Experience University Life at UBC

For 15- to 18-year-old high school students

A university education in North America can open many new opportunities for the future. But many students wonder what it is like to live and study at a Canadian University. Introducing high school students to what is expected of them in a university environment helps prepare them for successful entry into the next phase of their education.

Experience University Life at UBC (EUL) is a summer pre-university program for 15- to 18-year-old high school students from around the world. The program can be taken over two, four or six weeks and includes:

  • intensive two-week courses modeled on university learning and delivered at the University of British Columbia's beautiful Point Grey campus in Vancouver, Canada
  • choice of five courses in July and August offered on preparatory and academic themes
  • program cost of $4,080 for each two week course, including accommodation in a campus residence, three (3) meals a day, and group-led social and cultural activities; or $2,850 for each two week course without accommodation, meals and group-led social and cultural activities
  • opportunity for students to gain an introductory understanding of the skills necessary to succeed at a North American university.

Applications are now being accepted.

The deadlines for application are:

  • Preparatory Courses: June 1, 2014
  • Academic Courses, Residential Option: June 17, 2014
  • Academic Courses, Non-residential Option: July 15, 2014

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Benefits

Moving away from home and adjusting to a university environment can be difficult for any first year university student. The experience can be even more challenging for international students who are also adjusting to a new cultural environment. Experience University Life at UBC (EUL) provides international students with valuable exposure to North American post-secondary education in a small group setting. Hosted on the scenic University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, Canada, EUL is a focused and challenging program taught by UBC faculty and instructors. Students receive quality instruction on how to succeed at a North American university.

Students can expect:

  • small classes taught by qualified and experienced UBC faculty and instructors
  • access to UBC facilities including libraries, wireless Internet, and athletics and recreation facilities
  • UBC Continuing Studies staff available to provide ongoing support to students while in the program.

Benefits for students:

  • a preliminary understanding of Canadian university life
  • improved cultural appreciation and understanding within a Canadian context
  • friendships with other international students with similar educational interests and aspirations
  • a chance to develop the confidence needed to participate in and succeed at university
  • full cultural, social and academic experience while living and learning on campus in residence.

For those students that choose the Preparatory courses, they can also expect to gain:

  • increased understanding of the university admission process and requirements
  • enhanced English-language proficiency in classroom and real-life settings
  • vocational testing to assist in defining their future educational plans and career goals.

For those that choose the Academic courses, they can also expect to gain:

  • a first-year university experience in a small classroom setting
  • exposure to specific academic and professional career interests.

Who It's For
Experience University Life at UBC (EUL) is designed for 15- to 18-year-old high school students who are considering attending a North American University.

The program is designed primarily for students from outside Canada, but may also be of interest to recent immigrants to Canada or Canadian students who would like to experience university life with a group of international students.

Format

Experience University Life at UBC (EUL) includes five two-week courses delivered through in-person instruction at the University of British Columbia's campus in Vancouver, Canada.

Students can enroll in one two-week course or combine courses to form a four-week or six-week program.

Preparatory Courses
  • EUL1: Critical Thinking and Global Citizenship - July 7-18, 2014
  • EUL2: Global Leadership and Sustainability Awareness - July 21-August 1, 2014
Academic Courses
  • EUL3: Urban Design and Cities - August 4-15, 2014
  • EUL4: Cognitive Neuroscience - August 4-15, 2014
  • EUL5: International Law and Diplomacy - August 4-15, 2014

Courses and extra-curricular activities take place from Monday to Friday. Off-campus tours and activities will be planned for the weekend.

Language proficiency requirements vary from course to course; see Admission Requirements for further details.

For all courses, students are expected to arrive in Vancouver the day before the start date as classes begin on the first day of each course, and leave the campus residence the day after the end date of their course.

The following option is also available:

  • airport pickup/drop off services (available 10am to 6pm Vancouver time).
Life on Campus

Experience University Life at UBC (EUL) provides the opportunity for students to experience living and learning at a North American university campus. Students stay in a campus residence, or dormitory, within walking distance of classroom buildings and campus facilities, including libraries, and athletics and recreation facilities. Staying on campus provides the opportunity for students to attend campus events and social activities, make friends from around the world, and have time to enjoy the summer on campus.

