Current programs

Our 2023 Global Seminars will be posted here in early September, please check back for more information!


Below is a list of our previous programs

Engaging Osoyoos’ past and present:
land, people, industry

This program is now full and now closed for 2022. It will be available for May, 2023 so stay tuned in the Fall for more information

In collaboration with the Osoyoos Museum, this student-centered public history project will explore the land, people and industries of the rural community of Osoyoos, BC. The diverse population (indigenous peoples, settlers, immigrants) of 7,000 welcomes 100,000 tourists each year to a town noted for its orchards and vineyards. In a structured 13-day field course, students will engage in directed archival research in the museum and conduct REB-approved oral history interviews in the community on one of three themes: land/environment/agriculture, diverse peoples, and industry/tourism. Interviews will be deposited in the museum and students will have the opportunity to publish their research.

May 1 – Students will travel as a group to Osoyoos and check-in to the accommodation.

May 2 – May 13 – Students will participate in lectures, discussions and archival research, and receive training in oral interviewing.

May 13 – program ends with a closing lunch and students will check-out of hotel.

The project offers students the opportunity to expand their understanding while bringing their own experiences to the process of knowledge integration. Students will engage in archival research in the collections of the Osoyoos Museum. The Osoyoos Indian Band’s Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos will provide cultural awareness training to students and staff taking part in the course. Students will also take part in workshop training in REB-approved oral interviewing techniques. Each student will conduct one oral history interview focusing on one of three research themes: land/environment/agriculture, diverse peoples, and industry/tourism. Transcribed interviews—and with the permission of interviewees, digital copies—will be deposited in an archive and selected transcriptions may be included in the museum’s revolving exhibits. Students will work collaboratively in groups of two or three, with the goal of producing a short essay suitable for publication. Venues include public history magazines (BC History Magazine, British Columbia Magazine, Canada’s History and Historica Canada), museum publications (Roundup, BC Heritage, and Muse), journals (BC Studies, PiCHE: Papers in Canadian History and Environment, and Public History), and websites (,

Learning Outcomes

  • Connect students from the rapidly growing city of Kelowna to the surrounding rural communities and offer a critical understanding of the economic and cultural impacts on the rural town of Osoyoos of large-scale limited-time scope tourism each summer.
  • In the broader context of densely-populated coastal British Columbia, highlight the different dynamics, history and needs of the largely rural interior and its environment, peoples and industry.
  • Enhance understanding of Osoyoos’ complex history of initial settlement by Indigenous peoples, occupation by Europeans and subsequent immigration (including from Portugal, Germany, and South Asia).
  • Offer students the opportunity for hands-on experiential learning in the conduct of oral interviews and in undertaking archival research, while also building on the critical, analytical and writing skills they are acquiring in their university courses.
  • Provide students with an understanding of the centrality of small museums to preserving the past and its links to our shared present, in rural communities, in Canada, and globally.

This course is open to undergraduate students in all disciplines with at least third year standing. For May 2022, we are limiting the number of students to 9 due to Covid-19 protocols.

A sufficient level of physical fitness is required. Students can expect to walk 3-5 km per day, to climb 5-10 flights of stairs, and to lift archival boxes weighing up to 10 kg.

Pre-requisite: 3 credits of ENGL – please be in touch with Go Global if you have not met this requirement (COSC 264 is waived).

Program fees: A UBC Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) grant will cover accommodation in Osoyoos, transportation from Kelowna to Osoyoos return, local transportation, and a daily per diem ($40) for meals.

Upon acceptance into the program, students will pay a $250 deposit to secure their spot. Once the program is complete, all students will be refunded $250.

Included  Not included 
  • Accommodations
  • On-site transportation
  • Per diem for meals
  • UBC tuition (3 credits)
  • Personal spending money
  • Vancouver students – must pay for their own transportation to Kelowna
HIST 380/DIHU 320:
HIST 380 (3) Digital Archives, Cultural Heritage, and Public History
Interdisciplinary introduction to digital archiving, exhibition, and preservation of cultural heritage and public history. Deals with collective memory, politics of commemoration and collecting, and future of digital collection and museum interfaces.
Credit will be granted for only one of HIST 380 or DIHU 320.
Pre-requisite: COSC 264 (waived) and 3 credits of ENGL.

