Academic and Career Prep - A Pre University course for teens thinking about their future.

The Academic and Career Prep course, an enhancement of the University Prep option, 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 will come away from the programme with a better understanding of their own identities and life goals, and how to strategize for their futures. Participants also learn how engaging deeply and creatively with the English language – beyond the basics of “ESL” – can help them realize their dreams. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Students aged 16 to 18 years with high-intermediate to advanced level of English (equivalent to IELTS 5.0+), prepared to participate in advanced academic discussions
  • Passionate and ambitious individuals who are starting to consider their futures
  • Students who could benefit from critical self-reflection and goal-setting exercises

Modules and Themes


In this section, students are pushed to critically examine their own identities, values and belief systems to gain a deeper understanding of who they are, what they want to do in the future, and how they will get there. Classes also help students improve their ability to express themselves, whether on a college/university form or an employment cover letter.

University and College Preparation

Students are asked to think about the coming challenges of post-secondary life with a focus on successful university/college applications, study strategies for the language proficiency tests commonly required for higher education admission (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS etc), and skills for success once they are admitted, including cross-cultural communication and identifying campus resources.

Academic English Skills

In the written communication section of this class, students will learn how to critically engage with readings, and review the forms and standards suitable for writing essays in college/university, including the genre differences between major disciplines (e.g. humanities versus sciences). In the oral communication section, students master key competencies for academic success including group discussion, presentations, and active listening.

University and College Campus Tours

Campus tours are designed to feature the wide range of post-secondary disciplines that are available including:

  • Undergraduate programmes (e.g. arts, sciences, business) – York University

  • Professional programmes (e.g. law,medicine, architecture) – University of Toronto

  • Alternative programmes (e.g. art, design, film/tv/radio) – OCAD & Ryerson University

  • Applied programmes (e.g. trade,technologies, community services) - George Brown College

Career Exploration

Students are introduced to major career areas and discuss their current ambitions, which are then compared against the results of career aptitude testing. Drawing on the resulting interests of the students, guest speakers from related industries are brought in to give the class an overview of the typical career path,and what constitutes success in the field.

Future Proofing

The nature of work has changed dramatically in the modern, technology-driven world, and continues to evolve. Students today increasingly need “soft skills” that are transferable to various types of employment, and are adaptable to future changes we still don’t know about. This class builds on three skills identified by today’s employers as being the most important for success: empathy, innovation, and collaboration. 

LocationCISS at Trinity - Toronto, ON
Ages16-18 years - boys and girls
Academic and Career Prep28/06 to 18/07 or 19/07 to 08/08
Session Length3 week sessions
AccommodationSingle or Double Residence Rooms
Weekly Hours25

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

July 18
August 08
June 28
3 Weeks
July 19
- 3 Weeks

Extra Fees

Extra Night Fee - $ 200

Extra Transfer Fee - $ 80

Extra night and extra transfer fees apply to all students who arrive or depart on unscheduled session dates.

Early Morning Departure Fee - $ 50

Late night arrival/early morning departure fee applies to all students with flights scheduled to arrive after 22:00 or depart before 08:00.

Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Fee - $ 75

UM fee applies to all students flying as UM with airline

Custodianship Fee - $ 100

*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: February 05, 2019


Students in the Academic and Career Prep programme follow the activities organized for all students at CISS at Trinity. The activities have 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)
  • Niagara Falls (with Hornblower Boat Tour) 
  • Canada's Wonderland
  • 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


Welcome to one of the most beautiful campuses in Toronto, the Trinity College! 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.  On campus you will find a comfortable, clean, and safe residence, a beautiful garden courtyard, air conditioned student lounges, and dining facilities that are modern…with a historic charm.  Finally, WiFi is available throughout the campus.

You live in a single or double room in a university residence with other students attending this programme.  Students are separated by gender within the residence.  Each room has a bed, desk, chair, dresser and/or wardrobe.  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
  • Beautiful garden (“The Quad”) courtyard
  • 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

Learn more about CISS at Trinity.


Programme Ages Daily Schedule English Proficiency
 Academic and Career Prep  16-18  25 hours per week  Intermediate to Advanced (IELTS 5.0+)

For Parents

What is included in the programme price?

  • Residence accommodation
  • Three meals daily (brunch and dinner on Sundays)
  • Supervision
  • Study materials
  • 25 hours/week of General English instruction OR
  • 25 hours/week of Entrepreneurship OR
  • 25 hours/week of Academic & Career Prep
  • 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 towels. (Students must provide own beach towel)
  • CISS T-Shirt and water bottle 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?

Staff from the CISS at Trinity programme will meet your child in the arrivals area at the airport. Staff wear blue t-shirts and hold signs 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 must remain together. The group leader should assist 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 the programme?

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. Our programme is located in very close proximity to Toronto's largest hospitals and many walk-in clinics.  Should your child require medical attention, our staff will ensure he/she receives the proper treatment. 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 CISS at Trinity 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