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CISS VANCOUVER

West Coast summer adventures start here!

CISS Vancouver operates on the campus of Capilano University in North Vancouver; an urban location with modern facilities in harmony with its breathtaking natural environment. Inspired by Vancouver’s reputation as a global city of the future, this programme offers students seeking to improve their English skills with an innovative combination of Global English lessons and Future-Ready Skills workshops, designed to provide young learners with a strong foundation for future success.

New for 2024, future Leaders will be excited to join the CISS Global Leadership course, designed to teach participants how to effectively lead others, while creating passion and change within themselves and the world around them.

Excursions and activities showcase Vancouver’s main attractions, while programme design remains focused on respecting local cultural heritage.

CISS VANCOUVER

Key Facts

Location

North Vancouver, BC

Ages

12-17, boys and girls

Excursions

1 full day and 2 half days per week

2024 Dates

July 07 to August 10

Accommodation

Double Rooms

Course Options

  • Global English
  • Global Leadership

CISS Vancouver

Programme Options

Global English

Weekly Schedule:  15 hours per week + 5 workshop hours
English Proficiency: All levels accepted

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.

Two afternoons per week, students taking Global English participate in Future-Ready Skills workshops designed to enhance the language learning experience while focusing on developing the soft skills that are considered essential for success in today’s ever-changing workplace.

Workshops also offer an opportunity to practice your English with local Canadian high school students (“ambassadors”).  Together, you will work on interactive and engaging activity-based challenges designed to push you to think in new ways, learn new approaches to problem-solving, and work as a team to achieve your goals.

Global Leadership

Weekly Schedule: 15 hours per week + 5 workshop hours
English Proficiency: Intermediate – Advanced (IELTS 4.0+)

This programme provides youth aged 12-17 with the essential foundations to become better leaders in an ever-changing world. Morning lessons are taught by expert staff with a focus on providing students with essential communication, leadership, and decision-making skills. 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 the CISS Vancouver campus as well.

Afternoon workshops, held each Monday and Wednesday, are dedicated to preparing public presentations on action plans for projects they will pursue when they return home.  Students present their projects individually or in groups on the final day of the programme.

 

CISS VANCOUVER

Facilities

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

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Modern Classrooms

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Large, bright cafeterias

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Student Lounges

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Full WiFi access

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Outdoor seating areas

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Indoor gymnasium

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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 an excursion and could be either in the form of a boxed lunch or served in a restaurant.

CISS VANCOUVER

Location

CISS Vancouver operates on the beautiful grounds of Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia

CISS Vancouver

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

Weekly excursions showcase the best that Vancouver has to offer.  Each week, students attend 1 full-day excursion and 2 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:

  • Vancouver City Tour + Museum
  • Whistler Village + Peak to Peak Gondola
  • Cultus Water Park
  • Vancouver Aquarium + Stanley Park

Half Day (Two per week)
May include:

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Deep Cove Adventures
  • Granville Island
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Kitsilano Beach
  • Metrotown Shopping
  • Pacific Centre Mall
  • Playland Amusement Park
  • Takaya Outdoor Experience
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:

  • Board Games
  • Capture the Flag
  • Casino Night
  • Colour Wars
  • Dances / Discos
  • Dodgeball
  • Game Show Night
  • Karaoke
  • Movies
  • On-Campus Sports
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Relay Challenges
  • Speech Contest
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
Optional Activities

Once 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: 

  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Laser Tag
  • Lynn Canyon
  • Movies
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 with their group while they are off-campus, exploring.  

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2024 Schedules

The following schedules are tentative and subject to change.

CISS Vancouver

2024 Dates & Fees – Global English

Departing
July 20
Departing
July 27
Departing
August 03
Departing
August 10
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 27
Arriving
July 07
3 Weeks
$6625

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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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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