January on Vancouver Island, Canada

Spend part of your summer in Canada (their winter) focusing on business communications and service management to help you succeed in today’s global marketplace, while also taking advantage of a perfect location and exploring Canada’s beautiful west coast.

Program Overview

Special Offer

$1,000 Travel Scholarship – January on Vancouver Island, Canada: 2020

CISaustralia would like to offer one lucky student a $1,000 travel scholarship for the January on Vancouver Island, Canada: 2020 program. All students who have applied for and been accepted into the program will automatically be entered into the draw. The scholarship will be drawn on 9 December 2019. The successful recipient will be required to provide 20 high-resolution photos with captions and a 1-2 minute video of their study experience within two weeks of program conclusion. Scholarship funds will be granted at the conclusion of the program once all requirements have been satisfied. Terms and Conditions.


This 2.5-week intensive program taught by award-winning faculty focuses on business communications and service management. The program is ideal for students from various disciplines who wish to:

  • Improve written, oral and non-verbal communication skills with a business management context
  • Understand how service organisations can best design themselves for effective and professional customer service
  • Experience a fulfilling, challenging and enjoyable winter in Canada
  • Make long-lasting friendships and networks with other students from around the world
  • Enjoy classroom and social activities during the Canadian winter

This program is suitable for all students, particularly for those in the fields of business, communication, entrepreneurship, hotel and service management, international relations, management, marketing, tourism, arts, humanities and social sciences.

Students on the program can take advantage of a perfect location – exploring Canada’s beautiful west coast while also participating in teambuilding and cultural activities, such as snow sports and rock climbing or a hockey game (schedule permitting). Victoria offers a unique climate with a mild winter season, and being so close to the mountains, world-class skiing and a winter wonderland are only a few hours away!

The University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business is double accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). The University of Victoria is in the Times Higher Education’s elite global list of the top 200 universities, which includes approximately 1% of the world’s best institutions.

The University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business is internationally recognised as a global top tier business school. The International Winter Institute for Business Management (IWIBM) courses are taught by award-winning professors, who are highly qualified experts in their fields with extensive real-world international experience. All IWIBM Faculty are regular MBA and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) lecturers and use an engaging university teaching style which includes a range of different course activities.

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast. The city is the 15th most populous Canadian metro region with a population of 345,000. Victoria is sometimes called “a bit of Old England” because of its beautiful gardens and British-influenced architecture. It is easily accessible by air and sea from Vancouver (east) and the US (south). This attractive city is a world-famous tourism destination with a large non-local student population who come to attend the University of Victoria and other local institutions.

Highlights

If you’ve always wanted to visit Canada, are interested in earning university credit while overseas, and can invest a couple weeks over your summer uni break, then our January on Vancouver Island program is perfect for you!

Here are some of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Advance your education – Have an international experience at a prestigious university while you build your resume and have an amazing cultural experience
  • Enhance your business knowledge – Earn university credits while studying Business Communication and Service Management in the Canadian setting, while in an engaging international learning environment
  • Network and meet new friends – Join students from all over the world and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to network with future business professionals and leaders from around the world
  • Study at one of the world’s top tier business schools – The Gustavson School of Business is dually accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)
  • Immerse yourself in Canada – Ranked the #1 ‘top travel destination you cannot afford to miss in 2017’ by Lonely Planet
  • Explore the great outdoors – The mild, year-round climate, with proximity to the coastline and mountains allows for your pick of outdoor activities, including snowboarding, skiing, hiking, sailing and kayaking
  • Experience Victoria – This program includes a wide range of activities, such as a stay at a local ski resort, sightseeing and sociocultural events, all in one of Canada’s most sought after destinations – Victoria, BC
  • Take advantage of a perfect location – The city of Victoria offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, with the city of Vancouver only a short ferry or seaplane journey away – one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon!
  • 24/7 support services and dedicated CISaustralia Site Director

Choose Your Course

The CISaustralia January on Vancouver Island program offers a 2.5-week intensive program for Australian and international students at the undergraduate level.

