NURS 180. It is intended to support university students to advance their knowledge about mental health and wellbeing. However, these packaged courses do not translate exactly into the content covered in the courses due to its condensed format.

Vancouver, University of British Columbia, and UBC School of Nursing

Welcome UBC School of Nursing Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) prospective students. This is a brief introduction to Vancouver, University of British Columbia, and UBC School of Nursing.

About Vancouver

Vancouver is the 3rd largest city in Canada, located in the southwest corner of British Columbia. We are 40 minutes away from the United States border. Vancouver is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the world in terms of quality of life, opportunities, cultural diversity, political stability, and a healthy environment. One of the many Vancouver attractions during the summer include the Celebration of Lights Festival. The colourful festival is held in English Bay and it attracts thousands that come to watch the design, techniques and the innovation that is exhibits by the fireworks producers.

During the summer, Vancouver is warm but still very mild compared to many other destinations. Temperatures hover between 19˚C – 35˚C (66˚F – 95˚F) during the day. Check Vancouver’s current and historical weather conditions online.

About the University of British Columbia (UBC)

UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Two major campuses - in Vancouver and the Okanagan - attract, nurture and transform more than 60,000 students from Canada and 140+ countries around the world. 16 faculties, 18 schools, and 2 colleges offer a wide range of study options. The UBC Campus is a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. More than 400 hectares in size, the stunning campus is surrounded by forest on three sides and ocean on the fourth. Welcome to UBC Vancouver!

About UBC School of Nursing

Established in 1919, the UBC School of Nursing has over 100 years of experience educating nursing leaders and innovating research. We have an international reputation for research and scholarship, guided by a vision of excellence in nursing education, research and practice.We offer undergraduate and graduate programs taught by experienced and award-winning faculty members:

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

Dr. Emmanuela Ojukwu, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Ellen Siu, MBA
Senior Manager 

Gino Kim
Manager, Student Services 

Conor McGarry
Work Learn Marketing Student Assistant 

Please contact for general inquiries and applications. For South Asia and the Middle East, please contact Faisal Beg in our India Liaison Office, New Delhi at Tel: 91-11-4606-1905