Developing international learning programs - Faculty/Staff

As a key resource at UBC for international learning programs, Go Global offers support in international academic processes, administering international programs, and credit transfer. We offer expertise in establishing and maintaining partnerships with community partners abroad. We routinely promote international learning programs throughout UBC (Vancouver and Okanagan campuses) and students associate Go Global with international learning.


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 may be credit bearing, a full course or a segment of a course. There are also non-credit bearing options. Learn more about applying to run a Global Seminar.


Student mobility agreements make international learning opportunities possible by either exchanging students with selected universities or making arrangements with partner institutions to welcome UBC students into their programs.

Agreements allow UBC students to access study opportunities and co-op placements at renowned universities around the world without having to pay international student fees or obtain work visas.

Prior to exchanging students, universities must reach an official agreement. Go Global consults with participating academic units and the Office of UBC International on all student mobility projects. All reciprocal student mobility agreements are taken to the UBC Senate for final approval.

Requests for consideration of a particular partner organization can be initiated by students or academic units; otherwise, partnerships are developed in accordance with UBC strategic priorities (e.g., TREK 2010, Internationalization Strategy). Agreements can be university-wide, or faculty- or discipline-based (with support from multiple departments).

A reciprocal student mobility agreement must:

  • Have the potential for reciprocity
  • Provide a complementary or value-added academic component to UBC programs of study
  • Be negotiated with a peer institution that supports international student experiences and that meets the academic scrutiny of the participating faculty and the University Senate

When a reciprocal student mobility agreement is signed, UBC agrees to transfer all course work successfully completed at the partner institution to the academic records of UBC exchange students. For a current list of existing and pending agreements, as well as those under review, please review UBC's list of partner universities.