Catherine Higgs earned her Ph.D. in modern African history at Yale University. Her scholarship has focused on the intersections of religion, politics, labour, and activism; her approach is interdisciplinary and transnational. She is the author of The Ghost of Equality, about a noted black African political activist, and of Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa. She is co-editor of Stepping Forward: Black Women in Africa and the Americas. Her new book, “Sisters for Justice: Small Acts in the Transformation of Apartheid South Africa”, is under review by the University of Wisconsin Press. It examines the anti-apartheid activism of Catholic sisters in South Africa.

Her research has been funded by the National Humanities Center, the American Philosophical Society, the Luso-American Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Before joining the University of British Columbia, she taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She teaches about Africa, Southern Africa, and the Atlantic World; newer courses focus on commodities, markets, labour and public policy, including China’s investment in Africa.

Timothy Paulson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Sociology at UBC Okanagan. He earned his PhD in environmental history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current applied, public history research aims to produce a historical archive of land management on British Columbia grazing rangelands. From 2012-2017, he worked to identify, preserve, and promote the historical records of the University of California Natural Reserve System (, conducting several dozen non-recorded interviews. He has also conducted nine Canadian REB-approved oral history interviews that are deposited in permanent archives.

Kara Burton is the Executive Director of the Osoyoos Museum in Osoyoos, British Columbia. Burton was raised in Osoyoos and is firmly rooted in the community. As director of the Osoyoos Museum Society for the past nine years, she has gained valuable insight into the heritage and working relationships of various communities within the town. In 2020 the museum has moved to a new location; Burton is responsible for grant writing and fundraising the $2.5million required for the renovation. She has a background in business administration and brings strong management skills to the project.

  • May in Osoyoos

  • Sẁiẁs Provincial Park (formerly Haynes Point) is managed and operated by the Osoyoos Indian Band

  • Osoyoos is a beautiful mix of vineyards and orchards

  • Osoyoos Lake

GEOGRAPHY: Rural sustainability in Central Italy

This program will be running in May 2022.

Applications are closed for this program.

This program will be led by Dr. Donna Senese.

This experiential seminar explores the historic and contemporary connections between local food and wine and the tourism industry in the rural countryside of Tuscany. Within a framework of sustainability students participate in local food and wine production and agritourism consumption. This program fits with UBC’s growing focus on sustainability and the international transferability of those concepts. Lessons from Tuscany, where traditional and typical food and wine systems have combined with tourism to sustain the rural countryside can inform local sustainability efforts in British Columbia.

Students are housed at historic Castello Sonnino, a 13th century estate of 150 hectares including olive orchards, market garden, vineyard and winery just outside of Firenze, near the village of Montespertoli. Our hosts, the de Renzis Sonnino family are dedicated to preservation of cultural and environmental heritage and their estate is the only operating farm, winery and historic site in Tuscany to offer university students on site experiential learning opportunities. Students will live and work within the castle at the winery, orchards, gardens and vineyards experiencing first hand the tenants of the slow food, and sustainable practices of vineyard management, food production, olive oil and winemaking. Students will have their own traditional Tuscan kitchens and are offered cooking classes and workshops on traditional markets and food and wine culture and consumption. Field excursions, tours and tastings at wineries, vineyards and farms that practice sustainable methods of production and encourage sustainable consumption through out Tuscany are also included. Guest lectures in sustainable practices of tourism, wine and food production from scholars at the Universities of Firenze, Siena, Torino and Roma Sapienza are also provided.

Dates: May 1-22, 2022

Week one:

Introduction to Castello Sonnino and Montespertoli. Introductory workshops on Italian language, wine and food culture, wine appreciation and production in Central Italy and introductory cooking class. Vineyard and orchard management as well as organic and biodynamic agricultural workshops in Pisa, other field excursions to market life in Montespertoli, and Firenze and the wine and food trails of Chianti including, San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti.

