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New Zealand Education


Studying in New Zealand will take you further

There’s no better place to further your education than the safest, best-value study destination on the planet – New Zealand. Not only does New Zealand have world-class education systems and a reputation for success, but it is also one of the least stressful places in the world. A population of just 4.3 million makes for less congestion and less demand on natural resources.

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That makes it a great destination to focus on what’s important – your studies. In New Zealand you can have it all: an amazing, clean, green environment; world-class academic institutions; vibrant cities; awesome night life; fantastic culture; breathtaking natural beauty and superb value for money. Come to New Zealand and see for yourself how much we can help you achieve.


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THE EDITOR Dear Readers: Welcome to the Fall 2011 issue of Canadian Student Magazine. I hope that you enjoyed your summer and that only great things are in store for you this fall and beyond. This issue we present quite a few personal accounts from current and former students who studied overseas. It is important to hear a peer’s experience, rather than only getting facts and figures. It makes it more real and more relevant for many, which is what we are hoping to convey with these testimonials and stories. As well, you will find useful information on a number of countries’ education systems, visa application tips if you are planning on studying in the USA, crucial steps on applying to Canadian universities, gap year tips and inspirations, and lots more. There is also a special supplement on studying in New Zealand in this issue. I had the privilege of being invited by Education New Zealand and their sponsor, Air New Zealand, to visit a number of institutions in five beautiful cities on both the north and south islands of this extraordinary country. The cities visited were Auckland, Queenstown, Dunedin, the capital Wellington, and Rotorua.

It was an incredible trip, and I cannot say enough about the hospitality of my hosts, namely Education New Zealand and the many wonderful school staff who showed me around their campuses, shared cultural sites and stories, and who felt like old friends upon parting. In New Zealand, you will never feel like a stranger, that is for certain. Enjoy the content of this issue and use it well in your planning. And be sure to mark your calendar for the Study and Go Abroad Fairs. They take place this fall in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary from September 29th to October 5th, and again in the spring of 2012 in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto from March 1st to 4th. See www.studyandgoabroad.com for more details. ‘‘Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.’’ Anthony J. D’Angelo See you back here in March!

Anita Kuehnel, Editor Canadian Student Magazine and www.GoStudy.ca

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Study in the USA

Applying for Student Status in the US

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Give yourself a competitive edge with an international education in Perth

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Study Abroad Down Under: A Personal Experience

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Turn a Passion for Animals Into a World-Class Education The University of Melbourne

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18 Sport Scholarships to US Universities Start Preparing Today!

Building Your Education Building Your Future

20 What Are you Doing After School?

36 International Work Experience The New Must-Have Résumé Trend

32 Moving your Family from Canada to Australia: Pharmacy School Student Shares his Experience

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44 Information for Applying to Canadian Universities

55 Nspire Innovation Network - Driving tomorrow’s leaders to innovation and positive change

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Let the World Change You Interns with AUCC’s Students for Development gain a new outlook

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UK Law School Student Recruitment Advantage

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Back to School Already? The International Destination for World Class Law

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74 Discover the World in the Netherlands

IE University John Kelly Kasia Tyrybon Katie Idle Leigh MacPherson Melinda Giampietro Nannette Ripmeester Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities OzTREKK StudyUSA.com Tina Yazdi Victoria Salvador

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Have you always dreamed of spending a year abroad in New Zealand? Ad Astra is a Canadian company committed to ensuring only the best student experiences, whether it is a year or a semester abroad at one of our high schools or universities. Ad Astra offers students and families expert advice to help select the best school for the student and ongoing support while in New Zealand. As an agency made up of mothers, we are proud to say that we can help to decide the best program for you based on our experience with our own kids. www.aaii.ca

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY Campus of International Excellence in Spain The certification granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education affirms our efforts towards a high quality education and front-line research actions. The University of the Basque Country is connected to over 150 countries around the world and welcomes an increasing number of visiting students and researchers every year. Our extensive and varied academic offerings will certainly meet your career-building expectations. What´s more, the Basque Country´s dazzling landscapes, age-old culture and countless leisure options will be the perfect finishing touch for a most memorable educational or research sojourn.

Before you hop across the pond, you’ll need detailed information about what your chosen university has to offer. Here are some independent statistics to help you.

• In the National Student Survey 2011, 100% of Anglia Ruskin Ophthalmic Dispensing and Optometry students reported that they were satisfied with their student experience here. The story was almost as good in Law, Business Economics, Graphic Design, Illustration and Early Years Childcare and Education where 90% of students were satisfied.

• According to the British government’s Higher

Education Statistics Agency, just over 90% of our undergraduates find work or further study within six months of graduating – putting us second out of all universities in the East of England.

Help yourself at the University of the Basque Country!

To find out what else we offer, visit our website or email us at angliaruskin@enquiries.uk.com (Put “Canadian Student mag” in the subject line.)

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Where do you want to go? What do you want to be? Whatever your aspirations, Wayne State University can help you answer those questions. Wayne State holds the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation for research activity – a distinction shared by only 2.3 percent of U.S. universities. And that means the men and women who teach at Wayne State University are creating knowledge that will change the world of tomorrow. Whether your field is alternative energy technology, the life sciences, fine arts or any of our hundreds of other excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, you’ll find that discovery begins at Wayne State. Come be a part of it. Visit our open house on October 29, 2011. www.wayne.edu

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New Zealand offers international PhD students the opportunity to study at our universities for same fees as domestic students Druids. Mouth music. Bonnie Prince Charlie. Yeats and the Celtic Twilight. Study all this and more at Cape Breton University, where we study the region’s vibrant heritage, a culture celebrated throughout Cape Breton and recognized around the world. Concentrate in Celtic Culture, minor in Gaelic, or specialize in Celtic topics through Folklore or Ethnomusicology. Students can take Celtic courses in music, history, religion, language, or literature and they may complement their education by going on exchange to Ireland or Scotland. At CBU, students are woven into the island’s rooted traditions through research and community involvement. For more information visits www.cbu.ca or email welcome@cbu.ca.

This could save you tens of thousands of dollars, and give you the chance to enjoy the great research facilities at our eight universities. There are also scholarships available for top-notch PhD students, which could allow you to study in New Zealand for free! Start planning your New Zealand Education today. Check out our website for details: www.newzealandeducated.com

Columbia Medical School for International Health Visits in Canada Representatives from the Medical School for International Health will be at York University’s health professions fair on Tuesday, October 25, and at the University of Western Ontario’s health professions fair on Thursday, October 27th.

Experience the Australian lifestyle while studying at the University ranked number one in Australia*.

You can visit also us at the McGill graduate and professional school fair on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Get a truly global education at a leading international university. The University of Melbourne offers over 80 major fields such as business, communications, environmental studies, humanities, and the sciences. Our postgraduate degrees prepare you to become a doctor, lawyer, dentist, veterinarian – and more!

Visit www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/bgcu-md, or email us at bgcu-md@columbia.edu

Study Abroad When you choose a place to study you want the best university, but it helps if it’s located in an exciting city where you can enjoy your time off campus and explore a new culture. You can also discover all Melbourne has to offer by studying at the University of Melbourne for a semester or year. www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au mcha@unimelb.edu.au. *THE World University Rankings 2010 and SHJT Aademic Rankings of World Universities 2011

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CURTIN UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY POLICY INSTITUTE The Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute gives you the opportunity to get involved in international research projects and develop a comprehensive understanding of sustainability theory and its real-world applications. Academics from CUSP are working on international projects that include the development of a social media website that will keep the public up-to-date with advances in climate change research and generate informed discussion, leading to more informed public policy decisions. Two Curtin academics are the only Australian researchers involved in the project; they are collaborating with the University of Alberta, as well as private and public sector organizations in Canada. http://sustainability.curtin.edu.au

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It’s Grow Time: Humber Receives Provincial Funding for New Student Hub Humber College is the recipient of $64.1 million from the Ontario government for a $91.5 million development project at its North Campus. “We are extremely pleased by the Ontario government’s significant investment that will help us to continue to provide our students with a high quality educational experience that prepares them for their future careers,” said John Davies, president of Humber. The new building will open in 2014, and help Humber handle growth of more than 2,200 students. It will feature group and independent study spaces along with enhanced library and customer services. www.humber.ca

Located in sunny Queensland, Australia, Griffith University has over 3,500 full time staff and some 43,000 students including more than 11,000 international students from over 123 nations. Griffith is the ideal location to combine study with a great lifestyle.

• With the wide range of generous credit transfer into

our degrees, Community College graduates will find a study option that matches their aspirations • Global reputation in the Environment Studies and the Health Sciences • Recently named ‘a Top Australian Research University’

US President says NMU is a model for the nation Recently, Northern Michigan University had the privilege of welcoming the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to campus. Northern is a place where innovation and creativity happen naturally. An example is the WiMAX (4G) network built by NMU staff and students, which President Obama came to campus to learn more about. Here, big ideas develop and big events happen because of NMU students.

We offer degrees that don’t just open doors - they create them. Know more, Do More.

Are you looking for a great college adventure? At NMU, we believe it is yours to create. Explore www.nmu.edu to see what makes us a great value and a special place to live and learn.

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Perth, Australia – a unique study experience… Each year, over 54,000 students choose the capital city of Perth to gain a quality education and experience the unique Western Australian lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, Masters Degree or PhD, our world-class universities and colleges offer a wide variety of courses to match your career aspirations. Perth Education City’s website is a reliable source of information for anyone wanting to know more about studying and living in Perth. It features a comprehensive course search tool, which allows you to browse all the courses, education providers and scholarships available in Western Australia. So what are you waiting for?

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Every summer, a lucky group of St. George’s University School of Medicine students set off on a two-week academic and cultural adventure to Thailand to study a unique view of medicine and healing. This innovative program offers students the opportunity to experience both conventional Western medical practices and Eastern medicine – an exemplary example of St. George’s global approach to medicine. The one-credit selective is offered twice each summer for students in their Basic Sciences years. Students spend their selective shadowing Thai medical physicians, viewing operating-room procedures, performing rounds, seeing patients, interacting with Thai medical students, and attending lectures at Thailand’s Siriraj Hospital, a large modern hospital and medical school in Bangkok and the hospital of choice for the Thai Royal Family. www.sgu.edu

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme: The exchange of a lifetime.

• Teach English to Japanese youth in public schools

• Coordinate international

programs at local government offices

• Experience Japanese culture • Gain international experience • Recruiting starts fall 2011 for departure July 2012

Major drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has signed an agreement to use the unique virtual learning space Pharmatopia at Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science. GlaxoSmithKline will utilise Pharmatopia globally for staff development and training, acknowledging the strength of the faculty’s teaching practices. Marian Costelloe, Faculty Manager, said the agreement recognizes the faculty’s commitment to job-ready science degrees and the quality of its innovative education offerings. Pharmatopia is an online virtual world used for teaching. It was developed using a shared practice model involving ten leading pharmacy schools from around the world and hosts a variety of online teaching tools. www.monash.edu

Founded in 1978, Ross University is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree programs, and has over 11,000 successful physicians and veterinarians practicing in all 50 States and Canada. Located in Dominica, the School of Medicine places more graduates into US residencies than any other medical school in the world. Located in St. Kitts, the School of Veterinary Medicine is the first Caribbean veterinary school to receive American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education accreditation. Eligible Canadian students can receive provincial loans. For more information, visit www.RossU.edu.

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The JET Programme offers year-long paid positions with an annual salary of 3,600,000 yen (approximately $44,500 CAD); round-trip airfare to Japan; health insurance; training; and more! The Japanese government invites you to join the over 7000 Canadian JETs who have worked in Japan with the JET Programme since 1988. Application information: www.JETprogramme.ca Email: jet@ot.mofa.go.jp

I.C.A.T. is now offering two Spring classes! The time options are 8-1 or 1:30 to 6:30. This change allows our students the opportunity to graduate closer to the C.M.T.O. spring exams. We are still offering a single intake in the Fall (8am to 1pm). Both class offerings are five days per week. Maximum class size is 12 students. As Dean of the school, I only schedule personal meetings to discuss your career options and decide which of our 3 class schedules would be right for you. Contact me, Shirlee Rankin RMT, BA, Bed, Owner and Dean: icat.mt@bellnet.ca www.instituteofalternativetherapies.ca

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS Chris chose to study in Perth, Australia, because the articulation agreements between his Toronto college and his Perth university allowed him to turn his Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications into a Master of Professional Communications in only one semester. “Perth is incredibly beautiful, has an amazing climate, is beyond laid-back, and is very sports and nature-oriented. The professors at my university were very helpful and encouraging. Overall, Perth is a great city and gaining education there was a wonderful experience. I am glad I went!” Chris Devauld, Canada Master of Professional Communications (Public Relations)

I am attending Avondale College, the second largest high school in New Zealand, where there is something for everyone - tons of sports, social and cultural activities. I am living a real New Zealander life, learning the culture, the habits and learning new ways to see everything. It is a great experience and at the school, I have met people from all around the world. I have friends from Italy, Spain, Chile, Brazil, and Colombia. I am happy because I know that choosing New Zealand was the best decision, and I have to learn, not just at school, but in my daily life. Arturo Mansilla

Marketing degree.

Daniel Ecclestone wanted a degree in e-Commerce. He was accepted by a university and by Humber, and chose Humber because of the applied nature of its e-Business

“Humber has a work placement semester and the university program didn’t,” he says. “I interned for a marketing/advertising company that specializes in both print and online media.” Daniel enjoys Humber’s small classes, 10

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resources for students, and convenient class times. “I’ve learned about marketing, the business supply chain, project management, data basing, and online law,” he says. “I’m also learning innovative technical skills that will give me the abilities employers are looking for.” Daniel Ecclestone – e-Business Marketing

From what I’ve experienced in New Zealand, you can learn much more than you may think you can: From the qualifications of the course; from the lecturers and tutors; from the friends you make – there are many lessons learned. Not just knowledge, but lessons that help you live with people and learn to be independent. And also there’s the travelling. It’s a really good opportunity to travel someplace unique. I like this place so much I want to work here for a few years, and maybe study my masters here. Tammy Luu, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Whatever point in your life you are at, enrolling in an education programme is daunting. When I made an appointment to visit I.C.A.T. and met with Shirlee Rankin, the Owner and Dean, my decision was easy. I.C.A.T. is an efficient, well structured, optimal environment for learning. Headed by Ms. Rankin, whose instruction is clear and thorough, each instructor brings their vast and varied knowledge to the students. Each student is supported and encouraged. I am very pleased to say that Shirlee and I.C.A.T. helped me find my joy as an RMT! Allison, Institute of Complementary and Alternative Therapies

For me the highlights of Monash University’s pharmacy program were several student placements. The placements ranged from large

inner city hospitals to pharmacies and small rural areas. Finding part-time employment was easy, and I enjoyed working in community pharmacies as well as completing research for the University. Although the Parkville campus is small, the facilities are constantly being upgraded, giving the campus a modern and friendly feeling. The campus also has on offer several student committees and groups to keep us busy and aid in making new friends. Overall, I have enjoyed my time overseas in Australia. I have gained friends and contacts for life and will miss them all once I graduate in the fall. MacKenzie: Pharmacy student from Ontario

I have always been interested in women’s health issues, and was inspired by an international midwife working in Canada to become a midwife myself. I initally completed a midwifery certificate in Aberdeen, Scotland, because at the time Canada didn’t offer midwifery courses. When I was ready to pursue further studies in midwifery, I selected Curtin University due to its strong reputation in midwifery education. I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Advanced Specialisation – Midwifery) and a Master of Science Nursing at Curtin. The Master provided me with my first taste of research, which today plays an important role in my position as Western Australia’s first Professor of Midwifery. Yvonne Hauck, Professor of Midwifery, Curtin University and Kind Edward Memorial Hospital

Wayne State University’s Honors College is giving me the experiences and training I need to become a service-oriented physician. The Honors College provides the support of a close-knit community, while offering the resources of a large urban research university. I’m in the MedStart program, which means guaranteed admission to WSU’s School of Medicine after I complete my bachelor’s degree. Finding hospital experiences and Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7


Wayne State is a beautiful campus in a great city. Detroit is awesome! There are tons of fun things to do and many opportunities to get involved and give back to the community. Ashley Joseph

CBU is a wonderful place for students to experience Canadian culture and receive a top-quality education. I had the opportunity to showcase my talents in and out of the classroom as well as share my passion for entertainment. Cape Breton is the best place I have ever been. People here respect everyone. When I’m here I don’t miss home because Capers really do care a lot about you – Cape Breton is my home away from home. The support for students at CBU is terrific. Faculty and staff, especially the international student advisors, are so helpful and understanding. Saravanbava Srinivasan (Bava) Tirupur, TamilNadu, India

My name is Jon and I´m a student at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). Last year I spent a year abroad. I learned so much about being independent, about multicultural environments and about trying – and eventually achieving – to communicate in a foreign language. It was such an enriching experience and I recommend you enroll in a study abroad programme to the University of the Basque Country. Now that I´m back in San Sebastian, some of our classmates and I have become ‘Buddies’ of the visiting students at our university and help them get around in the city and the campus. We look forward to helping you get oriented and have fun, so… How about coming over? Jon

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of Journalism and Mass Communications whislt engaging with the local culture and community. You get the sun, sand, surf and University experience all in one. Participating in social clubs on campus is a great way to meet people and the only way to fully experience uni life in Australia. Being a part of the Canadian Student Association (CSA) was fantastic. We held fundraisers, social activities and events. I wish I had been more involved from the beginning! Caitlyn Henry, Canada Bachelor of Arts – Journalism and Mass Communication.

