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Language study and city adventures at their best!

CISS Toronto

The CISS Toronto programme takes place on a University of Toronto  campus in downtown Toronto. The programme is within easy walking distance to museums, art galleries, and world-class shopping.  We offer many study options for you to choose from!

Students seeking to improve their English skills choose our General English programme, which offers 20 hours of English lessons per week.  The focus in on building your confidence to communicate in English.  If you already have an intermediate to advanced level of English and you are also passionate about leading others to make positive change, the Global Leadership course is the perfect choice.  Finally, if you are eager to experience a class where English and Coding come together, try our NEW ESL 4 Coding course.

Regardless of your study choice, all courses are combined with an exciting activity and excursion package designed to showcase the best Toronto attractions.

CISS Toronto

Key Facts

Location

Downtown Toronto Campus

Ages

12-16 years, boys and girls

Course Options

  • General English
  • Global Leadership
  • ESL 4 Coding (NEW)

Session Length

2, 3, and 4-week sessions

Accommodation

Single or Double residence rooms

Weekly Hours

20 Hours per week

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Programme Options

General English

Daily Schedule: 20 hours per week

English Proficiency:  All levels Accepted

Learn English in a true University setting!  CISS Toronto is proud to offer a comprehensive ESL programme including 20 hours of lessons per week.  This option provides classroom instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with a focus on helping students of all proficiency levels to improve their fluency and accuracy of speech. The general English experience focuses mostly on conversation and is the choice for most international summer students.  

Global Leadership

Daily Schedule: 20 hours per week

English Proficiency:  Intermediate to Advanced (IELTS 4.0+)

Dates: June 30 – July 20 or July 21 – August 10

Empowering the leaders of tomorrow begins with our Global Leadership Course, designed especially for students ages 12-16 who are ready to embrace the challenges of a rapidly changing world. In this dynamic program, expert instructors guide students on a transformative journey of self-discovery, cultural understanding, and personal growth.  Through interactive workshops, cross-cultural exchanges, and real-world problem-solving, we empower students to gain the confidence, empathy, and adaptability needed to tackle complex challenges, drive positive change, and become the trailblazers of tomorrow! 

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 their programme campus as well. By the end of the course, students will not only have the knowledge and confidence to lead effectively but will also have the opportunity to apply their skills in a meaningful presentation, demonstrating their vision and action plans for projects they will pursue when they return home.

Join the CISS Global Leadership programme this summer and get ready to shine on the global stage as a confident and capable leader.

Learn more about the Global Leadership programme.

ESL 4 Coding (NEW!)

Daily Schedule: 20 hours per week

English Proficiency:  All levels Accepted

Dates: July 28 – August 10

Unlock the limitless potential of coding by enrolling in this new course tailored specifically for international students! In today’s tech-driven landscape, the ability to code is an invaluable skill, and proficiency in English is a gateway to global opportunities. Our course merges these two essential skills, providing a dynamic and engaging learning experience. 

Our experienced instructors will guide students on an exciting journey of creativity and problem-solving, helping them build games, apps, and websites while enhancing their English fluency. Students will gain confidence in their ability to code in English and will feel empowered to turn their creative ideas into reality.

Join CISS this summer for a unique educational adventure and equip yourself with the skills and confidence needed to thrive in the digital age.

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Facilities

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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, the campus is extremely secure, providing young teens with a safe living environment.  Located on the same campus is a dining hall, featuring buffet style meals featuring a variety of healthy food choices. Students will also enjoy relaxing in the student lounges or taking advantage of the beautiful outdoor spaces.  WiFi is available throughout the campus.

You will have either a single room or 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 1 or 2 individual beds, desks, chairs, dressers and/or wardrobes.  All bed linens are provided, along with a bath towel.  Students must bring their toiletries. There are laundry machines available for use free of charge in the residence – we provide laundry detergent.  Shared washrooms 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.  All meals are served buffet style in the large, historical dining hall and offer several choices.  Food is prepared on-site by professional staff and meet rigid nutritious standards.

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Location

The CISS Toronto programme happens at the University of Toronto’s beautiful St. Hilda’s, part of Trinity College on the St. George campus.

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Activities

Students always have something to do, beyond their course of study. Our programme includes full-day and half-day excursions, plus we offer a variety of afternoon and evening activities.

