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.

Structured classes include:

  • practice sessions,
  • exercises,
  • skill-building activities,
  • group work,
  • field trips,
  • and other forms of learning that complement the subject area.

ISPY offers English-language learning programs and intensive music academies ranging from two to six weeks. These programs are suitable for a broad range of ages and abilities. All of our programs incorporate an experiential learning component, which allows students to apply their skills in an authentic situation. English language students apply their skills through the global responsibility program, which takes them through a curriculum of leadership skills, exploration of global issues, and involves participating in local service initiatives linked to leadership skill development outcomes.

NB: Most of our summer ISPY programs are booked out, however, there is still limited availability during some weeks. Please email [email protected] with your start and end dates and you will be placed on the waiting list.

Academic & Cultural Program

Field trips are a regular part of the program

Field trips are a regular part of the program

Student Profile

  • Beginner to upper-intermediate, ages 12–18
  • TOEFL IBT score: up to 40
  • Junior TOEFL score: under 250
  • IELTS score: up to 4

This intense, challenging and rewarding English language program is designed to give beginner to intermediate level English learners a well-rounded academic and cultural curriculum.

Upon arrival, students take an 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.

Program Fees

Program:

  • 20–25 hours per week of formal English instruction, Monday to Friday
  • British Columbia-certified teachers
  • a focus on the development and mastery of English language skills including listening, speaking, writing, and reading
  • vocabulary enrichment; improve knowledge and use of basic and intermediate grammatical structures; progression from writing simple sentences to creating cohesive, meaningful paragraphs
  • pronunciation practice with a certified speech therapist and/or special software
  • interaction with local Canadian students who act as mentors and encourage participants to use and develop their English skills
  • service learning involving volunteer opportunities in the community.

Details and Registration

ISPY and Music Academies 2015

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: November, 2015

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

1.28 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Published: February, 2015

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

1.46 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Published: February, 2015

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

1.24 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Published: February, 2015

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

1.23 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Russian Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Russian Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Russian Version

Published: February, 2015

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

1.23 MB

Intensive Academic Program

Students participate in leadership training activities

Student Profile

  • Upper intermediate to advanced, ages 12–18
  • Recommended TOEFL IBT Score: 40 and above
  • TOEFL Junior Score: 250+
  • IELTS Score: 4+

This intense, challenging and rewarding English language program is designed for advanced level English speakers who understand idiomatic language, advanced grammatical structures, and complex speech. IAP students stretch their communication competencies through participation in leadership training activities.

Upon arrival, students take an 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.

Program Fees

Program

  • 25–30 hours per week of intensive English instruction, Monday to Friday
  • British Columbia-certified teachers
  • 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 debates, recitations, and other opportunities to present publicly
  • accent reduction workshops
  • social media and Internet skills
  • introduction to post-secondary education options and application processes in B.C. and Canada
  • interaction with local Canadian students who act as mentors and encourage participants to use and develop their English skills
  • 5–8 hours per week of global responsibility learning + service hours involving volunteer opportunities in the community

Details and Registration

Cancellation Policy

ISPY and Music Academies 2015

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure

Published: November, 2015

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

1.28 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Japanese Version

Published: February, 2015

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

1.46 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Portugese Version

Published: February, 2015

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

1.24 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Spanish Version

Published: February, 2015

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

1.23 MB

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Russian Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Russian Version

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Brochure: Russian Version

Published: February, 2015

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

1.23 MB

It was a very fun and nice experience to work with people who have the same passion as you with different ages and experiences.
Victoria

Join students from around the world in this unique summer program. Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 can spend a week enhancing their skills in a specific area through an intensive, hands-on learning experience with expert instructors. Structured classes include practice sessions, exercises, skill-building activities, group work, field trips, and other forms of learning that complement the subject area.

SummerBand Programs

SummerBand

This fun, challenging workshop is designed to give keen music students an opportunity to learn more about their instrument, gain experience playing with ensembles and enjoy the thrill of performing in front of an audience. Intermediate to advanced, ages 12–18.

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Youth Opera Studio Program

YouthOpera Studio

YouthOpera Studio is designed for singers 12 to 18 years of age. All participants will receive daily instruction in movement, creative drama, solo voice and vocal ensemble. Daily classes will emphasize body alignment, breath, speech, movement, characterization and imagery for the singer actor.

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Summer Musical Theatre Program

Musical Theatre

No previous theatre experience is required and no auditions are necessary. Some prior dance, acting or voice training is helpful but not required. The first 24 to sign up are automatically in the cast. For students entering grades 9-12.