Participants of this program will take 2 modules which are equivalent to 1 full-time course:

  • Module 1: Business Communications
  • Module 2: Service Management

By the end of the program, students will have:

  • Increased understanding of the fundamentals of Business Communications and Service Management
  • Improved business communication skills (oral, written, resume writing and interpersonal skills)
  • Gained intercultural awareness that prepares students for further studies abroad and international business

Course Load: 2 modules which are equivalent to 1 full-time course (equivalent to 3 credits / 39 lecture hours of coursework)

  • Depending on your Australian university, “courses” may be referred to as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview, and the contact hours.
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

Module Descriptions:
3 credits total for 2 modules
39 lecture hours and academic projects
View the course syllabus

Module 1: Business Communications
Student’s capabilities in written communication, oral presentation and non-verbal communication are developed and enhanced within a business and management context. Report and technical writing, presentation preparation, public speaking, business etiquette, negotiation skills, time management and inter-personal communication skills are among the topics emphasised. The IWIBM integrates business communications with service management and students will make presentations on the core business challenges discussed in service management.

Module 2: Service Management
This module helps students to understand how service organisations can best design themselves for effective and professional customer service. Company visits and guest speakers are arranged to help students better understand the theories.

Academic Requirement: To qualify, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, please contact us to discuss your situation. We will do what we can to find the right program for you.

Excursions

As part of the IWIBM program, students will have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities that are designed to:

  • Introduce students to the culture and natural surroundings of Victoria
  • Provide fun and exciting social venues for participants to meet and make new friends
  • Apply what you learned in class to everyday life and enjoy a beautiful and relaxing winter program

Planned activities vary from year to year, but some activities may include:

  • Welcome lunch
  • Semi-formal graduation ceremony
  • Victoria city tour
  • Washington Alpine Ski Resort business practices and ski trip
  • Local hockey game

Costs for most of these activities are included in the tuition fees, however, students are responsible for costs associated with any optional weekend excursions outside of Greater Victoria. Students may wish to take a trip to Vancouver, or visit some other of BC’s top tourist spots (at own expense).

You may even want to try surfing in winter at well known towns and surf breaks like Tofino, Long Beach, Cox Bay, Florencia Bay and Wickaninnish Beach. While fresh in winter, its common to see surfers in the water at well know breaks all year! Ever surfed in a 5mm wetsuit? Where else can you surf and snowboard in one day?

Location

Visit Lonely Planet’s #1 ‘top travel destination you cannot afford to miss in 2017’! The University of Victoria is located within the city of Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.

Victoria

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast. The city is the 15th most populous Canadian metro region with a population of 345,000. Victoria is sometimes called “a bit of Old England” because of its beautiful gardens and British-influenced architecture. It is easily accessible by air and sea from Vancouver (east) and the US (south). This attractive city is a world-famous tourism destination with a large non-local student population who come to attend the University of Victoria and other local institutions.

The mild, year-round climate and proximity to the coastline and mountains allows for your pick of outdoor activities, including hiking, sailing, kayaking, surfing (summer) and skiing (winter). The city also offers a vibrant cultural scene, with a great selection of activities and events – from international film, music, art and cultural festivals to poetry readings and musical performances, there are countless opportunities to see talented artists.

You will discover a rich and well-preserved heritage, a thriving arts and entertainment centre and, with Canada’s most temperate climate, year-round outdoor recreation. Whatever your interests, Victoria offers an abundance of opportunities!

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is the largest populated landmass between western North America and New Zealand – around 500km long and 100km wide. Dotted with colourful, quirky communities, many founded on the logging or fishing industry, you’ll find the locals to be friendly and proud of their distinct region. The area’s beauty and tranquillity has long been a draw for artists and artisans. Art galleries, studios and shops selling unique, locally produced arts and crafts are found in many populated centres, particularly on the Gulf Islands.

