Vancouver Summer Program in Medicine

Vancouver Summer Program in Medicine is a four-week academic program that provides an opportunity for visiting undergraduate students from international universities to experience Canadian health and life sciences education at its best, and learn about Canadian culture firsthand. This is accomplished through engaging classes in basic and clinical sciences, as well as social activities, and intercultural workshops.

About Us

UBC consistently ranks in the top 40 universities worldwide, and in the top 35 in the areas of clinical, pre-clinical and health; medicine; life sciences; and biological sciences.

Committed to excellence, innovation and scholarship in education, research, and care, the UBC Faculty of Medicine contributes to the health of individuals and communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

The only medical school in British Columbia, the UBC Faculty of Medicine provides innovative educational and research programs through an integrated and province-wide delivery model on 4 academic campuses and at over 100 training facilities. Over 4,500 learners study and train at the UBC Faculty of Medicine, including 1,255 undergraduate students.

677 full-time faculty and 6,059 clinical faculty include internationally recognized authorities in HIV/AIDS treatment, genomics, and infectious diseases. Current and past faculty are in receipt of prestigious national and international awards, including the Nobel Prize and the Order of Canada.

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Overview – Academics

The program consists of a package of two courses, each with approximately 39 hours of class time, equivalent to six credits. Courses are directed and taught by UBC faculty members. Classes are interactive and may include group discussions, guest lecturers, research projects, laboratory experimentation, and visits to research facilities. Course credit will be granted at the discretion of the participating universities.


Participants are undergraduate students (typically in their first 2 years of study) studying medicine or related sciences (e.g. biology, pharmacy, general sciences) at international institutions. Participants must be proficient in English (all classes will be taught in English) and have a strong academic background.

Program Size

Course packages have a minimum and maximum class size, so institutions are encouraged to register their students as early as possible. Course packages that do not meet the minimum number of students will not be offered. Students will be informed if their first choice package is full or has been cancelled and will be given the option to choose another package.

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For inquiries from Asia:

Ms. Winty Cheung

Executive Director

UBC Asia Pacific Regional Office



South Asia and the Middle East:

Mr. Stephen Kumar

Executive Associate

UBC India Liaison Office



For all other inquiries:

Ms. Marg Toronchuk

Program Coordinator

University of British Columbia