Vancouver Summer Program

Mechanical Engineering VSP Packages

We offer packages on exciting mechanical engineering topics as part of UBC’s Vancouver Summer Program (VSP). VSP is a four-week program for international students from cooperating post-secondary institutions, which provides the opportunity to take two focused academic courses while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

July Session

Introduction to Robotics

Introduction to Robotics will provide an overview of common robotic devices and their classifications, and discuss industrial and home robotics applications. Major technical challenges in robotics will be considered, including dynamics related to trajectory and path planning. Through lectures, group activities, and hands-on lab work, students will explore both how robots sense their surroundings and gather information, and how they can interact with their environment. Although this course is technical in nature and will include a hands-on component, no experience in robotics is required. Knowledge of programming is encouraged in order to follow the material.

Roboethics: Challenges from Computational Intelligence

This seminar-style course will provide students with an awareness of the current state of thinking of the design of robots that are meant to co-exist with people (service, therapy, military, sentry, etc.). The course will provide insight into how sociology, psychology, law, literature and design can contribute knowledge to arrive at a safe and effective co-existence between humans and machines that have some autonomy from their computational intelligence, i.e., robots. The course will examine the taxonomy of collaborative robots, the underpinnings of bioethics applied to technology, and several controversial robot application areas.

Preferred background in Engineering or related discipline. Undergraduate applicants only. Knowledge of programming is encouraged in order to follow the material.

Fees & Registration

To register for VSP, please contact your university’s International Office, and visit for further details.

The fee per student for each 2021 program package is $5,450 CAD, which includes:

  • Course materials
  • Medical insurance
  • Group airport transfer and city tour
  • Shared accommodation on UBC campus
  • Orientation and farewell events
  • Social activities¬†(optional trips may require an additional fee)

Students are responsible for the cost of food, transportation, and personal expenses.

Application Deadlines

June Program: March 11, 2022
July Program: April 1, 2022


Accommodations are in UBC’s on-campus residences and feature:

  • Easy access to classrooms, recreation and campus amenities
  • Free Wifi in lobby; wired high speed Internet in guest rooms
  • Laundry on site

Read more about the VSP accommodations (June program, July program) and go on a virtual tour of the UBC residences and student amenities.

Social Activities

We will be organizing social activities for our VSP students in addition to those offered by the wider program. These will provide a chance to learn about Canadian culture and society, as well as engage with students from Vancouver and around the world.