Much of Vancouver Island is protected parkland, containing areas of old-growth fir and cedar forests, as well as rare, naturally occurring groves of Garry oak. The Beaufort Mountain Range bisects the island from north to south, which is home to one of Canada’s biggest all-natural ski bases.

Surfers from across Canada and the US migrate to well known towns and surf breaks like Tofino, Long Beach, Cox Bay, Florencia Bay and Wickaninnish Beach year round. While fresh in winter, its common to see surfers in the water at well know breaks all year! Ever surfed in a 5mm wetsuit? Where else can you surf and snowboard in one day?

The island has one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems: rainforests, marshes, meadows, beaches, mountains, oceans, rivers and lakes, which create habitats for a multitude of wildlife species. It is also one of the world’s premier locations for whale watching, birding and salmon and trout fishing.

You’ll find a wide range of attractions, experiences and activities that feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of mainland Vancouver, while also enjoying the amenities of city life within Victoria.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Only a short ferry or seaplane journey away from Victoria, Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon! Known for its temperate climate, Vancouver has grown in its 150 years into a cosmopolitan city nestled in the great outdoors. Enjoy the snow-capped mountains perfect for winter sports and breathtaking views, as well as the city’s waterfront forests, cityside beaches, Olympic history and the world’s highest suspension bridge.

Vancouver – with its oceanside location, plenty of green space and proximity to the mountains (20 minutes north of downtown) – offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure as well as sophisticated amenities of a world-class city. It has a thriving art, theatre and music scene, and is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada, with 52% of its residents having a first language other than English.

Vancouver was recognised as Canada’s top city in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2014 World’s Best Awards. It was also named the Top Destination in Canada in TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice awards, and was chosen as the best place to live in North America (and number five in the world) in Mercer’s 2016 Quality of Living survey.

Canada

Stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north, Canada offers beautiful scenery, incredible cultural diversity, artistic flair and the great outdoors. It is the world’s second-largest country by size providing an endless variety of landscapes – sky-high mountains, radiant glaciers, ethereal rainforests and remote beaches.

Renowned worldwide for its vast, untouched landscape, rich natural beauty, unique and accepting blend of cultures and multifaceted history, Canada is one of the world’s wealthiest countries and a major tourist destination.

The country has historically been built and influenced by immigrants from Britain and France. This dual nature is very different than its neighbour to the south, the United States, and in some parts of Canada – particularly Quebec and parts of New Brunswick – Canadians primarily speak French.

Canada became a self-governing territory in 1867 by an act of the British parliament, and is still a proud member of the Commonwealth of Nations. By 1931 it was more or less fully independent of the United Kingdom.

A medium-sized country by population (35 million), Canada has earned respect internationally for its strong diplomatic skills, peacekeeping efforts and respect for human rights. Its citizens enjoy a high quality of life, consistently scoring well on indexes of economic freedom, corruption, respect for civil rights and more. The country has successfully negotiated compromises amongst its own culturally and linguistically varied populations, a difficult task considering that language, culture and history vary significantly throughout the country.

The University

The University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business is internationally recognised as a global top tier business school. The International Winter Institute for Business Management (IWIBM) courses are taught by award-winning professors, who are highly qualified experts in their fields with extensive real-world international experience. IWIBM is dedicated to providing the best possible environment for its students to have an exceptional learning experience. All program Faculty are regular MBA and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) lecturers and use an engaging university teaching style with included course activities.

Since 1999, the campus has attracted and welcomed students, staff and faculty from all backgrounds and walks of life from around the world, creating a vibrant and diverse learning environment. Students on this program will have the opportunity to fully interact with IWIBM’s dedicated program coordinators, Canadian volunteers and other international students, as well as receive personalised attention ensuring participants feel confident and well supported. Staff provide supervision, assistance and advice for all students, all of whom have international education experience themselves.

