International Custom Learning Solutions

International Custom Learning Solutions

Preparing your people for a changing world.

To compete in a global environment requires having future-ready skills paired with current knowledge of international standards and best practices. It takes a team of global citizens with vision and an understanding of where things are heading in their sector. At Continuing Studies at UVic, we create custom training solutions to equip your people with the edge they need to advance their knowledge and skills, and succeed in an international context.

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Areas of expertise

Our program staff and instructors can design top-tier training programs drawing expertise from 11 UVic faculties, schools and divisions in many topic areas including:

  • business, management and leadership
  • education
  • English language training
  • health
  • languages
  • science
  • technology

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We also offer custom training solutions for organizations based in Canada. 
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  • Business Diagnostics

    Develop tools for assessing and managing issues and opportunities that impact organizations today. Ideal for executives and managers in all types and sizes of organizations, training in business diagnostics helps learners identify critical needs for their personal and organizational success through highly practical, real-world strategies.

  • Certificate in Business Administration

    Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

    Understanding and harnessing the power of your organization's data has never been more important. Training in this area will focus on how to create, interpret, and use data to solve problems, make business decisions, and predict and model the future.

  • Caring for the Elderly

    Care for the elderly encompasses the management of illness and injury as well as health promotion for healthy ageing. Offering in this topic can cover research and initiatives in areas such as mental health and ageing, dementia care, non-communicable disease, fall prevention, sexual health in seniors, and assistive technologies to improve monitoring and quality of life.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

  • Cloud Computing

    Organizations value people who can understand and evaluate the design, construction and structures of cloud systems. This course will develop an understanding of different service models and key job skills, such as setting up a cloud environment and constructing and employing a solution in the cloud.

  • Competitive Sustainable Advantage Strategies

    Being able to stay ahead of the competition is critical in today's fast-paced and ever-changing global marketplace. Build upon your management team's ability to plan and execute competitive market-driven strategies successfully.

  • Computer Programming

    Enhance the abilities of your team with coding concepts and languages. Customized programs are available to meet any skill and proficiency level.

  • Cross-cultural Management

    In a global environment, organizations need to be able to work—both face to face and virtually—with people of different nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds. Help your management team understand the nuances of working with cross-cultural teams or international clientele to foster cohesiveness and improve performance.

  • Custom Training English for Industry groups

    This customised training will help your employees improve their English language skills for use in the workplace. We have offered English for specific purposes to international groups of teachers, police, accountants, border guards, and other groups.

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)

    Enhance your team’s ability to provide effective instruction to early learners with this introduction to foundational knowledge of ECE in Canada. Programming includes experiential learning opportunities such as visits to early childhood education centres, kindergarten visits, and interactive workshops.

  • Ecological Restoration

    Customized training in the area of ecological restoration uses a holistic approach for professionals working in the field of landscape architecture, design, management, agrology, biology, forestry, mining, etc., who are needing advanced training in restoring disturbed and degraded ecosystems.

  • Educational Leadership

    Through interactive courses, observations, and discussions, participating education professionals and/or administrators will develop leadership skills needed to build supportive and collaborative learning environments and respond to changing global needs in education.

  • English+ Content (e.g. Engineering, Health, Data Analytics, etc.)

    The English Language Centre is able to partner with various faculties and departments within the university to offer content classes in conjunction with English language courses to improve learners’ English proficiency.

  • English+ Communications for Professionals

    Improve your employees’ public speaking and presentation skills. This program is designed for professionals for whom English is not their first language, but who need to give presentations in English.

  • English+ Project-based Presentations

    Enhance your team’s English skills while learning about the community through project-based learning. Projects will be selected according to the learners’ or organization’s area of interest.

  • English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)

    English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) programs are designed for professors and researchers hoping to teach their subject matter in English. These programs offer a stimulating, interactive teaching and learning environment in which education professionals will receive teacher training and professional development in various skill areas and pedagogies.

