Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:

With the spread of COVID-19 globally and the risk that poses to travelling students and faculty, UBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the Vancouver Summer Program for 2020.  We hope that we will be able to welcome you to UBC in Summer 2021.  Applications will open in Fall 2020.

Updated: March 13, 2020 - 11:56 am. PDT

Payment, Withdrawal, and Refund Details

The VSP package program fee of $5,250 CAD includes tuition, accommodation, course materials, and medical insurance. The program also includes a city tour as well as welcome event and farewell luncheons. Some socio-cultural activities are included in the program fee while others are subsidized or at full cost to the student. Activities differ according to the program packages and are finalized closer to the program dates.

Please note:

• Airfare is not covered in the program fee

• Meals are not covered in the program fee unless noted otherwise

• Optional personal trips and personal expenses are not covered in the program fee


How to make payment:

For individual student payments, the University of British Columbia has engaged Western Union Business Solutions to facilitate payments for the Vancouver Summer Program.

Once you have received your Letter of Acceptance and ready to make payment, please follow the instructions listed on the Western Union Vancouver Summer Program payment page: Link has been disabled due to cancellation of VSP 2020 - updated March 16, 2020

IMPORTANT: WU Payments are to be made in your home currency within three days of securing your quote. Do not convert to Canadian funds prior to sending through WU. This will either result in a double conversion and an underpayment which you will be responsible for or a WU wire rejection which you will need to follow up with your banking institution and resend.  

Questions about your payment?

Contact the Western Union Business Solutions (WUBS) Student Support Team:

Want to know the status of your WUBS payment?

Track it using your WUBS reference number (eg. ECABC24531234567) at!/tracking

If you are part of a group, please ask your administrator whether you will be paying through your school or directly to us.

Payment Deadline: April 20, 2020*

*previously April 6, 2020


Payment will be confirmed once received. Please allow at least 15 business days from the date of Western Union payments or bank wire transfers for e-receipts to be issued. E-receipts will be sent to the student's registered email address. 


Should you wish to withdraw after acceptance into the program, please complete and submit the Withdrawal Request Form. This applies to ALL students regardless of payment status.

After successful submission, you will receive a confirmation notification in your email.


Refund Policy

To request a refund (only for paid students), please ensure you submit the withdrawal request form as indicated above.

To support students in their efforts to plan for VSP 2020 in a context that is rapidly changing due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have revised our 2020 refund policy. Students will receive a 100%* refund if they withdraw by June 5, 2020.

*minus conversion rates and bank charges

To read more about UBC’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus and for further information and resources, please visit UBC’s Campus Notifications.

Refunds after the start of the program will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 
Refunds are not provided on  individual components of the program that are not utilized (for example, a refund is not given for airport transfer if it is not used) 
Where a course package is cancelled, students may choose to transfer to a different package or request to withdraw with a full refund.