International Winter Institute for Business Management (IWIBM)

Experience Winter in Canada while attending the International Winter Institute for Business Management (IWIBM)

January 7-23, 2019

Welcome to the International Winter Institute for Business Management (IWIBM) program hosted in Victoria, BC. 

Experience a top Canadian university's learning environment. This intensive two-week undergraduate-level program will include Business Management classes focusing on Business Communications and Service Management along with extracurricular activities, company visits and an educational ski trip to Mt. Washington.

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and is delivered in English by award-winning professors at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Space limited: Register now!

Required, equivalent to 3.0 credit-hours, 39 lecture hours in the format of lectures, group work and company visits.

This course is based on a program that has earned UVic several international awards. It provides a general overview of the Canadian Business Environment and aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the skills and tools necessary to succeed in today's global marketplace, and how service organizations can best design themselves. Company visits will be arranged to help students better understand the theories. 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.

The IWIBM program is taught by Gustavson School of Business faculty and is equivalent to 3.0 credit-hours of course work. Students will have the opportunity to participate in fun and exciting extracurricular activities.

Business Communications

Student's 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 IWIBM integrates business communications with service management and students will make presentations on the core business challenges discussed in service management.

Service Management

This module helps students to understand how service organizations can best design themselves for effective and professional customer service. Company visits and guest speakers are arranged to help students better understand the theories.

Delivered by our award winning Faculty.

Prof. Heather Ranson

Dr. Mark Colgate

As part of the IWIBM 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
  • apply what you learned in class to everyday life and enjoy a beautiful and relaxing winter holiday

Costs for most of these activities are included in your tuition fees; however, students are responsible for costs associated with any excursions outside of Greater Victoria. Wonderful experiences and activities include visiting BC's top tourist spots and seeing Service Management in action.

Some of the activities include:

  • Welcome Lunch
  • Semi-formal Graduation Ceremony
  • Victoria city tour
  • Mt. Washington Alpine Ski Resort business practices and ski trip
  • Local hockey game

Students are responsible for booking their own accommodation in Victoria for the duration of the program. (The stay at Mt. Washington is included in the program fees). The IWIBM team has secured reduced rates in the Victoria area. 


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









Hotel Check-in

Campus & City tour




Free Night








Gustavson Info Session




Hockey Game




Depart for Ski Resort


Mt Washington Ski Resort


Mt Washington Ski Resort


Return to Victoria

Free Day 




Study time


Class and Final Exam


Study Time


Final Presentations


Farewell Banquet



Registration details

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

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

IWIBM Program: $4000 CAD +5% GST Deposit: $500 CAD +5% GST applied to program fee Final Registration Deadline: December 15, 2018 

Program fees

The fee for the IWIBM Program is $4000+tax (Canadian dollars). The program fee includes:

  • meal card for on campus lunches
  • some extra-curricular activities
  • bus tour of the Victoria area
  • Welcome lunch and Graduation dinner
  • Two days and two nights at Mt. Washington ski resort including an education session, equipment rental and lift pass

An application deposit of $500 CAD + 5% GST must accompany each application and will be applied to the total IWIBM program fees. This deposit must be received no later than December 15, 2018 for registration.

Payment options

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 Winter Studies, Gustavson and write the student's name clearly on the bank wire. Contact the IWIBM office at +1-250-472-4721 to confirm payment and the send registration details. Send bank wire to:
    Royal Bank of Canada
    1079 Douglas Street
    Victoria, BC V8W 2C5

    Transit #08000
    Institution #003
    Account Number #000-009-1
    Account name: University of Victoria Gustavson, School of Business
    (Re: Winter 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 December 15, 2018 (less a $150 service fee). Cancellations received between December 15, 2018 and January 6, 2019 are subject to a $350 cancellation fee. Deposits are non-refundable after January 6, 2019. All tuition paid is fully refundable until the start of the program except for the $500 + 5% GST deposit.

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.


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

Before arrival

Transfer credit

The IWIBM program includes mandatory projects. Completion of program is equivalent to 3.0 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 IWIBM 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 IWIBM; 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 Citizenship & 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 U.S.

Medical insurance

All participants in the IWIBM 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/Winter Institute
Tel: 250-472-4721
Fax: 250-472-4497

Winter Studies
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2