The Faculty of Medicine’s Vancouver Summer Program


The Faculty of Medicine’s  Vancouver Summer Program

The Faculty of Medicine‘s  Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program, offering international students a unique opportunity to experience Canadian health and life sciences at its best.

The program consists of a package of two courses, each course comprising approximately 39 hours of class time. Classes are highly interactive and may include group discussions, guest lecturers, workshops, research projects, laboratory experiments such as a brain anatomy lab, and field trips. As the Faculty of Medicine takes a distributed approach to education, some students can expect to travel to different hospitals or clinical sites for classes or experiential learning such as an ultrasound biopsy simulation workshop.


International undergraduate students studying medicine or related sciences (typically in their first 2-3 years of study). Participants must be at least 19 years old on the first day of the Vancouver Summer Program, proficient in English, current students enrolled in a degree-granting program at a non-Canadian educational institution for the duration of the VSP, and have a strong academic background. Please read the course package descriptions for any course-specific prerequisites.


The program fee is CAD $5,100 and covers:

  • Two courses
  • Course materials
  • Medical insurance
  • City tour
  • Group airport transfer
  • Social activities (optional trips may require additional fees)
  • Shared on-campus accommodation
  • Orientation and farewell events

Some course packages will hold some classes off-campus and have field trips. Students are responsible for the cost of public transit when attending classes off-UBC campus and participating in field trips.


Registration and Contact Information

For questions about the Vancouver Summer Program in Medicine, please contact:

Katya Leonardía
International Coordinator
UBC Faculty of Medicine

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