At St. Michaels University School, we believe many of the most important lessons — both intellectual and personal — enable students to discover not only who they are as individuals but who they can become.

Committed to academic excellence, we offer a range of truly outstanding courses as well as exceptional athletic, performing arts, outdoor education and extracurricular programs. Our students pursue passions from creative writing to environmental science while immersed in an international environment.

Located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, SMUS boarders benefit from all Vancouver Island has to offer, from kayaking along the coast to studying botany on Mount Tolmie. Though the SMUS campus is in a quiet, residential neighbourhood, Victoria’s vibrant downtown — and its restaurants, art galleries, theatres and stores — is a short distance away. Residential life boasts contemporary boarding facilities for students from 20 countries around the world, from Germany to Barbados to Japan.

On-campus concerts, intramurals, poetry readings, sports and other events keep boarders entertained when school is not in session, and weekends offer an opportunity to explore downtown, go on trips with fellow boarders, and compete in inter-house games. Our English as a Second Language program further opens up our school for international students. SMUS graduates attend top universities around the world and in Canada, from Yale to McGill to the Oxford.

Our alumni are renowned athletes, actors, and entrepreneurs; our students are challenged to meet their full potential in everything they do.


Contact: Paul Leslie
Phone: 250-370-6170
Toll Free: 800-661-5199
Fax: 250-519-7502
Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Fee: $250
International Application Fee: $250


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Saturday Classes: no
Summer Programs Offered: no

Campus Life

By living on campus, our boarders are able to interact daily with peers from around the world. From soccer practice to play rehearsals, activities are always a few steps away. On weekends, boarders do everything from hiking to visiting art galleries to going out for dinner with friends.

Dorm Life

Department Director: Keith Driscoll
Average Students Per Dorm: 40
No. of Girls Dorms: 3
No. of Boys Dorms: 3
Dress Code: Uniform

Student Life

With over 80 councils, clubs and activities, the SMUS campus is always busy. Acoustic concerts, house games, poetry readings, fundraisers and more are weekly events. Visitors include former finance ministers and travelling musicians, and our boarders actively contribute to an international spirit.

Dorm Amenities
  • Game Room
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lounge
  • Wireless Internet
  • Squash courts
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Indoor Basketball Court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Football Field
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball Court(s)
Clubs & Organizations
  • Free the Children and War Child Canada
  • Amnesty International
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Food Council
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Sailing Club
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Theater
  • TV Station
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Arts & Athletics

From AP courses in visual arts, a student theatre society and multiple bands to our 23 sports teams, with 15 competing at varsity level, our artists and athletes keep very busy. Music is part of our curriculum, and all students are physically active in everything from rowing to rugby to racing.

Arts Department Director: Donna Williams
Athletics Department Director: Richard Primrose
Notable Achievements:
Had six teams become city champions in 2011
70% of students participate in athletics beyond PE
SMUS artists featured at local art galleries

Interscholastic Sports
  • Rowing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Power Lifting
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting
  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Folk Music Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Improvisation Group
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater

Summer Programs

We offer a range of summer programs each year. Students can visit us to improve their English language skills or take part in our music, theatre and athletic programs.

Department Director: Dawn Wilson

International Summer Programs for Youth

Over 3-12 weeks, students aged 9-18 enhance their English-language skills through challenging and rewarding activities. Summer ESL programs are fun on their own and can be a great way to prepare students who are joining SMUS. Options: Academic Preparation, Academic & Cultural or Group Programs

Program Director:Dawn Wilson
Registration Deadline: May 07
Tuition: $2550
Financial Aid Available: No
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Our English as a Second Language programme immerses ESL learners with non-ESL students while providing a tailored English instruction. By Grade 11, ESL students are fully integrated and graduates go on to universities from Cornell to McGill. Learn more: