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A Global Seminar provides UBC students with the opportunity to travel and study abroad with a group rather than individually. Global Seminars often focus on a particular region or topic of interest that isn’t currently offered through other UBC programs.
Some seminars are taught by UBC faculty members in an international location. Others are offered in partnership with other Canadian universities.
Global Seminars offer UBC faculty members a chance to “move the classroom” to a location that deepens the students’ learning experience. The international location and activities are essential to student learning goals.
A Global Seminar proposal contains the following documents:
If you’re submitting your application in hard copy format, attach the completed application form to the top of your application package.
Indicate confirmation that the course is supported by the department and that faculty, workloads, and compensation have been discussed and agreed upon. This can be included in your application package or sent directly from the Dean by email to: email@example.com
Include a schedule of the students’ research activities, course assignments, and readings. Outline how you will assess student learning.
Outline the students’ rough itinerary, including desired field visits, teaching locations and duration of stay in various locations, and any other important elements of the travel plan.
Outline costs for faculty, students and other program-related costs.
Global Seminars are typically led by one or two UBC faculty members, and sometimes in partnership with colleagues from a UBC partner university in an international location. The faculty member who plans to lead the Seminar is called the “program director.”
Faculty members collaborate with Go Global to develop a Global Seminar. Specific roles and responsibilities of the program director and Go Global staff will be discussed following a successful proposal, and then outlined in an Essential Tasks Agreement. Because of the variation across seminars, this agreement is customized for each program. Responsibilities to be discussed include program planning, finances, student recruitment and advising, participant selection, risk management, and facilitating pre-departure and return sessions.
Faculty members negotiate with their department head/dean how the teaching of a seminar is distributed in relation to their teaching load.
The process of developing a Global Seminar program is a collaborative experience, involving faculty, department heads, Deans, and Go Global.
Go Global staff are an important part of the proposal development and program building phases for every seminar and will provide:
Global Seminars occur where international travel is essential to the student learning goals. The location and activities are relevant to the course content. Often faculty members identify a location based on their expertise in the area and its relationship to course objectives.
Seminar locations should also be determined with student safety in mind. UBC authorizes undergraduate students to travel to destinations that the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) designate as regions to which Canadians should “exercise normal security precautions” and “exercise a high degree of caution.” For more information, consult UBC’s Student Safety Abroad website.
A Global Seminar typically involves one to two courses and can range in length, often from three to eight weeks. Three-week programs may be better in more expensive locations. A Global Seminar can occur at any time throughout the year, although summer programs tend to be the most common and most useful for students. In many previous seminars, three weeks is equal to three credits.
Seminars typically involve one or two courses and total three to six credits. We’ve found that seminars that offer upper level credits are more popular for students.
Proposals will be reviewed by a Global Seminar advisory committee composed of UBC staff members who have expertise in the development and implementation of international programming at UBC. The advisory committee will use the following criteria to assess a proposal:
Because Global Seminars operate on a cost-recovery basis, your budget needs to demonstrate how you will generate adequate revenues — typically done through the program fee that participating students pay — and balance those against expenses.
A Global Seminar budget should include items that are integral to students’ learning in the program. This will depend on the program but may include day trips, accommodations, group meals, or honoraria for non-UBC experts. A faculty member’s salary is covered by their department and should not be included in the budget. Use the supplied seminar budget template to calculate the overall program fee and the total cost to students.
As you complete your Global Seminar budget template, you may wish to refer to this list of helpful tips:
Please reach out with any questions about this budget as we recognize it can be daunting at first. We can help guide you through this process.
Applicants for Global Seminars proposed for Summer 2023 will be notified of a successful application in early-August 2022.
Go Global will contact you once the Global Seminar advisory committee has reviewed your proposal. Once approved, you will create an essential tasks agreement with Go Global, which outlines who will be responsible for the range of activities required to set up and manage your Seminar. You will also begin working with Go Global to create a safety and emergency management plan, expand and finalize the budget, and collaboratively develop the program.
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