Week two:

Workshops on winery management, production and marketing. Guest lectures on sustaining wine and food culture, and the sustainable agritourism. Field excursions continue on the Chianti trail in Radda in Chianti and Montalcino and Pienza.

Week three:

Final lectures on sustaining rural places through tourism, wine and food. Workshops on soil, carbon farming and agricultural biodiversity, organic production and ancient grain and seed preservation. Field excursions continue on the food and wine trails to Volterra and Arezzo.

An interest in Sustainability is important but previous study isn’t required.

Program fees $3,600-$3,800.

*The final program fee depends on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students qualifying for the Go Global Award (e.g. those students with a 70% average from the best nine credits during the 2021-22 academic year). If you have any pass/fail courses, we will assess your average with advice from your faculty.

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • On-site group transportation
  • Some meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fees
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Remainder of meals (kitchen on site)
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, and souvenirs, etc.

GEOG 491 (3 credits):

Special Topics in Sustainability: Rural Sustainability in Central Italy

This course explores historic and contemporary connections between the rural countryside, tourism, wine and food in Central Italy within a framework of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The focus of this course is on the role of tourism, food and wine in sustaining rural resources, communities and landscapes. Topics include rural land use, agritourism, transformative tourism, sustainable agriculture and food and wine production. Concepts include sustainability, resilience, globalisation, localism and hybridity. This program fits with UBC’s growing focus on sustainability and the international transferability of those concepts. Lessons from other countries inform local and regional sustainability efforts in British Columbia and the Okanagan. The course is experiential; students receive first hand engagement with sustainable methods of rural production in the wine, food and tourism industries of Tuscany and apply these concepts and methods in British Columbia. Students are housed at Castello Sonnino, a working farm, olive orchard, vineyard and winery that also facilitates an education centre to preserve typical, traditional and sustainable forms of agriculture, food and wine production. The students participate in workshops at the estate and on field excursions on orchard and vineyard management, cellaring and oil and winemaking processes. Students are provided lectures on Tuscan history, tourism, agriculture, food and wine from the instructor and from leading scholars in the local area. A series of field excursions and workshops enable students to consider aspects of the rural landscape, including the various factors affecting sustainability of food, wine and tourism production, evolution of a regional food and wine identity, and the broader picture of sustainable and traditional practices of production and consumption in rural communities of Central Italy.

Donna Senese, PhD

It seems I like to live and work in regions that produce excellent wine and food and it is not by accident that those same regions are well loved, and often visited by tourists. I was born and raised in the Niagara Region of Ontario, one of the two most important wine producing regions of Canada. Growing up in a second generation Italian home also means that good food, family and wine are central to my existence. After completing a PhD in Geography from the University of Waterloo where I studied another passion, hazards, the environment and vulnerability, I moved to Canada’s other best wine growing region, the Okanagan, where I am an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. My research and teaching interests are also a product of my passion for understanding rural sustainability and the resilience of food and wine producing communities. In 2014 I coordinated and led my first Go Global Seminar on Rural Sustainability: Wine, food and tourism in Central Italy. I had a hunch at the time that UBC students (and me!) might have a thing or two to explore in an area of the world like Tuscany, so famous for its traditional rural landscapes of wine and food production. I wasn’t wrong, and so 2020 marks the fifth iteration of this Go Global Seminar. Castello Sonnino is the estate we call home for the GSP. It is located just outside of  a small town called Montespertoli just south of very busy, very touristed Florence. Castello Sonnino and the town of Montespertoli has become our UBC home-away-from-home in rural Tuscany, and the Sonnino family treats us like family. The Sonnino’s and their crew of farmers and winery workers enjoy hosting international students at their historic estate to share their love of food and wine tradition, and their deep commitment to sustaining the land and culture.

