Global English skills for the 21st Century at a university setting - 13 to 17 years

Capilano University Campus

CISS Vancouver is an English language learning (ELL) summer program at Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Students live in a beautiful student dormitory while studying English in modern, high tech-equipped classrooms, surrounded by the breathtaking environment Vancouver is famous for – the mountains, rain forests, and the sea. Inspired by the beauty and history of the land, and Vancouver’s reputation as a global city of the future, this programme offers students a dynamic approach to learning English and workshops to develop their “21st Century Skills” such as innovation, collaboration, and creativity. 

Whistler ExcursionClassroom at Capilano UniversityMuseum of Vancouver

LocationNorth Vancouver, BC
Ages13 to 17 - Boys and Girls
AccommodationDouble Rooms
Session Length2, 3 or 4 week sessions
Excursions1 Full day and 2 half days per week
Global English22 hours per week

Dates and Fees 2019

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

July 15
July 22
July 29
August 05
August 12
July 08
1 Week
2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
July 15
- - 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
July 22
- - - 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
July 29
- - -
2 Weeks
August 05
- - - - 1 Week

Extra Fees

Extra Night Fee - $ 200

Extra Transfer Fee - $ 80

Extra night and extra transfer fees apply to all students who arrive or depart on non-scheduled dates.

Early Morning Departure Fee - $ 50

Early morning departure fee applies to all students with flights scheduled to depart before 08:00.

Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Fee - $ 75

UM fee applies to all students flying as UM with airline

Custodianship Fee - $ 100

*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 26, 2018

Activities & Excursions

The activity programme showcases the best that British Columbia has to offer.  Each week, students participate in one full day excursion and two half day excursions.  Transportation, meals, and admission costs are included.

Full Day (one per week)       Half Day (two per week)
  • Vancouver Island
  • Whistler Village + Gondola
  • Cultus Lake Water Park
  • Grouse Moutain
  • Vancouver City Tour
  • Playland
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Deep Cove Adventures
  • Granville Island
  • Metrotown
  • Museum of Vancouver and Kitsilano Beach
  • Tsawwassen Mills
  • Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park


CISS Vancouver operates on the grounds of Capilano University in beautiful North Vancouver.  Students are sure to be impressed by the lush natural surroundings and area that is considered a top destination for tourists and locals alike.  Easy access to the Pacific Ocean combined with spectacular views of the mountains make this the ideal place to be during the summer.

Facilities Include:

  • Modern Classrooms
  • Large, bright cafeterias
  • Student Lounges
  • Full WiFi access
  • Outdoor seating areas
  • Indoor gymnasium
  • Comfortable University Residence accommodation

Classroom at Capilano UniversityCapilano University CafeteriaCapilano University Residence

You will share a double room in the University residence with another student attending the programme.  Students are separated by gender.  There are two beds in each room, along with desks, chairs, drawers for storage, and a wardrobe.  You will receive clean linens and a bath towel, but you should bring your own beach towel and toiletries.  Each residence floor has full toilet and shower facilities, which are cleaned daily.  Common lounges are also located on each floor and feature a small kitchenette, sofas, and a TV.  Safety is our number one priority so staff live on the same floor of the residence, providing full supervision.

We provide you with three meals daily.  Breakfast and dinner are provided in the cafeteria next to the residence, which features a wide choice of main courses.  Lunch is taken in the bright, spacious cafeteria on the main campus. All meals served on-site are cooked by professional staff and meet rigid nutritious standards.  Some meals may also be taken while on excursion and could be either in the form of a boxed lunch or served in a restaurant.

CISS Vancouver 2019 - NEW Director

Talya Florian - CISS Vancouver Director


“Hello everyone and welcome to CISS Vancouver. I am very excited to be a part of this programme and to be leading an incredible team of staff and students this summer. What makes the Vancouver programme stand apart is our modern approach to ESL learning through structured skills-based workshops. And it all takes place in a truly beautiful environment - where urban city landscapes meet forests, ocean, and mountains. All of us here at CISS Vancouver are looking forward to having you join us for an incredibly memorable summer”.

I am a high school Educator and teach Art, ESL, and Outdoor in Vancouver, British Columbia. While I was born in Canada, I had the privilege of growing up in the countryside of Southern Ireland, where I developed a huge love and appreciation for the beautiful landscapes that surrounded me, and the importance of outdoor learning.

I attended Canadian summer camps almost every summer as a child. My father was a camp owner and director for many years, and I grew up on the values and experiences that these camps bring to young people. My summer experiences and the many cultures I was exposed to had a huge influence on my personality and career, which led me to making education a foundational part of my life. 

Since graduating from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, I have been working within the ESL/ELL community for over 6 years and have travelled all over the world teaching, directing, coordinating and designing curriculum in various  institutions and organizations. I have found that my passion for education, art and culture has given me the tools to create positive, exciting, and memorable learning environments for students of all diverse backgrounds. These passions have also led me to pursue more involvement with leadership in international language programs and now this role with CISS Vancouver as Camp Director. 

It is a great pleasure to be a part of this new chapter of CISS out here on the Pacific Northwest Coast and I look forward to welcoming you to our programme. It’s going to be an awesome summer!


Global English

Morning English classes offer a student-centred, progressive approach to language acquisition. Using modern language-teaching techniques, our highly qualified and experienced English teachers focus on improving communication skills and building confidence in self-expression, while challenging students to expand their vocabulary and improve their knowledge of how the language works.

Afternoon Workshops

Three afternoons per week, students participate in game-based workshops designed to enhance the language learning experience while building skills for success in the modern world: collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking.

Workshops also offer an opportunity for English practice with Canadian high school student “buddies” as they solve challenges together related to weekly themes: Environment, Digital Citizenship, Globalization.

Programme Ages Daily Schedule English Proficiency
Global English 13-17  20 hours/week  All levels accepted

For Parents

What is included in the programme price?

The following are included in each student’s package price: 

  • Residence accommodation - double rooms
  • Three meals daily
  • Full Supervision
  • Study materials
  • 15 hours/week of language instruction
  • Skills workshops (3 per week)
  • 1 full day excursion per week
  • 2 half day excursions per week
  • Certificate upon completion of course
  • Linen change once a week
  • Use of sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. (Students must provide own beach towel and toiletries)

International students also have included: 

  • Vancouver 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:

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 Vancouver programme will meet your child in the arrivals area at the airport. Staff wear blue CISS staff 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 should 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 a large hospital and several medical 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.