Summer Graduate Business Studies

Our SGBS students talk about their experience with the program.

June 18 - July 13, 2018 ~ Registration Open

Summer Graduate Business Studies is open to any graduate level student currently attending university/college in their respective country.

The program consists of four weeks of innovative graduate level business studies taught by the University of Victoria's award-winning faculty.

The program focuses on:

The SGBS 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: sgbs@uvic.ca

Known as the "City of Gardens" for its famous parks and hanging flower baskets, Victoria is clean, safe and culturally diverse. Victoria has been named best city in the Americas by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine readers. Victoria comes alive in the summer with travelling musicians, comedians and artisans for a bustling atmosphere. Countless recreational activities, shopping and sightseeing opportunities make Victoria an ideal location for international study.

Welcome to the Summer Graduate Business Studies Program!

Since 2013 we have been pleased to offer a short-term summer program specifically targeted to masters students world-wide. The University of Victoria's award-winning Gustavson Business delivers this 4-week intensive program focusing on the areas of Global Strategy, Cross-Cultural Management and Social Entrepreneurship. Join graduate level students in classes to prepare you for business success while having an opportunity to build relationships and contacts with other future leaders from around the world.

If you’re excited by the thought of understanding different cultures and international business practices, your time at Gustavson will thrill you. Firstly right here in your classes, on our campus, and in our fantastic city you’ll engage with a diverse community. Secondly, the topics covered in the Summer Graduate Business Studies program are focused on Global Strategy, Cross-Cultural Management and Social Entrepreneurship. If you are a future business leader, who envisions a career where you will “do well by doing good,” this is the program for you.

The SGBS is ideal for graduate students from various disciplines who:

  • Wish to develop a fundamental understanding of the skills and tools in business needed to succeed in today’s global marketplace
  • Wish to experience real Canadian University level education
  • Plan to study abroad in the future and want to sample an international learning environment
  • Wish to experience a short but fulfilling, challenging but enjoyable summer in Canada

Program Take-Aways:

  • Increased understanding of fundamentals of International Business, Cross-Cultural Management and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Improved inter-personal and business communication skills
  • Intercultural awareness that prepares you for further studies or doing business abroad
  • Long lasting relationships and contacts with other future leaders from around the world
  • Wonderful classroom and social activities and enjoyable summer memories

“The SGBS program is amazing for three reasons. First of all, students can take several different types of lectures by different business professors who are experts in educational teaching and research. Secondly, the program has only 20 to 30 students in a class, which means that you develop close relationships with your classmates and professors. Thirdly, students learn not only studying about business administration but also the culture and history in Victoria. The program coordinator will give students opportunities of activities after class. I totally recommend joining the SGBS. You will see a different world from here.“
-----Shiho Nakamura ( Ph. D. Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University, College of Business Administration)

“The curriculum of SGBS was really exciting and challenging at the same time. Through vivid teaching style, complicated topics become easier. The professors' experience was really inspiring. “ ---- Te-Fen Hsu (student from National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan)

Delivered by the same instructors that teach our own MBA students, the program offers a thorough overview of the fields that garnered Gustavson Business international attention and awards. Global Strategy, Cross-Cultural Management and Social Entrepreneurship are key areas of specialization for Gustavson. We have adapted the format of our regular MBA courses to present you with a rigorous, innovative term of study. The program is equivalent to three graduate level courses.

Global Strategy

Develop an understanding of doing business in a global environment. We provide tools to help make sense of the complexities inherent in operating on an international scale. Topics include evaluating the attractiveness of different markets; considering the best ways to enter these markets; differences in culture and the impact on consumer behavior and human resources management; and adaptations that are required in planning for different markets. We tie this analysis together with a strategic understanding of the forces shaping business success in the context of globalizing markets.

Cross-Cultural Management

Understand the complexity and dynamics of doing business across national borders. Cross-national management is a challenge because of cultural differences that affect business and management practices. Successful cross-national management, therefore, requires a good understanding of cultural differences. Effective global (or cross-national) managers should have a global mind-set, perspectives and attitudes. Furthermore, they should be trained with important cross-cultural management skills such as:

  • cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • cross-cultural communication and interaction
  • managing diversity
  • cross-cultural negotiation
  • cross-cultural adaptation

This course is designed around these five cross-cultural skills.

Social Entrepreneurship

This module will begin with two days of classroom based work covering basic concepts relevant to social entrepreneurship. Case studies will be used to ground these concepts in practice and engage students in a participatory learning processes. Following an on-campus introduction to social entrepreneurship, students will make field visits to a variety of social enterprises in the Victoria/Vancouver area. Students will be provided with a set of questions/issues to explore throughout the site visits. The course will wrap up with a team-based project that requires students to apply what they've learned through the analysis of a social enterprise case.