When I can’t get to Montespertoli because I am busy in British Columbia teaching Wine Geographies, Rural Geographies and Tourism Development, or I’m doing research on rural resilience in wine, food and tourism regions, I keep in touch with the Sonnino’s and a group of academics from the Universities of Siena, Florence, Rome and Torino through a research group that I direct ‘The Sonnino Working Group’. My colleagues in the group also provide workshops and lectures in the vineyard, orchard and gardens of Sonnino and the surrounding countryside when we are fortunate enough to have a Go Global group there. I am also involved with several other research groups at UBC and abroad, such as the Wine Research Centre at UBC Vancouver, the Centre for Environmental Assessment Research at UBC Okanagan, Kwantlan Polytech’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, the Terroir Congress in Oregon and the University of Newcastle’s Wine Studies Research Network.  I am also a member of the Association of American Geographers Wine Specialty Group and I like to write about the resilience of wine and food growing communities and how they change rural landscapes. I am off to Napa and UC Davis this winter for a conference on “Wine in the Anthropocene and this past year I published two papers with colleagues from other parts of Canada and Australia, ‘Ecotopian Mobilities: wine, food, tourism and migration’ and ‘Fruit Forward: wine regions as geographies of innovation’. When I’m not dreaming up new ways to learn about wine, food and tourism in the rural countryside and how we are going to make it more sustainable, I am most happy wandering aimlessly in the woods in the hills of the Okanagan with my family including my daughter, and two big, smelly and very loveable retrievers Lilly and Theo.

The following programs are not offered in 2022, but we hope to offer them in 2023. We have left them here to help you plan your degree.

Community, creativity, and communications

This program will most likely be running in May 2023. Check back in Fall 2022 for more information.

What does travel and travel writing enable us to explore — about not only the places and people we encounter, but also about ourselves? How are places represented and people’s stories told — or not told? How can sharing diverse ideas and perspectives lead to understanding and mutual benefits across disciplines and across cultures? How can creative and cultural production inspire social change and community building, both locally and interculturally?

Students participating in the Go Global East Africa program will explore such questions, while benefiting from experiential learning in Tanzania and Kenya that considers a vast range of cultural perspectives, creative works, social initiatives, educational models, and community-building strategies.

From excursions to artisans’ collectives and local markets to visits at local schools and conversations with East African educators, students will have opportunities to learn from a variety of grassroots perspectives. Program participants will gain further cultural insights via readings, performances, and opportunities for one-on-one conversations with leading-edge East African writers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, and social justice leaders.

Experiences in both rural and urban settings in Tanzania and Kenya will provide a diverse range of experiences and perspectives. Students will also have opportunities to explore some of Africa’s most compelling wildlife reserves.

Beyond the official program, those who wish to stay in the region after the program concludes may choose to participate in an additional, optional safari to the famed Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Other options beyond the program include a Mount Kilimanjaro climb or a visit to the island of Zanzibar. Our hosts and guides in East Africa are happy to help with arrangements so that everyone can experience the journey of a lifetime.

With coursework plus plenty of opportunities for self-directed academic pursuits and/or creative projects, students in the Go Global East Africa program will immerse themselves in diverse experiences, while developing a range of interdisciplinary and intercultural communication skills.

For some information on previous Global Seminar Programs that have run to Tanzania, view the video below. Note: this year’s focus will be different from previous years.

May (optional wildlife safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater following the program)

Week one: 

  • Orientation to the Nguruma Village, Tanzanian culture and educational systems, and Kiswahili language.
  • Excursions to local schools, markets, artisans’ workshops, coffee-growing regions, family farms, and ecological reserves, with experiences ranging from cooking traditional foods to writing and photography.

