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Global Leadership – International Young Leaders

The Global Leadership Programme provides youth aged 12-17 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. 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 also within their immediate campus community.

Global Leadership

Key Facts


CISS Toronto Campus


12-17 years, boys and girls

Global Leadership

July 02 – July 22, 2023
July 23 – August 12, 2023

Session Length

3 weeks sessions


Student residence

Weekly Hours

20 Hours per week

Global Leadership

The Ideal Candidate and Themes

Learn and practice leadership skills that will be part of your life as a future leader.

Ideal Candidate for Global Leadership

• 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 exploring the concept from an online perspective.

Modules and Themes - 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.

    Modules and Themes - Problem Solving Skills

    A key component to becoming an effective leader is the ability to make positive and impactful decisions. The problem-solving module teaches critical thinking skills to design and implement innovative solutions.

    Modules and Themes - Specialty Workshop

    Students build on their knowledge through interactive workshops. Topics may include personal development and values exploration.

    Modules and Themes - 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 them within their communities, the global community, and in their immediate location at camp.

    Modules and Themes - 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 community. Projects are presented in the final class in week 3 of the course.

    Project planning takes place one evening per week.



    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.

    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 with the history of the school. Our meals are cooked on-site by professional staff and meet rigid nutritious standards.



    The Global Leadership programme is part of the CISS Toronto programme at Whitney Hall at University College, part of the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus in downtown Toronto.



    All campers can join the activities that are planned beyond their course of choice. Our team has planned a range of evening activities and excursions, as well as the complete schedule for the season.

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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 and 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

          Our team is currently working on the schedule. We expect to publish details in Spring 2023.

          Arrival   Jul-23 Jul-30 Aug-06
          Jul-10 2 Weeks
          $ 4,150
          3 Weeks
          $ 5,775
          4 Weeks
          $ 7,300
          Jul-17   2 Weeks
          $ 4,150
          3 Weeks
          $ 5,775
          Jul-24     2 Weeks
          $ 4,150

          2023 Dates & Fees – Global Leadership – 3 weeks


          July 22


          August 12


          July 02

          3 Weeks
          $ 6250

          July 23

          3 Weeks
          $ 6250

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          Extra Fees

          • Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Fee – CAD 125 – UM fee applies to all students flying as unaccompanied minor with the airline
          • Custodianship Fee – CAD 150
          • Extra Night Fee – CAD 250 – Applies to all students who arrive early or depart late
          • Extra Transfer Fee – CAD 100 – Applies to all students who arrive or depart on non-scheduled dates
          • Late Arrival / Early Departure Fee – CAD 125 – Applies to all students with flights scheduled to arrive after 22:00 or depart before 09:00

          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. Information updated: January 9, 2023

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