Dr. Sang Nam                   Cross-Cultural Management

Dr. Sudhir Nair                  Global Strategy

Prof. Heather Ranson          Social Entrepreneurship

As part of the SGBS program, you will have the opportunity to participate in optional 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

Students are responsible for costs associated with any extracurricular activities. 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
  • wine tasting
  • self-planned trip to Vancouver
  • kayaking
Sample Program Schedule
Summer Graduate Business Studies
Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Week One            
9:00 Program Orientation & Campus Tour 9:00 - 11:50
Cross-Cultural Management
9:00
Class Preparation or Group Work 
9:00
Class Preparation or Group Work 
9:00 - 11:50
Cross-Cultural Management
Optional Activities

International Kite Festival 
Optional Activities

Butchart Gardens Tour and/or Butterfly Gardens Tour
12:00 Welcome Lunch  12:00 Group Photo & Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch
13:30 City Tour 13:00 - 16:00
Class Preparation or Group Work 
13:00 - 16:00
Cross-Cultural Management
13:00 - 16:00
Cross-Cultural Management
13:00
Class Preparation or Group Work 
Optional Activities
Walk to Gyro Beach
Optional Activities
Mt Douglas Hike
19:00
Class Preparation or Group Work 
Optional Activities
Golfing
Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Week Two            
9:00 - 11:50
Cross-Cultural Management
9:00 - 11:50
Cross-Cultural Management
9:00 - 11:50
Cross-Cultural Management
9:00 - 12:00
Global Strategy
9:00 - 12:00
Global Strategy
9:00 - 12:00
Global Strategy
Optional Activities

Oak Bay Tea Party
12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch
13:00
British Columbia Parliament Buildings Tour (14:30 Guided tour starts)
13:00
Class Preparation or Group Work 
13:00 Depart
14:00 - 14:30
Meet the Mayor at City Hall & Group Photo

14:30 - 15:15
Chinatown Tour
13:00 - 15:00
Reading & Class Preparation
15:00 - 17:00
Global Strategy
13:00 - 14:00
Global Strategy
14:00 - 15:00
Reading & Class Preparation
13:00 - 16:00
Global Strategy
16:00 - 17:00
Reading & Class Preparation
19:00
Class Preparation or Group Work 
Optional Activities
Movie Night
18:00 - 20:00
Reading & Class Preparation
Optional Activities
Salsa Night
Free
Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Week Three            
9:00 - 11:00
Global Strategy
11:00 - 12:00
Group Work
9:00 - 12:00
Group Work
9:00 - 12:00
Group Work
9:00 - 12:00
Global Strategy - Shared class with BCom
9:00 - 12:00
Social Entrepreneurship 
9:00 - 12:00
Social Entrepreneurship 
Optional Activities

Whale Watching
and/or Royal BC Museum
12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch
13:00 - 17:00
Group Work
13:00 - 17:00
Group Work
13:00 - 14:00
Global Strategy
14:00 - 17:00
Field Trip
13:00 - 14:00
Global Strategy
13:00 - 16:00
Social Entrepreneurship 
13:00 - 16:30
Social Entrepreneurship 
18:00 - 20:00
Group Work
18:00 - 20:00
Group Work
Free Optional Activities
Sidney City Tour and Night Market
Optional Activities
Club Night
Free
Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Week Four            
9:00 - 12:00
Social Entrepreneurship 
Field Trip 9:00 - 11:00
Social Entrepreneurship
11:00 - 12:00
Program Evaluation
Free Departure days
12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch
13:00 - 16:00
Social Entrepreneurship
Optional Activities
Wine Tasting Tour
Free 18:30
Farewell Banquet
(Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe - Cowichan Room)

Registration details

Seating for this program is limited so register today! If you have questions, please email us: sgbs@uvic.ca

Gustavson School of Business recognizes that not all students are able to afford the SGBS program fees. A limited number of partial tuition scholarships of up to $500 are available. To apply, please fill out the scholarship application form and submit to the SGBS program office by April 13th for the final scholarship committee meeting. (If using Firefox, Chrome or Safari, please select "open with a different viewer" and view as an Adobe document.)

If you will be paying by bank wire or money order please contact us by phone or e-mail.

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

Program fees

The total fee for the program is $5000 (Canadian dollars) plus 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The program fee includes:

  • on-campus executive housing
  • course materials
  • class-related field trip and activities

An application deposit of $600 + 5% GST CAD must accompany each application and will be applied to the total program fees. This deposit must be received no later than June 1 for registration.

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

**Group pricing is available. Contact us for more information.

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 Graduate Business Studies, Gustavson and write the student's name clearly on the bank wire. Fax a copy of the bank wire to the SGBS 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 Graduate Business 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 March 1 (less a $150 + 5% GST service fee). Cancellations received between March 1 and March 31 are subject to a $200 + 5% GST cancellation fee. Cancellations between April 1 and May 1 are subject to a $300 + 5% GST cancellation fee. Deposits are non-refundable after May 1 (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.

English requirements

Students are recommended to have a minimum TOEFL score of 500 (paper-based) or 173 (computer-based) or an equivalent English language level course. 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.

Before arrival


Transfer credit

The SGBS program includes mandatory assignments. 
 
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 SGBS 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; 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. Students must have an eTA to enter Canada. Please visit the CIC website for more information.

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 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:
Summer Graduate Business Studies
Tel: 250-472-4721
Fax: 250-472-4497
Email: sgbs@uvic.ca

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

Potential company visits and networking opportunities vary from year to year and in the past have included:

  • City Hall visit to meet local government officials
  • BC Parliament Building visit to observe debates
  • Local social enterprises
  • World renowned sustainable real estate projects
  • Manufacture industry
  • Tourism industry
  • Local tech park
  • Health Care Industry
  • Business Associations
  • Retail industry
  • Local farms