Week two:

  • Workshops on writing skill development and interdisciplinary communications
  • Wildlife safari in Tarangire National Park, famed for its elephants and giraffes
  • Visit a Maasai village and learn about Maasai ways of life
  • Immersion in a Chagga village, including rare experiences to become involved with traditional dancing and songs performed by elders, and opportunities to exchange ideas with residents of all ages
  • Hiking and overnight camping at Mount Kilimanjaro’s Shira Plateau

 Week three:

  • Author visits, guest speakers/performances, and conversations with leading East African writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and social activists from Kenya and Tanzania
  • Travel to the greater Nairobi area of Kenya, where students will encounter a vibrant urban music, cultural, and literary scene
  • Workshops on writing and interdisciplinary communications, with individualized feedback from the Program Director
  • Community dinner to wrap up the official program

Week four (**optional**):

  • Optional four-day safari to the world famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. The Safari is optional at an additional cost of $900 USD.
  • Additional trusted contacts and resources for student wishing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or pursue travels in neighbouring regions, such as the island of Zanzibar, will be provided for those interested

All weeks of the program will include:

  • Excursions and involvement with cultural, artistic, environmental, and/or social initiatives.
  • Classroom instruction in writing and communication skills applicable to various disciplines.
  • Reading and discussion of travel writing, East African literature, and diverse forms of creative and cultural production.
  • Opportunities for student-defined projects and/or creative production.
  • Options for hiking, biking, creative writing, artistic production, photography, local cuisine, and cultural immersion.
  • Experiences within a small cohort of 20 UBC students total.
  • Individualized one-on-one skill development and meetings with the Program Director.

Prerequisite: At least one 100-level English course (such as ENGL 112, ENGL 114, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, or 153) or APSC 176.

Students from all disciplines and degree programs are encouraged to apply. Students do NOT need extensive literary backgrounds to enjoy and excel in this program, as it is designed to welcome students from all disciplines.


The program is comprised of two courses (3.0 credits each):

  1. ENGL 395 E – Beyond Borders: Strategies for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Communication; and
  2. ENGL 395 F – Writing a Place, Writing a Self: Travel Writing and East African Cultural Production

Successful program completion will earn six (6) 300-level arts elective credits.

English and Cultural Studies majors and minors** are eligible to have one 3.0-credit course count as a third-year ENGL course towards their major, with slight course modifications as per curriculum requirements. Please consult Go Global or Program Leader for details.

** Vancouver students will need to discuss with their advisor how these credits will work towards their degree requirements

Program fees $3,500-$3,800*.

*The final program fee depends on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students qualifying for the Go Global Award (e.g. those students with a 70% average from the best nine credits during the 2020-21 academic year). If you have any pass/fail courses, we will assess your average with advice from your faculty.

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • On-site group transportation
  • Some meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fee
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Remainder of meals
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)

The program is comprised of two courses students will take concurrently. Successful program completion will earn six (6) 300-level arts elective credits during summer Term 1.

ENGL 394B (summer term 1, 2021):

Writing a Place, Writing a Self: Travel Writing and East African Cultural Production examines travel writing and portrayals of East Africa in international media, journalism, and film, contrasted alongside contemporary East African literature and cultural productions. Considerations of diverse social issues, educational systems, and environmental challenges – as well as the intersections between cultural production and empowerment – will encourage students to consider the dynamics of how stories and knowledge are created, valued, and shared. Readings, film viewings, response assignments, and opportunities to learn directly from East African writers, cultural producers, and social justice leaders will enhance students’ understanding of East African cultures, cultural productions, and the complicated dynamics of travel and tourism, alongside contemporary issues relevant to local and global communities.

ENGL 394C (summer term 1, 2021):

Beyond Borders: Strategies for Interdisciplinary, Intercultural Communications immerses students in local Tanzanian and Kenyan cultures. Opportunities for experiential learning and developing strategies for interdisciplinary and intercultural communication will enable students to advance their own writing and communication skills, specific to their discipline but also with a focus on communicating beyond it. Students will have the opportunity to design and pursue an independent project, which could include a creative project, that reflects their interests and academic trajectory.

Joanna Cockerline is cross-appointed in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Faculty of Management at UBC, Okanagan campus, where she has taught since 2011. She teaches contemporary literature, composition, and communications courses, and is especially enthusiastic about bringing intercultural perspectives into her courses. In 2018, Joanna was nominated by students for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.

