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International Summer Institute for Business Management

July 2 – 26, 2018 or August 2 – 21, at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada

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Register today to take the next step in your studies and career!

Program highlights:

Study Business Management
Study Business Management - Earn credits while studying Business Communications, Entrepreneurship, Service Management and International Business in the Canadian setting.
Experience Canada and Victoria
Experience Canada (and Victoria) - The program offers a wide range of inclusive activities like whale watching, sightseeing and sociocultural events, all in one of Canada's most sought after destinations, Victoria, BC.
Meet New People
Meet New Friends and Network - Students come from all over the world to attend the ISIBM. During the program you will make new friends and network with future business professionals and leaders on a daily basis.
Ocean Beach Jumping

  "I enjoyed the ISIBM so much. Studying at UVic, making international friends and joining exciting activities gave me valuable experiences and memories. I gained a lot from the program."

- Li Txz Yan (Ellie), Hong Kong

Sabrina Karmann

  "I have created so many long-lasting friendships in and out of the program. The program has helped me to grow and improve in different subject areas and I became more confident concerning my personal talents and skills. University was never as much fun as it was in Victoria and I’ll never forget the wonderful time I had! Hugs from Germany!"

- Sabrina Karmann, Germany

Licia Frega

  "It has been a challenging experience and an opportunity to develop cross-cultural awareness. Moreover thanks to the class activities I have improved my public speaking skills. In addition ISIBM is a great opportunity to learn something more about Canada and British Columbia in particular thanks to the class and extra activities."

- Licia Frega, Italy

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Over 600 students worldwide selected this program to grow their business knowledge

Join the International Summer Institute for Business Management (ISIBM) Program to enhance your business education, improve your English language skills, and prepare for your future business success in an engaging and fun international learning environment.

Since the program was first offered in 1999, students have attended from countries, including Germany, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, France, Netherlands, India, Austria, Kenya, Bulgaria, Hungary, Tunisia, Indonesia, China, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and Australia.

The ISIBM is ideal for undergraduate students from various disciplines who:

  • Need to improve their written, oral, and non-verbal communication skills within a business management context
  • Wish to develop a fundamental understanding of business skills and tools to succeed in today’s global marketplace
  • Wish to experience Canadian University level education
  • Plan to study abroad in the future and want to sample an international learning environment
  • Wish to experience a fulfilling, challenging and enjoyable summer in Canada

Program Take-Aways:

  • Increased understanding of the fundamentals of International Business, Entrepreneurship and Service Management
  • Improved business communication skills (oral, written, resume writing and interpersonal skills)
  • Intercultural awareness that prepares you for further studies abroad and international business
  • Long-lasting friendships and networks with participants from around the world
  • Wonderful classroom and social activities and enjoyable summer memories

In addition to internationally recognized business education, students have the opportunity to explore Canada's beautiful west coast. Team building activities such as whale watching and visits to world-famous sites like Butchart Gardens are just some of the exciting experiences Victoria has to offer.

Who Attends Innternational Summer Institute for Business Management

Key Program Highlights:

  • Open to all undergraduate and graduate students
  • Two summer options to choose from: four-week program in July, and a three-week program in August
  • Each program contains two modules: Business Communications; and International Business, Entrepreneurship and Service Management
  • Taught by award-winning professors at the Gustavson School of Business
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion and Grade Letter
  • Equivalent to 6.0 North American credit hours of course work (credit revalidation is the responsibility of the student's home institution)
  • Scholarship opportunities available, inquire for details
  • Engaging university teaching style and fun activities

Award-winning UVic faculty

Without exception, the presenters are highly qualified experts in their fields, with extensive real-world international experience. All ISIBM Faculty are regular MBA and BCom lecturers. Learn from recognized experts in their respective fields:


Lindi Hui Shi

Dr. Linda Hui Shi is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria where she teaches International Business. Linda has published in numerous scholarly publications: Journal of International Business StudiesManagement International ReviewJournal of International MarketingInternational Business Review, and Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, among others.  She is a winner of IMR Best Paper Award in Academy International Business 2011 Conference and former winner of the ISBM Business Marketing Doctoral Support Award Competition for her dissertation proposal about global account management capability.​

Mark Colgate

Dr. Mark Colgate is a Professor (Service Excellence) and past Associate Dean at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada. His primary research areas are services excellence, financial services marketing, and sports coaching. His research has been published in journals such as: Sloan Management Review, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Service Research and Journal of Business Research.