  • English and Leadership / English and Innovation

    This course is designed to develop participants’ overall English language proficiency with a special focus on innovation and leadership. Using a project-based approach, the program provides opportunities to practice English through a variety of stimulating team-based activities. Participants will also visit local innovative businesses to experience entrepreneurial companies in Victoria.

  • English for Academic Preparation

    The English Language Centre is able to provide customized academic preparation training for undergraduate and graduate student success, academic writing, presentations, dissertation writing, research, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, and other academic skills.

  • English for the Workplace

    Improve your employees' English language skills while they refine their presentation skills, research skills, English for specific purposes, report writing, and more. Please contact us to discuss the English language needs of your organization.

  • Environmental and Occupational Health

    For professionals who identify health risks, prevent accidents, and maintain safety regulations in the workplace, we can design a customized program to develop skills in areas such as health and safety program management, emergency management, environmental protection, ergonomics, hazardous waste management, and occupational hygiene.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

  • Foundations of Business English

    In these Business workshops, you will build confidence in using your English skills in a professional setting. The program can be tailored to various levels of English proficiency and business focused interests. Observations and opportunities to engage with professionals in the field. can also be arranged. Company visits can also be arranged.

  • Comprehensive French

    Offering comprehensive French language courses for every skill level. Designed to meet the needs of a wide audience of working professionals, these courses focus on reading, writing, listening and offer detailed knowledge of the Francophone culture in Canada and of Francophone cultures around the world.

  • Competitive sustainable advantage strategies

    Intercultural Communications

    To be a global citizen (or organization), an understanding of cultural differences and the ability to work in diverse cultures is a critical skill. This is true of working in either local or international settings, or in building socially just communities. Find out how power imbalances can impact interactions, and discover practical tools to strengthen inclusivity and build cultural competencies.

  • Leadership Skills

    Empower your team with tangible leadership skills that will prepare them for career growth within your organization and strengthen your overall team cohesion. Our approach features effective, real-world strategies that will leverage your team's strengths and improve upon areas of weakness through techniques such as mentoring and coaching or, when necessary, corrective or disciplinary actions.

  • Mindfulness and Health Care

    Mindfulness practice can help improve a patient's experience of receiving health care, complementing conventional medical tests and treatments. Mindfulness practice can also assist health professionals in increasing their personal well-being, avoid burnout, and support their capacity to engage with patients and colleagues.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

  • Neonatal Care

    Care of vulnerable ill or pre-term neonates demands highly specialized skills and technologies integrated into a continuum of care after discharge. Customized offerings can cover clinical topics such as neonatal intensive care technologies, kangaroo care, early breastfeeding support, and neonatal abstinence, as well as management issues including quality assurance, data collection and benchmarking, and outcomes monitoring.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

  • Nursing Leadership

    The nursing profession plays an important leadership role in health care, bringing its unique professional lens to patient care and the management of health services. Training will be tailored for your specific needs and can cover areas such as advanced nursing education, nursing career development, clinical governance in nursing, nursing care policy, and interprofessional training and practice.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

  • Palliative Care Nursing

    Expand on the principles of palliative care with skills and tools to optimize the use of medications for symptom management and pain relief for palliative patients. With this expertise, pharmacists are able to guide other members of the interprofessional team in palliative care planning.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

  • Visitor and Community Engagement

    Palliative Care Pharmacy

    Expand on the principles of palliative care with skills and tools to optimize the use of medications for symptom management and pain relief for palliative patients. With this expertise, pharmacists are able to guide other members of the interprofessional team in palliative care planning.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

  • Professional English + International Management

    This program allows you to perfect your English while advancing your career with a prestigious business credential from one of Canada’s top universities. In as little as eight months, you can enhance your university education and/or professional experience with English language and business administration training that will set you apart in today’s competitive job market.

  • Project Management

    Build upon your team's capacity for effective project management with the guided leadership of a seasoned PMP (Project Management Professional) designated expert. Explore the components of a project management cycle—initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing—and how each contributes to the success of a project.

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

    TEFL programs offers a stimulating, interactive teaching and learning environment in which international teachers and/or graduate students can build a professional network and develop their ability to communicate and teach more effectively in English in their home country.

