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.
Vancouver Summer Program Packages
All disciplines are welcome to apply. The UBC School of Nursing was ranked the top nursing school in Canada for 2018 by Maclean’s Magazine and is consistently among the top three nursing schools in Canada. Our excellence in health education and research methods is a significant part of the success. International students from various disciplines are invited to apply. 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. 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 2020:
Package A: Seniors’ Health and Home Care
- Introduction to Seniors’ Health
- Introduction to Caring for Seniors at Home and in the Community
Package B: Interdisciplinary Global Health Leadership
- Global Health Leadership
- Quality and Safety for Health Care
Package C: Mental Health & Wellness
- Introduction to Mental Health
- 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
The 2020 program fee of $5,250 CAD includes:
- 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. Application and selection is made through the participating students' home university.
For questions about the VSP in Nursing, please contact:
Ellen Siu, MBA
Manager, Operations & Finance
Dr. Suzanne Campbell, PhD, RN, IBCLC, CCSNE
2020 registration deadline for the July Program is March 30, 2020.
Online applications accepted starting November 18, 2019. Please apply at https://vancouversummerprogram.ubc.ca/july/contact-information and click on July session.
July 11 to August 11, 2020
Once you arrive, you will also 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 Anthropology, UBC Botanical Gardens, UBC 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.
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.
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.
Quality and Safety for Health Care
In complex healthcare environments healthcare professionals must have the knowledge, skills and judgment to continuously monitor and improve: a) the safety of the work environment for patients and providers; and b) the quality and safety of patient care delivery. There are six key quality and safety competencies that will be covered in this course: patient-centred care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety and informatics. Students will learn about real-life applications for each of these key competencies. This course will use cases of quality and safety practice challenges such as errors (including near misses), omissions and other breaches to engage students in group discussions and problem-solving. Guests will include Quality & Safety Officers, Informatics experts and Patient Experience Advocates from various healthcare organizations.
The course content NURS Package B JULY (Interdisciplinary Global Health Leadership) is covered in a number of courses, including NURS 300, NURS 351, NURS 360, NURS 512 & NURS 520. However, this course does not translate exactly into the content covered for the courses due to its condensed format.
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.
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.
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 – 25˚C (66˚F – 77˚F) during the day, dipping by about 10˚C (50˚F) overnight. 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 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:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
- Master of Nursing-Nurse Practitioner (MN-NP)
- Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP)
- Seniors Care
- Clinical Education
If you would like more details or have further questions, please contact:
Ellen Siu, MBA
Manager, Operations & Finance