Go Global

Travel the world and have it count towards your degree.

Imagine learning about international business in Italy – attending classes and earning UBC credits by day, while discovering Italian history, culture and cuisine by night. You could even learn about the economics of inequality in Peru or international trade amidst the bustle of Tokyo. This is all possible with UBC’s Go Global study abroad program.

Going global lets you:

  • Explore your degree from a different perspective and gain access to courses you would not have access to at UBC.
  • Get an edge in the workforce, as more and more industries value cross-cultural competencies and international experience.
  • Experience another country as a student and not just a tourist.
  • Become globally aware, grow and develop as a person, and gain cross-cultural understanding.

Arts students can go abroad in their second year if they have completed the Writing Requirement before going abroad. Click here to learn more about eligibility requirements.

Study abroad for international economics (BIE) majors is recommended during the second term of your third year after you have completed your lower-level BIE requirements (found on the UBC academic calendar).

This foundation will allow you to better appreciate differences in economic perspectives worldwide and cope with any differences in teaching styles that you may encounter.

Generally, credits taken abroad will contribute to your upper-level international economics major requirements. However, there are still a variety of credits that may also count towards lower-level requirements.

As an alternative, students may also want to consider taking courses outside your BIE degree requirements but count towards your elective credits.

Below are some guidelines to help you determine if a course abroad is equivalent to a UBC upper-year BIE course:

  • Is the course offered by the International Economics department in the partner university?
  • Does it have a lower level requirement?
  • Is it offered as an upper-year course abroad?

The following universities are some examples of Exchange partner intuitions of UBC. You can use this course search tool to check out evaluated courses at partner universities that previous Go Global students have transferred back in the last 5 years. If you don’t see a particular course listed, it simply means the course needs to be submitted as a new course request for transfer credit. For more information, please visit the Go Global Transfer Credit webpage.

Note: Not all previously evaluated courses listed are offered every session at the partner university. This is a general guideline only - research the partner’s website for course offerings.

  • Australian National University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Koc University (Turkey)
  • London School of Economics Summer Program
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • National University of Singapore
  • Seoul National University
  • Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy)
  • University College London
  • Universidad de Piura (Peru)
  • Tsinghua University (China)
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
  • Sciences Po Reims and Paris (France)
  • University of California

Internships abroad

An international internship is a short-term professional experience in a workplace to gain skills and knowledge related to your field of study. Students may choose to find their self-directed international internship or choose from a structured internship opportunity through Go Global's partners.

Research abroad

Conduct research abroad at one of our 150 partner universities worldwide! Students may choose to embark on self-directed research programs or structured research abroad programs. Research abroad allows undergraduates to learn new techniques, build your career, and network and engage with other cultures.

Global seminars

Take a UBC course led by a faculty member alongside a small group of peers abroad to experience hands-on learning. Each course is unique in location, length, and cost. Immerse yourself in another part of the world and bring course content to life.

Summer abroad

Spend the summer studying in an exciting international location without interrupting your winter semester course load. Take an intensive, focused course at another institution that you would not otherwise be able to take within your UBC degree.

Course scheduling for VSE students

All BA and BIE co-op and Go-Global students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to discuss any course scheduling challenges.

Articulation requests

UBC students who plan on going on exchange or taking courses at other institutions should contact their faculty advising transfer credit advisor before submitting an articulation request.

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