New Okanagan Global Summer Program launches in 2024

OGSP students tour Kasugai gardens in the heart of downtown Kelowna (photo: Edward Pye​​​​​​​/UBCO)

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UBC Okanagan (UBCO) will welcome students from around the world next July for the inaugural Okanagan Global Summer Program—a unique program that blends academic exploration with global adventure. Following a successful pilot in 2023, UBCO is expanding the program to offer six innovative course packages that tap interdisciplinary perspectives and knowledge to solve issues of global significance.

The three-week program July 8 to 26 mixes a strong academic focus with social and recreational experiences for an immersive global experience in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, an internationally renowned travel destination known for its sun-soaked beaches and natural beauty, fruit growing and wine-making industries, and year-round recreation.

“Expanding world perspectives, pursuing top-tier academics and building meaningful relationships are all at the core of the program,” says Brad Wuetherick, Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning at UBCO. “This program offers more than academic growth: by embracing everything this program has to offer, students are also creating memories and building friendships that will shape who they become as global citizens.”

During the immersive program, students attend weekday classes, building toward earning UBC micro-credentials by the end of the program, while staying in on-campus accommodations, allowing them to socialize and share evenings together.

The all-inclusive program costs $6,000 CAD and registration opens January 2, 2024. The UBC Vancouver campus has a similar offering: the Vancouver Summer Program, in June and July each year.

Learn more about the 2024 Okanagan Global Summer Program.