Studying medicine at The Medical School for International Health at Ben Gurion University has been an illuminating experience. With a curriculum focussing on global health, I have been able to explore my passion for working with underserved communities and enjoy the learning process to the fullest. From the elderly Ethiopian couple in the clinic, to the Bedouin in the outskirts of the Negev desert, I have been challenged to practice the art of medicine in clinically diverse settings. Sanjai Dayal, graduate of the University of Ottawa, and third-year medical student at the Medical School for International Health.

Besides the obvious benefit of having a résumé with evidence of dedication to civic engagement that sets apart my application from many others, the confidence of having completed NMU’s Superior Edge leadership program has motivated me to achieve more. In the future, whether I practice law or pursue a Ph.D., I have a solid foundation of community involvement, civic engagement, and a sense of obligation to serve those around me. As a person, I now view my life’s goal not simply to just become successful but to make a difference in my life and those around me. Keith Voorheis Northern Michigan University student

Arrivée de Roumanie à Paris il y a six ans, j’ai développé une passion pour le cinéma durant les cours d’anglais de l’EFAP ! J’avais envie de faire un stage au Festival

de Cannes dans le cadre de mes études.

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physicians to shadow is easy with Detroit’s many major medical systems.

Je suis d’abord passée par le service des stages de l’EFAP, ensuite, par l’agence du protocole de Cannes. Le plus important était d’être trilingue, calme et discrète, donc pas de bavardages avec Angelina Jolie, ni d’embrassades avec Johnny Depp. C’est comme ça, et puis c’est tout ! Nausica affirme avoir vécu une expérience inoubliable. Je suis revenue métamorphosée. Ces deux semaines m’ont donné le goût des relations publiques. Nausica, Diplômée EFAP

I chose to study at the University of Melbourne because it offered me an optometry degree at an institution that focuses on international collaboration. I figured that this would be a good way to explore social dynamics in another country and teach me more about human behaviour, something I believe is important to understand for any clinician. Meeting lots of interesting people at the university is the most enjoyable aspect of my studies here. People come from many places I’m not used to and with them they bring their experiences and perspectives on how problems should be solved. Making friends, learning about their musical tastes, and how they value certain things makes me feel like a more well-rounded student and human being. Aaron Yu, Doctor of Optometry

During the music therapy program at Anglia Ruskin, I felt encouraged to discover my own way of working and challenged to grow both academically and personally. The lectures I found most inspiring were given by music, art, dance, and drama therapists from around the globe who shared their insights and knowledge in working in specialized settings. I would strongly recommend this course to a prospective student who is not only looking for a music-centered and psychoanalytic approach, but also one that inspires and nurtures an adaptable and skillful way of working as a music therapist. Anglia Ruskin has provided me with the education and high-quality experience that I will take with me in my future endeavours as a music therapist. Bernice Chu, Canada MA Music Therapy

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With more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States, the options are almost limitless and you will have to determine what your priorities are. One of the best characteristics of the American higher education system is that there are good choices for just about everyone, from community colleges to career schools and private, liberal arts colleges to large, public universities. You must also consider factors such as the geographic location of a school, its size and the degree program it offers.

Begin your search early-and consider your long-term goals

• What kind of education do I want? • What are my career goals? • Am I willing to move away from home and to a new country for four years or more?

• Have I considered the total cost (including living expenses) for this education?

• Have I determined what type of credentials my future career path requires?

• Does Canada impose any regulations with respect to studying in the United States?

• What type of student organizations am I interested in? • Do I have any particular religious affiliation that needs to be considered?

• Are the American universities or career schools’ degree

programs recognized by the Canadian government and/or professional association of my chosen field?

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Take plenty of time to study your potential choices. It takes a long time to identify what schools might be appropriate for you, so it is important to begin this process 12 to 18 months before you wish to begin your studies. Leave plenty of time for the application process and make sure you check deadlines for the schools you wish to apply to.

There are many questions you will have to ask yourself throughout the college/university decision-making process:

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Some students choose to talk to family members or friends who have studied in the United States. Since you know and trust them, you can ask them specific questions about institutions that they attended. Keep in mind, however, that these “informal educational advisors” may only have information on one or two institutions so it is not best to depend only on them solely. Private educational advising agencies generally have more resources than the non-profit advising offices and also have direct relationships with many universities. For a fee, they can help potential students make a decision on which schools interest and suit them, and help them through the application process.

Factors to consider

Because there are so many choices when considering post-secondary institutions in the United States, following are some criteria to help you begin your search. All of these things can be important, but for each student, some criteria are more significant than others. Think about these factors to determine what your most important priorities are.

Academic Field -”Major”

Similar to Canada universities, in the USA you do not usually have to decide what your main field of study (“major”) will be when you first enroll in your undergraduate program. However, if you know what you wish to study, make sure that each university or college where you choose to apply has an accredited program in this area. Almost all colleges and universities offer popular majors such as Business and Information Technology but if your interest is in some more specialized field such as Marine Biology or Archaeology, it is important for you to check carefully. Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7

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Because there are so many choices, it helps to know where to find relevant information to help to narrow your search. Many students turn to education advisors to help guide them through their search. This can mean a private advising company, skilled in placing Canadian students in US institutions; high school guidance counsellors who are familiar with the system; study abroad or student advising centres in Canadian universities; the Fulbright Commission. Good online resources include: www.EducationUSA.info as well as www.studyusa.com and www.GoStudy.ca

USA

Education Advisors

Aside from a few specialized institutions of higher learning, most colleges and universities in the USA offer a wide variety of subjects. It is nearly always possible to specialize in your major field and pursue other subjects at the same time. Traditional liberal arts colleges normally award Bachelor’s Degrees in the sciences as well as in the arts, and have the additional advantage of offering a close association with its professors and their research. You might decide to attend a school that offers mainly courses in your field. There are US colleges that specialize in business or engineering, for example. On the other hand, perhaps you would rather study at a school where a wider variety of subjects are taught. There, you could specialize in your field but you would learn other subjects as well.

Degrees and Graduate Schools

Be sure in your research and application process that you are seeking information and applying for the correct degree program. If you have finished secondary (high) school or have some university studies without having finished a degree, you are applying for undergraduate studies (for a two-year Associate’s degree or a four-year Bachelor’s degree). For most of these programs you do not have to apply for a specific degree, just admission to the college or university. Master’s and Doctoral degrees are considered graduate programs

(sometimes referred to as “postgraduate”) and it is very important to make sure that the school where you are applying has the appropriate graduate degree for you and that it is not merely an evening or weekend program that may not be intensive enough for you to maintain your status as a full-time student (many MBA programs are evening and/or weekend programs). The application is submitted directly to the department where you are applying, unlike undergraduate admissions. For most graduate degrees, you will have to submit standardized test scores such as the GMAT (for graduate business programs) and the GRE. To qualify for entry into these degree programs, you need to have the equivalent of a four-year university degree.

Academic Standards & Prestige (Rankings)

Admission to some US colleges and universities – particularly the most famous and prestigious ones – is highly competitive, especially for international students, and an education advisor is useful in determining whether you have a realistic chance at being admitted. For most students, it is more practical to find a quality institution where they will be academically challenged rather than insisting on attending one of the top 50 universities in the United States. Find out about each school’s admission standards, and how your own record Study In Canada • Study Abroad

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Due to the overwhelming number of choices students face, one approach is to consider which geographic region you would prefer, or at least which areas are acceptable to you. In total numbers, the majority of international students in the United States live on or near either the East or West Coasts. Is climate important to you? How about the size of a city or town? Or perhaps its proximity to someone you know whom you will want to visit regularly, like a friend or family member? These are all points to consider. Another factor to think about is if you are interested in any specific type of cultural, sporting or recreational activity to practice outside of your class time. Some people are attracted to mountain areas such as Colorado or Vermont for skiing or ski-boarding while others wish to be on Florida’s Atlantic Coast or Southern California for surfing. Theatre fans are attracted to areas such as San Francisco or New York.

City, Suburb or Town?

The type of area can be as important as the region and you should keep in mind that the majority of universities are not located right in the centres of large cities such as New York, San Francisco or Chicago. Many of the great universities that attract thousands of international students each year are in small cities or even towns. This can be a very big adjustment for students from larger cities so consider whether they are good options for you. But tens of thousands of students each year settle in to their studies in small cities or towns each year so most people can adapt to a new reality.

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institutions with very competitive costs compared with public universities. Generally speaking, the areas away from the East and West Coasts have a lower cost of living, in some cases, considerably lower. Please be aware that tuition and living costs may increase every year.

Large University or Small College?

Most international students enroll at large research universities. Typically these are public universities, supported by the government of the state where they are located. These universities offer good “brand names” and are wellknown to families and future employers. But before you decide on these large schools, keep in mind that there are also hundreds of smaller universities and colleges that might be good options for you. Small colleges generally offer a more “protected” environment and class sizes are smaller. They usually have better ratios of students to faculty and so as an international student you may receive more personal attention, which is helpful in educational and cultural terms. Integration into student life can be easier at a smaller college. Large, research-focused universities have more technical majors such as architecture and engineering and if they are public, often have lower tuition costs. They also have more international students so it is likely that many of your countrymen will be there, if this is a priority for you.

Accreditation

Accreditation is the certification that a school or program meets a prescribed academic standard. It is very important to know that a college or university is accredited. If you attend a college or university that is not accredited, you will not be able to transfer your credits to an accredited college or university. Depending on your field of study, your degree may also not be recognized by a professional association, future employer or subsequent university degree provider. There is no national government authority or Ministry of Education that sets higher education standards in the USA. Some states authorize or approve schools, but this refers to financial and licensing requirements, not the quality of education there. Instead, colleges and universities have formed associations that set

the standards themselves. These associations, called “accrediting bodies,” evaluate each US college and university. If the college or university meets the accrediting body’s minimum standards, it receives an acceptable rating and is therefore designated “accredited.” This means it earns the right to be listed on the accrediting body’s list of acceptable schools. A school must maintain these high standards in order to remain accredited.

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will measure up against them. Ask your counselor and teachers about your chances of being admitted to the schools of your choice. Keep in mind that most colleges and universities base their admissions decision on academic performance as well as extracurricular activities. Scores on standardized admissions tests are important, but your marks or grades in school are more important as are your personal statements that many require in the application.

Types of Accreditation

There are different types of accrediting bodies: institutional and professional. Institutional accreditation is based upon the entire school. Professional accreditation is based on the standards kept by a particular school – for example, law, medicine, engineering, or business – and is determined by adjudicators within those professions. Be sure to enquire with the school directly or through an education advisor you may be working with on your search.

Contacting Schools

When you have analyzed your list of colleges or universities, narrow your list to six or eight schools. Remember to be aware of the distinction between undergraduate and graduate programs. If you will be an undergraduate write only to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. If you will be a graduate student, be sure to write only to universities with graduate schools. In that case you would send each request to the chairperson of the department or to the Admissions Office of the graduate school where you would like to study. So now you should be able to begin to choose your priorities and where to find information on American colleges and universities. The United States is a wonderful country to further your education and we look forward to welcoming you to our country. Source: www.StudyUSA.com as contributed by David Anderson, Senior Director-Sponsored Students and Recruitment & Partner Support ELS Language Centers StudyUSA.com is the online portal and publisher from which you can learn about studying in the USA, with the most comprehensive information about universities and colleges in the United States. Copyright Study in the USA, Inc., reprinted by permission

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When you cross the border to study you will need to provide the Officer at the port of entry: • Proof of identity and citizenship (a Canadian passport) • The original I-20 (or DS-2019) certificate • Proof that you have paid your SEVIS fee • Proof that you have the funds to pay for the school that you plan to attend • Proof of your ties to Canada

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The SEVIS I-901 fee is mandated by Congress to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors and ensures that they maintain their status while in the United States. Each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 on or after October 27, 2008, is responsible for paying this fee to SEVP. The fee is used to: • Maintain and update SEVIS • Hire and train SEVIS Liaison Officers • Staff and manage the SEVP Office to: • Support the current version of SEVIS and develop and deploy the next generation of SEVIS • Develop SEVP policies and procedures • Offer SEVIS-related training, assistance and problem resolution to the schools and exchange visitor program sponsors • Maintain enforcement oversight to ensure that: • Schools are maintaining accurate, timely information • Students or exchange visitors who fail to maintain status either leave the United States or apply for reinstatement

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The SEVIS fee may be paid by the applicant, by a sponsor or by a third party. The fee is paid to the Department of Homeland Security in the United States. It cannot be paid at the Embassy or U.S. Consulate.

The SEVIS fee receipt is valid for twelve months. If your application is refused, you may reapply using this fee receipt provided it is within twelve months of the initial payment.