A team of residence monitors will be living alongside EUL students in the residence halls. Supervision starts when they are picked up and ends when they are dropped off at the airport if they have opted for airport pick up and/or drop off service. It includes monitoring during the day, Monday to Friday, as well as evenings and weekend if they are staying at the campus residence.

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Preparatory Course Curriculum

Students follow an intensive curriculum modeled on university learning, and are given valuable exposure to university education.

Students can choose from one or more courses. The two Preparatory courses help students develop their English speaking, listening and presentation skills. The three Academic courses cover the same type of material as first year undergraduate courses to provide a sample of what is traditionally delivered over thirteen weeks, with a focus on specific academic and professional subjects (see Academic Course Curriculum below for further information).

The two Preparatory courses are focused on developing the skills needed to apply to and attend a North American University, and expose students to the core elements of a UBC education. Students are welcome to attend either or both of the Preparatory courses.

  • EUL1: Critical Thinking and Global Citizenship - July 7-18, 2014
  • EUL2: Global Leadership and Sustainability Awareness - July 21-August 1, 2014

Students develop English speaking, listening and presentation skills. Students learn team-building and communication skills from daily classes, educational excursions, and focused seminars presented by UBC faculty members.

The curriculum of the Preparatory Courses focuses on communication skills, critical thinking, presentation skills, team building, leadership training and career planning.

  • EUL1: Critical Thinking and Global Citizenship - July 7-18, 2014
    • Students develop their critical thinking abilities through practice exercises
    • Students broaden their English speaking, listening, writing, research and presentation skills
    • Students are presented with options for pre-university preparation and are provided with a full explanation of the UBC undergraduate admission process
    • Students take a High School Vocational Test, which is followed by a personal career counselling session with registered counsellors to help them identify their vocational direction and uncover their potential
    • Students identify research topic areas for study and present their findings in a final presentation to the class
    • Students are expected to arrive in Vancouver on July 6, 2014

Note: If students choose to register for both EUL1 and EUL2, they will participate in a revised curriculum schedule to ensure material is not repeated.

Sample Schedule for Critical Thinking and Global Citizenship

Week 1 Morning (9am-12 noon) Afternoon (1-4pm) Evening (6-9pm)
Jul 6 Airport Pick up / Arrival and Check-in Free Time
Jul 7 Program Orientation/ice-breaking

Introduction to Canada and Multiculturalism

Educational Campus Tour of UBC

Group Assignment and Administration
Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 8 English Communication Program Focused on Speaking, Listening and Presentation Skills English Communication Program on Essay Writing Part I Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 9 Understanding the Pre-University Academic Program: Science Streams
  • Expectation from the Faculties
  • University Admission Requirements
  • Career Path
Understanding the Pre-University Academic Program: Commerce Streams
  • Expectation from the Faculties
  • University Admission Requirements
  • Career Path
Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 10 Understanding the Pre-University Academic Program: Engineering/Law Streams
  • Expectation from the Faculties
  • University Admission Requirements
  • Career Path
Presentation on Global Citizenship

Student Testimonials on their University Life at UBC
Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 11 Critical Thinking Case Study and Seminar High School Vocational Testing Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 12 Trip to Victoria and Dinner Free Time
Week 2 Morning (9am-12 noon) Afternoon (1-4pm) Evening (6-9pm)
Jul 13 Off Campus Tours and Activities** Free Time
Jul 14 English Communication Program on Essay Writing Part II BC High School Curriculum Introduction
(Compare & Contrast)
Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 15 Interviewing Skills, Cover Letter and Resume Writing Essay Writing: University Admission Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 16 Canadian History and Present Case Studies (e.g. Merits and Challenges of Canadian Multiculturalism) Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 17 Intercultural Presentation Visit to Science World Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 18 Testing Results and Interpretation Closing Ceremony & Evaluation of the Program

BBQ at Stanley Park

Free Time
Jul 19 Shuttle to Airport and Flight Departures

Curriculum subject to change

*Extra-curricular activities include homework assignments, movie night, talent show, team sports and beach sports.
**Off-Campus Tours and Activities vary but include trips to major tourist attractions such as Stanley Park, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, and Victoria.