University of Victoria (UVic) is ranked:

  • #11 globally and 1st in Canada among universities less than 50 years old by Times Higher Education (THE)
  • #2 among 16 comprehensive universities that have significant research activity and a range of undergraduate and graduate programs by Maclean’s 2012
  • in THE’s elite global list of the top 200 universities, which includes approximately 1% of the world’s best institutions

The Gustavson School of Business is accredited by:

  • AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • EQUIS (The European Foundation for Management Development through its European Quality Improvement System)

The dual accreditation achievement places it among the top tier business schools in the world!

Accommodation

Students will stay in hotel accommodation in a studio suite with two double beds shared with one other student. Each of these suites has a comfortable sitting area with a pull out sofa, coffee table, dining table and chairs. There is also a full kitchen that includes a mini-fridge, electric stove top, oven, microwave and kitchen sink. Rooms come equipped with many extras including individual drip coffee maker, kettle, personal safe and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel is located in downtown Victoria. Within minutes of walking, students will find themselves amid the Inner Harbor, Royal BC Museum, Legislature Buildings and Save on Foods Memorial Arena – home of the Victoria Royals WHL hockey team. The hotel is part of LoJo, also known as the Lower Johnson district of Victoria. LoJo is awash with boutique shops, weekly markets and some of the best restaurants Victoria has to offer!

The hotel restaurant serves brunch and dinner that brings home-style cuisine to the plate with fine dining technique and a home-style vibe. There is also a compact Fitness Center on site that comes equipped with a treadmill, row machine, bike machine, elliptical and a universal gym machine that can cater to all different muscle groups.

The hotel is approximately a 30-minute bus ride to campus. Students are given bus passes to get from downtown to UVic for each on-campus day. University staff will meet students downtown on the first morning of classes and take them to UVic so they are familiar with the route.

Meal card: A meal card is included in the program fee to cover lunches when on campus. The meal card, known as the ‘UVic GuestCard’ will be pre-loaded for lunches. The UVic GuestCard is redeemable at 12 different food outlets on campus. One of the most popular spots is the Mystic Market. Students should expect to cover breakfasts and dinners on their own. There are a plethora of restaurants to choose from in Victoria!

Program Fee & Dates

January 2020
Application Deadline04 December 2019
Arrival Date05 January 2020
Departure Date23 January 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,450
OS-HELP A$ 6,791

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • Course materials
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Health and medical insurance (if requested)
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up**
  • Accommodation – shared room, hotel studio suite
  • Welcome lunch and graduation dinner
  • Bus passes to get from downtown to UVic for each on-campus day
  • On-campus meal voucher for lunches*
  • Extracurricular social activities, including city tour, ski rentals and lesson, lift pass and two nights’ accommodation at a mountain resort
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • Official University of Victoria Certificate of Completion
  • Official University of Victoria Academic Record

*On-campus meal vouchers: The meal card, known as the ‘UVic GuestCard’ will be pre-loaded for lunches. The UVic GuestCard is redeemable at 12 different food outlets on campus. One of the most popular spots is the Mystic Market. Students should expect to cover breakfasts and dinners on their own. There are a plethora of restaurants to choose from in Victoria!

**Pick-up is on the program start date only from Victoria airport (YYJ) to downtown Victoria. Pick-up is NOT available from Vancouver – students must make their own way to Victoria.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Canadian Visa: Students will enter on a tourist visa – eTA (approx. CAD $7). You can apply for an eTA online, or visit the Canadian government’s eTA website for more information. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their passport and visa remain valid during their stay in Canada. Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Canadian High Commission or Consulate for the most up to date information. Visa information is also available from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. See Smartraveller for further information.

If you are travelling to Canada through the United States, or if you are transiting via a US point of entry, you are required to meet US entry/transit requirements. Make sure you check your visa requirements with the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the United States well in advance of your travel. You will also find information on US entry and exit requirements on the Smartraveller website.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees and inclusions at any time due to currency fluctuations and / or changes made by our affiliates and partner universities.

Dates are for reference only. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

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