For more detailed information, including online payment options, please visit www.fmjfee.com. Since the purpose of the SEVIS registration is to keep track of students entering the US, the schools at which the students are registered are mandated to track student activity. The information they must report includes: • Name, date of birth, country of birth, country of citizenship, source and amount of financial resources, academic program, level of study, program start and end dates • Enrollment or failure to enroll (students), arrival or failure to arrive and undertake duties (scholars) • A change of the student, scholar or dependent’s legal name or address • Graduation prior to the end date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019 • Academic or disciplinary actions taken due to criminal conviction • Registration for less than a full course of study without prior authorization from the OISS (students) • Failure to maintain status or complete the academic program or program objective • Unauthorized employment • Termination date and reason for termination • Other data generated by standard procedures such as program extension, school transfer, change in level of study, employment authorization, and reinstatement So while Canadian citizens wanting to study in the US have a relatively easy process to follow, since an actual study visa is not required, there are still important steps to take to ensure that all the required documents are in place. Don’t skip any steps, and ask for the help of a professional education advisor if you are uncertain of what do to. Sources: www.ice.gov/sevis www.educationUSA.info www.nyu.edu

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The first place to start is by asking yourself where you stand amongst other athletes in your sport. Are you provincially or nationally recognized? To be recruited to a US school, you must be competing at an elite level. Ask your coach what your chances of receiving an athletic scholarship might be and which unique qualities you bring to your team. Once you have an honest evaluation about where you stand as an athlete, you will better know which schools and teams would be a good fit. Do your research and check out university and college rosters to see where the majority of their players are from and if they will be graduating players in your position. Your chances of being recruited are better if the school recruits heavily outside of their home state and if the team has a need for your specific position. The best way for an international student to get recruited is to start early. Make sure you are playing for the most competitive team in your area, and if possible, pursue any areas within your sport that allow you the possibility of provincial or national recognition or will allow you to compete in US tournaments or showcases. Put together a package starting in your Grade 9 or Grade 10 year with a player profile. A player profile should include academic information, a recommendation letter from your coach, and a schedule of upcoming games or tournaments. Make sure you update it on a regular basis with the most relevant information and send it to the coaches of the schools that you are interested in. One of the biggest misconceptions is that if you are a great athlete, the coaches will come to you. You have to do the work! I remember e-mailing coaches sometimes once a week to get on their radar. It is a lot of leg work, but the end result is worth it. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with the NCAA recruiting rules before you get started. Once you are in the trenches of the recruitment process, make sure you Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7

keep track of communications with coaches and that you are quick to respond to all calls and e-mails. Keep coaches informed of improved test scores, tournaments coming up, and ask questions. It is important to have open and honest communication with university coaches. Ask the coach specific questions about the team, athletic program and the school. It is important to remember that you will be at the college or university for four years, so you should make sure to inform yourself about what life on campus is about in addition to the sport’s component. I have met a lot of athletes that for various reasons have quit their sport while at college, and all of them are incredibly happy that they chose a school for the academics and experience rather than solely the athletics. One of the most important things for student-athletes to remember is that the STUDENT part comes first! Keep your grades up. Starting in Grade 9, every mark from every class matters for admissions purposes in the US. A coach will not be able to help you gain admission if you do not have the grades. Do not overestimate the weight that being recruited has in the admissions process. Because most US schools require the SAT or the ACT, even for foreign athletes, make sure you start to study for these tests in Grades 10 and 11. Taking an official prep course is the best way to prepare fully to take both standardized tests. Remember that your score on the SAT / ACT is one of the biggest determining factors in the US admissions process.

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Navigating the NCAA recruitment process can be exciting and confusing for high school students. When I was being recruited to play Division I soccer, I remember having so many questions! While there are numerous resources and places to turn to for guidance for athletes who live in the United States, the same cannot be said for international student-athletes.

As you enter into your Grade 12 year, you should have a solid idea where you stand with coaches. Take official visits to familiarize yourself with the various aspects of the school, meet members of the team, and get a feel for what it would be like to be a student at the school. While I was being recruited, I had my heart set on one specific school. However, after my official visits, I was completely sold on an entirely different school. The official visits gave me insight into campus life, the team dynamic, and how the players responded to the coach. Be honest with coaches after each visit, and remember, nothing is final until you sign the National Letter of Intent and are officially accepted to the college or university. One of the most important things to remember during the recruitment process is to ask questions when you need help. Your parents, teachers, coaches, and school counselors are great resources to help you through the process. Never forget that all of the hard work you are putting in will help you to achieve your goals. So enjoy it and good luck! Contributed by: Emily Tracy Emily Tracy is a consultant at Options Solution, an educational consulting company in Vancouver, B.C. She played NCAA Division I soccer for four years at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, pursuing a Government and International Relations degree. She received her Masters in Teaching from the University of Southern California.

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According to the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE)’s World of Learning: Canadian PostSecondary Students and the Study Abroad Experience report, 90% of the general public believes that studying abroad is a valuable experience. According to the same survey, 91% of employers were also on board and identified an extensive list of benefits, including a better understanding of cultural differences inside and outside the workplace; more world experience which makes for an easier adaptation to unfamiliar environments; and enhanced life skills. Students graduating in the 21st century need international skills to succeed in today’s global economy and many believe that studying abroad should be an expectation. Komail Naqvi, currently studying at UBC and a truly international student, says “Studying and living in Pakistan, Canada, China and now doing a study abroad program Europe has allowed me to pocket different lenses from which to view the world and experience the cultures within it.” Komail is also a professional free-lance photographer, hence the analogy. “Developing business and personal networking relationships with people from all nationalities imaginable are things I would never have achieved had I not travelled and studied abroad. The world has everything to offer, if you only reach out for it”. “What about security?”, “I can’t afford it”, “What if I decide to stay overseas?” Like most people considering studying overseas, you probably have some concerns like these. As for security, anywhere you are or go you need to exercise the same caution as at home, knowing your surroundings and your comfort zone. And of course

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do your homework before you choose your destination so it suits your needs and expectations. Let’s address the cost issue, as there is a misconception that studying abroad is expensive, which doesn’t have to be the case. University fees vary greatly depending on the country and the program, and various academic and athletic scholarships are available, especially in the US and England. In a few countries, Finland for example, programs are in English and Bachelor’s, Doctoral and some Master’s programs are free of charge to international students. You will still need to pay for accommodation and books, but if you decide to study in Canada but not at you local university, you will be paying those costs in any case. And what if you decide to stay or go back for a longer period? The world, as big as it is, has been made so much ‘smaller’ in the past decades through far-reaching and fast transportation systems, and through the constantlychanging social media, ubiquitous email accounts, and of course phones that are entire personal media suites! You are really never far from home these days. Among the reasons cited by students for wanting to study overseas are the greater variety of programs available overseas and the difficulty in getting into their chosen programs in Canada. Some programs in Canada, like Medicine for example, are notoriously difficult to get into (30% acceptance rate for first time applicants) especially in BC and Ontario, and many students are not willing

to put their lives on hold to keep trying. This is one of the reasons that almost a third of Canadians studying Medicine are studying outside of Canada – with the Caribbean as the number one choice and Ireland in second place. The trend towards the ‘internationalization’ of education in Canada continues in an upward spiral. As the next generation realizes the importance of becoming ‘global citizens,’ education providers, parents, employers and the community as a whole are behind them. Do your research, check out the options and don’t miss the opportunity to meet directly with universities from many different countries at the Fall and Spring Study and Go Abroad Fairs. Check the website www.studyandgoabroad.com for information on when the fair will be in a city near you. Contributed by: Katie Idle, Director of Sales and Marketing Study and Go Abroad Fairs katie@recruitincanada.com Website: www.studyandgoabroad.com

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4. Spend a day exploring the colour and diversity of the port city of Fremantle. 5. Spend the day sampling the amazing produce and wine at WA’s oldest wine growing region, the Swan Valley, just half an hour’s drive from Perth. 6. Indulge in a cultural feast – visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum and check out the many live music/theatre options available. 7. Explore the funky inner city precincts of Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Leederville and Claremont for fantastic restaurants, bars and shopping. 8. Visit one of Perth’s Indigenous art galleries to see some unique artwork, and do the Indigenous Walking Tour of Kings Park to learn about Australia’s fascinating history. 9. For a different perspective, take a scenic helicopter flight over Perth city and the stunning coast. 10. Swim with dolphins at Rockingham, just 45 minutes drive from Perth.

And why not take advantage of the state’s thriving economy and work part-time to subsidise your leisure activities, living costs and travel plans? With only 10.3% of the population, the State has 21.4% of the job vacancies in Australia*. Therefore, you are more likely to get a job in WA than anywhere else in Australia. If you are on a student visa, you will have the opportunity to work parttime for up to 20 hours per week. This allows you to become an active member of the community and it’s a great way to improve your résumé. Working Holiday visitors can travel throughout WA’s regional areas for a unique Australian experience. You can work on a sheep or cattle farm, pick grapes for a winery, be a cleaner or nanny, work in a restaurant or café, or even become a tour guide! West Australians are also amongst the highest paid in the country (AU$71,760), with annual full-time earnings well ahead of the national average (AU$65,374)*. So if you want to live in Australia after your studies Perth is the ideal choice. *Source: WA Business News, 13 January 2010 Study In Canada • Study Abroad

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ranking, and conducts cutting edge research that has real world application. It runs over 28 different research centres in areas as diverse as human genetics and microelectronic engineering, through to palliative care, literacy and social learning. As one of the larger universities in Australia, ECU has an enrolment of 21,000 students including over 3,600 international students from more than 94 countries. The University offers over 330 specialist award programs and 1,700 staff members provide a challenging and supportive environment for teaching and learning. Education & Training International www.eti.wa.edu.au ETI is owned and operated by the Government of Western Australia. With 50 institute and polytechnic campuses throughout WA, it is the largest provider of vocational education and training in the State. ETI offers over 250 Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses to international students, which can provide advanced entry into University degree courses and grant credits of up to 18 months of a degree. There are also over 25 secondary senior government high schools in WA that are specially approved to provide educational programs for overseas fee paying students in Years 8-12. The University of Western Australia www.uwa.edu.au UWA is the premier university of the State. Established in 1911, UWA has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. UWA consistently attracts the highest calibre of students and, in 2006, 82.7% of the top 5% of school leavers in WA chose UWA. In October 2005, Professor Barry Marshall (a UWA graduate and researcher) and his colleague Dr Robin Warren were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for their discovery of “the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.” Professor Marshall continues research related to H. pylori and runs a molecular biology lab at UWA. Contributed by: Leigh MacPherson, Market Manager, Perth Education City www.pertheducationcity.com.au/ca

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Study Abroad Down Under: A Personal Experience I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Standing at the summit, I thought to myself, “I did it.” After one application, two years of saving and three flights, there I was overlooking Sydney on my 21st birthday. It was surreal (to say the least) and this was only one of the many amazing things I did while studying abroad. Studying abroad had long been a part of my personal and academic goals. To me, it was an invaluable opportunity

to travel while working towards my degree. Also, having travelled from a young age, I have always been fascinated by exotic locales. So when it came time to apply for an exchange, it wasn’t a matter of whether I would go, but where. When exploring my options, I knew that an English-speaking country was essential and the UK, Australia and Ireland were the forerunners. However, considering how far Australia is from

Canada, I wondered when I would have another opportunity to spend five months there. To me, it was one of those places that many people say they will travel to ‘someday,’ but often never get to. The more I thought about it, studying in Australia just seemed like the right choice. Go big or go home, I guess. Australia is often referred to as “the lucky country,” and for good reasons. Its various climates, natural world wonders and exotic flora and fauna make it a paradise in the South Pacific. In many ways, it seems like it took its own evolutionary course. One week you can be in a busy metropolis like Sydney, then the next week be tanning in the tropical Whitsunday Islands or skiing in Thredbo. The environment is practically made for the tourist industry and it still amazes me that I did so many different things in one country: from climbing the Harbour Bridge to snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef; skydiving over Wollongong; tasting wine in the Hunter Valley; riding a camel in Port Stephens; diving with sharks in Manly; and exploring the Jenolan Caves. I did it all. And so can you! No matter where you decide to go though, studying abroad is a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity full of unique experiences. Most importantly, you will be exposed to a new culture.

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AUSTRALIA Living as a local will allow you to truly experience that culture because you will learn more about its history, customs and values in context. Prior to my exchange, Australians seemed very similar to Canadians since they are also part of the Commonwealth, have a parliamentary government, encourage multiculturalism and speak English. In fact, I used to think that Australians were just like Canadians with accents if you substituted polar bears, maple syrup and ice hockey with kangaroos, Vegemite and Aussie Rules Football. Yet, after living there for five months, I learned that while we are quite similar, we are also different in many ways. However, living in a foreign country is not without its challenges and it is up to you to overcome them. Going abroad requires you to be independent and make decisions for yourself. You cannot pop home for the weekend and time differences limit when you can speak to family and friends back home. Also, if you’ve never had any expenses, the monthly internet, mobile phone and utility bills may take some getting used to. And for some students whose study abroad experience is their first time living outside of the family home, the thought of being alone is nervewracking. I had never lived away from home, let alone on another continent. Many people asked if I was nervous and while I will admit that it was daunting at first, it was the most liberating and worthwhile experience of my life. So if you’re looking to challenge your abilities

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Realise your dream - study in Australia . . . Some reasons why you should consider Griffith University: • Number one Australian University destination for students from 28 countries including Canada, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and Brazil. • Ranked in the top 200 institutions worldwide on the Times HES-QS World Ranking - Employer Reputation Index. • Over 300 degrees across 5 campuses, Griffith provides an extensive range of specialised study options that help you to focus on achieving your own career goals. • Ranked number one in the 2010 Premier of Queensland Export Awards for Education and Training. • Competitive tuition fees & living expenses.

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The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine The Melbourne School of Veterinary Science is Australia’s first veterinary science school, with 100 years of experience and a ground-breaking, internationally-accredited veterinary science program – the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Our School also conducts important research projects and offers world-class research degrees. We boast a state-ofthe-art Veterinary Hospital; dedicated and experienced staff; national and international links in veterinary medicine and research; and a passionate and diverse student body.

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My experience at University of Melbourne has been incredible. I chose the University of Melbourne due to its strong international reputation. The work load is intense, but what I find most astounding is the amazing peers, top notch staff, and fabulous professors. Not only are they some of the world’s top researchers in their respected fields, but they are also truly compassionate about their students’ education and welfare. I enjoy living in Melbourne and find it very student friendly. After two years of living here, I’ve only scratched the surface of all the things to do in this fabulous city!

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The quality of our current program is reflected in its accreditation by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). We are one of only three veterinary schools in Australia to be accredited by all of these agencies. Accreditation allows our graduates to practise in many other countries without further qualification.

At the Melbourne School of Veterinary Science, our passion is about advancing animal, human and environmental wellbeing, and ensuring our wealth of knowledge is transferred to each new generation of veterinary scientists and to the community.

Accreditation is important as graduation from an accredited veterinary school is required by registration bodies before new graduates can be issued a licence to practise as a veterinarian. Accreditation from the AVMA means that the University of Melbourne veterinary science degree is recognised in the United States and Canada, making our graduates eligible to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination – a prerequisite for all veterinarians who seek to practise in North America.

World Class Our veterinary education programs, clinical teaching and hospital facilities are comparable to any internationally. Our students learn and practise clinical skills in one of Australia’s leading veterinary hospitals (based at our Werribee campus). The Veterinary Hospital includes a general practice, referral practice, equine centre and a 24-hour small animal emergency and critical care service. Its facilities include state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities and on-site diagnostic pathology laboratories.

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Our teaching staff – many of whom are world leaders in their field – are approachable and enthusiastic. This passion and dedication is reflected in veterinary science’s exceptionally strong performance in student and graduate satisfaction surveys.

Diverse Our students come from across Australia and around the world. International students comprise 30 per cent of the student population and typically come from Canada, USA, South-East Asia and Europe. This diversity ensures that our graduates are aware of the importance of cultural differences in our global society.

Unique Our unique culture and sense of community foster strong bonds between teaching staff and students – relationships which graduates can rely on in years to come. Students are actively encouraged to pursue their interests by a team of committed teaching staff. Students also develop and maintain life-long friendships with their fellow students. Our active veterinary alumni organisation is a testament to these life-long bonds.

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As a student at the Melbourne School of Veterinary Science, you can share in and benefit from our reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Teaching and clinical training takes place at the Parkville and Werribee campuses in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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James said it took him and his wife, Jennifer, a month to make the decision to accept his offer of admission. “In the end we realized that the journey would be more difficult, but the road was more certain, as I had a position to study in my chosen field,” he says. “It was difficult to leave family and friends behind but we hoped it would be worth it in the end.” Preparing for their trip meant applying for his student visa and setting up a bank account, all of which James said was a smooth transition. Arriving in Townsville six weeks prior to his program start date, it took two weeks to find a place to live. James said they were glad they gave themselves so much time to get set up in Australia. “It takes time to adjust to living in a foreign country and everything takes longer because you need time to understand how everything works,” he says. “We are glad we did that.” James admits the first year was difficult, with homesickness often cropping up. “The first year is very difficult to transition, meet people, get settled in and feel like you have a little understanding of the culture here,” he said. “If you can press through the homesickness and adjustment period, the second year is much easier.” Now that he’s into his second year of study, James explains his daily routine, trying to balance out life as a student, father and husband. “This has been a difficult thing to learn to balance,” he says. “I feel like there is always more to learn and more to study. I’m not sure if I have mastered this one yet.” James says he tries to be home from school by 5 pm every night. Once Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7

To better balance school and life, they take one day a week for family time. “We have also decided to take Sundays off as a day of rest and to spend time together as a family,” James explains. “Lately, we try to go to a park and have a BBQ or something along those lines.”

