(Last Updated On: September 9, 2020)
SAO Programme CodeCA2
SAO Programme TypeG3*
Programme PeriodJune Programme:
June 6 – July 6, 2020
July Programme
July 11 – August 11, 2020
U Macau Application Deadline21 February 2020
QuotaNo Limit
Responsible StaffEsther Lam (estherlam@um.edu.mo)
CoursesJune Programme

19 packages (offered in: Applied Science, Arts, Business, Community and Regional Planning, Land and Food System, Education, Medicine and Science)
July Programme

Over 70 packages (offered in: Applied Science, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Arts, Business, Community and Regional Planning, Dentistry, Education, Forestry, Kinesiology, Land and Food Systems, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Science)

Programme Fee$5250 CAD includes:

  • Shared accommodation on UBC campus
  • Medical insurance
  • Transportation by shuttle bus to and from airport (during peak hours)
  • Vancouver city tour
  • Orientation and farewell events
  • Social activities (some activities may require an additional fee)
English RequirementEnglish proficiency test scores are not required to register, but students should be proficient in English and have a strong academic background.
Courses are taught at a second to third level university level thus students should be comfortable with listening, speaking, reading, and writing to be successful in the program
Other Requirement– Students must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the program to be eligible to apply.
– Please note that certain packages will accept graduate students at the discretion of the faculty, however undergraduate students will be prioritized
– For some courses, pre-requisites or a preferred background may apply
– For all Medicine course packages, CHBE B Package,  students must be at least 19 years of age by program start date
Remarks*Please do not fill the online application form at UBC’s website before receiving any instruction from SAO.

**Discounted air tickets from Air Canada is NOT AVAILABLE this year. All VSP participants have to purchase air tickets by themselves

*SAO reserves the right to change the programme type/amount of sponsorship based on the actual expenses spent during the trip

Class in UBC

Optional Trip to Banff

Granville Island

Lake Louise

UM Group Photo during orientation

Sauder School of Business

UBC Campus

(Very Unsatisfied 1 – 4 Very Satisfied)

Overall experience  : 3.2

Visa Application
– Procedure of the application: 2.9
– The length of the application: 2.8
– The attitude of the staff in consulate/embassy: 3.1

“I have to prepare a lot of documents for visa applications and it takes a long time to process during peak season. I suggest to start applying for the visa two months before departure.”

Programme Arrangement
– Course Intensity (Very intensive 1 – 4 Not intensive): 2.1
– Payment of programme fee: 3.1
– Course arrangement: 3.2
– Airport pick up service: 3.4
– The entertainment of extra activities: 3.2

“Our faculty has lots of exciting after-school social activities such as Flyover Canada, Canadian Baseball Game, Sports Festivals, and Richmond Night Market etc. We went to the Pride Parade, Fireworks Festivals, Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Vancouver Aquarium. I had so much fun from these activities!”

“This program is a good chance to communicate with different people, access to different culture and accept different views. It helps me to develop critical thinking, improve inclusiveness, strengthen intercultural competences and interpersonal skill. All of these are important competitiveness in the university and future career.”

Accommodation (Dormitory)
– The price: 3.2
– The location: 3.2
– The cleanliness: 3.3
– The Facilities: 3.4
– The attitude of staff: 3.4

“Life with 6 roommates is so much noisier and crowded than in the 2-rommate room in UM. However,  it was a happy experience and I cherish the memory of chatting, playing, and cooking together with my roommates.”

“I like the Walter Gage Residence a lot, whic we hvae to share the kitchen and the washroom together with six roommates. In the residence, we learned how to live together with a lot of roommates we are not really familiar with. As we don’t have a dinning hall there, we have to make the meals by ourselves which really improves our cooking skills.”

– The price: 2.9
– The taste: 2.9

Overall Experience:

“It was a rewarding and unforgettable experience. In addition to class, I also explored Vancouver as a city with all of its character and charm. It feels wonderful to be a part of this program.”
“There’s a lot of Chinese students in the class