Joanna led the Go Global Tanzania 2019 program, and now looks forward to also incorporating experiences in Kenya into the Go Global East Africa 2020 program. Integrating experiences in Kenya was inspired by Joanna’s previous visits to the country as well as by her travels to Nairobi in 2019 to present and participate in workshops as part of the 2019 African Writers’ Conference (AWC). The theme of AWC 2019 was “Cultural Stereotypes in African Literature: Rewriting the Narratives for the 21st Century Reader”, and the event brought together writers, scholars, filmmakers, musicians, and social justice activists from across the African continent and beyond. Passionate about the insights meaningful connections across cultures can inspire, Joanna has travelled extensively in 14 countries in Africa, as well as in numerous additional continents across the globe.

Joanna’s teaching is further informed by her work as a writer, editor, and communications instructor in the private sector. She works with companies and organizations across a diverse spectrum, from environmental initiatives and engineering firms to not-for-corporate-profit community organizations. She is also deeply involved as a nighttime outreach worker and literacy mentor for a grassroots community organization dedicated to women working and/or living on Kelowna’s streets.

Joanna is a CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Literary Award winner for a short story set in East Africa. She has published fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and journalism in literary journals, newspapers, and national and international magazines.

Beyond her love for reading and writing, Joanna enjoys hiking, photography, attempting to cook a variety of cuisines from around the world (with the emphasis on “attempting”!), enjoying the outdoors, and learning from the diverse perspectives of everyone she meets.

Joanna draws upon her connections in East Africa to provide students with opportunities for meaningful experiences and considerations in an intercultural, interdisciplinary context. In addition to the academic investigations, coursework, and creative possibilities the program enables, she looks forward to getting to know each students’ interests and goals to collectively create an incredible experience living and learning together in East Africa.

GEOGRAPHies of migration and settlement: europe, africa, and asia at a crossroads

This program will most likely be running in May 2023. Check back in Fall 2022 for more information.

This course provides a broad introduction to the multiple aspects of international population movements in the modern world. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of international regimes regulating migration, “voluntary” and “involuntary/forced” migration, changes in global demographics, immigration policies of nation states, international migration patterns, settlement policies and the imprint of (legal and illegal) immigration in European, African and Asian cities and the future of migration in Europe (reception areas of migration) and the Middle East and Africa (sending regions/countries of immigrants and refugees). Case studies of specific immigration policies and settlement services to immigrants and refugees will be drawn mainly from the experience of two European countries – Malta and Turkey.

July, 2022

Turkey (1.5 weeks) – Visit to the historical town, museums and local neighbourhoods/districts in the City of Istanbul. Also, we will attend meetings/workshops at government and NGOs as well as at the Koç University dealing with migration and population issues, including immigration policies and settlement services to immigrants and refugees in Turkey.

Malta (1.5 weeks) – Visit to the historical town, museums and local neighbourhoods/districts in the City of Valletta. Also, we will attend meetings/workshops at government and NGOs as well as at the University of Malta dealing with migration and population issues, including immigration policies and settlement services to immigrants and refugees in Malta.

An interest in Geography is important but previous study isn’t required.

Program fees $3,600-$3,800.

*The final program fee depends on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students qualifying for the Go Global Award (e.g. those students with a 70% average from the best nine credits during the 2020-21 academic year). If you have any pass/fail courses, we will assess your average with advice from your faculty.

