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  • Locations: Vancouver UV, Canada
  • Program Terms: Winter (Jun - Aug)
  • Restrictions: Sydney applicants only
Program Details:
Program Details:
Click here for a definition of this term Level: Undergraduate Click here for a definition of this term Language/s: English
Click here for a definition of this term Subject Areas: Business, Business Analytics, Business Communication, Business Information Systems Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Non-Exchange Short-Term
Click here for a definition of this term Short-term Type: Coursework Click here for a definition of this term Short-term Duration: 4 weeks
Scholarships/grants available: Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award (E12), Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Scholarship
Program Description:


CIS Australia - Business communication, management and entrepreneurship on Vancouver Island

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Program dates: 2 July - 27 July 2019
CIS application deadline: 20 May 2019
Duration: 4 weeks
Type: Non-exchange only

Program Description
Students on the program can take advantage of a perfect location – exploring Canada’s beautiful west coast while also participating in teambuilding and cultural activities as part of the program, such as whale watching and visiting the world-famous Butchart Gardens. This 4-week intensive program for international and Canadian students focuses on business communication, international business, entrepreneurship and service management.

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Academic Information

Level: Undergraduate
Language:  English
Relevant subject areas: Business Communications, International Business
Credit points: 3 US Credits

View all course information on the CIS website.
Applying for academic credit
This program is available on a non-exchange basis only. If you wish to receive academic credit towards your University of Sydney course you must have approval from your faculty prior to departure.
How to apply for academic credit.

Useful Information 

Local Overview
Vancouver Island is the largest populated landmass between western North America and New Zealand – around 500km long and 100km wide. Dotted with colourful, quirky communities, many founded on the logging or fishing industry, you’ll find the locals to be friendly and proud of their distinct region. The area’s beauty and tranquillity has long been a draw for artists and artisans. Art galleries, studios and shops selling unique, locally produced arts and crafts are found in many populated centres, particularly on the Gulf Islands.
Host institution
The University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business is internationally recognised as a global top tier business school. The International Summer Institute for Business Management (ISIBM) courses are taught by award-winning professors, who are highly qualified experts in their fields with extensive real-world international experience. All ISIBM Faculty are regular MBA and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) lecturers and use an engaging university teaching style with included course activities.

Students stay in campus residences in a single bedroom in a shared townhouse or apartment with other students, located in the Commonwealth Village Cluster neighbourhood (click to view images).

The Cluster (CL) neighbourhood is comprised of 121 apartment and townhouse units. These self-contained units include four private bedrooms, a kitchen, a semi-furnished living room, two washrooms and one shower room. Townhouses are split over two levels whereas apartments are on one level.

View full accommodation details on the CIS website.


Tuition: As this program is a non-exchange program, all tuition and program fees will be paid to CIS Australia.

Program fee: $6,599AUD

Program fee includes: Tuition fees, CISaustralia support, pre-departure guide and session, course materials, on-campus meal vouchers, airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times), accommodation (single bedroom in a shared townhouse or apartment), extracurricular social and cultural activities & CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support 

Scholarships: Scholarships for this program are still being finalised. Check this page for updates in 2019.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, some meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Vancouver.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Earlier handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (April/May) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.
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