Vancouver Summer Program


UBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the Vancouver Summer Program for 2021. For up-to-date information, please consult the Vancouver Summer Program website.

Chemical and Biological Engineering – Vancouver Summer Program

  • Study at a world-renowned university
  • Meet students from Canada and around the world
  • Improve your English skills
  • Learn about and Experience Canadian culture and society

The UBC Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four week academic program offered at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The program provides the opportunity for international students to complete two academic courses while experiencing Canadian culture.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) has offered the following packages in past years. Please check back here for information about our future VSP offerings.

Package A – Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Harnessing Chemistry: An Introduction to Matter, Energy, and Chemical Engineering
  • Harnessing Nature:An Introduction to Biological Engineering

Package B – The Engineering of Beverages

  • The Science and Engineering of Coffee Production
  • The Science and Engineering of Beer and Wine Production

Package C – Thinking Like an Engineer: An Introduction to Experimental Design, Data Collection, and Analysis

  • An Introduction to Computer-Assisted Problem-Solving
  • An Introduction to Experimental Design and Data Analysis

Package D – Green Engineering

  • Out with the Old, In with the Renewable: An Introduction to Renewable Energy
  • It’s Not Easy Being Green: An Introduction to Green Chemistry and Green Engineering

Academic courses include industrial tours, hands-on laboratory work, and learning industry standard software.


Canadian experiences included in the CHBE packages include cultural, sports, social and nature activities.  Participants will meet Canadian students and other international students.

Students interested in UBC VSP and the CHBE Package are encouraged to contact UBC VSP. We look forward to hosting you this coming summer!