Global Seminars are an amazing opportunity to take UBC courses led by a UBC instructor in global locations around the world. From gender and health in Botswana, to food and heritage in China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, study in a different country this summer.
Global Seminars are part of Go Global, but rather than spending a whole term or two studying at a partner university, you can take just one course with a small cohort of UBC students.
Global Seminars are a great way to immerse yourself in a specific topic of study in a location with strong ties to the subject. There are also several benefits for Arts students:
- Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funding means 70-100% of the cost is covered for many of the seminars
- Many of the seminars are in the Faculty of Arts with credits applicable to Arts degrees
- Many of the seminars have few or no prerequisites, allowing you to explore new directions outside your field of study and even in other Faculties
Plus, there are so many cool topics to explore! Here are 17 Global Seminars Arts students can take in summer 2022.
Sardinia, Italy | Foodways, heritage, and tourism (ANTH 403)
Examine Italy’s foodways in the context of history, heritage and global tourism.
Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies
China, Hong Kong, Malaysia | Food and the heritage of Chinese migrations (ACAM 390A)
Get a multi-disciplinary perspective on the histories, cultures, and geographies of Cantonese migration.
Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies
Krakow and Oświęcim, Poland | Witnessing Auschwitz (CENS 202D)
Examine the representation of the Nazi Holocaust through a focused lens on Auschwitz.
Moscow, Russia | Exploring Russian culture and national identity (RUSS 303)
Understand how Russians view themselves and conceive of their own identity. This seminar is conducted in English.
Central, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies
Kalavasos, Cyprus | Investigating late Bronze Age urban landscapes (CNRS 335 or 535)
Learn principles and methods of field archaeology as practiced in the Mediterranean and Near East.
Horvat Midras, Israel | Archaeological field school (CNRS 335 or CNRS 535)
Participate in the excavation of Horvat Midras in Israel to learn methods of field archaeology.
Romania | Archaeology in the field, Apulum Roman villas project (CNRS 335 or 535)
Learn field excavation techniques, documentation, and interpretation of a pre-Roman village and Roman agricultural/luxury villa.
Berlin, Germany | World literature and social movements: Black art and literature in Berlin (ENGL 337)
Conduct archival research at the largest Black library in Europe or in the archives of Audre Lorde and May Ayim.
French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies
Amalfi Coast, Italy | Italian language and culture (ITAL 101)
Study Italian language and culture and experience the richness and beauty of the Amalfi Coast.
Lucerne, Switzerland | Blockchain @UBC Summer Institute (ARTS 575N, LIBR 559U)
Develop advanced, specialized training in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.
Instructor: Dr. Victoria Lemieux (UBC School of Information) and Dr. Tim Weingartner (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
Dates: July 11 – August 5, 2022
Funding: All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award
Prerequisites: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Information, or permission from the instructors
European study tour research seminar (POLI 326)
Collaborate with representatives of the European Union in a political project dealing with consumption in climate change and the pandemic.
Social Justice Institute
Brazil | In earth’s care: Advanced global justice living lab (GRSJ 422)
Participate in experiential learning and unlearning in Indigenous communities within northeastern Brazil and the Amazon region.
London, UK | Exploring the science of personal relationships (FMST 314)
Participate in the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) conference in London.
Theatre and Film
Sibiu, Romania | Global Contemporary Performance (THTR 440x)
Attend FITS (Festival International Theatre Sibiu), the world’s third largest performance festival.
Berlin, Germany | Art and the city: Field course in contemporary art and cultural theory (VISA 470)
A studio seminar on historical and contemporary relationships between politics, activism, and art production in Berlin.
Gaborone & Ghanzi, Botswana | Gender and health (SPPH 381H)
Learn about general concepts in public health and specific topics related to gender, sustainability, and traditional medicine.
West Java, Indonesia | Impact evaluation analysis (LFS 302B)
Gather data and work with stakeholders to accurately appraise development project interventions while learning the principles and applications of development project Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (MEL).
Applications for most Global Seminars close January 27, 2022. Visit the seminar pages to learn how to apply.
Want to talk to someone about Global Seminars? Book a virtual advising appointment, drop-in for in-person advising, or attend a virtual group advising session with Go Global.