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

CISS Vancouver is an English language learning (ELL) summer programme 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. 

CISS Vancouver - Capilano Suspension Bridge ParkCISS Vancouver - mountains and lake

LocationNorth Vancouver, BC
Ages13-17, boys and girls
AccommodationDouble Rooms
Session Length2, 3 or 4 week sessions
Excursions1 Full day and 2 half days per week
Global English20 hours per week

Dates and Fees 2020

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

July 11
July 18
July 25
August 01
August 08
August 15
June 28
2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
- - -
July 05
- 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
- -
July 12
- - 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
July 19
- - - 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
July 26
2 Weeks
3 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 session dates.

Late night arrival/early morning departure fee - $ 50

Late night arrival/early morning departure fee applies to all students with flights scheduled to arrive after 22:00 or 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 30, 2019

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)
  • Victoria City Tour
  • Whistler Village + Gondola
  • Cultus Lake Water Park
  • Vancouver Aquarium + Stanley Park
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Gas Town
  • Granville Island
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Metrotown Shopping
  • Museum of Vancouver + Kitsilano Beach
  • Pacific Centre Mall
  • PNE Amusement Park
  • Takaya Outdoor Experience


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.


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

Two afternoons per week, students participate in 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 to practice your English with local Canadian high school students (“buddies”).  Together, you will work together to discuss and solve challenges 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?

  • Residence accommodation - shared double rooms
  • Three meals daily
  • Full Supervision
  • Study materials
  • 15 hours/week of Global English instruction
  • 5 hours/week of 21st Century Skills workshops (2 per week)
  • 1 full day excursion per week
  • 2 half day excursions per week
  • Use of sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. (Students must provide own beach towel and toiletries)
  • Linen change once a week
  • CISS T-shirt and water bottle upon arrival
  • Certificate upon completion of course

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.