Global English skills for the 21st Century at a university setting (Returning in 2022)

Experience the latest approach to language learning! 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 Global English classes with our unique “21st Century Skills” workshop series.   

LocationNorth Vancouver, BC
Ages13-17, boys and girls
AccommodationDouble Rooms
DatesReturning in 2022
Excursions1 Full day and 2 half days per week
Global English20 hours per week

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

CISS Vancouver is coming back in 2022. Please visit the CISS Toronto page for a great 2021 programme option. 

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


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

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 (“ambassadors”).  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



Afternoon and Evening 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:

  • Capture the Flag 
  • Casino Night
  • Dance Party 
  • Dodgeball 
  • Drum Circle
  • Game Show Night 
  • Hack Night
  • Indigenous Cultural Night 
  • Karaoke
  • Movies 
  • Soccer Match
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Relay Challenge 
  • Science Contest
  • Speech Contest 
  • Talent Show

Optional Activities:

Many students travel great distances to spend their summer at the CISS Vancouver 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: 

  • Downtown Vancouver 
  • Laser Tag
  • Kitsilano Beach
  • Park Royale
  • Movies

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. 

Do you have a clothing list available? 

Yes. Please download the CISS Vancouver 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