The CIS Australia January in Vancouver Island program focuses on business communications and service management to help students succeed in today’s global marketplace, while also taking advantage of a perfect location and exploring Canada’s beautiful west coast.

Students on the program can take advantage of a perfect location – exploring Canada’s beautiful west coast while also participating in teambuilding and cultural activities, such as snow sports and rock climbing or a hockey game (schedule permitting). Victoria offers a unique climate with a mild winter season, and being so close to the mountains, world-class skiing and a winter wonderland are only a few hours away!

Fields of study

  • Business

You can contact the Global Experiences Team for course syllabi or CIS Australia for specific information on your program of interest. More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the CIS Australia website.

CIS Course Requirements

Students participating in this program will need to take two courses:

Credit Equivalent

3 credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 3 credits are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experience team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact CIS Australia for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Student Eligibility Criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by CIS Australia. 

CIS Australia programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible.

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The program fee will cost approximately $6,450 AUD.

More information regarding program fees can be found on the CIS Australia website. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by late-October if they are eligible for travel grants and scholarships awarded by the Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your global experience.


Accommodation is included in the program cost.

For more information regarding accommodation, please see the CIS Australia website.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 15 October
Host: 4 December

Program Dates

Start: 5 January 2020
End: 23 January 2020

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Vancouver, Canada​
Credit: For-credit and not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and Postgraduate*

*Postgraduates may participate in this program not-for-credit only


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​