  • EUL2: Global Leadership and Sustainability Awareness - July 21-August 1, 2014
    • Students examine the history of sustainability, including food and energy conservation
    • Students develop speaking, listening, writing, research and presentation skills
    • Students take a High School Vocational Test which is followed by a personal career counselling session with registered counsellors to help them identify their vocational direction and uncover their potential
    • Students identify research topic areas for study and present their findings in a final presentation to the class
    • Students are expected to arrive in Vancouver on July 20, 2014

Note: If students choose to register for both EUL1 and EUL2, they will participate in a revised curriculum schedule to ensure material is not repeated.

Sample Schedule for Global Leadership and Sustainability Awareness

Week 1 Morning (9am-12 noon) Afternoon (1-4pm) Evening (6-9pm)
Jul 20 Airport Pick up, Arrival and Check-in Free Time
Jul 21 Program Orientation/Ice-breaking

Introduction to Canada and Multiculturalism
Educational Campus Tour of UBC

Group Assignment and Administration
Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 22 Individual Leadership Seminar:
People Skills, Problem Solving Skills
English Communication Program on Essay Writing Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 23 Understanding the Pre-University Academic Program: Science Streams
  • Expectation from the Faculties
  • University Admission Requirements
  • Career Path
Understanding the Pre-University Academic Program: Commerce Streams
  • Expectation from the Faculties
  • University Admission Requirements
  • Career Path
Student Testimonials on their University Life at UBC
Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 24 BC Mining: Past, Present and Future Group Leadership Seminar: Coaching Skills for Leaders, Team Building and Conflict Management Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 25 Presentation on Leadership and Sharing of Essay Writing High School Vocational Testing Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 26 Visit to Britannia Mine Museum, Whistler and Dinner Free Time
Week 2 Morning (9am-12 noon) Afternoon (1-4pm) Evening (6-9pm)
Jul 27 Off Campus Tours and Activities** Free Time
Jul 28 Sustainability Awareness seminar on Sustainable Food and Energy Raw Food Lecture and Culinary Class

 

Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 29 Interviewing Skills, Cover Letter and Resume Writing Essay Writing: University Admission Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 30 Sustainability Awareness on Eliminating Carbon Footprint Visit Campus Market at the UBC Farm Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Jul 31 Presentation on  Sustainability Awareness Visit to Lynn Canyon Park including the Ecology Centre Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Aug 1 Testing Results and Interpretation Closing Ceremony & Evaluation of the Program

BBQ at Stanley Park

Free Time
Aug 2 Shuttle to Airport and Flight Departures

Curriculum subject to change.

*Extra-curricular activities include homework assignments, movie night, talent show, team sports and beach sports.
**Off-Campus Tours and Activities vary but include trips to major tourist attractions such as Stanley Park, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, and Whistler.

Academic Course Curriculum

Students follow an intensive curriculum modeled on university learning, and are given valuable exposure to university education.

Students can choose from one or more courses. The three Academic courses cover the same type of material as first year undergraduate courses to provide a sample of what is traditionally delivered over thirteen weeks, with a focus on specific academic and professional subjects. The two Preparatory courses help students develop their English speaking, listening and presentation skills (see Preparatory Course Curriculum above for further information).

The three Academic Courses all run from August 4-15, 2014.

  • EUL3: Urban Design and Cities
  • EUL4: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • EUL5: International Law and Diplomacy

The curriculum for these three Academic Courses focuses on essential academic skills, including research skills, presentation skills, critical and creative thinking, team building, and academic and career planning.

The Academic Courses include both Canadian students and international students.

Students follow an intensive curriculum modeled on university learning with lectures in the morning, seminars in the afternoon, and social and cultural activities in the late afternoon, evenings and weekends.

Language proficiency requirements vary from course to course; see Admission Requirements for further details.

