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Ecuador - International Conservation and Forest Ecosystem Management Field School

CONS 453 | 6 credits

Program overview

This course is led by Suzie Lavallee & Fernanda Tomaselli, Faculty of Forestry

  • Course dates: April 29 – June 2, 2024 
  • Travel dates: April 29 – June 2, 2024 
  • Format: in-person 
  • Locations: Vancouver and Ecuador 
  • Approximate program fee: $4500 – $5000.00 (Go Global fee, tuition and flights are not included) Eligible students will have 50% - 100% of program fees and flights costs covered. More info below.
  • Funding available (click through to learn more about each award) 

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Apply by December 5, 2023

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About the course                                                                                                               

Reliance on forests for their products and services is a global occurrence that varies widely among countries in its applications, governance, and implications to people and wildlife. Cultural values and the depth of their influence on policy, decision‐making, and actions can only be appreciated by first‐hand observation and thoughtful consideration. Through the examination of forest resource systems and conservation efforts, we can gain greater understanding of the complexities we face as global citizens and inform our future decisions. Our studies will examine these topics in four different ecosystems of Ecuador: dry coastal forests, Amazon tropical forests, cloud forests, and paramo ecosystems. 

See highlights and photos from the 2023 field school here: https://global.ubc.ca/news-events/stories/oct-26-2023-learning-doing-south-american-rainforest

Program eligibility  
General Global Seminar requirements

To participate in a Global Seminar, students must: 

  • Be in good-standing in their faculty (as defined by home faculty) 
  • In the year leading up to the Global Seminar, have full-time student status (as defined by home faculty)  
  • Have completed 2nd year requirements before the start of the program (i.e., eligible for 3rd or 4th year standing)  
  • Have at least a 70% academic average in your last full-time academic session before applying 
  • Maintain a 70% academic average leading up to the program 
Program-specific requirements
  • Students from all faculties are able to apply.

Final selection will be done by the lead faculty program directors. Spots in the program may be limited. 

Students who wish to participate in the summer after graduating may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.

Experience and conditions in the Field

With this immersive and integrated program, students will have the opportunity to meet local individuals, including landowners, researchers, and Indigenous leaders, all of whom play a role in conservation initiatives and forest ecosystem management. By employing their interviewing skills, students can learn how to engage in a professional manner with stakeholders to find solutions and discuss challenges. In the Amazon, students will learn about jungle ecology from local guides, as well as deploying a hypothesis‐driven inquiry into these dynamic ecosystems. They will have to confront the difficulties of field ecology in a teamwork setting to collect data that they will then analyze for their major paper on Amazonian forest ecology. By interacting with researchers from our partner institution (USFQ), students will learn about conservation challenges and how land use, policy, and ecology can be used to address these issues.    


Accommodation includes shared rooms (2-5 students per room) in hostels and field stations.

Program fees and costs
Approximate program fees: $4500.00 - $5000.00* 

*The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.       

  • Accommodations
  • Program- related travel in-country; (e.g. buses)  
  • Excursions and entrance fees  
  • Some group meals  
  • On-site guest lectures
Not Included:  
  • Go Global Fee
  • Flights
  • UBC tuition for credits  
  • Visa/country entrance fees  
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Most meals 
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination
  • Personal spending money/inidentals*  

*Some examples of personal costs included: mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the Program Fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.

Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) Funding 

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This program is supported generously by Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) funding from the Canadian Government to support eligible students participating in this program.

Funding for this program is open to undergraduate students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Indigenous students, and those who are low-income or have a disability, are eligible for an award to cover the full cost of participating in the program. Other Canadian students are eligible for an award covering about 50% of the cost of participating.

Up to 6 students who are low-income, have a disability or are Indigenous will receive a GSO award of $7200 and a $1000 Go Global Award to cover the program fee and related costs.

Up to 9 students will be selected for partial program funding and will receive a GSO award of $3000 and a $1000 Go Global Award.

International students and graduate students are unfortunately not eligible for GSO funding. International students or graduate-level selected for this program will receive a Go Global Award of $1000.

See more details on UBC Go Global’s Awards 

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