Brian Leacock

Brian Leacock has been the Associate Director of International Programs at the Gustavson School of Business since 2004. Leading a dedicated International Office staff, he supports the internationalization of the faculty, including management of an exchange program (74 partnerships in 35 countries – one of the largest in Canada), international student recruitment and integration, and dual degree development. Brian enjoys a role as Senior Instructor of business communications with an emphasis on understanding and practically navigating our globalized world.

Brent Mainprize

Dr. Graham Brown  joined the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business in 2012 to teach entrepreneurship. He has taught previously at the University of British Columbia and at Singapore Management University. Graham's research focuses on territoriality and psychological ownership. He applies these two threads to a variety of research topics including negotiation, creativity, and workplace conflict. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and featured in Harvard Business Review online.

Sudhir Nair

Dr. Sudhir Nair's research interests' coalesce around firms' international strategy. His current work involves examining how firms internalize new knowledge that they receive. In particular, he has been examining the role of external management consulting service firms to better understand why firms hire these professional service firms and how this interaction adds value. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Sudhir had 15 years of experience in large corporations (Citibank) and entrepreneurial entities that he founded.

Brock Smith

Dr. Brock Smith. After his graduation, Dr. Smith worked for IBM Canada in a variety of sales and marketing positions in Vancouver and Calgary. He completed a PhD in marketing from the Ivey School of Business where he won the international 1992 Academy of Marketing Science doctoral dissertation award. Brock joined UVic in 1991 and teaches marketing and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive program levels. He has served as Director of the BCom program, champion of the hospitality management program, and is currently champion of the entrepreneurship program.

Stephen Tax

Dr. Stephen Tax teaches marketing management, service management, and international marketing to undergraduate, graduate and executive students. Dr. Tax's research interests focus on interdisciplinary issues in services management, notably service recovery, service design, customer performance and service networks.

Dr. Yan Shen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria. She is working on a global careers project with many researchers from around the world. The first phase of her research is based on interviews with individuals from eleven different countries and three careers - nursing, business and blue collar work. Another of Dr. Shen's projects focuses on expatriates - those people who leave their home to live and work in another country. Dr. Shen's research on expatriates and cross-cultural careers won her the Best International Paper Award from the Academy of Management, Careers Division.

ISIBM study group

  "It has been a challenging experience and an opportunity to develop cross-cultural awareness. Moreover thanks to the class activities I have improved my public speaking skills. In addition ISIBM is a great opportunity to learn something more about Canada and British Columbia in particular thanks to the class and extra activities." 
- Licia Frega, Italy


Application requirements

ISIBM is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. At the time of application, each student must be currently enrolled in, and recommended by, universities/colleges that are officially recognized by the national government agency for education within their respective country.

Program Fees

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

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 2 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

    Transit #08000
    Institution #003
    Account Number #000-009-1
    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


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.


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 required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 500 (paper-based) or 173 (computer-based) or an equivalent English language level course in order to be accepted into the ISIBM program. 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.


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.

Visa Requirements

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.


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 SGBS program office by April 13th 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

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.


  "Like every international student, I was scared and confused about living and studying in an unfamiliar country before I got here, but all considerations were gone after I met our fantastic coordinators, knowledgeable professors, friendly local volunteers and other awesome diverse exchange students! Speaking of our routine, we usually had classes from 8:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. in a well-equipped auditorium with a lunch break in between, and ISIBM scheduled us to explore the beautiful city, like whale watching and hiking, in our spare time. Moreover, the professors at UVic business school lived up to their reputation of leading one of the best business schools in Canada, and all the content they taught that was related to business is still useful for me.  I’m so glad I joined the ISIBM program and it definitely changed my career and my whole life." 
- Aubrey Zhou

