First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) would like to draw attention to the unique and rewarding opportunities available to current students in their undergraduate studies. Whether studying abroad, getting involved at the local community of Musqueam, or taking part in summer field schools, there are interesting possibilities to enhance one’s experience at UBC.
“The community is super welcoming… you have the opportunity to learn so much.”
A field semester program for undergraduate students interested in natural resources and the environment.
The Haida Gwaii Semester provides students an immersion opportunity in a unique resource-dependent community in which the social, cultural, ecological, political and economic issues facing natural resource managers around the globe come together at a local scale.
Students live in the Village of Queen Charlotte, attend lectures at the world-class Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay (“Sea Lion Town”) in Skidegate, tour the forests and landscapes of the islands, meet with local experts and knowledge-holders, and become part of the Haida Gwaii Community.
Sarah Robinson, FNIS alumna, spent a semester in Haida Gwaii. On the experience she remarked: “It gave me a glimpse that people with different agendas can come together and make it work.” The courses are taught in an intensive manner, which allows students to focus on the material currently being taught. Sarah felt that this process encouraged her to be immersed in her studies in a way that a typical term at UBC cannot duplicate.
To ensure courses taken through the Haida Gwaii semester count toward your BA, please contact our Program Advisor.
Click here to learn more about the Haida Gwaii semester.
The UBC Go Global Program provides students with the opportunity to study abroad. FNIS is currently working to increase global learning opportunities for our students by developing a stronger partnership with UBC Go Global. Beginning in Summer 2016, FNIS has offered the following seminars for our students:
- “In Search of Indigenous London” – London, UK (Summer 2016)
- Dechinta Bush University – Northwest Territories, CAN (Summer 2017)
The following are Go Global partner institutions that have Programs relevant to First Nations and Indigenous Studies students. If you are thinking about going on exchange, plan ahead, and consult with the FNIS Advisor as well as the Go Global Advising office.
- Macquarie University’s Warawara – Department of Indigenous Studies
- University of Melbourne – Australian Indigenous Studies
- University of New South Wales – Nura Gili Indigenous Studies
- University of Queensland – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies
- University of Sydney – Indigenous Studies
- University of Western Australia – Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage
- University of Wollongong – Indigenous Studies
- University of Auckland – Maori Studies
- University of Canterbury – Aotahi: School of Maori and Indigenous Studies
- University of Otago’s Te Tumu – School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies
- Oregon State University – Ethnic Studies Department
- San Diego State University- The Department of American Indian Studies
- University of California – Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department
- University of California – Davis’s Department of Native American Studies
- University of California – LA’s American Indian Studies
- University of California – Riverside’s Department of Ethnic Studies
- University of Washington – Department of American Indian Studies