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The General English + Activity option is the ideal choice for international summer students who want to improve their English.  With this option, students receive 10 hours of English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons per week. This includes classroom instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with a focus on helping students of all proficiency levels to improve in their fluency and accuracy of speech.

English lessons comprise two of the five daily periods. You can then choose different land, water, or art activities to fill the remaining two or three periods. 

Included Excursions

The CISS Toronto excursions showcase the best that the city has to offer.  Each week, students attend 1 full-day excursion and 3 half-day excursions as part of the programme.  Full-day excursions take place every Thursday and half day excursions may take place during the afternoon or evening.  Transportation, meals, and admission costs are included.

Full Day (One per week)
May include:

  • Canada’s Wonderland (Amusement Park)
  • Niagara Falls (with boat tour)
  • Treetop Trekking
  • Wye Marsh Canadiana

Half Day (Three per week)
May include:

  • Beach Day
  • 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
Afternoon & Evening Activities

On non-excursion days, our team offers a variety of activities during the afternoons and evenings.  Students may choose to participate in afternoon activities, all of which are staff led and supervised.  Evening activities are considered mandatory for all students.  The options available each day are noted on the schedule and may include:

  • Amazing Race
  • Board Games
  • Capture the Flag
  • Casino Night
  • Colour Wars
  • Crazy Olympics
  • Dances / Discos
  • Evening Under the Stars
  • Athletic Centre
  • Game Show Night
  • Improv Night
  • Karaoke
  • Magic Show
  • Movies
  • Neighbourhood Tours
  • On-Campus Sports
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Speech Contest
  • Summer Festivals
  • Talent Show
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
Optional Activities

Once or twice per week, students may choose to sign up for an optional activity.  These activities are staff led and supervised and additional costs apply.  Money is collected from the students at the programme.  Optional activity choices may include: 

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

Once per week, students may be allowed to sign-out in groups of 3 or more for independent shopping and/or sightseeing.  Students must sign-out with a CISS staff and must stay together with their group while they are off-campus.

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Schedules

The following schedules are tentative for the 2024 season  All efforts will be made to closely follow the schedules.  However, they are subject to change.

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2024 Dates & Fees – General English

Departing
July 13
Departing
July 20
Departing
July 27
Departing
August 03
Departing
August 10
Arriving
June 30
2 Weeks
$4775
3 Weeks
$6625
4 Weeks
$8500
Arriving
July 07
2 Weeks
$4775
3 Weeks
$6625
4 Weeks
$8500
Arriving
July 14
2 Weeks
$4775
3 Weeks
$6625
4 Weeks
$8500
Arriving
July 21
2 Weeks
$4775
3 Weeks
$6625
Arriving
July 28
2 Weeks
$4775

2024 Dates & Fees – Global Leadership

Departing
July 20
Departing
August 10
Arriving
June 30
3 Weeks
$6875
Arriving
July 21
3 Weeks
$6875

2024 Dates & Fees – ESL 4 Coding

Departing
August 10
Arriving
July 28
2 Weeks
$4950

Extra Fees:

Extra Night Fee $250 Applies to all students who arrive early or depart late.
Extra Transfer Fee $125 Applies to all students who arrive or depart on non-scheduled dates.
Late Arrival/Early Departure Fee $125 Applies to all students with flights ARRIVING after 22:00 or DEPARTING before 09:00.
Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Fee $125 Applies to all students using the UM service with an airline.
Custodianship Fee $150 Applies to students who require any legal documents for visa purposes.

All fees are in Canadian Dollars.

*Canadian and US citizens currently residing in Canada or the United States are asked to contact CISS for domestic rates. Taxes are included. 

 

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FAQ

Parents and students may have questions about our programme and we are happy to bring you the frequently asked questions here.

Summer Camps

The CISS Difference

Since 1979, CISS has provided students from around the world the opportunity to come together in Canada for transformative summer learning experiences in traditional camps, language programs in cities, and other adventure experiences. With a focus on fun and unique opportunities to learn, our summer programmes promise to give you the experience—and the Canadian memories—of a lifetime.

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Specialized care for the unique needs of Campers

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Student-centred programmes fostering independence

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Programmes to suit different interests and ability levels

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Fostering a multicultural and open-minded atmosphere

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