Summer International Programs (SIPs)
The Summer International Programs (SIPs) are short-term two to six-week academic opportunities where students can learn a new language or take an intensive course at one of Centennial’s partner institutions around the world. These programs are offered to students from all academic disciplines; in some cases, students may be able to earn academic credit that counts towards their Centennial program.
On this page, you will find all the information you need to learn about participating in a SIP:
What opportunities are available?
There are so many options! How do I get started?
Am I eligible to apply?
How much does all this cost?
What are the dates I need to keep in mind?
How do I apply?
How can I increase my chances of being selected for an interview?
What happens after I submit my application?
What can I expect in the interview?
I’ve been selected! What do I need to do before I confirm my participation?
Now that I’ve confirmed my participation, what do I need to do?
If I’m not getting credit for my SIP, do I really need to attend all classes and activities?
I’ve had a great time on my SIP. What do I do now?
What opportunities are available?
Centennial works with partner institutions abroad to locate and develop 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 health and safety to ensure that all Centennial students have access to intensive academic, language or cultural programming. Each summer brings a different list of programs so be sure to check the SaGE Portal.
- Which language am I most 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? If you are taking classes in the summer, we do not recommend participating in SIPs that have you miss more than 2 weeks of classes.
- Am I comfortable living in the location of this program, e.g. small town versus big city, independent apartment versus shared homestay?
- Be a registered Centennial student at the time of the SIP, or be enrolled in the semester immediately following the SIP; in other words - in order to be eligible to apply for a SIP, you cannot be graduating in April/June 2018.
- If you are taking classes in the Summer semester, keep in mind the classes you will be missing if you get selected for your SIP of choice.
- Maintain a solid academic performance (minimum GPA of 3.0);
- Be able to obtain the necessary travel visa/documentation prior to departure;
- Be able to attend all pre-departure and in-country sessions;
- Have no contracts with Student Relations or Security; and
- Have no outstanding fees on student accounts.
Application deadline: March 8
Invitation to interview sent out: March 12
Interview dates: Weeks of March 19 and March 26
Final participant list released: March 30
Pre-departure Orientation: Week of April 9
- Letter of Interest (500 words) which touches on:
- Why you want to participate
- How the SIP aligns with your personal, academic and/or professional goals
- Why you would be a good ambassador for the college
- How you will benefit from this experience
- Be sure to read instructions very carefully and ensure you are submitting all components of the application package. We do not consider incomplete applications.
- Ensure you are answering all of the questions outlined in the Letter of Interest.
- Take the time to read your Letter of Interest and resume a few times to correct any grammatical or spelling mistakes. This is our first impression of you – make sure it’s a good one!
You will be evaluated on your knowledge of/passion for the Global Experience program, your ability to think critically, and your ability to represent Centennial College well as an individual abroad.
Students will be interviewed in groups of up to eight students and will be scored according to a rubric.
- If you will be missing any classes during the SIP, make sure you speak with your professors or Success Advisor to get their preliminary support and advice.
- Do you have any personal commitments during those dates? Family vacations? Weddings?
- Make sure you understand the bursary offered for this SIP and how much of your own funds you will need.
- Be sure to use the appropriate tags and hashtags when posting about your experience on social media.
- Be sure to write at least 1 blog post or produce 1 vlog post and post to our Global Experience blog. Instructions on blogging can be found in your SaGE Portal.
- Once you’re back, please send us your best 15 to 20 photos of your experience. Photos should be fairly high-resolution (file size at least 1.5 MB). Photos of the scenery are great, but we also like to see photos of you and your colleagues in some of the beautiful settings! We may use these photos to promote our programs and in events such as the Global Experience Photo Exhibit during International Education Week celebrations every November.