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • On-site group transportation
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fees
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Remainder of meals
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money

GEOG 353 (3) – Geographies of Migration

The cross-border movement of populations is not a phenomenon unique to our contemporary world. However, in the last decades of the 20th century and in the first decade of the 21st century, goods, information, services, financial capital, and human beings have been moving across national borders at a level unprecedented in human history. Of these flows, population mobility remains the most regulated, complex, and controversial. International migration has traditionally been considered to be a combination of “push” factors from countries of origin – including economic desperation, political or religious persecution, and/or population pressure – and “pull” factors from destination countries – including economic opportunities and/or political or religious freedom (Castles, De Haas and Miller 2014). Historically, immigrants have tended to be seen as able-bodied, poorly educated, low-skill labourers migrating from less-developed countries in the hope of making a living in destination countries while sending money back to family in their home countries. While these stereotypical views of immigrants are still widely held in some quarters, the stereotype belies the reality of diversity among contemporary immigrant populations. At the same time, it must be noted that many developed countries, including some European ones experienced decreasing natural population growth in recent decades, making their immigration policies an integral part of their population and economic policies (Castles, De Haas and Miller 2014). In contrast, some African and Asian countries continue to lose parts of their populations through “voluntary” and/or “involuntary” migration to Europe as well as to other parts of the world. These trends suggest that contemporary international migration has become much more complex than in earlier periods of history, and that “sending” and “receiving” countries of immigrants as well as immigrant profiles have been increasingly diversified (Castles, De Hass and Miller 2014). The present refugee crisis facing the world as a whole but the European Union — as a major “reception area” for refugees from different parts of the world, including the Middle East and Africa — in particular, makes Europe, including Malta and Turkey, excellent “social laboratories” to study geographies of migration and settlement.

Dr. Carlos Teixeira has been taking students abroad since 2012 and has led Global Seminars to Brazil, Azores, Bulgaria, Spain, Morocco and mainland Portugal.

His research interests have gradually evolved from an early focus on Portuguese settlement in Canada to a research interest on the settlement experiences of different immigrant groups, especially their challenge in finding adequate housing and their participation in ethnic entrepreneurship. His current research focuses on: (a) the changing social geography of Canadian cities, particularly Toronto and Vancouver; (b) ethnic entrepreneurship through comparative case studies of immigrants in Toronto and Vancouver; and (c) the housing experiences and coping strategies of new immigrants and refugees in suburban Toronto and Vancouver

His research is recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to a better understanding of Canada’s urban social geography by researching (a) Portuguese settlement in Canada through edited books and journal articles, and (b) the settlement and housing experiences of immigrants in Toronto-Vancouver and their participation in ethnic entrepreneurship.

Dr. Teixeira loves to take students abroad and enhance their university education through involvement of migration and settlement.

Landscapes as complex social-ecological systems: Kluane Lake, Yukon

This program will most likely be running in 2023. Check back in Fall 2022 for more information.

This course will prepare students to critically assess and analyze the challenges and opportunities related to sustainably managing human interactions with the environment at the landscape scale, within in a diverse range of social, cultural, and economic contexts and in consideration of the inherent complexity of human-environment systems.

Using the Kluane Lake region, Yukon Territory as our study area, we will be exploring how historical and contemporary interactions between humans and the environment have shaped the present landscape. We will also explore how environmental and social drivers of change shape the landscape over scales of space and time, and discuss future resilience and vulnerability in this context. The field component of the course will cover present-day perspectives and visions of the landscape and use by different groups, as well as historical and contemporary natural resource management governance systems and approaches by First Nations, Parks Canada, and the territorial government.

This course will be relevant for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students studying environmental science, natural resource management, geography, or related fields.

Instructor: Lael Parrott, Professor in Sustainability, Departments of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences and Biology, UBC Okanagan

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the term, students will be able to:

  • Describe how conceptual models of social-ecological systems are applicable at the regional landscape scale.
  • Understand how problems in environmental management or conservation can be resolved through a systems-level perspective that incorporates the knowledge and perspectives of different stakeholders.
  • Describe the key characteristics of a complex system and explain how these apply to a landscape with a special emphasis on thresholds, non-linearity, and feedback loops.
  • Propose how to integrate the inherent uncertainty of social-ecological systems into forecasting and prediction efforts.
  • Understand the concepts of resilience, panarchy, adaptive capacity and vulnerability as they apply to social-ecological systems, and in the specific context of landscapes.
  • For a given landscape context, propose policy, stewardship, management or other interventions that may contribute to achieving societal, economic and ecological objectives over the long-term.


