Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC

Experience a new and exciting approach to language learning! The newest addition to our family of camps, CISS Vancouver operates on the beautiful campus of Capilano University in North Vancouver; an urban location with modern facilities in harmony with its breathtaking natural environment. Inspired by the beauty and history of the land, and Vancouver’s reputation as a global city of the future, this programme offers students an innovative approach to language learning by combining dynamic classes with our unique “21st Century Skills” workshop series.

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 01
2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
- -
July 08
- 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
July 15
- - 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
July 22
- - - 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
July 29
- - -
2 Weeks

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 CISS Vancouver activity programme has been designed to showcase the best that British Columbia has to offer.  Each week, students attend 1 full day excursion and 2 half day excursions as part of the programme.  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


The CISS Vancouver programme operates on the grounds of Capilano University, situated in beautiful North Vancouver.  Students are sure to be impressed by the vast natural surroundings of an area that is considered one of the top destinations for tourists and locals alike.  Easy access to the Pacific Ocean, combined with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains make this the idea 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

You will share a double room in the University residence with a student attending this 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 must 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 at 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.


Global English

Morning English classes are closely connected to weekly global themes and offer a student-centred, progressive approach to language acquisition. Using the most 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 language works.

Afternoon Workshops

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

Engaging and interactive learning exercises also offer an opportunity for real-life English practice, as participants work closely with their Canadian student “buddies” to discuss and propose solutions to various challenges related to the weekly global 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.