International Summer Institute for Business Management (ISIBM)

The ISIBM is open to any graduate or undergraduate student currently attending university/college in their respective country. This program is available in two formats.

In July, there is a four-week program focusing on:

In August, there is a three-week intensive version of the July program.

The ISIBM instructors are the same instructors that teach our own business students and are recipients of several international awards.

International faculty: please inquire about our incentive program for you! Email us for more details.

Offered annually in Victoria BC Canada since 1999, the (ISIBM) Program is available in two formats:

  • traditional four-week program (July)
  • intensive three-week program (August)

All students participate in the following modules:

  • business communication
  • international business
  • entrepreneurship
  • service management

The ISIBM program is taught by Gustavson School of Business faculty and is equivalent to 6.0 credit-hours (12 ECTS) of course work.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in fun and exciting extracurricular activities.

ISIBM 1

July 2–29, 2014

Total of 6.0 credit-hours
(12 ECTS)


Module 1: Business Communication

Module 2: International Business, Entrepreneurship
and Service Management

ISIBM 2

July 31 - August 21, 2014

Total of 6.0 credit-hours
(12 ECTS)

Module 1: Business Communication

Module 2: International Business, Entrepreneurship
and Service Management

Module 1—required, equivalent to 3.0 credit-hours or 6 ECTS
Business Communication

39 lecture hours and academic projects

Mr. Brian Leacock, Associate Director, International Programs

Students' capabilities in written communication, oral presentation and non-verbal communication are developed and enhanced within a business and management context. Report and technical writing, presentation preparation, public speaking, business etiquette, negotiation skills, time management and inter-personal communication skills are among the topics emphasized. The ISIBM integrates business communications with business education, and students will make presentations on the core business challenges being discussed in Module 2.

Module 2—required, equivalent to 3.0 credit-hours or 6 ECTS
Entrepreneurship, Service Management and International Business

39 lecture hours and academic projects

Drs. J. Brock Smith, Steve Tax, Mark Colgate, Sudhir Nair, Josh Ault

This course is based on a program that has earned UVic several international awards. It aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the skills and tools necessary to succeed in today's global marketplace. We begin with issues relating to starting a business (entrepreneurship), continue with topics around ensuring success (service management) and end with issues involving growing the business (international business). Whether you plan to start your own business one day or work in a large multinational corporation, this course provides you with knowledge to enhance your opportunities for success.

As part of the ISIBM program, you will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. Scheduled activities are designed to:

  • introduce students to the culture and natural surroundings of Victoria
  • provide fun and exciting social venues for participants to meet and make new friends

Costs for most of these activities are included in your tuition fees; however, students are responsible for costs associated with any optional weekend excursions outside of Greater Victoria. Planned activities vary from year to year, but some of the most popular activities scheduled in past programs include:

  • whale watching
  • Victoria City tour
  • Royal BC Museum
  • Vancouver Island Brewery
  • various sports events
  • Butchart Gardens
  • fireworks display

Optional weekend activities include:

  • wine tasting
  • self-planned trip to Vancouver
  • kayaking


Classes are mandatory. Activities are optional and subject to change.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1

Day:
Register,
info
and
welcome
BBQ

Evening:
Folk
Fest

Day:
Class

Evening:
Mini
golf

Day:
Class

Evening:
Double
decker
city tour

Day:
Class

Evening:
Hiking
Mt. Doug

Day:
Class

Evening:
Free
time

Elk Lake
water
sports
(canoe,
kayak,
aqua
biking)

Sidney
Spit
2

Day:
Class

Evening:
Royal BC
Museum
and
IMAX
show

Day:
Class

Evening:
Karaoke
night

Day:
Class

Evening:
Soccer
and
pizza 

Day:
Class

Evening:
Free
time/
study

 

Day:
Class

Evening:
Beach
volleyball

 

Walk to
Mt.
Tolmie,
Water-
slides 

Royal
BC
Museum   
Tour
and
IMAX
show
3

Day:
Class

Evening:
Video
night 

Day:
Class

Evening:
Whale
watching

Day:
Class

Evening:
Beach
time 

Day:
Class

Evening:
Brewery
tour 

Day:
Class

Evening:
Night
club 


Butchart
Gardens
and
fireworks
Whale
watching
4

Day:
Class

Evening:
Free
time/
study 

Day:
Class

Evening:
Free
time/
study 

Day:
Class

Evening:
Chocolate
fondue

Day:
Class

Evening:
Free
time/
study 

Day:
Class

Evening:
Farewell
banquet

Check
out
Check
out

Registration details

Seating for each program is limited so register today! If you have questions, please email us.

If you will be paying by bank wire or money order please fill out the application form and submit to the ISIBM program office.

Meals and accommodation are provided:

  • July 2 –July 29, 2014 for students enrolled in ISIBM 1
  • July 31 – August 21, 2014 for students enrolled in ISIBM 2

See below for detailed financial requirements, options for payment and cancellation policies.

Summer Studies Programs Dates (Please see notes above) Program Fees CDN$ Registration Deposits Registration Deadlines
International Summer Institute (ISIBM 1) July 2 – 29, 2014 $4500 Accommodation & meal plan included $600 applied to program fee Final Registration Deadline:
June 1, 2014
International Summer Institute (ISIBM 2) July 31 – August 21, 2014 $4200 Accommodation & meal plan included $500 applied to program fee Final Registration Deadline:
July 1, 2014

Program fees

The total fee for the ISIBM 1 Program is $4500 (Canadian dollars). The program fee includes:

  • accommodation
  • meal plan
  • some extra-curricular activities

An application deposit of $600 CAD must accompany each application and will be applied to the total ISIBM 1 program fees. This deposit must be received no later than June 1 for registration.

