International Programs

The UBC School of Kinesiology continues to move ahead, and as part of our commitment to achieving sustainable community health through research, teaching and community engagement focused on physical activity and human movement.

Summer Programs

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) in Kinesiology was developed to provide students from several partner universities with a cross-cultural learning experience. The program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about the field of Kinesiology in Canada, while also exploring Canadian society and culture through interactive lectures, various social activities and intercultural workshops.

VSP-KIN Program Presentation

Program Content

The VSP-KIN includes 2 packages, each with 2 courses of 39 hours of class time per course, and is equivalent to 6 credits. Classes are interactive and may include group work, class discussions, and guest lecturers. Credit for the courses will be granted by participating universities.

This summer the program will run from July 18 – August 18, 2015 and will offer the following two courses:

Package A: Sport and Exercise Performance

A practical overview of core topics and applications in sport and exercise psychology. The course is intended to develop students’ understanding of psychological factors that impact participation and performance in sport and exercise settings. Emphasis will be placed on using psychological concepts and methods in physical activity contexts. Students will have the opportunity to observe athletes and exercisers, participate in group activities, and develop mental skills to demonstrate the application of psychological approaches. (3 credits)

This lab-based course will provide a practical overview of fundamental exercise-related human anatomy and physiology and its application in exercise and high performance sport training and conditioning. Diverse class activities, including problem-based case studies, group projects, hands-on lab experiences, and meeting with coaches and strength and conditioning specialists will facilitate active learning. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of how the human body responds and adapts to the physiological demands of exercise and athletic training and have basic skills for performing fitness assessment, data collection and analysis. (3 credits)

The UBC School of Kinesiology continues to move ahead, and as part of our commitment to achieving sustainable community health through research, teaching and community engagement focused on physical activity and human movement.

Summer Programs

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) in Kinesiology was developed to provide students from several partner universities with a cross-cultural learning experience. The program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about the field of Kinesiology in Canada, while also exploring Canadian society and culture through interactive lectures, various social activities and intercultural workshops.

VSP-KIN Program Presentation

Program Content

The VSP-KIN includes 2 packages, each with 2 courses of 39 hours of class time per course, and is equivalent to 6 credits. Classes are interactive and may include group work, class discussions, and guest lecturers. Credit for the courses will be granted by participating universities.

This summer the program will run from July 18 – August 18, 2015 and will offer the following two courses:

Package A: Sport and Exercise Performance

A practical overview of core topics and applications in sport and exercise psychology. The course is intended to develop students’ understanding of psychological factors that impact participation and performance in sport and exercise settings. Emphasis will be placed on using psychological concepts and methods in physical activity contexts. Students will have the opportunity to observe athletes and exercisers, participate in group activities, and develop mental skills to demonstrate the application of psychological approaches. (3 credits)

This lab-based course will provide a practical overview of fundamental exercise-related human anatomy and physiology and its application in exercise and high performance sport training and conditioning. Diverse class activities, including problem-based case studies, group projects, hands-on lab experiences, and meeting with coaches and strength and conditioning specialists will facilitate active learning. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of how the human body responds and adapts to the physiological demands of exercise and athletic training and have basic skills for performing fitness assessment, data collection and analysis. (3 credits)

Package B: Coaching Science

This course provides the basis of what it takes to be a successful coach. It will enable students to define who they are as coaches and will enhance their training and development skills, including strength and conditioning; nutrition; motor learning development; and performance planning.  Upon completion of the course the student will be able to recognize the power inherent in coaching, to create a ‘coaching philosophy’, to recognize common sport injuries, and will learn the basic prophylactic and supportive taping systems. (3 credits)

The course provides a broad overview of major topics in Sport Psychology for Coaching. The student will  develop an awareness of how sport and exercise psychology knowledge can be applied in Coaching and  understand the importance of the many mental aspects of coaching including response to injury, athlete motivation, leadership, transition issues and mental skill training. (3 credits)

General Information

The minimum group size is 24. Multi-university programs may be available for individual students from partner universities unable to meet the minimum group size.

The summer program will run for four weeks from July 16th to August 16th, 2016. This includes arrival and departure days. Students should arrive in Vancouver on July 16th. Orientation Day is set for Monday, July 18th, and classes will officially start on July 19th and finish on August 12th.

Typical participants are undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of two years university prior to joining the program. Please note that students with less than two years university may be considered, if the homes institution approves it. Graduate students and professors are welcome to participate.

Some of our current partners include:

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • East China Normal University, Shanghai China
  • Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai China
  • South China Normal University
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico
  • University of Macau
  • Wuhan Sports University, Wuhan China

Accommodation is provided on the university campus with easy access to classes, libraries, sports facilities and transportation.

Students are supported by the School of Kinesiology staff and volunteers.

The 2016 program fee is CAD$4500 and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Intercultural Communication workshop
  • Accommodation (shared apartment, private room)
  • Medical insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • City Tour
  • Select social activities

Students are responsible for the cost of food, transportation around the city as well as any other personal expenses they may incur.

Application and selection is made through the participating students’ home university. Participating universities should contact the School of Kinesiology of their interest in the summer program well in advance so that accommodation, instructors and all other details can be organized.

International Undergraduate Students

Are you an prospective international undergraduate student?  If so, please visit our Admission Requirements section here.

Culture and Social Activities

The program includes a city tour, welcome and farewell luncheons, a midterm dinner and many social activities. Some social activities are included in the program fee while others are subsidized. Activities may include museum visits, outdoor activities such as kayaking and cycling, attending sporting events, as well as weekend or day trips to Whistler, and Vancouver Island.

To learn more about the Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) in Kinesiology, please contact:

Carlos Cantu
International Student Recruiter & Advisor
School of Kinesiology
University of British Columbia
210 – 6081 University Blvd.
Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6T 1Z1
T: 604-827-0318
carlos.cantu@ubc.ca