Virtual Program

The virtual Arts VSP provides an opportunity to study courses from one of the world’s top ranked universities. By offering a combination of live and pre-recorded lectures and weekly sociocultural events, the Arts VSP encourages students to engage in interactive learning, build friendships, and expand their perspective of the world around them.

Unfortunately, the 2022 Arts VSP’s June virtual program has been cancelled due to low enrollment. We will continue to welcome students to our July in-person program. More information about the in-person program can be found here

Program Details

Program Fees 

The VSP package fee is $2500 CAD and it includes tuition for your course package, course materials, and social events.

Application Process

Find out how to apply for the VSP and what you can expect from the application process here.


Typical participants are undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of two years of university studies prior to joining the program. Students with fewer than two years of university studies may be considered if the home institution approves it. Participants must be fully proficient in English and be able to engage in an academic setting. Language requirements are self-assessed – we do not require TOEFL or IELTS results.

Course Format 

Virtual courses will include a combination of live and pre-recorded lectures, offering students the opportunity to engage with the instructors and other fellow participants. Classes are interactive and may include discussions, group work and guest lecturers.

The Arts VSP’s instructors and teaching assistants are committed to providing a supportive learning environment for students. During the program, instructors provide support through the online learning platform and by email.

Program Size

Each package may set minimum and maximum enrollment limits for their courses. The minimum enrollment is generally 30 students, though some packages may have higher minimums. Students are advised to register as early as possible to get their first choice of package.

Disclaimer: In some instances, course packages may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or other reasons. If this happens, students will be offered a choice to apply for another package or to request for a refund (see refund policy for full details). 

Social Programming 

UBC VSP is as much about academics as it is about social and cultural experiences. The virtual Arts VSP will have weekly sociocultural events such a UBC tour, a city of Vancouver tour, a sports day, and a graduate studies information fair.