Academic Programming

The International Summer/Winter Program consists of morning academic lectures combined with afternoon workshops, ending with a final group project to encourage deeper reflection on their experiences.


International Winter Program

The International Winter Program consists of morning academic lectures combined with afternoon workshops, ending with a final group project to encourage deeper reflection on their experiences.

Academic lectures throughout the three weeks will be centred around a different theme each week. The themes target an undergraduate audience. Field trips supplement the in-class lectures to give participants opportunities for experiential learning.

Week 1 | Canadian Studies

Gain a deeper understanding of the past, present, and future of Canada through museum visits, lectures on the Canadian political system, and participating in an Indigenous history exercise.

Week 2 | Entrepreneurship

Problem-solving, flexibility, taking initiative, and innovation are some of the key skills that make for a successful entrepreneur and are also highly desirable skills for employment. Engage with our campus and local community's entrepreneurs, startups, and incubators to learn more about where these skills can take you.

Week 3 | Community Engagement

An important Canadian value is being involved in one's community. Community engagement is about people working collaboratively towards a common future, drawing strength from each other and from the diversity of their perspectives. Examine some of the issues related to volunteerism, running nonprofit organizations, and participate in some volunteering activities.

In addition to the weekly lectures, participants will also take part in two workshops during the course of the program.

Workshop A | The Expressive Voice and Body

This invigorating workshop will allow you to explore and develop your expressive voice. Using improvisational theatre techniques, you will learn skills and strategies that will allow you to present yourself and your ideas to maximum effectiveness in a variety of circumstances to various audiences. Previous drama experience is not required.

Workshop B | Topics in Global Leadership

Facilitated by a faculty member in management and leadership studies with the Alberta School of Business, this workshop emphasizes critical thinking, ethical awareness, and problem solving - all skills that can be applied in various disciplines.


International Summer Program

With a focus on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), the University of Alberta International Summer Program (ISP) will challenge participants from across disciplines and cultural backgrounds to reflect upon their roles as responsible global citizens at this challenging and pivotal moment in human history. Programming will take advantage of the diverse cultural representation of the participants and encourage students to approach the concepts of community, collaboration, sustainability and citizenship through lectures, seminars, experiential learning, group work and community engagement.

Each of the four weeks will be centred around a different topic that will be tied together by the overarching theme of global citizenship in a post-pandemic world.

Week 1 | SDGS: A Canadian Perspective

Gain a deeper understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and Canada’s approach to sustainability in the past, present, and future. The Canadian case study in the area of SDGS will serve to show the complexity and difficulty of achieving sustainable development.

Week 2 | Intercultural Relations for Personal and Community Development

Given the increase in people’s exposure to and contact with different cultures, knowledge and skills in intercultural communication become necessary for the personal wellbeing, career advancement and global citizenship of young people today. Further develop your intercultural awareness and intercultural competencies through interactive programming with peers from different cultures.

Week 3 | Community Engagement

An important Canadian value is being involved in one's community. Community engagement is about people working collaboratively towards a common future, drawing strength from each other and from the diversity of their perspectives. Examine some of the issues related to volunteerism, running nonprofit organizations, and participate in some volunteering activities in the city.

Week 4 | Global Citizenship

Draw on your own academic background and work with a team on a capstone project that focuses on one or two of the SDGs and addresses the question of the role of global citizenship in a sustainable world. The week will include seminars and experiences to facilitate this group project. Working in a multicultural team on a multinational issue is an ideal way to increase an understanding of the concept of global citizenship.


Academic Credit Transfer Information

The academic program will consist of a minimum of 39 contact hours for the winter program and 52 contact hours for the summer program. Participants are not awarded credit at the University of Alberta and will not receive an academic transcript. A certificate of participation will be presented to each participant, including a letter of participation confirming actual contact hours. Credit transfer is up to the discretion of each participant's home institution.

Past Program Schedules