ISPY (International Summer Programs for Youth)

Summer is the perfect time to explore new topics of interest or delve deeper to follow one’s passions. In July and August, we offer short-duration programs that are enriching and stimulating. Join students from around the globe in these unique summer programs. Youth between the ages of 8 and 18 can spend time enhancing their skills in a specific area through an intensive, hands-on learning experience with expert instructors.

Intensive English Language Programs

These intense, challenging and rewarding English language programs are designed to give beginner to advanced level English learners a well-rounded academic and cultural learning experience. Upon arrival, students take the iTEP English Assessment test, and are then placed into classes that range in size from 12 to 15 students who come from all over the world and have similar skill levels. Classes are also balanced to consider cultural background, age, gender, and maturity level. There are five distinct levels: Junior, Beginner, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced. The curriculum and range of difficulty vary according to the level. All levels spend the morning in structured classes. The afternoons vary depending on the level. All levels include the following:

Program:

  • 20–25 hours per week of formal English instruction, Monday to Friday,
  • British Columbia-certified teachers,
  • Language-integrated skills workshops,
  • Interaction with local Canadian students who act as mentors and encourage participants to use and develop their English skills.

Structured classes include:

  • Practice sessions,
  • Exercises,
  • Skill-building activities,
  • Group work,
  • Field trips,
  • Other forms of learning that complement the subject area.

Tuition includes:

  • 20-25 hours of Intensive English Language Programs (morning structured English classes + afternoon workshops),
  • Weekly academic field trips, evening and weekend activities and weekend overnight excursions,
  • Admission to all attractions,
  • Accommodation in our campus residences,
  • Three meals per day plus evening snack
  • SMUS program souvenir
  • Program certificate
  • Program academic report
  • iTEP official test, iTEP official score report
  • Program completion ceremony
  • Curricula tailored to students' interest and ability levels
  • Comprehensive medical insurance
  • Free campus-wide wifi.

Sample Schedule

TIME MON - FRI SATURDAY SUNDAY
7:30-8:15 am Wake up and breakfast in the Sun Centre dining hall
8:30-10:15 am Classes Day trip to Vancouver sightseeing, shopping etc. Field trip e.g. Island View Beach
10:30-11:45 am Classes
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30-4:00 pm Afternoon electives*/Service/field trip
4:00-4:30 pm Afternoon check-in
5:00-6:00 pm Dinner in the Sun Centre dining hall Dinner
6:00-6:45 pm Prep/study time Prep/study time
7:00-9:00 pm Evening activities/Surprise Night/Variety Night Free time
9:00 pm Snack in the Sun Centre dining hall/free time
9:30-11:00 pm Evening check-in/quiet time/free time/lights out, depending on program and age of participant

* Afternoon electives could include sports, music, drama, dance, art, technology, and more.

See testimonials from students in Arabic, German, Swiss German, Spanish, Russian, Kazakh and Turkish.

FAQs

Cancellation Policies

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: December, 2018

A guide to our International Summer Programs for Youth (ISPY).

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Field trips are a regular part of the program
Field trips are a regular part of the program

Student Profile: Beginner to advanced, ages 8–12
Class Size: maximum 15

ISPY Junior Program

Designed for children with a range of language abilities, instruction will focus on learning through play, using techniques such as Reader’s Theatre, Storytelling workshops, and Learning Centres to address each child’s unique learning style. With small class sizes and dedicated teaching assistants, students are encouraged to progress at their own rate, and pursue their own interests.

Dates and Fees

Details and Registration

Cancellation Policies

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: December, 2018

A guide to our International Summer Programs for Youth (ISPY).

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Field trips are a regular part of the program

Field trips are a regular part of the program

Student Profile: Beginner to intermediate, ages 13–18
Class Size: maximum 15

ISPY Beginner to Intermediate

Designed for students with emerging and basic English language skills, classes focus on the development and mastery of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Content includes: vocabulary enrichment; improving knowledge and use of basic and intermediate grammatical structures; and progression from writing simple sentences to creating cohesive, meaningful paragraphs. Teachers integrate the use of a broad range of technologies to apply this content by teaching effective Internet research skills, proper format for e-mail and online communication, and practicing presentation skills with small and large groups.

Dates and Fees

Details and Registration

Cancellation Policies

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: December, 2018

A guide to our International Summer Programs for Youth (ISPY).

643.72 KB

Field trips are a regular part of the program

Field trips are a regular part of the program

Student Profile: Upper intermediate to advanced, ages 13–18
Class Size: maximum 15

ISPY Upper Intermediate to Advanced

Designed for English speakers who understand idiomatic language, advanced grammatical structures, and complex speech. Students will stretch their communication competencies through participation in leadership training activities. Upper level students will explore current global issues, and engage with the community in local service initiatives linked to leadership skill development outcomes. Students will develop problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills. Content includes:

  • the writing process – planning outlines, constructing paragraphs, developing thesis statements, and supporting the thesis with analogy, established fact, and quotations
  • academic integrity – citing, paraphrasing, and avoiding plagiarism
  • effective group-work training: turn-taking, working in culturally diverse groups, negotiating, cross-cultural communication skills
  • public speaking skills including monologues, debates, recitations, and other opportunities to present publicly
  • social media and Internet skills
  • intercultural communication skills
  • global responsibility learning + service hours involving volunteer opportunities in the community

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: December, 2018

A guide to our International Summer Programs for Youth (ISPY).

643.72 KB

Specialized group ESL and ELL programs

Students participate in interactive outdoor and indoor activites.

Customized Group Programs

SMUS has hosted a wide variety of groups and can tailor any program to a range of specific needs. Our group programs can be purely cultural or meet a specific goal, such as preparing for the TOEIC test. We can tailor a program for any group of any age to meet specific needs, at various times during the year.

Customized programs are available to groups wishing to gain an educational and cultural experience in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Generally, each of these programs is developed around a core structure consisting of a morning of English-language study and an afternoon of outdoor and cultural activities. All programs integrate their relevant activity into the English Academic Program and can be offered at numerous times throughout the year.

Daily activities might include visits to the following local attractions:

  • Butchart Gardens
  • Royal BC Museum and IMAX Theatre
  • City tour and shopping
  • World-famous Chemainus murals
  • Games
  • Eco Adventure
  • Nature hikes
  • East Sooke Regional Park – hike and lunch
  • Butterfly Gardens
  • Fresh- and salt-water kayaking
  • Day at the beach
  • Day trip to Vancouver

Residential programs include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off from Victoria International Airport or Vancouver International Airport
  • Educationally designed curriculum. A detailed program can be tailored to meet your specific needs
  • British Columbia certified teachers, teaching assistants and local Canadian student mentors
  • Daily transportation to and from each activity
  • Daily activities
  • Evening activities (games, movies, sports and more)
  • Program souvenir and completion certificate.

For further information, please contact Education Extension Programs at (250) 370-6117 or [email protected]