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“My intention was to pursue my education in Canada, until I found out about the possibility of studying in Australia,” he said. “I realized that the journey to getting into a Canadian pharmacy school could be a long and uncertain one. I applied to James Cook University in Townsville and was accepted.” While exciting, this meant another thing: Moving his entire family from Canada to Australia for four years.

he and Jennifer bathe and feed their children, they put them to bed and follow it up with some quality time together as a couple. But his day doesn’t stop there. He then spends a few hours behind the books before he hits the hay.

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When moving a family to Australia for school, James offers some advice: “It is a good idea to take advantage of the Australian ‘way,” he says. “They are very friendly and will send invitations or try to connect with you. Follow through and make friends with these great people!”

Tips for Moving your Family to Australia 1. Learn your visa options Do the necessary research to discover what a student visa entails, and how it works with your spouse and children coming overseas, especially if your spouse plans to work in Australia. 2. Organize accommodation You will most likely need short term accommodation before you settle into your own place. The homes of friends or family are ideal for this or you can rent hotel accommodation by the day, week or month. Try to stay somewhere close to where you plan on living permanently. This way, you will get a feel for the place before you commit to a long term rental or property purchase. 3. See to the paperwork Ensure your will is in order, obtain references, get your medical and vaccination records, and collect professional and personal contact details.

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For years, James Scott wanted to become a pharmacist. When the opportunity arose to complete the Bachelor of Pharmacy program in an Australian University, he knew he could fulfill his long-time career dream.

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The world is going through a massive change in attitude. Through online worldwide communities, cheap flights, and the increased focus upon business internationalization, the social order has moved to a more global mindset which we could not have imagined just a generation ago. Keeping up with the times has become easier through instant communication, but this remains no substitute for being able to be at the right place at the right time. Moving abroad for your career or to study is an option which has become increasingly popular for Canadian students in recent years; and why not? With a strong basic education, high quality universities and colleges, and English fluency behind them, Canadian students possess a wealth of potential for international companies looking for flexible and willing new talent. The opportunity to spend time abroad is recognised by companies as being an important learning experience for young people new to the working world. Indeed, it is becoming quite the résumé fashion must-have. As a result, attitudes have changed and chances to take this step have become more and more common.

What are employers looking for in the current global graduate market? Loyalty, punctuality and basic competency will always be valued highly by companies and managers. But these days, employers’ values have shifted slightly from the more traditional aspects of employment that we are all used to. Aspects such as flexibility, adaptability and other soft skills have become paramount to success in landing the ideal position, and when these skills can be showcased in combination, this creates a strong résumé for any potential candidate. The reason for this is that companies are fully aware of the ever-intensifying international workplace, and how crucial it is to their business development. They are also aware that in order to compete, they must take on people willing to undergo lifelong learning and keen to achieve. Despite the fact that the conventional ‘job for life’ at one company is becoming a

thing of the past, large companies know that talent these days is interchangeable and lies in adaptability and motivation, rather than loyalty and ‘keeping your head down’ for your working life. In some instances, taking on roles abroad will take you out of your comfort zone. Take language for example: It is becoming one of the most prominent and necessary skills in the search for the ideal job candidate. Leaving North America and heading to another continent may well result in the need for proficiency in (at least) one foreign language. Thus, it is important to brush up on these skills before leaving. After all, it is quite different to ask in Italian where the Colosseum is when wandering around the streets of Rome, than to discuss which business structure you believe the company would be best suited to! Of course, being keen to learn is the most important part of mastering any language, so it is important to emphasize your willingness to improve if you are unable to properly converse in the initial stages. Another highly-prized factor is the flexibility of new candidates. This should always be taken into consideration when thinking about going abroad. Are you able to drop everything and leave for new pastures, or do you have roles and responsibilities at home which would prevent you from doing so?

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So if you are hoping to take the plunge, let’s look at what a student can do in order to increase their prospects of successfully organizing such an experience.

Are you able to fit the bill for an international career? To gain some understanding, Archie Pollock and Nannette Ripmeester of Expertise in Labour Mobility look at the needs and expectations of both employers and employees, and highlight how students and recent graduates can find their way into the global labour marketplace.

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Employers are looking for people that can move across boundaries in order to work in different cultures. In this sense, open-mindedness and patience become important aspects in a prospective international worker, and a degree of cultural sensitivity is definitely sought after. It can pay off to read up on business practices in foreign countries or in areas such as the Far East, areas that often conduct business in ways different to what you would be used to at home. Do not be mistaken by thinking that if you land a position with a large multinational corporation, your English language skills and Western customs will see you through each and every situation. Large companies such as the South Korean giant Samsung run many of

their offices in the typically Korean fashion: planning meetings well in advance; exchanging business gifts (at first politely refusing the gift before eventually accepting); business groups entering into a room in order of seniority. Even handing over your business card has a certain etiquette, whereby you hold the card with both hands when passing it over to the recipient and receive one in return by the same manner. So bear in mind that developing your mindset through tolerance and learning is a step that you will undoubtedly have to take if you wish to succeed internationally. Tailoring your résumé for the international labour market is highly recommended in the competitive

graduate market. Despite the opinions of some, it is not always the 2% higher grade average than your peers which will land you the position: It can be other skills and personal experiences that set you apart. This is even more the case if you are able to set up an interview and are given the chance to present yourself in person. Be prepared to highlight your soft skills such as presenting, experience with computer software, languages, teamwork, adaptability, writing and reading, and time management. In other words, come across as adaptable and useful to the company as someone that can be placed in challenging situations and come out on top.

WHAT EMPLOYEES CAN EXPECT FROM AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER What can you as an employee expect from an international career? Going to a foreign country can be a daunting and stressful period in one’s life, no matter how well organized and prepared you may feel. This is especially the case if you are not going for a fixed period of study or an internship. The best way to address this is for you to do your homework. Take time to study the culture of your destination, its people, its history, and its food and language. Preparing yourself in this way reduces the risk of unpleasant surprises after you have arrived, and minimizes the chance of becoming disoriented and confused in a foreign land.

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Often, when considering their options abroad, people ask themselves, ‘‘Do I have the correct mentality for adventure and new experiences, or am I happier being close to home with my friends and family around me?’’ The fact is that despite the attraction and excitement associated with travelling and working, some individuals are simply not naturally inclined towards long periods away from their roots and are happier in their home environment. For those who may feel this way, a good idea is to begin with a short stay abroad in order to appreciate how a longer spell may feel and whether it suits your personality.

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For those enthusiastic about it, the opportunity can open many doors for their career prospects. Expect to be challenged from the outset. The level of competition ensures that if you are chosen, you will be expected to perform well. This can be a little too much pressure for some to handle, but ultimately can prove extremely rewarding if all goes well. This is where the motivation and adaptability come into play. While living abroad you will meet a wide variety of people with different outlooks on life and alternative methods of achieving goals. Some individuals may find your directness and target-reaching attitude unnerving, or feel offended if you question them in the presence of colleagues. Others may ask you very insightful questions about your personal life that you may be surprised or shocked about, something not uncommon in many other cultures as an inoffensive way of getting to know someone well. There will also be people whose dealings you may find rude or blunt but again, can be simply a matter of personality and cultural upbringing and is something you will learn from and improve upon as you gain more experience. Whatever path your international career follows, be prepared to be challenged both culturally and vocationally. No matter how well you prepare, there will be unexpected obstacles and trials that you will have to overcome. But in the end, the experience can prove to be extremely valuable to both your personal and professional development.

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Education Good jobs in the 21st century require a good education. Choosing your education is now one of the most crucial choices you will make in your life. You need to do your homework well and you need to be strategic. When you do your homework, you will find that Ontario’s postsecondary education system offers you the competitive advantage you need to succeed. Ontario has some of North America’s best universities and colleges with strong academic ties to some of the largest and most dynamic companies and schools in the world.

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Ontario’s universities offer a variety of unique study options. For example, through Queen’s University in Kingston, you can study in a castle in Britain as part of your semester; at McMaster University, you can work at a nuclear reactor; at Algoma College, Aboriginal students can pursue studies in the context of their culture; and at the University of Ottawa, Collège Boréal and La Cité collégiale, you can study in French. The province also has an excellent apprenticeship system, vibrant multicultural communities, and enhanced investments in students.

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Building Your

Ontario offers a strong, well-rounded postsecondary education that will give you a competitive edge in whatever career you choose. Your future starts today in the classrooms of our universities and colleges.

ever to pursue your career choice. In fact, this year about 140,000 more students are taking advantage of better access and improved options in our colleges and universities than there were back in 2002-03

Greater Access and Improved Quality

Not only have Ontario’s investments supported increased enrolment, but they have helped more students succeed. More students than ever before are successfully completing their education, without accumulating unmanageable debt.

In 2005, Ontario invested $6.2 billion to expand and modernize its colleges and universities. Thanks to this investment you now have more opportunities than

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Future More Spaces for More Students

Ontario’s Student Access Guarantee is ensuring that qualified students who want a postsecondary education are able to afford it. The province is investing in expanding colleges and universities to ensure that this can happen. This year alone, we have added 20,000 new spaces in colleges and universities. We have also committed to increasing international enrolment by 50% within five years,

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while ensuring every qualified Ontarian who wants a postsecondary education can have one. To ensure you get the education you need, we have made modernizing and improving facilities in all of Ontario’s colleges a top priority. There are 29 infrastructure projects underway at college campuses thanks to investments in new capital funding, some of which are also receiving funding from the federal government. Ontario is also expanding online learning opportunities and creating a new credit transfer system to allow students to more easily transfer between postsecondary institutions. In 2010-11, Ontario invested almost $3.4 billion in Ontario universities as well as almost $1.4 billion in colleges.

Career Opportunities In the coming years, with 70% of Ontario jobs requiring postsecondary education, there will be a strong demand for college graduates. About 85% of college graduates who are now in the labour market find work within six months of graduating. With a declining birth rate and baby boomers retiring, the Conference Board of Canada estimates Ontario will be short more than 360,000 skilled workers by 2025. All of this will occur at the same time as the global competition for skilled workers and dramatic shifts in workplace technology increase, resulting in a heightened demand for workers with specialized skills and knowledge.

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A Rewarding Student Experience The Ontario government is making your experience at college and university more rewarding by focusing on the quality of your learning experiences and overall satisfaction. In fact, more than 80% of current graduates tell us they are satisfied with the quality of post-secondary education they have received. But it’s not only students who are satisfied with their education: Employers also are happy with the skills and education their college-educated workers have received. More than 93% of employers tell us they are satisfied with the college graduates they have hired. These results show that Ontario’s investments in postsecondary education are paying off, not just for you and your future, but for the province’s future. Contributed by: Honourable. John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities www.tcu.gov.on.ca 42

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So what is an Application Supplement? Many students have high marks and competitive averages, so universities are using the Application Supplement to help them admit students with the values and qualities they are seeking. Universities use the supplement as a way to understand who the student is beyond his or her marks. It helps admission officers to answer such questions as: What will this candidate bring to the program and to our campus? Why is this student interested in pursuing a degree at our institution? Is the student well suited for their chosen field of study? For some universities such as Queen’s University, which requires the Personal Statement of Experience, the Application Supplement is used university-wide and is required for every student applying, regardless of faculty. For other institutions, such as the University of Western Ontario or the University of Toronto, the Application Supplement is only required if a student is applying to certain faculties.

interested in learning about the whole student: how they see the world, what motivates them, and what they aspire to achieve. An applicant’s personal profile affords us a glimpse of who they are as an individual.” Sara Lopez, a Recruitment Officer at Concordia University, says, “If their program requires it, students should consider supplements to be equally important as their academic record. It’s really their place to shine, to explain any bumps in their academic history, and to make a case for their admission into a program. Programs that require supplements are those that want to see truly motivated students with experience and/or sheer talent, and who demonstrate an understanding of what they are getting themselves into! We don’t expect our applicants to be masters of their trade; we just want to feel that sparkle in their eye and sense that they will contribute as much to our community as they will take away from it.”

“The supplement is an essential component to our application. Wellrounded students with a broad range of experiences make excellent Here is what some of the universities business leaders,” says Jennifer Oakes, have to say about the Application admissions officer for the Bachelor of Supplement: Commerce Program at the UVic Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. “We At the University of British Columbia, the ask students to describe their qualities use of applicants’ personal profiles has and characteristics in relationship to their been part of the admissions process community involvement, leadership, for some time. Andrew Arida, Associate innovation and creativity, as well as tell Director, Enrolment at UBC, states “We us about their interests or achievements. all know that the richness of the university Students are invited to identify their future experience goes beyond the books and goals as well. The students’ presentation the studying. So it only stands to reason of themselves through the supplemental that210mmx75mm_Layout we would look beyond grades4:44 when provides a big picture, more than just Grad studies 1 9/1/11 PM Page 1 making admission decisions. We’re their grades, and helps us select the best

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While most Canadian universities do not traditionally require information beyond basic demographic data and grade 12 marks for admissions, there are several universities and competitive faculties that ask students to fill out what is called an Application Supplement.

The Application Supplement varies greatly in its requirements by university, but it usually asks students to complete short essays (between 200 and 500 words) and to provide a list of extracurricular activities, distinctions, awards and honours. It is crucial that students pay close attention to what the school is asking for in the application. While some schools are interested in which activities you participate in, others are also looking for displays of personal qualities such as leadership, intellectual curiosity, and initiative. Students should be sure to read the information about the Application Supplement on the university’s website before beginning to complete it. This will help the student familiarize him/herself with the values of the program and the institution.

Some helpful tips and reminders for completing your Application Supplement: Answer the question and follow the directions. Students should make sure to answer the essay questions specifically. Often times the essay questions on Application Supplements have two tiers to them so be sure to address all parts of the question you are being asked. It is also important to stick to the word count. While it is usually acceptable to run a few words over, a response that is fifty words over the word count demonstrates a student who is unable to follow directions.

