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Summer Graduate Business Studies

June 26 -July 21, 2017, 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! 

Since 2013 we have been pleased to offer a short term summer program specifically targeted to masters students world-wide. Program highlights include:


Meet New People

Open to any graduate level student currently attending university/college in their respective country looking to take the next step.


Experience Canada and Victoria
Study global strategy, cross-cultural management and social entrepreneurship in beautiful Victoria BC, Canada. Four weeks of innovative graduate level business studies taught by the University of Victoria's award-winning faculty.
Study Business Management
Tailored to masters students world-wide, join graduate level students in classes to prepare you for business success while having an opportunity to build relationships and contacts with other future leaders from around the world.

  “The SGBS program is amazing for three reasons. First of all, students can take several different types of lectures by different business professors who are experts in educational teaching and research. Secondly, the program has only 20 to 30 students in a class, which means that you develop close relationships with your classmates and professors. Thirdly, students learn not only studying about business administration but also the culture and history in Victoria. The program coordinator will give students opportunities of activities after class. I totally recommend joining the SGBS. You will see a different world from here.“
-Shiho Nakamura ( Ph. D. Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University, College of Business Administration)

  “The curriculum of SGBS was really exciting and challenging at the same time. Through vivid teaching style, complicated topics become easier. The professors' experience was really inspiring.“
Te-Fen Hsu (student from National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan)

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Summer Graduate Business Students

Graduate students worldwide select this program to grow their business knowledge

If you are a future business leader, who envisions a career where you will “do well by doing good,” then this is the program for you.

The SGBS is ideal for graduate students from various disciplines who:

  • Wish to develop a fundamental understanding of the skills and tools in business needed to succeed in today’s global marketplace
  • Wish to experience real Canadian University level education
  • Plan to study abroad in the future and want to sample an international learning environment
  • Wish to experience a short, challenging and enjoyable summer in Canada

Program Take-Aways:

Increased understanding of the fundamentals of International Business, Cross-Cultural Management and Social Entrepreneurship

  • Improved interpersonal and business communication skills
  • Intercultural awareness that prepares you for further studies or for conducting business abroad
  • Long-lasting relationships and contacts with other future leaders from around the world
  • Wonderful classroom and social activities
  • Equivalent to 6.0 credit hours

In addition to internationally recognized business education, students have the opportunity to explore Canada's beautiful west coast. 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 Simmer Graduate Business Program

Leading UVic faculty deliver engaging learning experiences with long-lasting results

Without exception, the presenters are highly qualified experts in their fields, with extensive real-world international experience. They are also regular lecturers at the MBA level. 

Josh Ault

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.


Sam Nam

Dr. Sang H. Nam has been at UVic since 1992 and has shared his expertise in cross-cultural management, human resource management and organizational behaviour with hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. His research and publications focus on comparing organizational behaviors between individualistic and collectivistic cultures, face-saving behaviour in Asia, and expatriate management.


Matt Murphy

Prof. Heather Ranson joined the School of Business in 2004 and shares her background in tourism event planning, marketing and service excellence with students in the service management specialization in the BCom and the MBA programs. She also teaches business communications classes to Gustavson exchange students. In addition, Heather serves as associate director of the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI) at the Gustavson School of Business. 


University of Victoria

"I like the teachers. They offer us a lot of materials and information. They even inspire me to be a critical thinker and search for lots of information on topics." 
- SGBS participant

Application requirements

The Summer Graduate Business Studies (SGBS) is open to 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.

English requirements

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 SGBS 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.


Students who successfully complete the SGBS program will receive a letter of completion and an official academic record of grades from the University of Victoria Gustavson School of Business. These documents may be used to apply for academic credit at the students' home institutions. Those wishing to apply for such credit are encouraged to consult their respective faculty or registrar's office for confirmation. If further information is required, please contact the Gustavson Short Term Studies office.

Visa Requirements

Good news! Under Canadian legislation, you do not need a student visa (study permit) to attend the SGBS program. You will need a letter of acceptance from the University of Victoria and a receipt for your tuition deposit before leaving your home country. Students may be required to obtain a temporary resident visa to enter Canada for the term of study. For a list of countries please visit Citizen & Immigration Canada.


"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! 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." 
- Aubrey Zhou

Nature on Vancouver Island

International learning experience with Canadian hospitality

The Learning Environment

We are dedicated to provide the best possible environment for you to have an exceptional learning experience: 

  • SGBS lectures are conducted in classrooms located on our campus. 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. 
  • SGBS provides opportunities for students to fully interact with our dedicated program coordinators, volunteers and 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.

Explore the Diverse Culture of Western Canada and Make International Friends

As part of the SGBS 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

Students are responsible for costs associated with any extracurricular activities. Planned activities vary from year to year, but some of the most popular activities scheduled in past programs include:

  • Whale watching
  • Victoria City tour
  • Royal BC Museum
  • Vancouver Island Brewery
  • Various sports events
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Fireworks display
  • Wine tasting
  • Self-planned Vancouver trip
  • Kayaking
Simmer 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 accrediation 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 and the US, 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

What airport should I arrive at?
Victoria International Airport (YYJ), or Vancouver International Airport (YVR). If arriving at Vancouver (YVR), it is required to take a connecting flight or ferry to Victoria (Vancouver Island).

What time is the pickup at the airport?
We will need your flight information to determine the pickup time. Please fill out the table in your welcome e-mail and have it sent back to us so we can arrange your pickup time from the designated pickup locations. Pickups only occur on check-in days, so if you would like a pickup, ensure that your arrival is on the day of check-in for your program.  

Do I need a visa?
Please check the CIC website for the most up to date information on Canadian visa requirement:

I have a single entry visa to Canada, but I would like to go to Seattle during my stay, do you know if that would be possible?
Depending on your citizenship, you may or may not need a Tourist Visa to enter the U.S.A. If you plan to go to the U.S., we highly recommend that you apply for a U.S. visa now. Check the Visa Waiver program website:

I would like to pay the rest of the program fee but I do not know how to do that.
Please pay for the rest of the fee at below link:

What day is check-out for the program?
July program: July 30th  
August program: August 20th

Can I extend my stay in campus Housing after completion of the program?
Yes, you can however, students need to notify us in advance if they plan to arrive earlier or stay longer after the program. Students may be located in a different room and will be subject to an additional fee payable during the first week.

Can I choose my housemate(s)?
Rooms are pre-arranged for the ISIBM students by the team. Students are unable to switch rooms unless a valid reason is provided.

Will I be able to cook my own food?
July Students:
July students stay in cluster units that have a kitchen and utilities. We will be showing you a convenient grocery store on the first day.
August students:
August students stay in residence buildings which do not have kitchen utilities. However, there are microwaves available in the lounges.

Is there a gym?
There are two gyms on campus:
McKinnon Gym: close, less equipment, with an indoor swimming pool
CARSA: close, world-class equipment, but more costly

You can go to to check on the details of memberships and costs. Day passes are another option.

Are there any activities in the water such as swimming that will be held during our stay?

There is a pool located in the McKinnon gym. There are also many lakes for watersports. Feel free to pack a swimsuit.
Contact: University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
   PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada
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