The total fee for the ISIBM 2 Program is $4200 (Canadian dollars). The program fee includes:

  • accommodation
  • meal plan
  • some extracurricular activities

An application deposit of $500 CAD must accompany each application and will be applied to the total ISIBM 2 program fees. This deposit must be received no later than July 1 for registration.

The balance of the program fees will be due on or before the program start dates.

Payment options

Payments must be made to the University of Victoria Gustavson School of Business.

You may send payment by:

  1. International money order
    Money orders should be in Canadian funds and made out to the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business.
  2. Bank wire
    When sending a bank wire, make sure you complete the following: specify on the wire that the payment is for Summer Studies, Gustavson and write the student's name clearly on the bank wire. Fax a copy of the bank wire to the ISIBM office at +1-250-472-4497 to confirm payment. Send bank wire to:

    Royal Bank of Canada
    1079 Douglas Street
    Victoria, BC V8W 2C5
    Canada

    Transit #08000
    Institution #003
    Account Number #000-009-1
    SWIFT ROYCCAT2
    Account name: University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business (Re: Summer Studies)
  3. Credit card
    We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Please register online.

Refund and cancellation policies

Application deposits are fully refundable up to April 1 (less a $150 service fee). Cancellations received between April 1 and April 30 are subject to a $200 cancellation fee. Cancellations between May 1 and June 1 are subject to a $300 cancellation fee. Deposits are non-refundable after June 1 for ISIBM 1 and after July 1 for ISIBM 2 (except in the rare circumstance outlined below), but all tuition paid is refundable until the start of the program.

The University of Victoria reserves the right to cancel the program prior to the start date. In the event of cancellation, the university will return all deposits and tuition paid by the student at that time. The University of Victoria is not responsible for compensating students for travel arrangements. Students are advised to purchase cancellation insurance in the rare event that the program is cancelled.

Scholarship

Gustavson School of Business recognizes that not all students are able to afford the ISIBM program fees. A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available. To apply, please fill out the scholarship application form and submit to the ISIBM program office.

Before arrival


Transfer credit confirmed

The ISIBM program includes mandatory assignments and an exam. Completion of either the four-week or three-week program is equivalent to 6.0 credit-hours or 12 ECTS of course work.

Before arriving in Victoria for study, you should speak with a representative from your respective faculty or registrar's office to ensure that your home institution will recognize the ISIBM program for transfer credit. After completing the program, you will receive a letter of completion and an official academic record of grades from the University of Victoria Gustavson School of Business to give to your home school representative. However, securing credit at your home institution is your responsibility.

Student visa

Good news! Under Canadian legislation, you do not need a student visa (study permit) to attend the ISIBM; however, you will need a letter of acceptance from the University of Victoria and a receipt for your tuition deposit before leaving your home country. You may be required to obtain a temporary resident visa in order to enter Canada for the term of study. For more information, visit Citizen & Immigration Canada.

If you plan to travel to the United States while you are in Canada, ensure that you discuss this with your local immigration office to see if any additional paperwork is required before entering the US.

Medical insurance

All participants in the ISIBM program must have medical insurance prior to arrival. Medical insurance is the individual responsibility of each student.

Travel arrangements

Remember, when you are making your flight arrangements, that Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, west of the city of Vancouver, Canada and north of Seattle, USA. Therefore, make sure your travel agent knows that your final destination is Victoria and not Vancouver. Students who arrive in Vancouver will have to find their own transportation to Vancouver Island and the university.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:
International Summer Institute
Tel: 250-472-4721
Fax: 250-472-4497
Email: isibm@uvic.ca

Address:
Summer Studies
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2
Canada

Application requirements

Who can apply?

The International Summer Institute of Business Management (ISIBM) is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. At the time of application, each student must be currently enrolled in, and recommended by, universities/colleges that are officially recognized by the national government agency for education within their respective country.

What English language level do I need to participate?

ISIBM students are required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 500 (paper-based) or 173 (computer-based) or an equivalent English language level course in order to be accepted into the ISIBM program. If you do not have a TOEFL score or its equivalent, please complete the online registration form including the last section, which is an English language self-assessment form.

Can I receive credit for this program at my home institution?

Students who successfully complete the ISIBM program will receive a letter of completion and an official academic record of grades from the University of Victoria Gustavson School of Business. These documents may be used to apply for academic credit at the students' home institutions. Those wishing to apply for such credit are encouraged to consult their respective faculty or registrar's office for confirmation. If further information is required, please contact the Gustavson Short Term Studies office.

Do I need a student visa (study permit) for ISIBM?

Good news! Under Canadian legislation, you do not need a student visa (study permit) to attend the ISIBM program. You will need a letter of acceptance from the University of Victoria and a receipt for your tuition deposit before leaving your home country. Students may be required to obtain a temporary resident visa to enter Canada for the term of study. For a list of countries please visit Citizen & Immigration Canada.

How can I pay the fee?

Deposits and full tuition payments can be made by Mastercard, Visa or American Express credit card or by bank wire transfer (Credit card payments must be made using our online registration form).

If you are required to obtain a temporary resident visa to enter Canada, we must receive your tuition payment by bank wire transfer before we will issue a letter of acceptance to you. If you are unable to obtain a visa, your tuition will be refunded in full, less a service fee.

When sending a bank wire, make sure you complete the following:

  1. Specify on the wire that the payment is for ISIBM, Gustavson School of Business.
  2. Write the applicant's name clearly on the bank wire.
  3. Fax a copy of the bank wire to our office at +1-250-472-4497 to confirm payment.

Send bank wire to:

Royal Bank of Canada
1079 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2C5
Canada

Transit #08000
Institution #003
Account Number #000-009-1
SWIFT ROYCCAT2
Account name: Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
(Re: ISIBM)