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Be concise, but specific. Because the supplemental essays are usually short, students need to be very direct. Say things only once. It is also important to stay away from sweeping generalizations (‘I am a leader’) and instead give concrete examples (‘Through athletics and service, I have fine tuned my ability to communicate and developed my time management skills’). Also, it is important for students to “show” their responses instead of tell them. It helps if a response has descriptive words, action verbs, and a variety of sentences. Be authentic. There is no magic formula of perfect extra-curricular activities to be admitted to a university. Your job, as an applicant, is to let the universities see who you are by what you have chosen to be involved in. Try to represent all sides of yourself. Further, don’t be afraid to include your hobbies. We have students successfully use their personal interests, such as bee-keeping, travel, scrap-booking, and fishing on supplements. Applicants should remember that it is never acceptable to make up activities or to falsify information. Remember it’s not all about you. When writing Application Supplements, remember that your individual personal qualities are important, but those qualities that help you get along with others are just as important. Demonstrate some of these qualities in your responses. For example, the ability to mediate a situation and the ability to see things from multiple perspectives are two strong qualities that show a student is able to get along with others. Do several drafts and get feedback. The best advice for students facing several application supplements is to make sure you start the process early. Universities evaluate the supplements not just on what is written, but also on the overall presentation. It is important to reflect on your word choice and sentence structure and to be absolutely sure you have no errors with grammar, usage, or punctuation. Complete several drafts and get feedback from several sources including parents, teachers, peers, and counsellors. Opt in. If a school has an “optional” Application Supplement, it is a good idea to complete it. The supplement can help your chances of being accepted into a competitive program, so make sure you put a substantial amount of time and effort into your responses. The Application Supplement is a student’s chance to shine, and the best way to do this is to dig in and get started. Contributed by: Melinda Giampietro Melinda is the President of Vancouver-based Options Solutions Educational Consultants, Ltd. Options Solutions was founded in 2004 and assists over 500 students each year in their postsecondary pursuits. Options Solutions specializes in adolescent career counselling, post-secondary planning, and Canadian/UK/US admissions. www.optionssolutionsed.com

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Located on Canada’s stunning east coast, in Sydney, N.S., Cape Breton University’s (CBU) vision of postsecondary education allows students to pursue dynamic fields of study – both on campus and through online education – and to design a university education ideally suited for success in liberal arts, business, education, health, science and technology. Students who study at Cape Breton University have the opportunity to thrive in a vibrant atmosphere where innovative and critical thinking is encouraged by passionate and engaging professors. With some of the smallest class sizes in Canada, Cape Breton University is able to proudly offer its students a personalized educational experience.

beyond campus, with opportunities for students to study abroad, grow within a multi-cultural campus community and collaborate on research projects that take place in non-traditional labs such as a village in Africa. An education from CBU provides students with invaluable experience and equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in whichever path they choose. The University’s location also adds to the close-knit culture found on campus. CBU makes its home in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). With a population of close to 100,000 people, the CBRM offers the amenities of an urban center while at the same

School of Arts and Social Sciences Students who enrol in the School of Arts and Social Science graduate from programs that are traditional favourites of university students everywhere plus programs not offered anywhere else in the Maritime Provinces. Consider your options! Three or fouryear degrees; majors, concentrations, minors, certificates or diplomas; electives in other areas – Art, Business, Legal Studies, Spanish and many more – to develop your interests and boost career prospects. Students can

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possibilities www.cbu.ca Research and development opportunities on campus and in the field put some of CBU’s expert researchers in direct contact with undergraduate students, providing them with research projects generally only available to graduate students. Home to more than 3,200 students with close to 600 international students from 40 plus countries, Cape Breton University offers a global learning experience – one that extends far

time students can enjoy the safe, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere of a small town. Consistently ranked amongst the top island destinations in the world, in 2011, Cape Breton Island was named the number one island destination in Canada and the continental US, and the number 3 island destination in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine’s 2011 World’s Best Awards. Cape Breton’s cultural landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for post-secondary studies.

take these options within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS) degree. BACS students receive credit for work placements, community projects and applied research, providing valuable practical experience and a network of professional contacts. Whatever you choose, an Arts degree is the educational foundation for a wide range of career paths. And at CBU, students experience small classes and receive individualized attention from dedicated professors who are highly respected in their fields. This gives students a huge advantage when moving into the work force, graduate school, or post-graduate training. P.S. The Boardmore Playhouse, CBU Art Gallery, and Beaton Institute are the envy of other small universities. These arts and culture facilities open doors to internships, summer employment, extra-curricular activities, volunteer work and exciting career paths you never thought of before.

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Interns with AUCC’s Students for Development gain a new outlook English to women in a remote village. The women, however, rarely showed up because they were too busy working in the fields. “It wasn’t their fault,” Kayleigh points out. “Attending English classes is clearly not a priority when you’re farming for subsistence and providing for your family.” Without missing a beat, she found a new placement as an elementary school teacher. Now she wants to teach English as a second language for a few years after graduation. Kayleigh Youngman, along with four other McGill University students, leapt at the chance for a paid internship in rural Peru this summer through Students for Development (SFD). The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) manages SFD with financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Since SFD’s launch in 2005, nearly 1,000 Canadian students from over three-quarters of our universities have gone abroad on internships. Upon returning home, interns share their experiences in public forums to spark interest in Canada’s role in international development. Typically, interns talk about the need to roll with the punches. As part of a plan to promote tourism, for example, Kayleigh was supposed to help teach

Kirsten Joe, who entered her third year of International Studies in September, was also involved in teaching. She helped create more awareness of reproductive and sexual health to reduce both the high rates of adolescent pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. “I prepared presentations and interactive games to reinforce the topics,” says Kirsten. “I was worried about not being dynamic enough to hold their attention, but since I was the foreigner they were very focused on me. The internship cemented my belief that eventually I want to live and work overseas.” For her part, Carlene Bates worked on a tourist project, identifying people who wanted to open their homes

and showcase micro-enterprises like weaving and raising guinea pigs. She helped establish a partnership with a local group to train and advise participants, and also contacted hotels and tourist agencies in nearby Urubamba to get them on-board with the project. “The experience has definitely focused me more,” says Carlene, who graduates in 2012. “It’s made me think about the overall picture of my life, and has got me excited about getting ‘out there.’” In 2010, CIDA approved a new, long-term approach to SFD, enabling Canadian universities to build more effective relations with their partners and ending the annual scramble to put summer internships in place in May. Over the next four years, 660 Canadian students from 37 universities will spend at least three months working with 100 partner organizations in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas. In addition, as part of the new CIDA agreement, students from developing countries can now spend three months studying in Canadian universities. And Canadian universities can also receive funding to connect with institutions and students abroad through new communication technologies. The University of New Brunswick, for example, is sending 23 Canadians on internships, hosting four exchange students, and harnessing its TakingITGlobal platform to build a sense of community between UNB and its partners in Malawi. “It’s not too late for universities to get involved,” stresses Claire Millington, who manages AUCC’s international exchanges. “They should contact us for more information.” Contributed by: AUCC – Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada Visit AUCC’s website to read student blogs and profiles of SFD alumni, and contact your Internships Office to find out how you can apply for an SFD internship, www.aucc.ca/sfd/

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T R A I N . T O T H I N K BE Y O N D . Go big. Push limits. Change medicine. Train at an international university that has put more doctors into the US health care system than two-thirds of US medical schools. Gain inspiration and insight from students and faculty from over 140 different countries, including more than 700 Canadian students now studying here. Join the nearly 11,000 physicians trained at St. George’s University, a leader in international medical education.

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St. George’s University, in Grenada, West Indies, has contributed nearly 11,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals to the global workforce since its founding in 1977. The faculty and students at this international medical education centre hail from over 140 countries, and the University boasts a strong network of affiliations with institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. Innovative Academic Programs St. George’s offers many academic options in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, business, and the arts and sciences. Its programs have been validated by numerous accreditations and approvals from international institutions and governing bodies. Students may pursue MD or DVM degrees or dual degrees, including the Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Master of Public Health. St. George’s 12-yearold MPH program is accredited by the US Council on Education for Public Health. Independent MBA degrees or dual MD/MBA or DVM/MBA degrees are also offered. An MBA in Multi-Sector Health Management trains students to manage organizations and community enterprises, especially those crossing sectors in international settings. The MBA in International Business prepares students for an international career, enhancing their managerial skills, and helping them to gain international experience and competency. Extraordinary Caribbean Campus St. George’s $250+ million campus is a bustling university city on a peninsula overlooking the Caribbean sea. It is technologically advanced with more than 65 state-of-the-art buildings, including a library, anatomy labs, dormitories, several restaurants, lecture halls, and a research institute. Research Possibilities The University-affiliated Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation maintains a research institute on campus and collaborates with prestigious North American, European, Caribbean, and African institutions. Among other studies, Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7

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St. George’s University the Foundation draws internationally recognized scholars and regional scientists to research various communicable and noncommunicable diseases and health issues affecting the developing regions of the world. A Dedication to Student Success St. George’s University’s dedicated Department of Educational Services teaches students how to learn and teachers how to teach. This unusual and highly effective faculty is the largest on campus, and is an important component of our students’ and graduates’ success. Close to 100% of the University’s students, and many of the professors in all schools, avail themselves of the support offered through its innovative programs, including time management, notetaking skills, and utilizing technology effectively in teaching and learning. Information on the University is available at www.sgu.edu, and through YouTube, Facebook and Twitter at StGeorgesU.

The Gold Standard in International Medical Education Since 1977, St. George’s has drawn students and faculty from 140 countries to its innovative program in medicine. In the years since, the University has broadened its mission to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in veterinary medicine, public health, science, business, and liberal studies. These programs are marked by a strong network of affiliations with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. They have been validated by numerous accreditations and approvals from international institutions and governing bodies. Student support services are an important part of the St. George’s academic culture. The University’s Department of Educational Services teaches students how to learn and teachers how to teach. This unusual and highly effective faculty is the largest on campus, and is an important component of our students and graduates success. Close to 100% of the University’s students and many of the professors in all schools avail themselves of the support offered through a variety of innovative programs, including time management, note-taking skills, and utilizing technology effectively in teaching and learning.

School/Institution Name: St. George’s University

Institution Type: University

Public / Private: Private

Special Features of the Location: St. George’s University’s main campus rests on the southwestern corner of Grenada overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Over 65 buildings were constructed in a major expansion over the last 10 years and students enjoy all the amenities of modern campus life in the middle of a tropical paradise.

Programs Offered: MD, DVM, PhD, MPH, MBA, MSc, MD/MPH, MD/MSc, MD/MBA, DVM/MPH, DVM/MBA, DVM/MSc, BS, BS/ DVM, BS/MD. MD candidates may begin Basic Sciences study in Grenada or spend the first year in a twin academic program – the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars program, at Northumbria University, in the United Kingdom.

Total Number of Students: over 6,000

Total Number of International Students: Over 40% of the St. George’s student body hails from countries other than the United States.

Accommodation Options: Almost 2,000 students are housed on campus in a variety of dormitory configurations – from single rooms to multi-party suites. Other students, and those with families, live off campus in University-approved private accommodations. The University provides free bus transportation to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Student Life: As an international university located in a tropical environment, St. George’s offers students a diverse variety of non-academic activities. Students participate in outdoor activities in their free time, such as snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving and many sports activities, from basketball to soccer to field hockey to running. Over 50 student organizations draw students to different areas of university life: cultural, religious, social, academic, professional, and community service.

Contact Details: To speak with enrolment counselors about individual programs via email, use SGUEnrolment@sgu.edu. Or call toll-free – 1(800) 899-6337. Information on the University is available at www.sgu.edu, and through YouTube, Facebook and Twitter at StGeorgesU.

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Driving tomorrow’s leaders to innovation and positive change The Nspire Innovation Network, a non-profit youth organization, brings top students and innovators together online through its populated social media channels, as well as offline via its prestigious events. Nspire has an increasingly diversifying portfolio, with the launch of the Discovery Series last year, and an array of exciting initiatives, both online and offline, lined up to be launched in 2011-12. Nspire is focusing on expanding globally this year by going beyond North America to bring innovative young students and professionals together from all over the world. Nspire is deeply rooted in the National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC), which was started in 2001 by a diverse group of University of Toronto students with the aim of bridging the gap between business and technology. Nspire itself was launched in 2010 and is dedicated to fostering the next generation of innovative CEOs, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the business and technology space.

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Its mission is simple:

• To connect innovative youth leaders, industry professionals and entrepreneurs

• To empower youth with skills and knowledge that will enable them to distinguish themselves as leaders

• To inspire in youth the confidence to take on challenges and opportunities they would never have thought possible

These goals are fulfilled via a variety of events such as the National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC) and Discovery Series (DS) held in downtown Toronto, a growing entrepreneurial hub. Nspire’s five core values provide insight to the organizational culture, both amongst its members and its community of loyal followers: • Collaboration • Passion and Ambition • Discipline and Work Ethic • Excellence and Innovation • Having Fun!

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A Message from the President

Q & A with founder Brad Menezes

“Canada, although performing strongly in world innovation rankings, still has a wealth of untapped potential amongst its youth.

Q: How did you conceive of the jump from an annual conference to an umbrella organization?

Young Canadian students and professionals often lack the necessary exposure to innovation to inspire them to follow their ideas through with action. They are left in the dark about the opportunities and means available to them to perform above and beyond the expected to reach excellence. Too many of our brightest youth settle for mediocrity and careers that do not maximize their potential. Many students feel obligated to go into the same profession as their area of study, whereas in reality there are many exciting options available to them. Anyone that has attended an Nspire event knows that with drive and passion, the opportunities for greatness are unlimited regardless of what they study or where they have gained experience. If you are a student interested in making meaningful connections and gaining valuable knowledge in the business and technology space, then I encourage you to attend at least one Nspire event and see for yourself how far you can go by tapping into your potential.’’ Philip La, President, Nspire

Brad: We always saw the need that our annual conference filled in connecting young business minds with experienced ones, but were also aware that we needed more than a two-day event to truly fulfill our mission. After realizing that problem, we transitioned to an umbrella organization to offer more programs, reach a larger audience, and deliver greater value to our community. Q: What is the best thing you’ve seen materialize since the founding of Nspire? Brad: The two startups who won our NBTC Entrepreneurship Competition from 2010 and 2011 (Shape Collage and Oohlala Mobile) have landed spots in Canadian Incubators Grow Labs and Founder Fuel, respectively. Both are aggressively growing their businesses and we feel as though NBTC was a key milestone on their path to success. Both companies continue to do very well and their founders are hard at work every day changing the world. Q: How challenging was the process of starting Nspire? Brad: Starting an organization is definitely not an easy thing to do. It takes hard work, perseverance and a little luck. In our case, we grew Nspire from the foundation of an already successful conference, which helped to accelerate our growth. Starting a non-profit organization is very similar to starting a business. There’s sales, marketing, finance, product, HR, etc., and building out expertise in each of these areas takes time, especially if you’ve never done it before. The hardest and most important focus when starting out is to find the best people and never settle for second. The people who join the team must be hard workers, passionate individuals and most importantly, fun and interesting people who enjoy each other’s company. Q: Where do you see Nspire headed in the next few years? Brad: In the coming years I see Nspire launching new programs, some less event-based and in the online space. I think this will be a great way to deliver value and break down geographic barriers. It’s hard to plan too far in the future since things change so quickly in this day and age. I’m confident the organization will continue to grow both its services and audience for quite some time.

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Discovery Series

The National Business and Technology Conference brings together top students, CEOs, and experienced entrepreneurs in an exclusive two-day conference that includes renowned speakers, valuable networking events, and competitions. Our delegates, speakers, sponsors, and executives are all from diverse academic and geographic backgrounds with one thing in common – a passion for innovation.

The Discovery Series are monthly events that take you on a path of discovery, whether by focusing on a global issue in the business and technology realm; bringing in a prominent speaker to inspire and share valuable knowledge; or skillbuilding workshops that teach delegates relevant and useful skills to help them succeed in the business and technology realms.

Our attendees are at the top of their class, driven, passionate, go above and beyond the expected, and are interested in business and technology. Attending our conference is a great opportunity for our delegates to meet other likeminded people from all over North America. NBTC also has two prestigious competitions in which teams compete: The Consulting Case Competition and the Entrepreneurship Competition. Both are judged by a panel of industry experts and top CEOs, with the winners achieving cash prizes. Last year we had students and teams attend from all the major Canadian universities, such as the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, Queen’s University, and University of British Columbia as well as international schools such as the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Kellogg School of Management.

Discovery Series events focus on business and entrepreneurship, and offer a chance for attendees to meet Canada’s top CEOs and entrepreneurs. Challenges and contests are also organized by the DS team that encourage innovative thinking.

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This year, DS is proud to announce the start of its loyalty program, which is setup to reward loyal Discovery Series delegates. The loyalty program includes a membership card and point system. Loyalty members get priority access to events and also receive a reward at the end of the year. This year’s first DS event is titled ‘Leading Change’ and will be held on September 29th.

