Trinity College, Toronto, Ontario

Located on a beautiful and historic downtown University of Toronto campus, CISS at Trinity is the ideal programme for students seeking a more academic approach to language learning. Students who wish to improve their English skills may participate in 20 hours of language lessons plus 5 practical hours per week, while students who are preparing for the next step of their English career may choose our Academic & Career Prep course. In 2020, CISS is also excited to introduce a new Entrepreneurship course.  Regardless of their study choice, students are certain to be thrilled to call CISS at Trinity their summer home.

LocationToronto, Ontario
Ages14-18 years, boys and girls
NEW! Entrepreneurship14-18 years, boys and girls
Session Length2, 3 or 4 week sessions
AccommodationSingle or Double residence rooms
General English20 hours per week + 5 hours of practical per week

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

COMING SOON

*Canadian and US citizens currently residing in Canada or the United States are asked to contact CISS for domestic rates. Taxes are included. Information updated: September 30, 2019

Excursions

The CISS at Trinity activity programme has been designed to showcase the best that Toronto has to offer.  Each week, students enjoy 1 full day excursion and 3 half day excursions as part of the programme package.  Transportation, meals, and admission costs are included.

Full Day (one per week)       Half Day (three per week)
  • Canada’s Wonderland (Amusement Park) 
  • Niagara Falls (with Hornblower boat tour) 
  • Treetop Trekking
  • Wye Marsh Canadiana
  • African Lion Safari
  • Beaches
  • Blue Jays Baseball Game
  • Casa Loma
  • CN Tower
  • Disco Boat Cruise on Lake Ontario
  • Distillery District/Spaghetti Factory
  • High Park
  • Ontario Place/Trillium Park
  • Ripley's Aquarium
  • Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
  • Toronto Harbourfront
  • Toronto Islands
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Wet 'n Wild Water Park

Facility

Welcome to one of the most beautiful campuses in Toronto! Our downtown location puts the city right at your doorstep. Just south of the famous neighbourhood of Yorkville, you are a short walk to Yonge Street, coffee shops, stores and so much more.  On campus you will find a comfortable, clean, and safe residence, a beautiful garden courtyard, air conditioned student lounges, and dining facilities that are modern…with a historic charm.  Finally, WiFi is available throughout the campus.

You’ll live in a single or double room in a university residence with other students attending this programme.  Students are separated by gender within the residence.  Each room has a bed, desk, chair, dresser and/or wardrobe.  All bed linens are provided, along with a bath towel.  Students must bring their own toiletries. There are card-operated laundry machines in the residence – we provide laundry detergent.  Shared washroom and shower facilities are located on every floor. Safety is our priority so our staff live in the same residence, providing full supervision.

We provide you with three meals daily, Monday - Saturday.  Brunch and dinner are served on Sundays to allow time for you to sleep in. All meals are provided in a modern cafeteria which features various stations offering a wide choice of main courses.  Lunch and dinner are complemented by a full salad bar, fruit station, dessert offerings and unlimited drinks. All students eat together in the university dining hall that is decorated in the history of the school. Our meals are cooked on-site by professional staff and meet rigid nutritious standards. 

Facilities

  • Large classrooms
  • Dining hall and modern cafeteria
  • Beautiful garden (“The Quad”) courtyard
  • Air-conditioned student lounges
  • Full WiFi access
  • Athletic centre (within walking distance)
  • Coffee houses, shops, boutiques and shopping centres surround the campus
  • Medical centre/hospitals within 1 km

CISS at Trinity Director

Farah Fazalbhoy

“Hello everybody! Welcome to the CISS at Trinity programme. I am very happy and excited to have you come to explore the beautiful city of Toronto. Here you will become immersed in the English language while we have lots of fun together! Our team of experienced and professional teachers and counselors are ready to embark on this adventure with you. Join us in what promises to be a great summer experience!”!

It is amazing how a few weeks can change and shape the life of a young learner. CISS recognizes the important role that camp plays in a young person’s life and tirelessly works to create the PERFECT team to lead this journey. I’m very excited to be a part of your experience this summer at CISS at Trinity! 

I have several years of experience managing ESL City residential camps. This is truly the best way to learn English, and to become acquainted with a city as diverse as Toronto. Being born and raised here, I can’t wait to show students at Trinity all the hidden gems that this city has to offer! 

I studied at York University, concurrently obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Specialized Honors English and a Bachelor of Education. I fell in love with learning and research, which inspired me to complete a Masters in English Literature. I take great pride in instilling this desire to learn in my students and look forward to helping students set similar goals.

Beyond camp, I am a certified teacher. I specialize in teaching English. I also have experience working with international high school students. My teaching philosophy focuses on teaching modern, digital savvy students to be compassionate Global Citizens. I advocate for literacy in various forms as I believe it essential for the 21st century learner.

In my spare time, I enjoy rereading Harry Potter, travelling, and discovering new areas of Toronto. I enjoy watching sports and indulging my creative side with paper crafting and scrapbooking. 

I hope you enjoy summer with us, and I am confident that this Canadian experience will change your life!

Programme

General English

Learn English in a true University setting!  CISS at Trinity is proud to offer a comprehensive ESL programme with 25 hours per week.  Our language classes help students improve their fluency by encouraging natural communication through interactive and engaging lessons and activities.  Students learn and practice their communication skills, while focusing on pronunciation and becoming more confident English speakers.

