International Summer Programs for Youth (ISPY)

Important Message about the 2020 ISPY program

SMUS has made the decision to cancel ISPY for summer 2020, due to the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus and the related uncertainty of international travel. As you would expect, the health and safety of our students and staff are our main priorities and we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of care and programming.

For those students who have already registered, you will receive a full refund of any tuition paid in the coming days. We look forward to welcoming ISPY students back to SMUS in summer 2021! Please visit our COVID-19 response pages for school-wide updates.

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 Boarding 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.

2020 Dates

July 5 - August 15, 2020
Arrivals: Sundays
Departures: Saturdays
Note: Please see the ISPY 2020 price list. Students must arrive and depart on our scheduled dates at St. Michaels University School.

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.

Refund and Cancellation Policies

FAQs

Dates and Fees

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: January, 2020

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

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Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Published: January, 2020

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

1.92 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Published: January, 2020

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

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Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Published: January, 2020

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

705.89 KB

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

Registration Process

Details and Registration

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: January, 2020

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

643.72 KB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Published: January, 2020

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

1.92 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Published: January, 2020

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

699.95 KB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Published: January, 2020

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

705.89 KB

Field trips are a regular part of the program

Field trips are a regular part of the program

Student Profile: Beginner to advanced, ages 13-18
Class Size: maximum 15

ISPY Beginner to Intermediate Level

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 email and online communication, and practicing presentation skills with small and large groups.

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

Dates and Fees

Registration Process

etails and Registration

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: January, 2020

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

643.72 KB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Published: January, 2020

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

1.92 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Published: January, 2020

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

699.95 KB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Published: January, 2020

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

705.89 KB

Field trips are a regular part of the program

Field trips are a regular part of the program

Intensive English Language Day Camp – Junior

Student Profile: Ages 8-12
Class Size: maximum 15

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.

Registration Process

Details and Registration

Intensive English Language Day Camp – Beginner to Advanced

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. Students take the iTEP English Assessment test on the first day, 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 four distinct levels: 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:

Registration Process

Details and Registration

2020 Dates: 

July 6 – August 14, 2020

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
  • Morning snack and lunch in the Sun Center Cafeteria
  • 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
  • Free campus-wide WiFi

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

FAQs

Dates and Fees

Cancellation Policies

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: January, 2020

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

643.72 KB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Published: January, 2020

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

1.92 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Published: January, 2020

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

699.95 KB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Published: January, 2020

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

705.89 KB