Past speakers include Harry Rosen (founder of Harry Rosen Inc.), Bruce Ross (President of IBM Canada), Isadore Sharp (Founder and Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts), and Anthony Lacavera (Chairman of WIND Mobile). This year we are focused on providing more international networking opportunities for delegates, bringing in a fantastic lineup of innovative leaders in the business and technology space as speakers, and providing an exciting, dynamic and interactive experience for all attendees. The Nspire executive team looks forward to meeting you at our next event. For more information, make sure to visit nspire.org and connect with us on our diverse media channels which you can find on our website.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” Steve Jobs Contributed by: Tina Yazdi Director of Marketing, NBTC ‘12 tina.yazdi@nspire.org www.nspire.org Photos courtesy of Nspire

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The world’s fifth-largest economy, France welcomes over 270,000 international students (12% of the country’s total postsecondary enrollment), making it the third largest host country after the US and the UK.

France’s institutions award degrees that adhere to the common European system known as LMD (for Licence, (Bachelor’s), Master’s, and Doctorate). French diplomas are therefore recognized and accepted throughout the world. For many students, studying in France means an opportunity to learn French or to extend one’s command of the language. Doing so allows them to join a global community of 250 million speakers of the language of Voltaire, Hugo, and Camus, and the official language of the Olympics, the United Nations, and the European Union. 58

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The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world. French institutions figure prominently in the Shanghai Classification of Universities, in the rankings of the Financial Times and Times Higher, and in the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission. Each year, France makes massive investments in education and research. In fact, education is the largest category of government spending, accounting for more than 20% of the budget. In France, higher education programs are grounded in accredited research laboratories or the knowledge of seasoned professionals: whatever your field of study, you will always be in contact with renowned experts. French successes in manufacturing, technology, and science (space, transportation, medicine, mathematics), and the number of Nobel prizes and Field medals that French citizens bring home, demonstrate that France is one of the world’s most dynamic centers of innovation and research. Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7


Schools of Management France’s business schools and their programs meet the highest international standards. Whether private and independent or affiliated with a chamber of commerce and industry, France’s 230 business schools offer curricula and teaching methods that are attuned to the changing economic environment and the latest management practices. Most programs rely heavily on internships and advanced technology. Open to the world through intensive programs of international exchange, France’s business schools offer international students up-close access to the European market. Annual tuition at most schools is between €3,000 and €10,000. France’s schools of management admit a very large number of international students, based either on their academic background or their scores on an entrance exam. Most programs require three years of study and are capped by the award of the school’s diploma. Graduates often continue on for a specialized advanced degree such as the MBA or a specialized master (mastère spécialisé).

Other schools—private or administered by chambers of commerce—grant degrees that are specific to each school. Both categories of school practice selective admissions based on the student’s application file or examination results, and often an interview. Schools of Art CampusFrance has created an online system that allows prospective students to apply simultaneously to 60 carefully selected French schools of art. The CampusArt.org network offers a choice of some 200 art programs at the licence and master’s levels. Students who have completed at least three years of postsecondary study in art can use the system to prepare a single online application that will be considered by every school in the network. The system allows applicants to track their application through to the offer of admission. Schools of Architecture French education in architecture has been harmonized with the European LMD degree system.

The first three years of study lead to a degree in architectural studies that is equivalent to a licence (bachelor). In two more years, students earn the diplôme d’État d’architecte, equivalent to a master. After an additional three years, students can earn a doctorate in architecture.

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Here are just a few of the areas of expertise French universities have on offer:

All 20 national schools of architecture regulated by the French Ministry of Culture offer post-master programs of specialization and advanced study, including the important credential known as HMONP that entitles graduate architects to direct building projects independently and in their own name. Schools of Engineering The nation’s engineering programs combine rigorous training in science with practical training in engineering. The close relations between France’s engineering schools and the business world enhance the quality and relevance of the instruction students receive. There are more than 250 schools of engineering in France. All of them are regulated by a national commission on engineering degrees (CTI), which vouches for the quality of degrees. The nation’s engineering schools also have their own association, CDEFI.

At the Universities: Institutes of Business Administration France’s institutes of business administration (IAE) are universitybased schools of management. There are IAEs around the country. Programs cover all areas of business and management—including marketing, finance, and human resources. At the undergraduate level they offer the 3-year licence professionnelle in many different specialities, as well as other licence degrees. Master’s and doctoral degrees are also offered. Each IAE has its own character and special areas of expertise and excellence. Schools of Art and Architecture France’s écoles supérieures of art and applied arts are public institutions of very high quality that confer nationally regulated diplomas after three or five years of study. Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7

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Some schools have recruitment programs aimed specifically at international students. The nation’s business schools are organized within the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE).

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Together, France’s schools of engineering cover all aspects of engineering, but each specializes in a particular area, making French schools roughly comparable to a department in a foreign university. Students are admitted to engineering schools on the basis of their application or their performance on an entrance examination or other tests. Annual tuition in France’s public schools of engineering is approximately €500. Some of France’s engineering schools confer doctorates in engineering. Research training is provided in the school’s research labs, usually in cooperation with universities and national research bodies.

CampusFrance’s n+i Program: The “n+i” network is a consortium of more than 70 French engineering schools. It is designed for international students who have already earned an undergraduate degree equivalent to a bachelor. The chief characteristics of the program are:

• Strong scientific and technological

content • Complementary training in the humanities and social sciences (“n+i” master) • Courses in management • Language training (French and English are mandatory, but students may continue to use their native language) Corporate partners play an important role in the training of every n+1 student, preparing them to meet professional challenges through internships or participation in actual commercial projects.

Education Costs In France’s public institutions of higher education, the government bears the bulk of the cost of education—an average of €10,000 per student per year. Annual tuition rates at public institutions are set by law. The rates for the 2011–12 academic year are, by degree program: €177 for licence programs €245 for master’s programs €372 for doctoral programs €584 for programs leading to the diplôme d’ingénieur

Additional fees may be assessed for specific services. Tuition rates at private institutions— particularly schools of business and management—is generally higher (from €3,000 to €10,000 annually). But keep in mind that the length of study is generally shorter than in Canada, so look at the overall cost, not just the actual tuition fees. Check on www.canada.campusfrance.org and contact your nearest office for information on study programs and potential financial assistance for study and research in France. Source: www.CampusFrance.org and www.canada.campusfrance.org Under the oversight of the French government and in close cooperation with institutions of higher education and their associations, CampusFrance promotes French higher education programs throughout the world, offering international students a pathway to success through postsecondary study in France.


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THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO LIVE IN BI Norwegian Business School has become one of the largest business schools in Europe and the second largest academic institution in Norway. BI’s bachelor programmes are based on economics, marketing and management subjects areas. In addition the bachelor programmes provide students with the opportunity to specialise within a selected field. The bachelor programmes give you the opportunity to combine your own interests with specialised knowledge which is highly sought after in the labour market.

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The world of education is becoming increasingly global and the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programme at BI Norwegian Business School has been developed to reflect this. This three-year, full-time programme is taught entirely in English and has an international focus and student body.

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The Bachelor of Shipping Management at BI will give you a taste of an exciting and globalised industry: the Shipping Industry. Norway is still one of the leading shipping nations in the world and BI has along tradition of teaching and doing research in the Shipping area. Commencing in fall 2011 the programme is taught entirely in English. The programme will enable you to develop analytical and strategic skills related to the Shipping Industry.


Master Programmes BI Norwegian Business School offers 7 different two-year, full-time Master of Science (MSc) programmes that provide professional skills to meet the increasing need of businesses. Taught entirely in English the MSc programmes provide a stimulating and multi-cultural learning environment with an international outlook. The MSc programmes are thorough, demanding and interactive.

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“Having grown up abroad it was nice to come home to Scandinavia, and even nicer to find that in my BBA class 55 nationalities were represented so I still had a good third of the world with me.” Carl-Adam Sjölander, Sweden, BBA 2nd year

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Studying in Spain Spain offers the chance to study and experience life in a major European country, and to be immersed in a dynamic, multicultural society. It is one of the main hubs for student exchanges in Europe and has become, through time, a top destination among international students looking to enhance and bring added impetus to their education and, ultimately, their job prospects. Higher education is fairly straightforward in Spain There are basically two types of Spanish universities: state-run and private. Most have embraced the Bologna Process – also called the Bologna Accord – which seeks to standardize higher-education degrees for all member countries. Hence, a degree obtained in Spain is automatically recognized in 46 countries around the globe, including the European Union, Turkey, and Russia. It also means that some universities now teach entire degrees in English, offering international students an alternative to the more traditional education. The Bologna Process has transformed the highereducation landscape of Spain, which now comprises the following:

• Grado: Bachelors, usually completed in four years.

These Bachelor degrees tend to be longer than the traditional BA or BSc in Europe because they often include a compulsory year abroad. • Master: Masters Degrees, completed in one year. • Doctorado: PhD, completed in two years. This would be the official path followed by a student who undergoes his or her entire higher education in Spain. Additionally, many of these courses offer exchange programs, ranging from a semester to a full year. Choosing the right qualification and selecting the appropriate university is therefore extremely important, as many degrees (architecture, business, law) are taught differently depending on the university. Spain’s El Mundo newspaper publishes a ranking of universities each year that can be helpful in reaching a final decision.

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Before choosing this path, prospective students must determine whether their Spanish language skills are strong enough. Most universities include their own Spanish language test as an entrance requirement. Nevertheless, passing the DELE exam with a good grade usually exempts you from going through a Spanish exam at every university you apply for. The DELE exam is a recognized language test that determines if you have a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level in Spanish.

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Studying in Spain will open many doors, bringing great career opportunities. It is one of the fastest-growing countries in Europe, and a large number of Spanish multinationals, like BBVA, Banco Santander, Zara or Massimo Duti, are leaders in their respective sectors. Spanish business schools have moved in lockstep with Spain’s emergence as a leading European country, to the point that three of them (IE, IESE, ESADE) now figure among the world’s top ten schools in some international rankings. Furthermore, over half a billion people speak Spanish, making it the second most used language in today´s business environment. Thanks to its geographical position and history, Spain has a strong influence in Europe and Africa and plays a major role in Latin America. The direct consequence of this is that Spanish employers are eager for employees with international profiles, to keep pace with global business developments.

Student life in Spain In comparison with other European countries, living costs in Spain are low. Food is relatively cheap and the night life Spain is famous for its affordability. Accommodation, on the other hand, can be tricky. A one-room apartment may cost you between 500€ to 1000€ per month, depending on the city, and campus accommodation rates range from €350 to €850. Flat-sharing remains the best option. Not only is it cheaper, but it is a chance to meet people from around the world. Averaging between €200 to €300 per

month (€400 max with all gas/electricity bills) flat-sharing is the best option for any student’s budget. Just like in the film L´Auberge Espagnole, you will learn from your flat mates, share many memorable moments, and build an extensive network of lifelong friends. It is no secret that Spain is a European hub for student exchanges and an attractive destination. The experience is unique and exciting. Some universities have adapted their learning processes to meet the needs of their multicultural students, delivering a truly international education. Spain’s key cities have all the facilities a student could need, and the Spanish approach to life is guaranteed to maximize every student´s social life. Last but not least, the business environment offers excellent career opportunities. Contributed by: IE University, Madrid www.ie.edu

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Canadian students who opt for legal education in the top tier international law schools in the UK have a cost free solution for the Canadian law firm community. It’s one of the opportunities that’s evolved from the combination of the new Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s (FLSC) “approved Canadian law degree” and the amended foreign law degree accreditation program put in force to comply with Ontario’s Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act (FARPA). An “approved Canadian law degree” must consist of three years of legal education. In the UK, holders of undergraduate degrees can obtain fully accredited LL.B degrees in two years by enrolling in “accelerated law degree” programs. The two year accelerated degree programs contains the same curriculum and law course structure as every LL.B/JD law program in a commonwealth common law country. However the “dreaded third year” of optional courses is eliminated. Ontario law schools have taken notice of these and are now all offering two year “Combined Law Degrees” that enable students to complete the law portion of their program in two years and enroll in selected MA programs for their third year.

In the UK, Canadian students who complete the two year accelerated LL.B degree program are given more latitude. Instead of being slotted into a pre-determined MA program they’re entitled to select an LL.M program of their choice with a pre-negotiated graduate thesis topic. They spend the third year in an intensive masters of law program under the supervision of a fully-fledged law professor with Ph.D. status who, in top tier UK law schools, is invariably linked to an international organization or association. Canadian students are encouraged to undertake comparative research that focuses on both multi-disciplinary and multijurisdictional issues. Upon graduation they return to Canada with both the conventional LL.B. degree and a true graduate law degree with an LL.M designation. The two-year LL.B plus one year LL.M counts as three years of legal education. They will have applied for foreign degree accreditation upon completion of their two year LL.B and when they eventually return with the addition of the third year can qualify for bar admission in 3-6 months under the FARPA mandated foreign degree accreditation criteria. Canadian law firms, both large and small, can use this to their advantage in one of two ways: National and regional firms that take on second year summer students can hire a UK law school graduate who already has their LL.B designation and use the summer period to familiarize themselves with the student. As well, they can enter into negotiations with them to customize their LL.M research thesis to match a leading-edge research need in an area the firm would like to demonstrate international expertise capability. Within a year they will have both a definitive piece of legal research in hand that’s associated with a Ph.D. credentialed

international legal expert, and an associate with the LL.M credential to provide the critical support necessary to provide credibility when marketing this to clients. For smaller firms that can’t afford the luxury of summer programs, or corporations and organizations with or without legal departments that don’t provide summer positions, many Canadian students are looking for opportunities to leverage their two year accelerated LL.B into an LL.M research partnership with a Canadian source. For corporations that play in the international arena you may well discover that one of the primary intelligence sources for legal policy in your industry or field is a law professor at one of the top tier UK law schools, particularly if it involves business in the European Community (EU) with the Asia/Pacific rim. For smaller firms and/ or boutiques, check out law journals and international conferences in your market niche.

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The national and regional law firms are under pressure from corporate clients to produce leading-edge legal research at minimum cost to them. These clients expect their law firms to be up to scratch on current and emerging legal services strategies when they retain them. More often that not, both the law and application strategy are multijurisdictional and multi-disciplinary; law to the extent necessary, but not necessarily only law. Smaller firms and boutiques in non-commercial practice areas just don’t have the resources to engage in this level of research.

The selling point in all of this is that smaller law firms can now make a valid claim to having the same level of indepth expertise in a designated area of law as the national and regional firms. Corporations and organizations can obtain legal information and strategies without having to pay the up-front research costs to a law firm. Contributed by: John G. Kelly, B.Com., L.LB., M.A. (jud. Admin.), F.CIS. John G. Kelly is a former law professor, legal expense management consultant to U.S. law firms and president of Canada Law From Abroad which provides Canadian students with an educational bridge to legal education in top tier U.K. law schools.

