Inspiring International Young Leaders for an ever-changing world!

The Global Leadership Programme provides youth aged 13-17 with the essential foundations to become better international young leaders in an ever-changing world. Taking place at University of St. Michael's College (St. Mike's), in-class lessons are taught by expert CISS 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 St. Mike's campus as well.

The course concludes with students making public presentations on action plans for projects they will pursue when they return home.

 The Ideal Candidate

  • Intermediate to advanced English proficiency (equivalent to IELTS 4.0+)
  • Globally-minded students who are passionate about making positive change and who care about the world and the community where they live
  • Students who are prepared to participate fully in class discussions, projects, and presentations

Modules and Themes

Leadership Skills Focuses on a variety of theories and meanings of leadership.Participants will examine the evolution of different leadership styles, including an exploration of the concept from an online perspective.
Communication Skills Students learn how to make an impact through effective expression. Concepts include conflict resolution, cross-cultural sensitivity, empathy, and the impact of media.
Problem Solving Skills A key component to becoming an effective leader is the ability to make positive and impactful decisions. The problem solving course teaches critical thinking skills needed to design and implement innovative solutions.
Specialty Workshop Students build on their knowledge through interactive workshops. Topics may include personal development, and values exploration.
Community Blocks

An opportunity for students to explore the concept of “community” from local and global perspectives. Students discuss some of the key issues and their ability to address these issues within the communities where they live, the global community, and in their immediate location at camp.

Week 1 - You at home

Week 2 - You in the world

Week 3 - You at St. Michael's

Project Planning

Our ultimate goal is for each participant to extend their passion beyond the classroom and to demonstrate real evidence of their leadership potential. Students apply their new skills to create a project which can then be implemented in their own community. Projects are presented in the final class in week 3 of the course.

Project planning takes place one evening per week.

LocationCISS St. Michael's - Toronto, ON
Ages13-17 years, boys and girls
Global LeadershipStarting dates: 28/06 or 12/07 or 19/07 or 02/08
Session Length3 and 2 week sessions
AccommodationDouble residence rooms
Weekly Hours20 hours per week

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD


*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: January 31, 2019


The CISS St. Michael’s activity programme has been designed to showcase the best that Toronto has to offer.  Each week, students attend 1 full day excursion and 3 half day excursions as part of the programme.  Transportation, meals, and admission costs are included.

Full Day (one per week)       Half Day (three per week)
  • Canada’s Wonderland (Amusement Park)
  • Niagara Falls (with Hornblower boat tour)
  • Treetop Trekking
  • Wye Marsh Canadiana
  • African Lion Safari
  • Beaches
  • Blue Jays Baseball Game
  • Casa Loma
  • CN Tower
  • Disco Boat Cruise on Lake Ontario
  • Distillery District/Spaghetti Factory
  • Downsview Park
  • High Park
  • Toronto Harbourfront
  • Toronto Islands
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Ripley's Aquarium
  • Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
  • Wet'n Wild Water Park


The ideal place to spend your summer in Toronto! Our downtown location 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.  Although located right downtown, as a college of the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s campus is extremely secure, providing young teens with a safe living environment.  Located on the same campus are large classrooms, air conditioned student lounges, and modern dining facilities.  WiFi is available throughout the campus.

You share a double room in a university residence with another student attending this programme.  Students are separated within the residence by gender.  Each room has 2 individual beds, desks, chairs, dressers and/or wardrobes.  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 complimented by a full salad bar, dessert offerings and unlimited drinks. All students eat together in the university dining hall that is decorated in the history of the school. Our meals are cooked on-site by professional staff and meet rigid nutritious standards. 


  • Large classrooms
  • Dining hall and modern cafeteria
  • Air-conditioned student lounges
  • Full WiFi access
  • Athletic centre (within walking distance)
  • Coffee houses, shops, boutiques and shopping centres surround the campus
  • Medical centre/hospitals within 1 km


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 have real-world opportunities to connect with local community members and apply what they have learned in class to make real change.

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


Afternoon 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:

  • Athletic Centre - fitness, swimming, ball & racquet sports, pilates, yoga and more
  • City walking tours of various neighbourhoods and places of interest
  • Local festivals and artisan markets
  • Team sports and/or social games on campus
  • Shopping
  • Creative activities on campus
  • Sign up for an Optional off-campus activity*
  • Sign out to leave campus (in pairs or groups) for independent shopping or alternate sightseeing

Optional Activities:

Many students travel great distances to spend their summer in Toronto, 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: 

  • Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
  • Blue Jays Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Canoeing/SUP on Lake Ontario
  • CN Tower
  • Escape Room
  • Go-Karting
  • Laserquest
  • Playdium

For Parents

What is included in the programme price?

  • Residence accommodation - shared double rooms
  • Three meals daily (brunch and dinner on Sundays)
  • Supervision
  • Study materials
  • 20 hours/week of ESL instruction (General English) OR
  • 20 hours/week of Global Leadership
  • Daily afternoon activities
  • Athletic Centre Membership
  • 1 full day excursion per week
  • 3 half day excursions per week
  • Linen change once a week
  • Use of sheets, blankets, pillows and bath towel (Students must provide own beach towel)
  • CISS T-Shirt upon arrival
  • Certificate upon completion of course

International students also have included: 

  • Toronto 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? 

CISS staff from St. Michael's will meet your child in the arrivals area at the airport. Staff hold signs and/or wear T-shirts 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 remain together. The group leader assists 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 camp?

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. CISS St. Michael's is located within minutes of many of Toronto's best hospitals and clinics. 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 St. Michael's 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