Nature on Vancouver Island

International learning experience with Canadian hospitality

The learning environment

We are dedicated to provide the best possible enviroment for young people to have an exceptional learning experience: 

  • ISIBM lectures are conducted in the modern classrooms located in our David Strong building – next door to the professors’ offices. These classrooms are the same ones used for our own MBA and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) programs during the school year.
  • The campus attracts students, staff and faculty from all backgrounds and walks of life. Since 1999, we have successfully welcomed students from outside Canada, creating a vibrant and welcoming learning environment. 
  • ISIBM provides opportunities for students to fully interact with our dedicated program coordinators, the Canadian volunteers and the other international students to create a personal, friendly and engaging learning environment.
  • Students experience the personalized attention that our program is well-known for, and our coordinators will ensure they you are fully confident in the program, and know what to expect upon arrival. When the program begins, you can be assured that we will take the very best care of you. Students receive supervision, assistance, advice and friendship from our staff – all of whom have experienced international education themselves.
  • Extra-curricular activities are also included, some examples are whale watching, sightseeing and club night.

The residence and meals

Throughout the program students will stay in campus residences – the Commonwealth Village cluster units (townhouses) and South Tower student residence (dormitory newly built in 2011).

  • This is a great opportunity for ISIBM students to meet other UVic locals and exchange students and you will be only a 10 minute walk from the beach, local supermarket and entertainment venues. Libraries, galleries, bus exchange, movie theatre and athletics and recreation centers with swimming pools are located on campus. 
  • UVic has always provided the best campus experience for all students – cafeterias, restaurants, medical and dental clinics, pharmacy, hair salon, travel agency, printing and photocopy services as well as free wireless internet are around campus. 
  • Students will also enjoy an on-campus meal plan during the program, included in tuition.
Summer Activities

The University of Victoria and the Gustavson School of Business

UVic is ranked:

  • #11 globally and first in Canada among universities less than 50 years old by Times Higher Education (THE)
  •  #2 among 16 comprehensive universities that have significant research activity and a range of undergraduate and graduate programs by Maclean’s 2012
  • in THE's elite global list of the top 200 universities, which includes approximately one per cent of the world's best institutions


The Gustavson School of Business is accredited by:

  • AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) 
  • The European Foundation for Management Development through its European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • The dual accreditation achievement places it among the top tier business schools in the world

Please vist the University of Victoria home page and the Gustavson School of Business home page for more information.

Take an interactive online UVic campus tour.


The City of Victoria – City of Gardens

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city is the 15th most populous Canadian metro region. Sometimes Victoria is called "a bit of Old England" because of its beautiful gardens and British-influenced architecture. It is easily accessible by air and sea from Vancouver (east) and the US (south), and the rest of the world. It is an attractive city and a world famous tourism destination which has a large non-local student population who come to attend the University of Victoria and other local institutions.

You will discover a rich and well-preserved heritage, a thriving arts and entertainment centre and, with Canada’s most temperate climate, year- round outdoor recreation. So, whatever your interest – education, career or lifestyle – Victoria offers an abundance of opportunities.


Meet our past students

Meet Sofiia

Sofiia outside the Student Union Building on campus 

My interest in business and travel! 

Hi! I am Sofiia Romanovska from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (pictured outside the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria in 2016). I was a student at the National Technical University Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in Kiev where I was studying a Bachelor in Applied System Analysis.

I have always been interested in finance and business and given that I am hoping to work within the field of quantitative risk management in investment banking in the near future, I was looking for an opportunity to increase my knowledge of business and get an international study experience. I have a strong passion for travel and so I am always excited to visit new countries. That is why I made a decision to enroll in the International Summer Institute for Business Management (ISIBM) 2016 program.

What I first noticed about Canada

When I arrived in Canada, one of the first things I noticed was the beautiful nature: I still have vivid memories of my first walk along the beach on the Pacific Ocean, seeing a family of deer on the university campus, visiting Butchart Gardens and going on a whale watching cruise. I feel so lucky to have experienced all of these things!  

