Special Interest Courses

Choose the best path for you

At CISS, we believe that students benefit most when they choose a summer learning experience that best suits their personality and goals. For international students interested in topics “beyond ESL”, our Special Interest Courses allow them to gain knowledge and skills in a subject area while practicing their English in a supportive environment. From leadership skills to preparation for university life and careers, these courses reflect the interests and passions of today’s youth and are designed to help prepare them for future success. The courses take place inside a larger programme, offering both the opportunity for focused study with a group of like-minded peers and the chance to be part of a large group of participants from around the world with a full schedule of activities and excursions.

Global Leadership

International Young Leaders

The Global Leadership Programme provides youth aged 12-16 (Toronto) or 13-17 (Vancouver) with the essential foundations to become better international young leaders in an ever-changing world. In-class lessons are taught by expert CISS staff with a focus on providing students with essential communication, leadership, and decision-making skills.

esl 4 coding

Opening doors to a world of new opportunities!

Unlock the 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.

A boy is using a laptop with code on it.

Academic and Career Prep

Be the author of your own future!

ACP is designed to help international high school students prepare for the coming challenges of post-secondary studies and professional life in a supportive and academically stimulating environment. Combining critical exercises in self-reflection with an exploration of the study and career options available to them, students come away from the programme with a better understanding of their own identities and life goals, and build solid strategies planning their future. Mindfulness sessions are incorporated throughout the course, giving students the tools needed to manage potential stress or anxiety that may come when faced with the challenges of pursuing a successful future.

Future innovators

Preparing students to make a difference!

Students 14-18 years of age come together and cultivate skills that empower them to think creatively and acquire the unique mindset of an entrepreneur. This exciting new course aims to develop critical thinking, innovative decision-making, problem-solving, brainstorming, and teamwork skills. In their final presentations, students are challenged to present their ideas and explain their vision.

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.



Specialized care for the unique needs of Campers


Motivated, caring and qualified staff


Personal attention


Student-centred programmes fostering independence


Programmes to suit different interests and ability levels


Strong focus on Canadian traditions


Fostering a multicultural and open-minded atmosphere

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Ready to start your programme?

We would love to hear from you and to provide you with the full set of documents that are necessary for your application process.

Study Tours

Study Tours provide an opportunity for students to practice their English, integrate with local students in a high school, experience life with a host family, enjoy unique activities, and have a genuine Canadian cultural experience.

Summer City Programmes

CISS City Residential Programmes give you the chance to live, learn, and grow. And, most importantly, to have fun doing it during the summer in Canada.

High School

Whether you’re looking for a more academic environment, specific classes, or a school with great sports, our wide variety of options means we have something for everyone.