  • EUL3: Urban Design and Cities - August 4-15, 2014
    • Students learn about the sustainable design of cities, including ecology, infrastructure, movement systems, land use and the design of buildings and open spaces
    • Using Vancouver as an urban laboratory, students apply what they learn to an existing neighbourhood through an integrated design charrette
    • Students meet with urban design professionals and are presented with information on university and professional career opportunities in architecture, landscape architecture, land and real estate development and community and regional planning
  • EUL4: Cognitive Neuroscience - August 4-15, 2014
    • Students learn about neuroscience and the neurobiological bases of behaviour, including brain processes involved in perception, motivation, emotion, psychopathology, learning and memory
    • Students identify research topic areas for study and present their findings in a final presentation to the class
    • Students are presented with information on neuroscience-related university and professional careers such as neurological surgery, neuropathology and biological psychology
  • EUL5: International Law and Diplomacy - August 4-15, 2014
    • Students learn how international law is made, how international law is enforced, and the role of international law in an increasingly global and complex world
    • Students identify research topic areas for study and present their findings in a final presentation to the class
    • Students are presented with information on university and professional career opportunities in international law
    • This is an excellent course for students thinking of a future profession in law, government or international relations

Sample Schedule for Academic Courses

Week 1 Morning (9am-12 noon) Afternoon (1-5pm) Evening (6-9pm)
Aug 3 Arrival and Check-in 4pm Welcome Meeting Dinner and UBC Campus Walk (Supervised)
Aug 4 Lecture Seminar and Student Projects, Extra-curricular Activities* Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Aug 5 Lecture Seminar and Student Projects, Extra-curricular Activities* Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Aug 6 Lecture Seminar and Student Projects, Extra-curricular Activities* Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Aug 7 Lecture Seminar and Student Projects, Extra-curricular Activities* Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Aug 8 Lecture Seminar and Student Projects, Extra-curricular Activities* Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
August 9 Off campus tours and activities** Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
Week 2 Morning (9am-12 noon) Afternoon (1-5pm) Evening (6-9pm)
August 10 Off Campus Tours & Activities** Free Time
August 11 Lecture Seminar and Student Projects, Extra-curricular Activities* Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
August 12 Lecture Seminar and Student Projects, Extra-curricular Activities* Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
August 13 Lecture Seminar and Student Projects, Extra-curricular Activities* Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
August 14 Education & Career Planning Student Projects Dinner and Extra-curricular Activities*
August 15 Student Presentations Extra-curricular Activities* Dinner and Graduation Ceremony
August 16 Shuttle to Airport Flight Departures

*Extra-curricular Activities include swimming, tennis, badminton, basketball, ultimate frisbee, video games, yoga, acting class, musical performances, movies, and tours of the UBC Museum of Anthropology, UBC Beatty Museum and UBC Belkin Art Gallery. Students also have regular access to the UBC Aquatic Centre and UBC Recreation Centre.

**Off-campus tours and activities vary but include trips to major tourist attractions such as Stanley Park, the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, as well as local beaches and shopping in downtown Vancouver and Metrotown.

Program Dates
Program Dates
July 2014

EUL1: Critical Thinking and Global Citizenship
July 7-18, 2014

EUL2: Global Leadership and Sustainability Awareness
July 21-Aug 1, 2014

Program Dates

August 2014

EUL3: Urban Design and Cities
EUL4: Cognitive Neuroscience
EUL5: International Law and Diplomacy
August 4-15, 2014

Admission Requirements and Program Fee
Admission Requirements
  • Students must be 15 to 18 years old before the program start date
  • For Preparatory Courses (EUL1 or EUL2) students are recommended to have a minimum:
    • GPA score of 70% - students will be required to support this with transcripts
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.0 or equivalent, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based test score of 35, or equivalent.
  • For Academic Courses (EUL3, EUL4 or EUL5) students are recommended to have a minimum:
    • GPA score of 78% - students will be required to support this with transcripts
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or equivalent, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based test score of 80, or equivalent.
    Students who don't meet these minimum scores are encouraged to enroll in the Preparatory Courses before taking the Academic courses.