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VOLUNTEERISM

Back to School Already? Many parents, teachers and respected universities admissions personnel from countries around the world appreciate that learning isn’t just something that happens in the classroom. Taking a break to work and travel before applying for post-secondary education gives a young person invaluable experience that contributes towards their personal development and helps them make better decisions about their post-secondary education and careers. The concept of defering formal studies in order to take a break – often called a gap year – is a common practice in Australia and the U.K. and has been slowly gaining popularity here in Canada. While some students sail though high school, then college or university into well-chosen careers, others find the path can be more windy than expected. Gap year experience can help some students gain clarity and focus when the time comes to bridge the real gap between the end of schooling and the beginning of work life. Katimavik, a national organization, believes that many students benefit from taking a break in their formal studies after high school and offers intensive 6-month service and learning programs for youth between the ages of 17 and 21 across Canada. A Katimavik participant is enrolled in a structured program that presents them with achievable real life challenges and projects. As Katimavik volunteers, they gain confidence and a real sense of accomplishment. They also have a unique opportunity to connect with youth across the country helping them develop true social networks and friendships that are more than just avatars on a computer screen. 68

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Some parents worry about how taking time off will affect their child’s future prospects, and many students then react to this concern by choosing a major without the actual conviction that the program is right for them. But the fact is that jumping into “the gap” can actually provide more focus and better preparation for the rigors of future academic life. Harvard University, one of the world’s most competitive and sought-after universities, agrees and encourages every student they admit to consider taking a year off before matriculation. Rather than rushing anxiously into a university program they are uncertain about, Katimavik graduates often return to higher education energized and enthusiastic about their potential and their futures. Katimavik is committed to expanding the options available to young people in a positive way that leads them back into

higher education with a stronger sense of self and purpose. After 12 years of compulsory schooling in the Canadian educational system, young adults have to make a very important and sometime costly decision not all of them are ready to make. For these people, taking a break from formal studies is not about taking time off, but rather taking time to discover their true selves and future potential. With successful programs designed to let youth develop the skills and maturity needed to make better decisions, Katimavik offers an alternative path to young people who care about their success in school and life. Contributed by: Victoria Salvador, National Director of Marketing and Communications – Katimavik For more information on Katimavik programs please visit www.katimavik.org

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Cambridge & Chelmsford

Your international degree it’s just a hop across the pond! Choose between two beautiful and historic locations – Cambridge or Chelmsford – both within an hour of London and both rated in the top ten places to live in the UK. Anglia Ruskin has a vast range of degree programmes to offer you: from Optometry to Law, Fine Arts to Business. Gain an undergraduate degree in three years, a masters in just one year. PhD research programmes and one-semester or one-year study abroad programmes are also available. If you would like us to consider you for a transfer into year two or year three of our undergraduate degree programmes, please contact us. We’re sure you’ll have a great time here, but don’t just take our word for it, here’s what one of our Canadian students has to say:

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Many Canadian students wishing to qualify as lawyers in Canada now combine their legal studies with the opportunity to study abroad. Given the similarity in the two respective legal systems, one of the most popular destinations for future Canadian lawyers is the UK, mainly because a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from a UK institution can be used towards qualification as a lawyer in Canada. The College of Law is the largest legal professional educational institution in the UK and here we look at a new innovative two-year degree being offered from September 2012 onwards. “We have designed the degree from the ground up to help create the next generation of legal professionals,” says Martin Smith, Head of Business Development, College of Law. The world of law is changing, and so is the role of lawyers. Professional firms are now increasingly demanding that graduates have practical knowledge and good employability skills and not simply a good grasp of legal principles. Put simply, firms are looking for men and women of business that can respond to the legal and commercial demands of their clients throughout the world. In response to these demands, the College of Law has developed a new

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two-year Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree. The course, which will be offered at three of the eight UK centres - Bloomsbury (in central London), Chester and Birmingham - provides a highly focused and rigorous education that can allow students to start their legal career earlier than the traditional three year degree route.

on professional training: instead of concentrating on just legal theory, the course teaches all the practical legal skills that lawyers will need in the new world of law, including drafting, writing and commercial awareness.

Key elements of the new two year degree:

Another key difference for this LL.B is that of the teaching and learning methods, which more closely replicate how lawyers work. The focus of the degree is on small face-to-face workshops (of 20 students), in which the students work in groups to solve practical legal issues.

• High quality face-to-face tuition

• Taught by lawyers, for lawyers

• Group workshops of 20 students to encourage active learning

• 11 hours face-to-face tuition each week

• The same amount of

face-to-face tutor time as a traditional three-year degree

Although the degree takes just two (academic) years to complete, the number of learning and contact hours remain the exactly the same as those in the standard three year degree. What makes this LL.B different is the focus

Essentially, lawyers will be taught to think like a professional lawyer from day one.

The whole philosophy is summed up by Martin Smith: “As the degree is condensed into two years, there is no padding. Students won’t waste time learning subjects they will never use in practice. That means they won’t be spending weeks learning about the historical development of law from the 15th century; they will learn only what is of value”. “So they will look not only at the law, but how it is practised and how individuals and businesses encounter the law in the modern world. A good example of this is contract law. This is a fundamental to most commercial

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and corporate law and that is why legal firms have told us they want graduates who have drafted a contract and who understand how a contract works in practice.” 84% of the College of Law’s students found work in the legal sector within a few months of graduation The College has plenty of experience in understanding what professional law firms require. The College has exclusive deals to provide professional training to students joining some of the world’s largest international law firms, including Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, and Linklaters. What is more, the College’s careers service is extremely effective and achieves remarkable results: this year, 84% of students graduating from the College’s Legal Practice Course (the equivalent of the Bar Admission Course) were successful in finding work in a legal field within a few months of leaving.

Our History and Heritage These impressive figures are also testament to the College’s reputation and prestigious status as the UK’s largest professional legal educator. The College’s history can be traced back to the Law Society’s School of Law in the 19th century, although the 72

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College itself was founded in 1963. Since then it has been at the forefront of developments in legal education, including the move towards skills-based training and has trained more lawyers in UK law firms than any other law school. Further connections to the legal profession are evident by the fact that all the College’s teaching staff are trained lawyers, many of which worked in international law firms. This helps

students understand what a career in law is all about, as the teaching staff have been there and done it themselves. “The teaching staff were very helpful and knowledgeable in their practice areas, and provided a lot of anecdotal stories, which looking back, I can now very much relate to…” says Alexandra Victoros, former student, now practicing in Ontario. Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7


Back Home The two-year degree from the College of Law can be used towards qualifying as a lawyer in Canada. Students who study the College’s two-year LL.B will be deemed to have been completed some of the compulsory elements that are contained in a traditional three-year law degree obtained from a Canadian university (the compulsory elements need to be studied before a student can move on to the professional stage of training). Therefore, there is no need to study these compulsory elements again when you return to Canada. Further, students completing the College’s LL.B can go on to study for an LL.M, for example the College’s practice-focused LL.M in International Legal Practice. An LL.M will count toward even more of the compulsory elements contained in a traditional Canadian law degree. As such, students will only have to study a few additional elements (normally three) when they return home to be in the same position as a Canadian student who took a more traditional route. There is also the added advantage of having obtained an LL.M within roughly the same time frame as the Canadian student obtained an LL.B under the traditional three-year route, which has obvious advantages when entering the employment market. Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7

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A degree above

• Two-year Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree instead of three

Martin Smith, Head of Business Development at the College will be attending the Recruit in Canada International University Fairs this Fall at the following locations:

• Two years of tuition fees

Toronto – October 1st and 2nd (Metro Toronto Convention Centre)

• Tuition fees of £9,000

Vancouver - October 4th (Vancouver Convention Centre)

• Starts September 2012 • Opportunity to study

Martin who has taught and designed many courses at the College would be delighted to meet with you and to answer any question you may have.

rather than the tradition three

a year - same for both Canadian and UK students

abroad

• Choice of centres

throughout the UK – Bloomsbury (in central London), Chester and Birmingham

• All tutors are legal

You can also contact Martin on martin. smith@lawcol.co.uk Further information on the two-year LL.B can be found on the College’s website: www.college-of-law.co.uk

professionals

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• Help with applying for legal work experience

• Specialist career advice • Pro bono opportunities

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international student higher education applies in the Netherlands. This allows education institutions to guarantee students from outside the Netherlands that the information provided, admission procedures, counselling and the courses offered are of a high level.

The Netherlands is the country of origin for many globally operating companies like Shell, Philips and Heineken. At the same time, thanks in part to its proximity to 500 million European consumers and the availability of excellent logistics links, the Netherlands is a very popular site for foreign businesses. It may interest you to know that one in ten Dutch workers in this market sector is employed by a foreign company.

The Netherlands was one of the first non-English speaking countries to offer study programmes in English. Today, Dutch higher education institutions offer more than 1,500 study programmes in English, more than in any other country in mainland Europe. For more information about the broad range of study programmes, browse the database on www.studyinholland.nl.

Dutch Society

You can find Dutch people all over the world, whether it is in the business sector, the soccer world, the art scene or the scientific community. It is no coincidence that they are known for their knowledge of foreign languages and their love of travel. When you visit the Netherlands you will see that despite its international orientation, the country is very capable of manifesting itself in an increasingly globalizing world. Its economic, technological, cultural and scientific strengths may surprise you.

Study Programmes in English

Value for Money

The Dutch government attempts to make Dutch higher education as accessible as possible to students and mid-career professionals from other countries. Higher education is subsidized, which means that tuition fees can be kept relatively low, especially when compared with the United Kingdom and the United States. The annual tuition fees for enrolment in a degree programme or course at a Dutch higher education institution start at €1,713 for EU students. In general,

tuition fees are higher for non-EU students but still reasonable.

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Would you like to study at an excellent higher education institution and enjoy an international environment? What about studying in the Netherlands? A country that is a melting pot of knowledge, ideas and cultures from all around the globe. The Dutch combine scientific insights with a relentless drive for innovation.

The Dutch Way of Teaching

Respect for each individual’s opinions and convictions is a national virtue that gives strength to the fabric of Holland’s diverse and plural society. This is the foundation of the teaching method used at the Dutch educational institutions. The teaching style can be described as interactive and student-centred, providing students with the attention and freedom they need in order to develop their own opinions and creativity in applying their newly acquired knowledge. A large portion of all study programmes is dedicated to writing papers; working in groups to analyze and solve specific problems; acquiring practical work experience through internships; and conducting experiments in laboratories. This interactive approach together with working in groups ensures that you as an international student can easily become involved in the instructional process. If you choose to follow a study programme in the Netherlands, you can rest assured that you are investing in your future in the best possible way. Studying in the Netherlands is the equivalent of developing an open mind and expanding the international view of your discipline.

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The international orientation of the Dutch is not really surprising. The 16 million inhabitants of the country are used to working with people from international backgrounds. Also, the Netherlands’ central position in Europe continues to attract internationallyoperating companies, organizations and professionals.

High Quality Education

The Dutch higher education system enjoys a worldwide reputation for its high quality. This is achieved through a national system of regulation and quality assurance. The Netherlands-Flanders Accreditation Organization (NVAO) regularly subjects the educational programmes to a stringent assessment process. Only approved programmes are listed on the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes (CROHO) and are entitled to award qualifications that are recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science (OCW). Moreover, a code of conduct for Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7

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HOLLAND The Education System Holland has two main types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences. Universities focus on independent research-oriented practices, preparing students directly for specific careers. If you become a student at one of the 41 universities of applied sciences, your courses will be largely practical in orientation and you will be explicitly prepared for a particular occupation. A third, smaller branch of higher education is provided by institutes for international education, which offer programmes designed especially for international students. Most study programmes and courses lead to a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD degree, or a diploma or certificate.

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in their research careers. If you are a talented researcher, you will have the opportunity to work on your doctorate for four years in the Netherlands under the supervision of the best researchers in your field. The research environment in which you will find yourself is recognized world-wide as being of a very high quality. For more information on doing your doctorate in Holland, see www.studyinholland.nl.

Scholarship Information

You have made the decision to study in Holland, and you know which field of study interests you and which degree you would like to earn. The next step is finding out whether you qualify for any scholarships and how to apply for them.

system and how diverse is the range of international study programmes, there is a special film to answer these questions. Curious? Then watch the film on www.youtube.com/studyinholland! For more information, please visit: www.studyinholland.nl www.nuffic.nl Contributed by: Kasia Tyrybon NUFFIC – Netherlands Institution for International Co-operation in Higher Education www.nuffic.nl

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Qualifications from New Zealand universities rank with the world’s best and have a reputation for being practical and modern. In some niche areas, such as biotechnology, forensic science and marine engineering, New Zealand degrees are acknowledged as world-leading. Students educated here are earning a reputation as a new breed of innovative thinkers, and are enjoying success the world over. www.newzealandeducated.com

Kia Ora – Welcome! From its vast mountain ranges, glorious beaches, and penguin colonies, to its lively cities, rich history, and comprehensive education system, New Zealand is simply a must-see country.

Cities and Population The capital of New Zealand is Wellington, located on the southern tip of the North Island. The largest city by far, however, is the metropolis of Auckland, located near the top end of the North Island, with a population of 1.35 million people. The next largest city is Christchurch, a beautiful city on the east coast of the South Island, with just under 400,000 inhabitants. Each city has its own culture and own claims-to-fame, but what they all have in common is a high-quality lifestyle; friendly and open people; beautiful surrounds; and a lively arts, nightlife and culinary scene. They even have their own terminology for ordering coffee! In total, the population of New Zealand is roughly 4.4 million: 4.4 million very proud, hospitable, welcoming, easy-going, and friendly people.

Adventure and Extreme Sports New Zealand is the ultimate destination for adventure lovers and extreme sports fans. Its landscape is certainly ideal and offers most any sport imaginable! In a pristine natural environment of mountains, lakes and coast, you’ll find a dazzling array of pulse-quickening activities that are easily accessible and affordable.

It is an ideal choice for studying, be it a study abroad program for one or two semesters or a full degree – or degrees – that you are considering. This special supplement on New Zealand is to give you an idea of the beauty of the country; the kindness and hospitality of its people; an overview of the education system and why it is so popular and renowned; and a look at a few cities and institutions in particular that we were recently invited to visit.

Geography New Zealand – in the Maori language, Aotearoa, “Land of the long white cloud” – is an island nation located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, about 1500 km east of Australia. Its two main land masses are the North Island and the South Island, but there are also many small islands off the coasts in all directions.

Over one third of New Zealand is made up of protected parkland and marine reserves. They encompass a wide variety of scenery, vegetation and geography, and offer numerous opportunities to camp, mountain bike, fish, hike and much more.

Brief History

When AJ Hackett and friends started throwing themselves off bridges attached by oversized rubber bands they invented a global phenomenon now known as bungy jumping.

With its remote location, it was one of the last lands to be settled by human beings. It was first settled by Polynesians some 800 years ago, who formed the distinctive Maori culture. Europeans first arrived in the 17th century and in the early 19th century, the British and Maori formalized an agreement to make New Zealand a British colony. Like Canada, today it is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. A few points of interest:

• In 1893 New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote

• New Zealand was the first sovereign state to introduce free public health services and a minimum wage

• The country remains a nuclear free zone despite having faced strong outside pressures

• In 2004 the Civil Unions Bill was passed. Language New Zealand is a unique blend of Maori, European and other cultures and boasts three official languages: English, Maori, and New Zealand Sign Language. Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7

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New Zealand is world-renowned for its education standards. It provides opportunities to study under internationally recognized academics and researchers in a wide range of disciplines.

Zorbing is a recent addition to the long list of quirky adventure activities with a uniquely Kiwi heritage. Where else in the world can you roll down a hill in a giant rubber ball? www.newzealandnow.govt.nz

Lifestyle The quality of life in New Zealand is exceptional. With an average annual household income of NZD 67,900 (CAD 56,600) and one of the highest home-ownership per capita rates in the world, life can be very comfortable and stable. Accommodations abound and are reasonably-priced, and there is never any lack of recreational activity nearby. And, just being amidst the people, be it in Auckland harbour while on the short boat ride to Devonport; in Rotorua visiting Te Puia, New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute; in Dunedin visiting the yellow-eyed penguin colony; or in Queenstown contemplating a bungy jump – you can feel the positive energy from the New Zealanders. They have a zest for life, evidenced everywhere you go. Study In Canada • Study Abroad

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Pastoral Care for International Students New Zealand educators understand that being far from home during studies can be daunting for the student, and worrisome for family. To ease these concerns and to further add to the excellence of New Zealand education, the New Zealand Ministry of Education has mandated that all public and private schools who want to enroll international students adhere to a code of conduct for Pastoral Care. “The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) provides a framework for education providers to ensure a high standard of care and wellbeing is maintained for international students while they live and study in New Zealand.” (www.minedu.govt.nz) The code ensures that: • high professional standards are maintained • recruitment, financial and contractual dealings with international students are done ethically and responsibly • students receive comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information • students receive information before making commitments • the particular needs of international students are recognized, especially those who are vulnerable because of their youth or lack of experience • support services are sensitive to cultural matters • appropriate accommodation is provided, with special measures to ensure the safety of students under 18 • there are fair procedures for the resolution of grievances.

