The CIS Australia January on Vancouver Island, Canada program focuses on Forensic Psychology or Advertising and Promotion to help students pursue their passions, develop their career skills and build relationships that will last a lifetime , 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 – VIU is located in the centre of the Island’s great natural beauty with access to year-round activities like hiking, snow and ocean sports, mountain biking, kayaking and more. Nanaimo 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!

Watch an information session about CISaustralia Summer programs here.

Fields of study

  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Forensic Psychology

For more detailed information regarding the course available, visit the host university website

Applicants are advised to submit 2-3 courses on their application for credit form for faculty assessment credit in case of course cancellation. 

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.

Please review the CISaustralia webpage for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience criteria and  CISaustralia's entry requirements.

If you are intending to undertake your experience for-credit, it is strongly recommended that you submit your application to IGET at least 4 weeks before applying to the host to allow sufficient time for Faculty to complete the credit assessment. Please note however that it is your responsibility to meet the host application deadline.  

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Costs and funding

The participation mode of this experience is Study Abroad. The program fee will cost approximately $6,999 AUD and includes tuition, accommodation, meals and class field trips. An additional application fee of $95 AUD will apply. 

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


Accommodation is included in the program fee. Students will stay in a private bedroom in a homestay with meals provided by the host family. More information regarding accommodation can be found on the host university website


Internships and Global Experiences Grants

When you submit your application for an experience, you are automatically considered for funding that is relevant to your nominated experience. Please refer to the Short-Term Experiences Funding page for details. 

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 24 September 2023
Host: 3 November 2023

Program Dates

Start: 2 January 2024
End: 25 January 2024

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada​ (In-person)
Credit: For-credit or 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

OS-HELP Loan application deadlines close before the Summer and Winter Short-Term Study application deadlines. Please visit the OS-HELP Loan website for deadline dates as late applications will not be accepted.

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.​