Teamwork helped me make life-long friends

During my study in the ISIBM program, I had topics in 2 modules: Business Communication, Service Management, Entrepreneurship and International Business. Given my background in maths and computer science, all these topics were new to me but I enjoyed studying them to the fullest. I am really grateful to our great professors for their professional approach and creative tasks. ISIBM became my first international study experience and it was the first time that I worked in an international team. As part of one of our topics, we were given a team project creating a plan for a new venture. I would have never imagined that we would have so much fun working on it: we had an idea to work on a health food delivery service so as part of the project we cooked together, created a real website and helped each other on our presentation pitches. It was amazing that one month was enough for all of the students from Australia, China, Mexica, Canada, the Netherlands and Ukraine to become good friends. After classes, we would go to cafes and clubs in downtown, organize international food parties at our accommodation units and just enjoy spending time together. A year on, we are still talking on Facebook and going to meet soon.
Sofiia with her classmates
Sofiia (extreme left) with her classmates 

Why I came back to University of Victoria

Having had this international study experience, I realized, there are so many incredible people from other countries that I want to meet and there are so many things I want to see. Due to this, I decided to come back to the University of Victoria to continue my studies so in September 2017 I enrolled in a Master of Science – majoring in statistics as I think this master degree to be the next necessary step in my professional career. I believe, that an international study experience is an incredibly valuable thing for a student, and it really forces you to think outside the box. That is why I would strongly recommend everybody, who is considering a summer business program to do go ahead and enrol! The world really looks different from Victoria, and I have experienced it myself!

Meet Francisco (Paco)

Hi! I am Paco from Mexico

Paco is currently a part-time MBA student enrolled in Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico (UDLAP) specializing in international management. He works full-time at his family’s textile factory as the production and logistics manager. Paco knows that in order for his family’s business to remain competitive, it must expand beyond Mexican borders and develop an international focus.

Focused on the future, Paco is interested in understanding Asian markets and learning what it takes to develop successful partnerships overseas. So, when his university coordinators shared an e-mail promoting Gustavson’s International Summer Institute for Business Management in Victoria, B.C., Paco applied to attend the four-week session right away.

Paco tells us, “I’d heard from my uncles that Vancouver and Victoria were great places to visit in Canada. When I was completing my undergrad in Chemical Engineering, I spent a semester as an exchange student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, but didn’t get a chance to visit British Columbia.”

Life at UVic

His first impressions of the University of Victoria’s campus confirmed that he’d made the right decision. According to Paco, “The university is so peaceful and relaxing. There are lots of places to study and we’re surrounded by nature. You can study on the grass if you want. And, the facilities are so different from Mexico.”

“Of course,” Paco continues, “it’s not just the campus. It’s the people: my classmates, the other international students at the university, and our professors in the summer institute, that have really made the difference.”

As one of five people in his group, he was exposed to different cultures and different ways of communicating. According to Paco, “It’s a really hands-on and practical way to learn about intercultural communications.” The exposure to other cultures, especially from his classmates from China, can’t be overstated.

The program is intense, but fun

According to Paco, “The four-week program went by too quickly and the three-hour classroom sessions go by really fast.” He enjoyed the mix of classroom activities and interactive learning, and the level of academic and international business achievement of his teachers.

Paco tells us “The instructors at the institute show and share their knowledge freely. They seek out your opinions and experiences too. This creates a really collaborative environment and changes how you think. It’s a change from my MBA program back home.”

Paco’s four-week program in July covered international business, business communications, entrepreneurship, and service management. But that’s not all. His academic program was enhanced with group activities that included whale watching, a night visit to the Butchart Gardens, complete with fireworks, and numerous trips to downtown Victoria. Paco also added an additional long-weekend excursion to Vancouver, which included a visit to Stanley Park and a walk around the seawall.

When asked whether he’d recommend the program to his family, friends and classmates in Mexico, Paco says, “Without a doubt - the academic structure of the program is fantastic. The classes are really good. The beautiful places you visit add to the experience. And, the biggest benefit is how easy it is to make friends and truly experience a multicultural university.” 

Contact: University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
 PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
 + 1-250-472-4721
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