Prospective Student FAQ

At this time we do not offer resident membership to BISC. 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 .

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

*SURG 560: Global Surgical Care Field Practicum is an online course within the MGSC; this course includes a 4-8-week mandatory on-site field practicum that must take place in a low resource setting.

We currently offer graduate courses as part of the Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) and the Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC).

SURG 510Surgical Care in International Health may be offered as a stand-alone course. Enrollment into the course requires an application form and is based on seat availability.

Some students who study full-time will complete the GCGSC in one year and the MGSC in two years. Part-time students can take up to five years to complete the program requirements.

Note: Students must complete all course requirements within five years of starting the program.

The Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC)’s tuition is course-based.

  • Tuition for the GCGSC is the sum total of the fees for the 4 required courses, each including both (I) individual course tuition and (ii) a distance education fee.
  • There is a one-time health administration fee for incoming students

The Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC)’s tuition is installment-based.

  • There are 3 installments per academic year and the minimum number of installments for the program is 6.
  • After the first 6 installments, a ‘continuing fee’ is assessed. 

There may be limited Departmental financial support available for qualified students who are approved for the Master of Global Surgical Care. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence and experience in global surgical care, reside and work in a Low or Middle Income Country and/or in an undeserved area and will remain in country to practice and apply the skills and knowledge gained in the MGSC to further enhance surgical care in an LMIC and/or underserved area. If you are an applicant that qualifies for these eligibility criteria please indicate this in the Funding section of your MGSC online application.

Our graduate programs typically start in September. However, it is also possible to start in January. Applicants who apply for the September intake, but are not accepted, can be considered for the January intake without reapplying if they indicate so on their application (and vice versa).

Information about English Proficiency Requirements can be found on the UBC Graduate Studies website

No - BISC Graduate Programs are offered entirely online and can be completed virtually from anywhere in the world.

For information about study permits and/or student visas, visit UBC Study Permit page and/or talk to an International Student Advisor

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