CISS at Trinity

  Daily Time Table (PDF)         Class/Activity/Excursion Schedule (PDF)    Uni-Prep (PDF)  

Classes take place during the morning, five days per week.  Afternoons are dedicated to offering students supervised on-campus activities, scheduled excursions, or optional activities. During the evenings, students all participate together in organized programmes.  Students receive 1 full-day, 1 half-day and 1 cultural excursions per week as part of their package, regardless of the ESL programme they select.

Please see our Class/Activity/Excursion Schedule (above) for details.

Accredited by Languages Canada

Learn English in a true University setting! CISS at Trinity is proud to offer a comprehensive ESL programme including the option to study either a standard course of 20 hours per week or an extended course with 25 hours per week. Our language classes help students improve their fluency by encouraging natural communication through interactive and engaging lessons and activities. Students learn and practice their communication skills, while focusing on pronunciation and becoming more confident English speakers.

Our Standard English classes follow a curriculum that adheres to Languages Canada standards and is designed to enable foreign language learners to further their fluency and accuracy in English. With a focus on communication, lessons are designed for group oral activities as well as individual tasks in grammar, writing and reading.

The Extended English programme offers participants an additional 5 hours of English language study each week. The intensive programme augments language study hours for participants and provides an opportunity for them to interact with other international students and to practice their weekly learning in a new and exciting environment.

After completing their morning lessons as part of the Standard English programme, students taking Extended English will receive 5 additional hours over two afternoons. Lessons are theme/topic based and include a mix of classroom instruction and practical work which is language-driven and may include cultural outings and excursions.



ESL hours

20 hours per week

20 standard hours + 5 additional hours per week

Class size

15 maximum 

15 maximum

ESL times

08:45 - 13:00 / 5 days per week

08:45 - 13:00 / 5 days per week
14:00 - 17:00 (Day 1) / 14:00 - 18:00 (Day 2)

Standard Lesson Programme:  20 hours per week:

  • 20 hours of English as a Second Language (ESL) weekly:
    • 18 hours of in-class instruction 
    • 2-hours of language-directed workshops*
  • 1 hour = 60 minutes
  • Professional and qualified teachers
  • Small classes – 15 students max

Extended Lesson Programme:  25 hours per week:

  • Standard English Programme plus
  • 5 additional hours of ESL instruction per week
    • 2 hours of classroom instruction (Tuesdays)
    • 3 hours of practical lessons (Wednesdays)
  • 1 hour = 60 minutes
  • Small classes – 15 students max

* Language-directed workshops feature interactive and communication-focused activities.  Workshops will vary and students are either placed in groups based on their language level or will participate in a programme-wide activity.


All ESL instructors are fully qualified and follow the CISS language skills curriculum, designed to be challenging and relevant to teenaged students.



Be the author of your own future!  The University Prep programme provides students with the tools they need to express themselves authentically and ultimately succeed in an English-language post-secondary setting.  This intensive language programme is designed to help international high school students prepare for the coming challenges of post-secondary and professional life in a supportive and academically stimulating environment.  Students are encouraged to think critically about their identity and academic choices, and how to strategize for their own success.   

Uni-Prep Instruction:  20 hours per week:

  • 3-week sessions
  • 20 hours of programming weekly
  • 1 hour = 60 minutes
  • High Intermediate or Advanced English level required (equivalent to IELTS 5.5+)
  • Small classes – 13 students max
  • Providing advanced self-expression and strategic thinking concepts
  • Ideal for students considering pursuing higher education in English
  • Topics covered include:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Successful Applications
    • Specialty Workshops
    • Post-Secondary Campus Tours 

» Trinity College, the University of Toronto is not associated or affiliated with the operation of CISS summer programmes on this campus