Prospective Student FAQs



At this time we do not offer resident membership to the Branch. Our ‘members’ are in fact seven ‘member’ departments (surgery, anesthesiology, orthopedics, etc.).

However, there are opportunities for residents to become involved by registering in our courses or graduate programs or by applying for our research awards.

No. The BISC has viewing access to past UBC transcripts.

Yes, all of our courses and our Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) are fully online.

Some students who study full-time will complete the program in one year. Most students take two to three years for completion. You must complete all course requirements within five years of starting the program.

We currently offer graduate courses both as stand-alone courses and as part of our Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC). Three of the 4 courses in the GCGSC – SURG 510, 512, and 514 – may be taken outside of the program.

Individual course tuition fees and distance education fees are charged per course. The health administration fee is a one-time fee applied to the Graduate Certificate (GCGSC).

GCGSC tuition is the sum total of the fees for 4 courses, each including both (i) individual course tuition and (ii) a distance education fee.

At this time, our only available award opportunities exist through UBC Graduate Studies. The Branch hopes in the future to offer scholarship opportunities for students who demonstrate financial need; unfortunately we are not yet able to offer this financial assistance.