CIS Australia specialises in the design, development and implementation of Customised Group Programs. The CIS Australia July in Vancouver Island program allows you to immerse yourself in Canadian culture, enjoy living on campus and experience university-life in beautiful Nanaimo, British Columbia with the CIS Australia July in Vancouver Island program. 

Take advantage of a perfect location exploring Canada’s beautiful west coast where mountains, ocean and forests provide world-class recreation year-round, while studying Positive Psychology or Social Determinants of Health: Social Inequities.

Fields of study

  • Health Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Science

More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the host university website

Credit Equivalent

3 credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units upon successful completion of 3 credits (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 host university webpage for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience eligibility criteria and the CIS Australia entry requirements.

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

This program impacts on UQ semester dates, UQ students must meet the additional special conditions for programs that impact on teaching dates.

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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The participation mode of this experience is Study Abroad. The program fee is approximately: A$ 7,599 + Application fee A$ 95 + Transcript fee of $12 AUD. *

The program fees include: 

  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport transfer information will be provided prior to departure
  • Onsite orientation
  • Accommodation – private room on campus
  • Breakfast daily
  • Tuition fees
  • Course materials
  • Class field trips and any course related recreational activities
  • Day trip to WildPlay Adventure Park
  • Canadian University medical insurance for the duration of the program
  • Program risk matrix and COVID-19 risk assessment
  • Risk Management and Emergency Response Plan
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • Official Vancouver Island University transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)

Detailed information regarding fees and inclusions can be found on the host university website.

* Please visit the CIS Australia Scholarships page for early bird discounts and scholarship options that may be available to you.


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the CIS Australia 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. 


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.

Student Testimonials

Grace - CIS Australia July in Vancouver Island

B Information Technology / Science, Winter 2023

 I made lifelong friendships on this trip and I learned to push myself as I did things on this trip that I never would've thought myself capable of before. 

Key Dates

Program Dates

UQ: 14  April 2024
Host: 03 May 2024

Program Dates

Start: 02 July 2024
End: 25 July 2024*

*For-credit only as dates impact on UQ Semester 2

Fast Facts

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


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.​