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Short International Programs

Short International Programs

Application Deadline: Feb 17, 2020

Short International Programs (SIPs) are two to four-week opportunities where students can learn a new language or take an intensive academic course at one of Centennial’s partner institutions around the world. These programs are offered to students from all academic disciplines.

Questions? For more information, click on the cards to view the program brochures and also see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

What opportunities are available?

Centennial works with partner institutions abroad to offer a wide range of short summer courses to meet the needs and goals of our diverse student population. These opportunities are assessed for academic potential as well as safety and risk to ensure that all Centennial students have access to intensive academic, language and/or cultural programming. Each summer brings a different list of programs so be sure to check the SIP page.

There are so many options! How do I get started?

With so many opportunities, it is important that you understand your motivations for going abroad and research the options carefully. Some factors you might consider are:

  • Which language am I interested in learning?
  • Which culture am I interested in exploring?
  • Are there any courses that are related to my field of study?
  • What are the dates that work best for me? Think about your family commitments (weddings), academic commitments (classes, exams), and work commitments.
  • Am I comfortable living in the location of this program, e.g. small town versus big city, independent apartment versus shared homestay?
The best destination may not always be the most obvious choice, so be sure to consider all options and consult partner institution websites before identifying your preferred SIP.

I’m taking summer classes. Can I apply to a SIP?

If you are taking classes in the summer, we do not recommend participating in a SIP that has you missing more than 2 weeks of classes. Look up SIPs that take place after the final exams in August or programs that overlap with Reading Week in the last week of June. It is your responsibility to consult with your Success Advisor and/or Program Coordinator before you commit to a SIP. Once your summer semester begins, it is your responsibility to inform your professors as early as possible about your absence. Please keep in mind your professors are not obligated to accommodate your absence and it is your responsibility to make arrangements.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be considered for a SIP, you must:

  • Be a registered Centennial student at the time of the SIP, or be enrolled in the semester immediately following the SIP. In other words, you cannot be graduating before August 30, 2020. If you have the summer off, but will return to school in the Fall, you are eligible to apply.
  • Maintain a solid academic performance (minimum GPA of 3.0); first-semester students are still encouraged to apply and may be granted conditional acceptance based on their grades in April.
  • Be able to obtain the necessary travel visa/documentation prior to departure. This includes a valid passport, valid study permit, Canadian visa/eTA, and/or destination visa (as applicable).
  • Be able to attend all pre-departure meetings offered by SaGE.
  • Be able to attend all in-country classes and activities.
  • Have no behavioural or Security-related files.
  • Have no outstanding fees on student accounts.

How much does this all cost?

The SaGE Team is pleased to provide funding in the form of a bursary to offset approximately 70% of the costs of the program. The amount of funding varies depending on the destination and duration of the SIP. The details are outlined on each program brochure under the “Program Costs” tab. We have done our best to outline as many costs as possible to give you an idea of how much you would need to budget for yourself.

What are the dates I need to keep in mind?

Please take note of the important dates listed below:

  • Application deadline: Monday, February 17, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
  • Interview dates: March 2-13, 2020
  • Final participant list released: March 30, 2020
  • General pre-departure orientation: First week of April, 2020 (exact dates TBD)
  • SIP-specific pre-departure orientation: One month prior to departure (exact dates TBD)

How do I apply?

Click on the cards at the top of this page to read more details about each SIP.

  1. Click on the “Apply Now” button on each program page.
  2. You will be asked to log in using your myCentennial login credentials.
  3. Once you have done this, you will need to submit your application to each SIP. As part of your application, you will be required to submit a letter of interest and provide some basic information about yourself. For detailed instructions, please consult the “How to Apply” tab within the online program brochure for each SIP.

Can I apply to more than one SIP?

Yes, you can apply to a maximum of 3 SIPs. Only your top 3 choices will be considered. Once you have submitted all your applications, be sure to rank the applications in order of your preference from your SaGE homepage. We will do our best to accommodate your preference, however we cannot guarantee acceptance to your first choice. It is important to rank your preferences so the selection committee has all the information required when making decisions.

While you can certainly apply for multiple SIPs, you cannot travel on multiple SIPs.

What happens once I submit my application?

After the deadline, we will screen through all applications received. Applicants are first screened to ensure they meet the minimum qualifications and that they have submitted a complete application package by the deadline. Then application packages are reviewed and those shortlisted will be invited to a 50-minute group interview with the selection committee.

Since there is limited funding and limited spots on each SIP, we will not be able to offer all students an interview. Those that are selected for an interview will be notified about a week after the deadline and provided further instructions.

How can I increase my chances of being selected for an interview?

We receive a high volume of applications for many of our programs; therefore, the selection process is quite competitive. Here are a few tips to set yourself apart:

  • Be sure to read instructions very carefully and ensure you are submitting all components of the application package. You must see checkmarks on all components of each SIP you apply to. We do not consider incomplete applications or late applications.
  • Ensure you are answering all of the questions outlined in the Letter of Interest. Tell us why this program would be beneficial for you. This is more than just a vacation!
  • Take the time to read your Letter of Interest a few times to correct any grammatical or spelling mistakes. This is our first impression of you – make sure it’s a good one!

What if I am not invited to an interview?

Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to provide feedback to those not shortlisted for an interview.

What can I expect in the interview?

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to a group interview with up to 5 other students. There will be a group activity and individual questions. You will be evaluated on your knowledge of the Global Experience program and the destination, passion for taking your learning abroad, your ability to think critically, work well in a team, and your ability to represent Centennial College well as an individual abroad. We are also looking for students who are able to demonstrate that they have reflected on why they wish to go on a SIP: why it is beneficial to them. This is more than just a vacation!

I am an international student. What travel documents do I need?

If your study permit is expiring before this program, you must start the process of renewal immediately (even before the interviews take place). This is because a valid study permit and Canadian visa/eTA are required in order to apply for a destination visa (if required).

Having a valid study permit and Canadian visa/eTA will help to prevent unnecessary delays or restrictions on your ability to travel and participate in these SIPs.

Additionally, your passport must have at least 6 months remaining validity left from the end date of your desired SIP. If your passport is expiring soon, we advise that you contact your relevant Consulate or Embassy to start the process of renewing your passport.

I am a domestic student. What travel documents do I need?

You will require a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining validity left from the end date of your desired SIP. If your passport is expiring soon, we advise that you contact Passport Canada or your relevant Consulate or Embassy to look into the processing time and documents needed. You may consider starting the process of renewing your passport even before the interviews.

If you are in possession of a Canadian Travel Document or are in the process of applying for refugee status, please keep in mind different countries may have special visa processes that will apply to you.

I have a different question. Whom should I contact?

If you can't find the answer to your question on this page or within the online program brochure, you can send us an email at sage@centennialcollege.ca.