  • Teacher Professional Development (K-12)

    Our education experts offer the latest in pedagogical research and instructional tools and strategies to further empower K-12 educators in meeting the needs of their students. Topics are highly customizable and relevant to what they are dealing with in their classrooms every day.

  • Technical and computer training

    Able to provide customized solutions for all technical skill needs.

  • Wound Management for Health Professionals

    The impact of wounds on the health care system in terms of human suffering and economic burden is enormous and grows as populations age. This customizable option for health professionals will cover the principles of wound management and develop the skills to deliver evidence-based wound assessment and care, including strategies for prevention, education, and wound product selection.
    Note: only offered on UVic campus

  • Don't see what you're looking for?

    We can work with you to provide custom training programs and educational experiences in many more topics. Connect with us to explore how we can help you.

Our process

We use a simple three-step process to develop the most effective and efficient training solution for your team. The result is a customized training solution and education experience that will create lasting value by increasing your organization's performance.

 

1.  Discovery

We will lead you through a discovery process that will help us gain a better understanding of your current situation. From there, we will seek to understand your specific goals and needs as well as any constraints or considerations that should be taken into account. This discovery process will help us to identify what kind of program will be right for you.

2.  Conceptualize and design

Once we know what you are wanting to achieve with the training, we will begin to conceptualize and design a program that best suits your needs. Through collaboration with you, we will identify the elements you want to see included in the program. We will then work with our team of advisors, educators and real-world experts to design your program.

3.  Delivery and assessment

Our instructors will deliver your customized program, in your desired location and format, in a way that engages your audience fully in the learning process to ensure they get the specific skills and knowledge they need to excel. We will follow-up with you through the assessment process to ensure that your expectations were met and to provide opportunities for reflection and feedback.  

Start the conversation

You probably have some questions by now. Let's chat about a customized program that works for you!

Why choose Custom Learning Solutions through Continuing Studies at UVic?

You know what your team needs to take your organization to the next level and we know how to get them there. Our customized learning solutions provide relevant organizational training that is:

Trusted and proven

As one of Canada’s top universities, you can be sure your team is receiving world-class professional training from a trusted source.

UVic is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive universities and is the best Canadian university for preparing its students for the workplace.


Immersive Canadian experience

Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top tourism destinations, Victoria is a beautiful, clean, and safe city that enjoys the mildest climate in Canada, allowing for outdoor activities to be enjoyed year-round.

Increase English language proficiency through instruction in English.


Built for you
Our programs can be custom-tailored to suit your training needs. Whether for public sector or non-profit, big industry or small business, mature adults or recent university graduates, we will work with you to assess your unique needs and create custom training solutions designed to meet your goals.

Practical and real-life

Our team of experienced instructors and presenters are real-world experts, delivering relevant and practical content in their field of expertise.

Focusing on experiential learning, our custom programs include case studies, global examples and best practices, and off-campus observations and opportunities to engage with professionals in the field.


Hassle-free + Fits your constraints

Tell us what you’re looking to achieve and our dedicated education specialists will design a program that is both theoretical and practical. We will seek to understand your team’s strengths and build on them with skills development and competency training to help them meet your organizational goals.

Whether you’re looking for a one-day workshop or a long-term specialized certificate program, we will create a curriculum that suits your budget, geographic, or other criteria.


Global Perspective

Continuing Studies at UVic has a long history of offering innovative educational programming to individual students and groups from around the world. As an international student at UVic, you can expect a quality Canadian education with a global perspective. This includes the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of local and international students and instructors in your field, dynamic socio-cultural activities, and an opportunity to develop the intercultural competencies required to fully participate as a global citizen.

 

Meet the team

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Miranda Angus
Director
Arts, Science, Education and Technology
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Tania Muir
Director
Cultural Management
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Dr. Jackie Prowse
Director
English Language Centre
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Dr. Richard Rush
Director
Program and Business Development
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Laura Vizina
Director
Health Sciences and Public Relations

Still have questions?

We have answers. Read our FAQ page or contact us to talk about your specific situation.