The course will involve preparatory readings and a field component. The field component will be held at the Kluane Research Station, Kluane Lake, YT and surrounding area. The station is situated next to the massive Elias Range and Kluane National Park. We will be exploring the region by vehicle and on foot (day hikes) and interacting with regional land managers and stakeholders. Snow is possible in September and students should be prepared for variable weather conditions.


All meals and accommodation will be provided by the Kluane Lake Research Station. Detailed information about the station and accommodation can be found on the website and in the station manual (PDF).

Due to the situation around COVID-19, this program will not be running in 2020 or 2021, however we are hoping for a September 2022 program.

Enrolment in a relevant graduate degree program or in the fourth year of a relevant undergraduate degree program. Only exceptional (first class standing) undergraduate students will be accepted. Limited spots are available for this program.

A good level of physical fitness is required to participate in day hikes or walks.

Program fees TBD*.

*The final fee is dependent on the number of students in the program. We expect to have an estimated range available by mid-March.

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • In-Territory group transportation
  • Meals
  • Wifi
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fee
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition (three credits)
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.


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Global health practicum: Ghana and Zambia

This program will most likely be running in March 2023. Check back in Fall 2022 for more information.


UBC Okanagan undergraduate nursing students have the opportunity to work with diverse populations internationally in low- and middle-income countries. This consolidated practice experience is designed to provide opportunities for students to integrate, consolidate, and expand on concepts from previous learning.

This practicum will be in both Ghana or Zambia, however students will only attend one country for the duration of the program. Students will be required to indicate their country of preference on their application form. The global health practicum is focused on community development, providing students the opportunity to gain insight into global health issues and cultural safety.

Students choosing to participate in this practicum will work in a variety of settings, including: rural and remote community health clinics, government funded health centres, school and university settings, and a number of non-government organizations.

International practice placements cannot be guaranteed. If circumstances or political situations change, the experience may be cancelled, or students may be called back from the experience. If this occurred you would complete NRSG 434 in Canada and we would do our best to fully refund you of your program fee.

An information session will be held Thursday, September 12.

Information Session Presentation (pdf)

The general timeline for this five-week practice placement is early-March to mid-April, 2022 (including travel time). Exact dates will be confirmed by November. Prior to departure there is one week of mandatory seminars (3).

Week one:

Preparatory seminars and labs (Kelowna and then approx. three days travel time to location).

Week two to five:

Practicum begins. Students will be rotated through various settings throughout the four weeks in the country and then a debrief before coming home. Students may continue with personal travel following completion of the practicum in the country.

Practicum should be complete by mid-April.

Review the out of region practice placement guideline (PDF). You must meet the out-of-region requirements to be considered for a Global Health placement. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  • Students in good academic standing that have successfully completed Nursing 431.
  • Membership and evidence of participation in the Global Nursing Citizens club.
  • GPA above 72%.
  • Consistent satisfactory practice in all domains on midterm and final practice evaluations.
  • Exemplary attendance record in practice courses.
  • No records of unprofessional conduct.
  • Proof of current CPR.

If you have any questions about eligibility email Jeanette Vinek from the School of Nursing (

Program fees will be between $2,700 to $3,300. The final fee is dependent on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students qualifying for the Go Global Award (e.g. those students with a 70% average in their best 9 credits from Term 1 of the 2019-20 academic year). If you have any pass/fail courses, we will assess your average with advice from your faculty.

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • Most on-site transportation
  • Entrance fees*
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fee
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Meals
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

*Cultural performances, national parks entrance (site specific), and other group activities.

NRSG 439 (8):

Global Health Practicum

Advanced practicum provides opportunities to engage in an immersive global health experience in a variety of settings*. Students will practice in collaboration with global health partners. The focus is on application of global health and cultural safety competencies. Pass/Fail.

*Dependent on availability and cost of travel is in addition to course tuition.

Prerequisite: All of NRSG 421, NRSG 422, NRSG 429, NRSG 432, and approval of application