With the International Graduate Study Introductory Program (IGSIP), get a short overview of graduate study and academic culture in Canada and the United States. This short summer program is designed to give you an understanding of whats involved in applying to and succeeding at graduate degree programs in Canadian or American universities.
- Short summer program offered annually in July/August
- Next intake summer 2017
- Offered in full-time and part-time formats
- Basic program cost starts at $3,800 CAD (no accommodation) or cost including an accommodation package starts at $5,300 CAD (with accommodation)
- After this program, you can expect to gain valuable insight into the complex nature of graduate school admission and explore different graduate programs and options available.
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With the International Graduate Study Introductory Program (IGSIP), get the opportunity to:
- understand the competitive and complex nature of graduate school admission
- get a guided exploration of the academic paths and graduate programs available
- discover how research leads to academic and career opportunities
- take part in campus life at a top-ranked university
- develop English language skills
- enjoy the beautiful Vancouver region in the summer.
Completion of IGSIP does not guarantee admission to graduate programs at UBC or any other post-secondary institution. Admission to these programs is controlled by that institution's policies and admission standards.
Who It's For
IGSIP is for international students who are considering a master's or doctoral degree in Canada or the US in the future and would like to have a brief overview to understand the challenges ahead. Although IGSIP includes some English language training, you should already have intermediate-level English skills (approximately IELTS 5.5). Academically, you should also be a fairly competent student with and a B-grade level (GPA of 70%).
International Graduate Study Introductory Program (IGSIP) is a short overview program that focuses on building knowledge and awareness of graduate-level admission requirements and planning. The program includes three weeks of part-time English language training at a level equal to your needs. Although IGSIP is a serious program, there are many opportunities to have fun, make new friends and explore the delights of Vancouver. Below is a simple schedule:
|09:00-12:30||Language Class||Language Class||Language Class||Language Class||Language Class|
|12:30-13:30||Lunch Break||Lunch Break||Lunch Break||Lunch Break|
|13:30-16:00||Academic Culture Class||Academic Culture Activity||Academic Culture Class||Academic Culture Class||Optional Socio/Cultural Activity|
The following is a more detailed outline of the tours, topics and themes typically addressed in the program. This is just a sample and the actual program schedule will vary.
- UBC exploration
- UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies presentation
- Simon Fraser University visit
- setting academic plans and goals
- strategies for competitive university applications
- personal statements, résumés and academic references
- graduate projects and research
- grades, volunteerism and work experience
- cultural competency and communication skills
- university tiers explained
- thesis and non-thesis degrees
- academic argumentation
- library tour
There are also many optional activities that you can enjoy while in Vancouver (program staff dont usually participate in these activities):
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival
- Asian night market
- Vancouver Whitecaps soccer
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Lantern Festival
- Food Cart Festival
- Pride Festival and Parade
- Bowen Island visit
- Telus Science World
- Fireworks Festival
- BC Lions football
- BC Day celebrations
- Stanley Park exploration
- UBC Museum of Anthropology
- Vancouver Canadians baseball
- Playland and the Pacific National Exhibition
- Trout Lake Farmers Market
International Graduate Study Introductory Program (IGSIP) is offered annually in July/August. For 2017, the program dates are Jul 13-Aug 4. The basic program cost starts at $3,800 CAD; the cost with accommodation package starts at $5,300 CAD. For more details on dates, fees and accommodation, please speak to your educational agent or contact us.
For students not requiring the English language training, part-time study is available at $2,650 CAD.
We also offer a shorter version of IGSIP to local, part-time students for $600 CAD. This brief overview includes approximately 10 hours from the full program and one hour of individual advising.
Admission to International Graduate Study Introductory Program (IGSIP) is uncomplicated and you are not required to provide transcripts or language exam scores, but you should have intermediate-level English skills (approximately IELTS 5.5) and a B-grade level (GPA of 70%).
Most students will take part in the program using a temporary resident's visa and won't need to apply for a study permit.
IGSIP graduates are also welcome to apply to IGSPP Regular Stream or IGSPP Credit Stream where they can develop their skills for future admission and graduate study in Canada or the US. For more information about admission to graduate programs at UBC, please visit UBC Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.
Please contact your local educational agency to begin the application process for this program or complete the online IGSIP application form.
View Policies for a list of full admission, withdrawal and cancellation policies.
Find answers to the most commonly asked questions in Frequently Asked Questions.