A Note About Language Requirements:
English language requirements are recommended for each of the courses to ensure that each student can participate and benefit fully from the curriculum. Students self-assess their English proficiency levels and are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency.

Program Fee

  • All fees are in Canadian dollars (CAD)
  • $4,080 CAD for each two-week course, including accommodation in a UBC campus residence (single or double occupancy), three (3) meals a day on campus, local medical insurance, and all group-led social and cultural activities
  • $2,850 CAD for each two-week course for students with international citizenship. (Note: this fee includes local medical insurance but does not include accommodation, meals, or group-led social and cultural activities)
  • International recruiters may apply additional administrative charges
  • For Canadian citizens interested in attending, please contact us at 604.822.1433 for information on tuition fees
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services can be arranged for $70 CAD per trip

What is not included in the Program Fee?

  • Airfare, if applicable
  • Travel insurance, visa application fees and any immigration documentation, if applicable
  • Spending money

Payment Schedule
We will correspond via email regarding the status of applications within five (5) business days. All approved applicants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $1,425 CAD. A Letter of Acceptance will be sent via email. Full payment for Preparatory Courses is due by May 1, 2014.

For applications received after April 15, 2014, payment instructions will be provided with the Letter of Acceptance.

Refund Policy
Deposit and program fees are non-refundable unless a Study Permit/Visa is denied. If a Study Permit/Visa is denied, you must provide an original copy of the response from the Canadian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission to UBC Continuing Studies in order to support your claim. Under special circumstances approved by UBC Continuing Studies, we will allow the student or a qualified substitute to postpone to the next possible intake. UBC Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, we will issue a full refund.

Instructors

Experience University Life at UBC is a focused and challenging program taught by qualified and experienced UBC faculty and instructors.

Our list of 2014 instructors is still being finalized. Some of the confirmed instructors include the following:

  • Kari Dow
    Kari Dow, MLA and MCIP (provisional), is a planner, urban designer and co-founder of an interdisciplinary firm specializing in sustainable community planning and urban design. An affiliate in the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where she teaches and conducts research, Kari is currently co-authoring a book on “flat cities” with UBC professor Patrick Condon. She is also an ambassador for the Vancouver Chapter of Architecture for Humanity.
    • EUL3: Urban Design and Cities - August 4-15, 2014

  • Dr. Emily Ohler
    Dr. Emily Ohler holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the National University of Singapore. Dr. Ohler is a Canadian lawyer and a consulting legal advisor to the United Nations, providing legal advice and support on policy and technical issues related to environmental remediation and restoration projects.
    • EUL5: International Law and Diplomacy - August 4-15, 2014

  • Dr. Michael Souza
    Dr. Michael Souza has a PhD in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and teaches a range of core undergraduate courses at UBC that bridge biological, cognitive and clinical psychology. In 2013, Dr. Souza received three major teaching awards:  Kappa Alpha Theta’s Top 10 Outstanding Faculty award; UBC Psychology’s Knox Master Teacher award (the department’s highest form of recognition for outstanding teaching); and the Killam Teaching Prize, UBC’s highest form of recognition for excellence in teaching.
    • EUL4: Cognitive Neuroscience - August 4-15, 2014
How to Apply

Students must ensure they meet the Admission Requirements and Language Requirements outlined in the Admission Requirements and Program Fee section above.

Students will also need to have the following documents ready to upload as part of their application form:

Fill in the online application form.

We will correspond via email regarding the status of applications within five (5) business days. All approved applicants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $1,425 CAD. A Letter of Acceptance will be sent via email.

The deadlines for application are:

  • Preparatory Courses: April 15, 2014.
    Note: Full payment is due by May 1, 2014.
  • Academic Courses, Residential Option: June 17, 2014
  • Academic Courses, Non-residential Option: July 15, 2014

Note: Deposit and program fees are non-refundable. Under special circumstances approved by UBC Continuing Studies, we will allow the student or a qualified substitute to postpone to the next possible intake. UBC Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, we will issue a full refund.

 

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