Last update: February 3, 2020

Go Global, a unit of the Vice-Provost, International invites faculty members and department heads to submit a proposal for the Global Seminar program by July 5, 2019 to

How to apply

Please complete and submit the Global Seminar application along with program/travel itinerary and a proposed budget using the following template by July 5, 2019 .

Global Seminar advisors are available to review your budget, program application and proposed itinerary prior to submission.

Send completed proposals to

Learn more about Global Seminars at one of our upcoming information sessions:

Date Time Location Room
Tue, May 21 11-12pm UBC Life Building 1504
Wed, June 12 10 - 11am UBC Life Building 1504

What is Go Global?

Go Global is a unit of the Vice-Provost, International. Go Global develops and facilitates international learning opportunities for UBC students and manages the Student Safety Abroad Program. Go Global, a key resource at UBC for international learning programs, provides support and expertise in international academic processes, administering international programs and credit transfer. Student programs include Global Seminars, exchange, summer programs, research abroad, and practicum placements.

What is a Global Seminar?

Global Seminars offer UBC faculty members the opportunity to ‘move the classroom’ to a location that deepens students’ learning opportunities. Global Seminars are led by UBC faculty members, often with support from partners in academia, industry, or cultural institutions, and must be credit bearing. Since 2012, Go Global has collaborated with over 40 different faculty members to deliver UBC accredited courses in over 24 different countries.

Courses are typically taught by UBC faculty (hereafter, program director), at an international location that is related to the course content. In some cases, a portion of the Global Seminar is taught on campus prior to or after the in-country component of the course. In the last two summers alone, over 700 students have taken part in programs around the world.

Global Seminars are developed in partnership with individual faculty members, Global Seminar advisors, and with the support and approval of department heads and deans. The academic content of individual programs is determined exclusively by program directors. Locations for Global Seminars should be determined with student safety in mind. Global Seminars may not take place in locations where Global Affairs Canada has issued the warning “Avoid non-essential travel” and “Avoid all travel”.

When will I be notified of the status of my proposal application?

All applications received by the July 5th deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Go Global staff, faculty, and former Global Seminar participants. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the adjudication process in late July.

A successful Global Seminar proposal must demonstrate that:

  • The proposed international location and activities enhance course learning outcomes.
  • Course assignments are designed to connect international experiences with course content.
  • The proposed itinerary is realistic in its outline, and programming provides students with adequate time for course instruction, site visits, critical self-reflection and self-care.
  • The budget for the course reflects proposed activities, location for travel, duration and does not contain extraneous expenses for students.
  • The Department Head supports the proposal and indicates that faculty are available to teach the course as part of their annual course load.
  • The course builds on program directors’ previous international or group leadership experiences and fits into research and/or teaching goals.
  • Program directors acknowledge the nature and responsibility of undertaking a group study experience in an international setting.
  • Student safety and risk management have been fully considered throughout the planning process.

What are the responsibilities of Program Directors?

Following notification of a successful Global Seminar proposal, faculty members and staff will work collaboratively with the Global Seminar and Student Safety Abroad advisors throughout the Global Seminar program cycle. An overview/timeline of the program cycle is available for your review below. Responsibilities of program directors leading a Global Seminar program include course planning, student recruitment and advising, student selection, facilitation of pre-departure training and return sessions, student safety and risk management, budget development, and financial management.

How will Go Global support programs?

The Global Seminar advisors will provide support with planning and implementation of the global seminar including integration of best practices in experiential learning, student recruitment and advising, student safety and risk management as well as emergency response training. Global Seminars advisors also plan and facilitate student pre-departure sessions for faculty and students prior to departure. The advisors will also assist with the financial process including, budget development, collection of student fees, allocation of students awards, payment of facility deposits and submission of travel claims among other services.

Global Seminar Program Cycle

Planning a Global Seminar takes time and we encourage early connections between faculty members and Go Global. 

May - June Global Seminar Call for Proposals launched (programs in the Faculty of Arts can apply for the Arts Research Abroad Award)

Proposal Application due by July 5, 2019

Selection committee reviews and selects 2020 programs.

Notification sent to program directors in late July.

July to September

Program directors attend Global Seminar orientation session.

Program directors review safety plan with UBC student Safety Abroad advisor.  

Global Seminar advisors and program directors develop project timeline, promotional strategy and preliminary program budget.
October to January Global seminar advisors and program directors actively recruit students and host information sessions.
January – March

Student selection: academic advising units, GoGlobal and program directors vet applicants, conduct interviews as needed.

Program director confirms final program itinerary and final program cost per student.

Program director works with Global Seminar advisor to begin with vendor and facilities deposits and payments.

Global Seminar advisors and program directors finalize budgets and travel advances.

March - April

Program director pre-departure session(s).

Student pre-departure session(s).

April - July

Program directors meet with Global Seminar advisor and student safety abroad to review safety and budget.

Programs depart between April and July.

Post-program budget reconciliation and program evaluation(s)

Who can I contact for further info on the Global Seminar program?

We understand that the goals of each Global Seminar will be different and so we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we best support you through the program’s development. Feel free to contact a Global Seminar Advisor at

Funding available to faculty and students

Global Seminar Award

Over $1.4 million is awarded annually through scholarships and awards to UBC students participating in Go Global international learning programs. Historically all Global Seminar students have been considered for the $1000 Global Seminar Award. 

Please contact the Global Seminar Advisors to discuss other student funding opportunities.

Arts Research Abroad (ARA)

Programs in the faculty of Arts can apply for the Arts Research Abroad Award. Please contact Marcy Caouette for more information.

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