July on Vancouver Island, Canada

Spend part of your winter in Canada (their summer) developing a fundamental understanding of business skills and tools for you to succeed in today’s global marketplace, while also taking advantage of a perfect location and exploring Canada’s beautiful west coast.

Program Overview

This 4-week intensive program for international and Canadian students focuses on business communication, international business, entrepreneurship 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
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of business skills and tools to succeed in today’s global marketplace
  • Experience Canadian-university level education
  • Experience a fulfilling, challenging and enjoyable summer in Canada
  • Make long-lasting friendships and networks with other students from around the world
  • Enjoy classroom and social activities during the Canadian summer

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 as part of the program, such as whale watching and visiting the world-famous Butchart Gardens.

The University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business is double accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (The European Foundation for Management Development through its European Quality Improvement System). The University of Victoria is in 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 Summer Institute for Business Management (ISIBM) courses are taught by award-winning professors, who are highly qualified experts in their fields with extensive real-world international experience. All ISIBM 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 winter uni break, then our July in Vancouver Island program is perfect for you!

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

  • Immerse yourself in Canada – Ranked the #1 ‘top travel destination you cannot afford to miss in 2017’ by Lonely Planet
  • Experience Victoria – This program includes a wide range of activities, such as whale watching, sightseeing and sociocultural events, all in one of Canada’s most sought after destinations – Victoria, BC
  • Enhance your Business Education – Earn university credits while studying Business Communication, International Business, Entrepreneurship and Service Management in the Canadian setting, while in an engaging international learning environment
  • Meet New Friends – Join students from all over the world with common goals – to advance their education, have an international experience at a prestigious University, build their resume and have an amazing cultural experience
  • Network – 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 (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (The European Foundation for Management Development through its European Quality Improvement System)
  • Explore the great outdoors – The mild, year-round climate and proximity to the coastline and mountains allows for your pick of outdoor activities, including hiking, sailing, kayaking and skiing
  • 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 July on Vancouver Island program offers a 4-week intensive program for Australian, international and Canadian students at the undergraduate level.

Participants of this program will take two courses:

  • Business Communications (3 credits) – 39 lecture hours and academic projects
  • International Business, Entrepreneurship and Service Management (3 credits) – 39 lecture hours and academic projects

By the end of the program, students will have:

  • Increased understanding of the fundamentals of International Business, Entrepreneurship 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

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.

Course load: 2 courses equivalent to 6 credits / 78 lecture hours of coursework in total

  • Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” 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.

Course descriptions:

Module 1: Business Communications (3 credits)
39 lecture hours and academic projects 
Students’ 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 interpersonal communication skills are among the topics emphasised. The ISIBM integrates business communications with business education, and students will make presentations on the core business challenges that are discussed in Module 2.
View the course syllabus

Module 2: International Business, Entrepreneurship and Service Management (3 credits)
39 lecture hours and academic projects 
This course is based on a program that has earned UVic several international awards. It aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the skills and tools necessary to succeed in today’s global marketplace. The course begins with issues relating to starting a business (entrepreneurship), continued with topics around ensuring success (service management) and ends with issues involving growing the business (international business). Whether you plan to start your own business one day or work in a large multinational corporation, this course provides you with knowledge to enhance your opportunities for success.
View the course syllabus

Excursions

Students will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities designed to:

  • Introduce participants to the culture and natural surroundings of Victoria
  • Provide fun and exciting social venues for students to meet and make new friends

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. Planned activities vary from year to year, but some of the most popular activities scheduled in past programs include:

  • Whale watching
  • Victoria City tour
  • Royal BC Museum
  • Vancouver Island Brewery
  • Various sports events
  • Fort Rodd Hill
  • Hatley Castle
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Fireworks display

Optional weekend activities may include:

  • Rooftop beach volleyball
  • Self-planned trip to Vancouver
  • Soccer game

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.

