Program structure

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

Spaces limited:

July program register now!

August program register now!

The program focuses on:

The program is offered in two formats. In July there is a four week program and in August there is a three week intensive 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 North American credit-hours of course work.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in fun and exciting extracurricular activities.


July 2 - 26, 2018*


Module 1: Business Communication

Module 2: International Business, Entrepreneurship
and Service Management


August 2-21, 2018* 

Module 1: Business Communication

Module 2: International Business, Entrepreneurship
and Service Management

*Early check-in dates may be available. Please speak with a member of the team.
Module 1—required, equivalent to 3.0 North American credit-hours
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 that are discussed in Module 2.

Module 2—required, equivalent to 3.0 North American credit-hours
Entrepreneurship, Service Management and International Business

39 lecture hours and academic projects

Drs. J. Brock Smith, Graham Brown, Steve Tax, Mark Colgate, Sudhir Nair, Linda Shi

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
  • Fort Rodd Hill
  • Hatley Castle
  • Butchart Gardens
  • fireworks display

Optional weekend activities may include:

  • Rooftop beach volleyball
  • self-planned trip to Vancouver
  • Soccer game
Activities are subject to change.
  
Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1

Day:
Orientation;

Visit Gyro Beach

City Tour

Day:
Class

Evening:
Mt. Doug
Hike

Day:
Class

Day:
Class

Evening:
Movie
Night

Day:
Class

Evening:
Club
Night

Butchart
Gardens

Whale
Watching
2

Day:
Class

Evening:
Optional - 
Soccer Game

Day:
Class

Day:
Class

Evening:
Optional - 
Graduate Program
Info Session

Day:
Class

 

Day:
Class

 

Self-Planned

Weekend


Self-Planned

Weekend

3

Self-Planned

Weekend

Day:
Class

Evening:
Optional - 

Rooftop

Volleyball

Day:
Class

Evening:
Shop &
Learn

Day:
Class

Evening:
Sidney
Night

Market

Day:
Class


Study
Study
4

Day:
Final Exam 

Day:
Presentation

Prep 

Day:
Presentations

Evening:
Farewell

Banquet 

Check-out

     

Registration details

July program register now!

August program register now!

Please note the registration deadlines below. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis until all spaces are filled.

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

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 July 2 – 26, 2018 $4500 + 5% GST $600 + 5% GST applied to program fee Final Registration Deadline:
June 15, 2018
International Summer Institute August 2-21, 2018 $4350 + 5% GST $500 + 5% GST applied to program fee Final Registration Deadline: July 2, 2018

Program fees

The total fee for the July program is $4500 + 5% GST (Canadian dollars). The program fee includes:

  • accommodation
  • meal plan
  • some extra-curricular 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 15 for registration.

The total fee for the August program is $4350 + 5% GST (Canadian dollars). The program fees include:

  • accommodation
  • meal plan
  • some extracurricular activities

An application deposit of $500 + 5% GST CAD must accompany each application and will be applied to the total program fees. This deposit must be received no later than July 1 for the August program 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

July:

Application deposits are fully refundable up to and including March 31 (less a $150 + 5% GST service fee). Cancellations received April 1 to April 30 are subject to a $200 + 5% GST cancellation fee. Cancellations received May 1 to June 1 are subject to a $300 + 5% GST cancellation fee. Deposits are non-refundable after June 1 but all tuition paid is refundable until the start of the program.

August:

Application deposits are fully refundable up to and including April 30 (less a $150 + 5% GST service fee). Cancellations received May 1 to May 31 are subject to a $200 + 5% GST cancellation fee. Cancellations received June 1 to July 1 are subject to a $300 + 5% GST cancellation fee. Deposits are non-refundable after July 1 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

ISIBM 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.

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 of up to $500 are available. To apply, please fill out the scholarship application form and submit to the ISIBM program office by April 13th, 2018 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).

Before arrival


Transfer credit

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