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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.


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 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? 
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.


Am I eligible to apply?

To be considered for a Summer International Program, 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 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. 


How much does all this cost?

The SaGE Team is pleased to provide funding in the form of a bursary to offset some of the costs of travel and accommodation; the amount of funding varies depending on the destination and duration of the trip. You will also need to budget your own funds for this SIP. The details are outlined on each program brochure.


What are the dates I need to keep in mind?

Please take note of the important dates listed below:
 
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


How do I apply?

To apply for the program, you must visit the SaGE Portal to complete the online application form and submit the following documentation:
  • Resume
  • 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 


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. 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!


What happens after I submit my application?

Once the application deadline has passed, we begin our screening process. 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. The committee will include the SaGE Team and may include staff and faculty from across the college.
 


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- to three-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, 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.  
 


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 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.
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 trip. This preparation includes orientation that provides information about the destination country, program and logistical details along with health and safety material and other important topics. You will be required to submit a number of forms through the SaGE Portal. These forms include a Health Form, which will need to be signed by a doctor.



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 asking that you return 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.