The programme offers participants 20 hours of morning English lessons and an additional 5 hours of practicum on two afternoons each week, providing students an opportunity to interact with other international students and to practice their weekly learning in a new and exciting environment.

Lessons are theme/topic based and include a mix of classroom instruction and practical work which is language-driven and may include cultural outings and excursions.

Academic & Career Prep (Ages 16-18)

This course is designed to help international high school students prepare for the coming challenges of post-secondary studies and professional life in a supportive and academically stimulating environment. Combining critical exercises in self-reflection with an exploration of the study and career options available to them, students will come away from the course with a better understanding of their own identities and life goals, and how to strategize for their futures. Participants also learn how engaging deeply and creatively with the English language – beyond the basics of “ESL” – can help them realize their dreams. 

Entrepreneurship (Ages 14-18) - NEW

In today’s world, creators and innovators are the most likely to succeed and have the greatest impact on society. We are invested in the future success of our students. This is why CISS is excited to introduce an entrepreneurship course option to our CISS at Trinity programme for 2020!

Students of different backgrounds and cultures come together and cultivate skills that empower them to think creatively and acquire the unique mindset of a true entrepreneur. This essential course aims to develop critical thinking, innovative decision-making, problem-solving, brainstorming, and teamwork skills. In their final presentations, students are then challenged to present their ideas and explain their vision.

This special course offers a positive and supportive learning environment in which students are inspired to embrace entrepreneurial thinking and to imagine unique career paths that complement their individual strengths and talents.

Course Options

Programme Ages Daily Schedule English Proficiency
 General English  14-18  20 hours + 5 hours of practicum per week  All levels accepted
 Academic & Career Prep  16-18  25 hours per week  High Intermediate or Advanced
 Entrepreneurship  14-18  25 hours per week  Intermediate to Advanced

Activities

Afternoon Activities

On non-excursion days, students have certain choices made available to them in the afternoons.  The options available on a particular day are noted on the schedule and may include:

  • Amazing Race
  • Board Games
  • Capture the Flag
  • Casino Night
  • Colour Wars
  • Crazy Olympics
  • Dances / Discos
  • Evening Under the Stars
  • Athletic Centre
  • Game Show Night
  • Karaoke
  • Magic Show
  • Movies
  • On-Campus Sports
  • Photo
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Speech Contest
  • Yoga
  • Summer Festivals
  • Talent Show
  • Zumba

Optional Activities:

Many students travel great distances to spend their summer at the CISS at Trinity Programme, so we provide the option of doing some of the other great activities surrounding the campus. Students may choose to do one of the following optional activities (additional costs apply) when they are available in the schedule: 

  • City Bus Tour
  • Canoeing on Lake Ontario
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
  • CN Tower

For Parents

What is included in the programme price?

  • Residence accommodation
  • Three meals daily (brunch and dinner on Sundays)
  • Supervision
  • Study materials
  • 25 hours/week of General English instruction OR
  • 25 hours/week of Entrepreneurship OR
  • 25 hours/week of Academic & Career Prep
  • Daily afternoon activities
  • Athletic Centre Membership
  • 1 full day excursion per week
  • 3 half day excursions per week
  • Linen change once a week
  • Use of sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. (Students must provide own beach towel)
  • CISS T-Shirt and water bottle upon arrival
  • Certificate upon completion of course

International students also have included: 

  • Toronto airport meet & greet plus transfers to/from school
  • Medical insurance

Does my child need a visa to enter Canada or to attend this programme? 

Students who come for a summer programme (or any programme with a duration of six months or less) do not require a Study Permit. Students coming from certain countries, however, will require a Temporary Resident Visa (TVR). Please refer to the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website for a complete listing of countries that require a TVR: www.cic.gc.ca

Do I need to purchase emergency travel medical insurance for my child?

No. CISS provides emergency out-of-country medical and dental insurance to a maximum of $100,000 CAD for students attending a CISS summer programme. 

Who will receive my child when he/she arrives at the airport?

Staff from the CISS at Trinity programme will meet your child in the arrivals area at the airport. Staff wear blue t-shirts and hold signs bearing the programme name. It is the responsibility of the student to look for this sign and to remain in the arrivals area until he/she has met the staff member. Students travelling as a group with a group leader must remain together. The group leader should assist the students to find the programme staff member. 

If your child is registered as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM), the person that CISS has designated earlier to you during the UM registration will be on hand to personally receive your child. 

How will I know that my child has arrived safely at the programme?

CISS maintains regular contact with your Representative, and will immediately inform the Representative if a student has NOT arrived as expected. Otherwise, it should be assumed that all students have arrived safely.

What happens if my child has a medical emergency?

Our staff is trained to handle all medical emergencies. Our programme is located in very close proximity to Toronto's largest hospitals and many walk-in clinics.  Should your child require medical attention, our staff will ensure he/she receives the proper treatment. CISS will inform both you and your representative (if applicable) of any emergencies that arise and the details/treatments involved. 

Do you have a clothing list available? 

Yes. Please download the CISS at Trinity Clothing List (PDF) here.  

To ensure your child returns home with all of his/her belongings, we also recommend that all clothing and personal items be labelled with your child's name.  For your convenience, we have partnered with Mabel’s Labels, a Canadian company with all types of labels that are colourful, indestructible and fun! This company ships both domestically and internationally. To purchase labels go to www.cisstrinity.mabel.ca

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