City Centre at the University of Toronto

CISS Toronto is ideal for young learners who are seeking for a safe and rich learning experience in Canada. The educational component of the programme offers students with two options. General English your main objective is to improve your communication skills. Alternatively, if you have a passion for change, you may choose to take part in our Global Leadership course. Both with 20 hours of engaging lessons per week.  CISS Toronto also includes an exciting excursion package designed to showcase the best Toronto attractions. The CISS Toronto programme is centrally located on a college of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus close to museums, art galleries, and world-class shopping. Residence rooms with full staff supervision make this the ideal programme for students who are seeking a secure urban learning environment.

The University of Toronto is not associated or affiliated with the operation of CISS summer programmes.

LocationDowntown Toronto
Ages13-17 years, boys and girls
Excursions and ActivitiesDuring the afternoon and evening
Session Length3 Weeks - Global Leadership / 2 or 3 weeks - General English
AccommodationDormitory
General English or Global Leadership20 hours per week

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

General English - 2 or 3 weeks

Departing
July 17
Departing
July 24
Departing
August 07
Departing
August 14
Arriving
July 04
2 Weeks
$ 3,825
3 Weeks
$ 5,325
- -
Arriving
July 25
- - 2 Weeks
$ 3,825
3 Weeks
$ 5,325

Global Leadership - 3 weeks

Departing
July 24
Departing
August 14
Arriving
July 04
3 Weeks
$ 5,325
-
Arriving
July 25
- 3 Weeks
$ 5,325

Extra Fees

Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Fee - CAD 100 - UM fee applies to all students flying as unaccompanied minor with the airline

Custodianship Fee - CAD 100

*Canadian citizens and permanent residents currently residing in Canada are asked to contact CISS for domestic rates. Information updated: November 23, 2020

Excursions

Our team is currently working on excursion options that are safe and healthy in the context of COVID-19. We expect to publish details in late winter, 2021.

Facility

Our downtown location, in a college which is part of the University of Toronto, 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, 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 residence in one of the colleges of the University of Toronto with other students attending this programme.  Students are separated by gender within the residence.  Each room has 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. Our meals follow strict nutritious standards as well as health and safety guidelines.

Programme

General English

Learn English in a true University setting!  CISS Toronto is proud to offer a comprehensive ESL programme including 20 hours of lessons per week.  This option provides classroom instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with a focus on helping students of all proficiency levels to improve in their fluency and accuracy of speech. The general English experience is the choice for most international summer students and augmented by evening language workshops that feature interactive activities that bring classroom learning to real-life situations. 

Global Leadership

This course is designed to provide youth aged 13-17 with the essential foundations to become better leaders in an ever-changing world. In-class lessons are taught by expert staff with a focus on providing students with essential communication, leadership, and decision-making skills. These competencies are further enhanced by specialized workshops - each with a different subject focus. Leadership skills come to life when students discuss their ability to take positive action not only at local and global community levels, but within their immediate community at campus as well. The course concludes with students making public presentations on action plans for projects they will pursue when they return home.

Course Options

Programme Ages Daily Schedule English Proficiency
General English 13-17 20 hours per week All levels accepted
Global Leadership 13-17 20 hours per week Intermediate to Advanced (IELTS 4.0+)

For Parents

Many questions about how to safely operate Summer Programmes in the context of the ongoing pandemic remain unanswered. We realize, however, that you need some details now, especially for the your child has been deferred to 2021 from the cancelled 2020 season. The following is therefore a preliminary plan that assumes positive developments over the coming months in terms of entry into Canada, rapid testing and, hopefully, vaccination.

COVID-19 SAFETY

Please rest assured that safety, as always, is our number one priority, and that we will only operate if it is safe and legal to do so. We are currently working with industry partners to create a set of operating guidelines for next summer regarding COVID-19. This means that some programming details will necessarily be delayed until we have a clearer picture of what will be safe and possible. We therefore anticipate publishing activity and excursion calendars, student manuals, and other details in the winter or early spring of 2021.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

One change we can already share is that we are limiting our arrivals and departures at our Summer Camps to fewer dates than usual so we can protect the health and safety of students accordingly in controlled cohorts. This concept has emerged among Canadian and international educators as a “best practice” for managing groups of students during the pandemic. Please refer to Dates and Fees for more information.

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