Short International Programs (SIPs)
Short International Programs
Short International Programs (SIPs) are 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.
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.
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?
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 SIPs that have you miss 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 first week of July. 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.
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, in order to be eligible to apply for a SIP you cannot be graduating in April/June 2019.
- 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.
- Be able to attend all pre-departure and in-country sessions.
- Have no behavioural or Security-related files.
- Have no outstanding fees on student accounts.
How much does all this 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 “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: February 24, 2019
- Interview dates: Week of March 11, 2019
- Final participant list released: March 22, 2019
- Pre-departure Orientation: First week of April, 2019 (exact dates TBD)
How do I apply?
Click on the cards at the top of this page to read more details about each SIP.
- Click on the “Apply Now” button on each program page.
- You will be asked to log in using your myCentennial login credentials.
- 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 upload your:
- Letter of Interest (500 words max) explaining why you are interested in participating in this program. Include the following elements in your letter:
- An introduction to who you are
- Be sure to indicate which SIP you want to apply for (name of partner instituion & destination)
- 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
Can I apply to more than one SIP?
Yes, you are able to apply to more than one SIP. Once you have submitted applications for each SIP you are interested in, be sure to rank the applications in order of your preference from your SaGE Homepage. We will do our best to honour your preference, however we cannot guarantee acceptance to your first choice.
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.
- Ensure you are answering all of the questions outlined in the Letter of Interest.
- 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 happens once I submit my application?
After the application 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 40 to 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.
What can I expect in the interview?
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to a group interview where you will be asked to present yourself as a Centennial Ambassador in two minutes. You will be encouraged to be as creative as you wish and can use an aid (such as a song, poem, collage, etc.). No audio visual equipment will be provided; therefore there is no capacity to show videos, display PowerPoint presentations, etc.
You will be evaluated on your knowledge of/passion for the Global Experience program, 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!
Students will be interviewed in groups of up to six students and will be scored according to a rubric.
I’ve been selected! What do I need to do before I confirm my participation?
Congratulations! As excited as you may be, there are a few things you should think about before you commit to the program:
- If you will be missing any classes during the SIP, make sure you speak with your Success Advisor and/or coordinator to get their preliminary support and advice.
- If you will be missing work, be sure to get permission from your employer.
- Double check if you have any personal commitments during those dates: Family vacations? Weddings? Talk to your loved ones.
- Make sure you understand the bursary offered for this SIP and how much of your own funds you will need. Feel free to ask us for clarification.
- If all looks good, click “Commit” and digitally-sign your Acceptance Confirmation.
Now that I’ve confirmed my participation, what do I need to do?
Be sure to read your acceptance email for more specific details about your SIP. All successful candidates will work closely with the SaGE Team to prepare for the program. This preparation includes:
- Completing all online pre-departure training modules.
- Completing a number of forms through the SaGE Portal. These forms include a Health Form, which will need to be signed by a doctor.
- Attending an in-person pre-departure training session: during this mandatory session, we will cover information about the destination country, program and logistical details along with health and safety material and other important topics.
- You will also need to start to book your own flights, apply for a destination visa (if required), and depending on your SIP, you may need to book your own accommodation. Further details will be provided in your acceptance email.
If I’m not getting credit for my SIP, do I really need to attend all classes and activities?
Yes! Although there is more flexibility with these SIPs that with other group programs, keep in mind that your primary purpose for travelling abroad is to participate in all SIP activities. The partner institution works very hard to put all aspects of this program together for you. You have worked hard to attain a spot on this program and receive funding from the College. So please be respectful and ensure you are showing up on time and attending all activities (classroom and cultural excursions). You will notice that you are agreeing to do so when submitting your Student Agreement forms prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in removing you from the program and/or returning the bursary funds paid to you, and the funds that were paid directly to the partner on your behalf.
I’ve had a great time on my SIP. What do I do now?
There are a few ways we ask you to give back to the College for being able to participate in this experience:
- 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.