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 Summer Institute for Business Management (ISIBM) courses are taught by award-winning professors, who are highly qualified experts in their fields with extensive real-world international experience. All ISIBM Faculty are regular MBA and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) lecturers and use an engaging university teaching style with included course activities.

ISIBM is dedicated to provide the best possible environment for its students to have an exceptional learning experience. Lectures are conducted in modern classrooms located in the David Strong Building, the same ones used during the school year for MBA and BCom programs.

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 ISIBM’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 stay in campus residences in a single bedroom in a shared townhouse or apartment with other students, located in the Commonwealth Village Cluster neighbourhood (click to view images).

The Cluster (CL) neighbourhood is comprised of 121 apartment and townhouse units. These self-contained units include four private bedrooms, a kitchen, a semi-furnished living room, two washrooms and one shower room. Townhouses are split over two levels whereas apartments are on one level.

Each cluster unit contains bed linens, pillows, cookware and dishes, a toaster, stove, dishwasher and two fridges. Extra blankets may be available from the Housing Office if students get cold at night. Towels are not provided.

Students will have access to a microwave in the cafeterias. Cluster units do not contain a kettle, however students can borrow one from the Housing Office. Tap water is safe to drink and there are filtered water fountains around campus.

Accommodation is only a 10-minute walk from the beach, local supermarket and entertainment venues, providing a great opportunity for students to meet other UVic locals and international students. Libraries, galleries, bus exchange, movie theatre and athletics and recreation centres with swimming pools are located on campus. Cafeterias, restaurants, medical and dental clinics, pharmacy, hair salon, travel agency, printing and photocopy services as well as free wireless internet are also around campus.

Student accommodation is allocated by UVic and no room requests are available. UVic does not offer the option for requests from students as they try to focus on cultural immersion and a positive student mix based on gender, age, nationality and university. Changes to accommodation once students arrive are only possible under exceptional circumstances.

Meal card: A meal card is included in the program fee. The meal card, known as ‘UVic ONECard’ will be pre-loaded. Students can expect to have approx. 17-18 meals covered per week. Students should expect to cover approx. 3-4 meals per week on their own.  There are a plethora of restaurants to choose from in Victoria! Your UVic ONECard is redeemable at 12 different food outlets on campus. One of the most popular spots is the Mystic Market.

Note: Living in residence means that it is always necessary to demonstrate respect for fellow residents and the physical space. Residents are responsible for their own personal living area and the upkeep of shared areas is the joint responsibility of all residents. Students are personally responsible for any damage that occurs to their room while living there.

Program Fee & Dates

July 2018
Application Deadline25 May 2018
Arrival Date01 July 2018
Departure Date27 July 2018
Program Fee A$ 6,599
OS-HELP A$ 6,665

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation (single bedroom in a shared townhouse or apartment)
  • Course materials
  • On-campus meal vouchers*
  • Extracurricular social activities
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Health and medical insurance (if requested)
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up**
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • Official University of Victoria Certificate of Completion
  • Official University of Victoria Academic Record
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

*On-campus meal vouchers: The meal card, known as the ‘UVic GuestCard’ will be pre-loaded. Students can expect to have approx. 17-18 meals covered per week. Students should expect to cover approx. 3-4 meals per week on their own.  There are a plethora of restaurants to choose from in Victoria! The UVic GuestCard is redeemable at 12 different food outlets on campus. One of the most popular spots is the Mystic Market.

**Pick-up is on the program start date only, from either the ferry (Swartz Bay terminal), Victoria airport (YYJ) or downtown Victoria. Pick-up is NOT available from Vancouver – students must make their own way to Victoria. CISaustralia strongly advises taking a connecting flight from Vancouver to Victoria rather than the ferry, unless staying in Vancouver a few days beforehand. The ferry is a lot longer and is very tiring after long flights. The flight to Victoria is only 15 minutes from Vancouver. If students do choose to take the ferry from Vancouver airport, there is a bus service available (we recommend pre-booking: BC Ferries Connector).

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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