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Specialized Group ESL Programs

Specialized group ESL and ELL programs

Students participate in interactive outdoor and indoor activites.

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
  • Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • 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 ocean side
  • Day trip to Vancouver

Residential programs include:

  • Pick-up at Victoria International Airport. Vancouver International Airport pick-up can also be arranged and will include a half day city tour – Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, or the Vancouver Aquarium (additional charge)
  • An adult accompanying groups of 15 students stays for free
  • Educationally designed curriculum. A detailed program can be tailored to meet your specific needs
  • One British Columbia-certified teacher and one teaching assistant for every 15 students
  • 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]

Here's what students had to say about ISPY programs:

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Comments

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Comments

Short-Term ESL (ISPY) Comments

Published: November, 2011
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QAre all facilities on campus or do students need to leave the school?
AAll of our facilities are located on our beautiful campus. Students only need to leave campus to take part in some of our scheduled outings.
QAre the activities and classes compulsory?
AYes. However, if a student is not allowed to do an activity for some reason (eg, swimming), then we make alternate arrangements for him or her.
QCan students leave the school at any time?
AUsually, students only leave campus for an organized activity. They are not allowed to leave campus without a supervisor. If they need to go to the store for a special reason, or have some other personal errand, we try to incorporate it into one of the regularly scheduled outings. Otherwise, the student is assigned a special adult escort, but this happens very rarely.
QCan the students use cellular phones in the school?
ACell phones are not allowed in the classroom, but the students can bring a cell phone with them while they are in Canada to facilitate communication with home.
QCan you describe the activities, schedule, visits and how many hours of English instruction there are each day?
AThe students begin studying at 8:30 am and finish at 4:00 pm, with a one hour break for lunch. This is the schedule from Monday to Friday. On some days, there are field trips, and afternoons are often spent doing musical activities or playing language games. This provides some variety from sitting in a classroom all day long.
QDo international students get together with students from day camps?
ADuring the summer, the SMUS Campus is a very busy place. We offer residential Summer Music Academies, as well as recreational day camps for children. Short-term ESL students have the opportunity to mingle with those students during meal times, recreational times, and in the boarding houses.
QHow are the boys and girls dormitories separated?
ABoys and girls are in one building, which is physically divided into a boys and girls side. Students are not allowed in the rooms of the opposite sex but can mingle in common areas.
QHow do you ensure the safety and security of the students, especially after school and weekends?
AEach day after classes are finished, we have house parents on duty who ensure that students check in to the building. In the evening, we have dinner, some quiet study time, and then some type of activity. This is followed by preparations for bed time. The house parents carefully monitor the students' presence, and check them into their rooms at night. The doors are monitored by security camera, and the back doors have an alarm so that if anyone leaves, the alarm will sound. Boarding staff are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students must sign in and out when they leave the boarding house for any reason, even going to class. Students are always supervised in small groups by an adult staff member when they leave the campus.
QHow much free time do students get?
AStudents have about one hour after classes in the afternoon, and a couple of free hours on the weekend between meals and organized activities.
QWhat are the qualifications of teachers and monitors?
AAll of our teachers have BC Teaching Certificates and are members of the BC College of Teachers. Our Senior Boarding Staff come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have completed an undergraduate degree. They all receive extensive training for their role.
QWhat do the tuition fees include?
ATuition fees include pick-up and drop-off at Victoria International Airport, accommodation in our campus residences, evening and weekend activities, basic medical insurance.
QWhat food and drinks are available?
AThe food served in the cafeteria is delicious and nutritious. There are always two choices of hot food entrée, and there is always a vegetarian option. We also have a full self-serve salad bar with eight different types of salads and vegetables. There are two choices of dessert, and a variety of hot and cold drinks. Residents are welcome to have a second helping at meals. We also serve a mid-morning snack and an evening snack just before bed time. Cold beverages include lemonade, ice tea, water, and milk. We also have tea, coffee, hot apple cider, and hot chocolate. Soft drinks are not available on campus.
QWhere are washrooms located in the residences?
AEach double room has its own bathroom and shower.
QWhere do your students come from?
AIn the summer of 2010, there were students from Japan, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, China, and Hong Kong and Iran.
QYour web page mentions local Canadian students. What classes or activities are they involved in?
ALocal Canadian students sometimes help out in the classroom as conversation partners or teaching assistants. They also participate in the afternoon, evening, and weekend field trips.