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Your Post-Secondary Education Options in New Zealand State-owned post-secondary institutions are made up of universities, colleges of education (teachers colleges), polytechnics (institutes of technology) and wananga (provide education in a Maori cultural context.). In addition there are numerous non-state-owned private training establishments. There are eight universities in New Zealand, 20 polytechnics, five teachers colleges, three wananga and a host of private training institutes. Similar to the UK, Australian and some other countries’ systems, typically a Bachelor’s degree will take three years to complete, and a further year of study will lead to an Honours degree. However, not every degree follows this 3+1 pattern: there are some four year degrees (which may or may not be awarded with Honours), and some specialist Bachelor’s degrees which take longer to complete. A Bachelor’s degree may be followed by a Master’s degree. A candidate who does not hold an Honours degree may be awarded a Master’s degree with honours: such a degree usually involves two years of study, compared with one year for a Master’s degree for a candidate who does have an Honours degree. A candidate who has either a Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree with Honours may proceed to a doctoral degree.

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On our recent visit to New Zealand, we visited four universities, one polytechnic and one private training institute. At each one, we were greeted with the unique New Zealand hospitality and were shown the campuses, met with some students, had some Maori welcoming ceremonies, and were shown the surrounding areas. The highlights of the cities and institutions we visited in the following section are being presented in chronological order. The visit was a week long and we covered lots of ground. There was not one that stood out as better than the next; each institution has its own character, areas of strength, architecture, accolades, and offered programs. There is truly something for everyone and each student needs to research the options considering their personal priorities: location, program outlines, facilities, activities, etc.

It is located towards the top of the North Island and is accessible from around the world, as many international flights arrive and depart from Auckland International Airport. Particularly with Air New Zealand as the national carrier and its extensive flight routes, it is easy to reach Auckland from most anywhere in the world.

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Some University Profiles

AUT University Established in 1895 as Auckland Technical School; in 1963 the polytechnic division is renamed the Auckland Technical Institute (AIT); in 2000, AIT makes history as New Zealand’s first polytechnic to become a university, and renames itself AUT (Auckland University of Technology).

What is certain is that regardless of which institution you end up choosing to study at, you will get a top-notch education and service from all the friendly staff and faculty that seem hand-picked at the New Zealand institutions.

AUT University has a long history and has evolved from a small technical school to being New Zealand’s third largest and fastest growing university with its main campus in Auckland and one each in North Shore and Manukau. Their teaching, research and community work are innovative and integrate contemporary schools of thought. There are lots of interesting programs, with major fields of focus being:

Auckland – City of Sails New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is home to over 30% of the country’s population. While many live in the urban part of the city, it still has an overall suburban feel, which makes it relaxed and friendly. Auckland is a multi-cultural city with great restaurants, sight-seeing, nightlife and shopping. The climate is mild, employment opportunities are considered very good, there are great schools in the city, and activities abound. Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7

• Applied Humanities • Business and Law • Design and Creative Technologies • Health and Environmental Sciences With established relationships with industry professionals, the teaching and research at AUT is relevant to current and future trends, which accounts for a 95% graduate employment rate. Many programs have internship requirements as well and with AUT’s strong industry links, the internship placements are relevant and valuable. The university also boasts a high lecturer-to-student ratio, excellent student support services and on-campus facilities. Study In Canada • Study Abroad

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NEW ZEALAND Unique Welcome to AUT University All international students are invited to a Noho Marae. This is an unforgettable weekend welcome celebration held at the wharenui, the Maori meeting house located just steps from the campus. The purpose of this weekend is to welcome students from around the world into the Maori culture. The wharenui is a beautiful building with lovely foregrounds (Marae or meeting area) and the interior is of beautiful wood beams and carvings, each with a relevance that the leaders of the Noho Marae share with visitors. www.aut.ac.nz

University of Auckland Established in 1883 as Auckland University College, as part of the University of New Zealand; in 1962 became independent and renamed University of Auckland.

Today, The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, hosting over 40,000 students on five Auckland campuses, with a School of Theology, and eight faculties representing each of its main disciplines: Arts, Business and Economics, Creative Arts and Industries, Education, Engineering, Law, Medical and Health Sciences, and Science. Over 150 different programs are offered through these faculties and schools, from music and business to oenology – this department has its own vineyard! Almost all teaching staff engage in research that attempts to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding, and around 5000 students are enrolled for postgraduate studies, 1200 of whom are undertaking doctorates. The University the only one in New Zealand that is a member of the prestigious Universitas 21 (www.universitas21.com), the global grouping of leading research universities. The campus is beautiful, spanning a number of Auckland city blocks set up high in Auckland. The architecture of the buildings is varied, and there is a nice mixture of traditional and modern styles.

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When applying for admission to undergraduate studies, Canadian students can use their Canadian high school diploma with a minimum grade of 68%. For a Master’s program – taught or research – you will need a relevant Bachelor’s degree in high standing; check the individual departments for requirements. In order to enter a PhD program, you need to submit a proposal and identify a prospective supervisor. PhD fees are very attractive, and for study at University of Auckland for most full time degree programs, Canadian Student Loans can be used. (see www.canlearn.ca). In addition to full degree programs, there are lots of students from around the world coming to do one or two semesters as exchange or study abroad students. Entry requirements are stringent, with the study abroad office looking for a 3.0 GPA (subject to change so check with the office) in order to qualify. Most areas of study are open to incoming study abroad and exchange students, with the current exception of Professional Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, Medicine and some Education programs.

There is a beautiful lake-front retail area with shops, restaurants, pubs and a marina along a boardwalk. It is an easy and beautiful yet dynamic place to be.

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The International office at the University of Auckland has welcoming and knowledgeable staff, eager to help you decide on your study program at the university and assist you in the application process. The atmosphere is truly multi-cultural, with almost 5000 international students from over 90 countries.

Known as the “Adventure Capital of the World,” Queenstown has four distinct seasons and is located near ski hills, many lakes and rivers, and forests – it is nature at its best. In the winter you can ski and snowboard; in the spring, enjoy excellent hiking and kayaking; spend the summer on the many lakes and giving bungy-jumping a go; and in the fall, visit the many sites used for filming the Lord of the Rings and other popular films. You are never a stranger in this friendly, outdoorsy, clean town. It is no wonder why nearly two million tourists visit every year.

Queenstown Resort College Established in 2006, Queenstown Resort College – or QRC – is a privately-owned college located at the entrance to town at a modern facility looking out to Lake Wakatipu.

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Queenstown – Pure Inspiration Queenstown is a lively town situated along the bay of Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand. The mountain ranges of the “Southern Alps” create a dramatic and picturesque backdrop to this cosmopolitan town of some 22,000 year-round residents, including some smaller towns on the outskirts.

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This state-of-the-art college offers a range of programs – many of them highly-specialized – that will tantalize any sports enthusiast who wants to apply their passion and make

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a career out of it. Programs include:

• Diploma of Hospitality Management • Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management • Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management specializing in Snowsport Business Management • Executive Education Series for Tourism and Hospitality Professionals • Internships in Tourism and Hospitality

Key to the success of this innovative college and its students is its close links with industry and the particularly meaningful internships it is able to arrange for its students. With over 100 tour operators in the area alone, interns are constantly being sought. And since internships form a substantial part of the program requirements at QRC, students have no problem getting placed in excellent and directly relevant jobs with snow sports in the winter and adventure sports in the summer. Hilton considers QRC their preferred source of intern students. There are also placements available world-wide that will give you the combination of studying in Queenstown and applying your skills through a paid internship in yet another wonderful part of the world (see specific programs). Graduates of QRC go on to jobs around the world in fields such as hospitality, adventure-tourism and tourism management. www.queenstownresortcollege.com

Maintaining a personal training and learning environment, the school currently accommodates 200 students, 70% of which are from within New Zealand, and 30% international. The mix is exciting and inspiring, and with the nearby chalet-style residence, friendships form quickly in this school, which feels like a community unto itself. When completing a diploma at QRC, you can continue on a pathway towards a Bachelor’s degree with some select academic partners like César Ritz in Switzerland; ICMS or Macquarie University in Sydney; or Thompson Rivers University in BC, Canada. Check the specific program to learn more about these pathways.

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Dunedin – University City of the Otago Peninsula Dunedin is the South Island’s second largest city – after Christchurch – with a population of about 120,000 people. Dubbed a ‘heritage city,’ Dunedin is home to many buildings in Victorian and Edwardian architectural styles, making a walking tour of the city worthwhile in itself. Interestingly, it has demographics quite different from most cities in New Zealand due to its proportionately high student population. It has more inhabitants of European and Asian descent; a higher-than-national-average female to male ratio; and a higher proportion of residents under age 25.

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Dunedin and its surrounding areas are also popular for ecotourism. Do some wildlife visits there to view the world’s most endangered penguin, the yellow-eyed penguin; the rare New Zealand sea lions; the royal albatross; the little blue penguin; and fur seals. In addition, there are many beaches for surfing nearby, making it a popular summer destination.

Of a student population of over 22,000, more than 2000 are international, coming from over 80 different countries. Over 80% of the total student body come from outside of Dunedin itself, so the student service support is very high, helping students to build independence and confidence as they embark on their studies.

University of Otago Established in 1869, the University of Otago has an expansive, pedestrian-zoned campus set in the centre of the city. The buildings are a mixture of old and new, and the atmosphere in and around the campus is collegiate yet relaxed. The university owns a number of nearby student residences and houses, making accommodations easy to access through the university itself. They also run a ‘campus watch’ program with staff on site to assist students where needed. The university has four major faculties offering a wide range of study fields:

• Division of Humanities • Division of Health Sciences • Division of Sciences • School of Business

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The main industry in Dunedin is education. But other industries that have been blossoming include engineering, software engineering, bio-technology and fashion. It is also home to the New Zealand Cadbury plant, which organizes an annual Chocolate Carnival – a chocolate-lover’s treat!


NEW ZEALAND Some of the unique programs offered by Otago include Marine Sciences, which runs its own aquarium at the harbour; Antarctic Studies; Bio-Medical Sciences; and Theology. It is the only university in New Zealand offering Dentistry and its Medical School – founded in 1875 – is one of only two in all of New Zealand. While at the university, I was introduced to a Canadian student who was at Otago on an exchange program. Here is what she had to say: “The last five months at the University of Otago have been a really special experience for me. Coming from a huge school like UBC, Otago has been the perfect size. It has everything you need without being intimidating or overwhelming. Dunedin is a great student town. Highlights include the local produce at the farmer’s market every Saturday, the endless events and parties for students, and the architecture/old buildings everywhere. It has a real sense of community and has a unique energy from all of the young people living here. Aside from being a great place to live, it is also easily accessible to so many other places. Almost every weekend I have found other people interested in doing road trips and exploring the amazing mountains and rivers New Zealand has to offer. All in all, my exchange at Otago far exceeded my expectations and has been one of the best experiences of my life. I know I will be back here again!” Raelene Hodgson, UBC student. For more information, visit www.otago.ac.nz 88

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Wellington – New Zealand’s Capital Wellington – known as Windy Wellington – is the southernmost city on New Zealand’s North Island and the gateway to the South Island. It is home to Parliament, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, a thriving film industry, and Victoria University of Wellington. It has a population of about 180,000 in the city proper. The earliest Maori name for Wellington is Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui – which means “the head of Maui’s fish” – stemming from the Maori legend that Polynesian navigator Maui fished up the North Island. The city has a cosmopolitan flair and boasts great shopping, dining and museums. The harbour front has a long walkway with plenty of places to have a coffee and stare dreamily onto the water; or spend an afternoon (at least!) at the Te Papa museum, New Zealand’s national museum, a must-see for any visitor. www.wellingtonnz.com

Victoria University of Wellington Established in 1897, this comprehensive university has a rich history and is located in the centre of Wellington, with faculty buildings spread out across the campus, some of which are not far from the Parliament building. They are all within walking distance of one another, and are testament to how the university has grown since its founding over a century ago. Fall/Winter 2011 • Issue: 7


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Other fields of study you can pursue at Victoria University include Linguistics, Maori Studies, Architecture, Criminology, International Relations, Political Science, Education, Management – it is a long list, with lots to choose from. A unique program available to all students is the Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP). This is an academically oriented, extra-curricular programme of seminars, speaker events, and experiential activities relevant to the themes of:

• international leadership • cross-cultural communication • global connectedness, and • sustainability.

Victoria University has eight faculties:

• Faculty of Architecture and Design • Faculty of Commerce and Administration • Faculty of Education • Faculty of Engineering • Faculty of Graduate Research • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences • Faculty of Law • Faculty of Science The School of Law is in a majestic building that houses some interesting museum-style exhibits. It is appropriately close to the government buildings and the school offers law degrees all the way to the PhD level. The School of Psychology was ranked number one for research in 2006 by the PBRF (Performance-Based Research Fund) and has received more national teaching awards than any other psychology department in New Zealand.

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The programme enhances leadership skills, international knowledge, and cultural awareness, as well, it encourages interaction between international and domestic students and across the various university faculties. The university is committed to being an environmentally responsible institution with ongoing action plans to reduce waste, be energy-efficient, and encourage sustainable transportation use. www.victoria.ac.nz

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NEW ZEALAND Rotorua – Feel the Spirit Rotorua is where Maori legends come alive, with over 30% of the population being of Maori descent. Located in a lush part of the North Island – just 230 km south-east of Auckland – it is an area bubbling and steaming with thermal activity and is surrounded by 16 lakes, some of the world’s best mountain biking trails, fantastic trout fishing, and lots forest walking tracks. It has been named “New Zealand’s Best City” six of the past 12 years – and for good reason. It has a very walkable town core of low-rise buildings with commercial services, eateries, and souvenir shops – and one of the best tourist information centres to be found anywhere! Two of the most fascinating features of this area are the geothermal earth forces and the Maori culture and art. No trip to Rotorua would be complete without a visit to Wai-O-Tapu to see the bubbling mud pools and regularlyspewing geysers; and you cannot miss the hangi (traditional cooked meal) and haka (traditional dance) at the nearby Tamaki Maori Village.

on a lush green campus, easy to navigate, and has a very personal and relaxed feel to it. Its fitness centre is impressive and the campus has a number of buildings housing various schools offering a wide range of interesting and unique programs. Some of these are:

• Fashion Design • Engineering and Welding • Creative Writing • Environmental Studies • Commerce • Bi-Cultural Journalism • Gaming Design • Culinary Arts • Applied Management • Wood Manufacturing • Turf Management Their computer department offers degrees and diplomas, and areas of concentration include Multimedia Design, Gaming Design and Animation, Technical Writing and Embedded Systems.

Waiariki Institute of Technology Originally developed as a centre for adult and trades education, Waiariki has been offering quality vocational studies since 1978. It has a student population of around 11,000 full- and part-time students, of which more than 200 are from overseas. Waiariki began to offer Bachelor’s degree programmes in the early 1990s. Waiariki is a truly bi-cultural institute, celebrating Maori culture and integrating it in every aspect of its operations. It is set

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The School of Forestry is in a new building nicknamed “The Treehouse” and comes complete with its own incomegenerating sawmill, used as a training facility for students in Wood Manufacturing. Other programs include Forest Management, Forest Operations, and a post-graduate diploma in Resource Management.

How to Apply for a New Zealand Student Visa The personal care taken by the school staff includes academic advising and housing assistance, and there is a “buddy” program in place for the first six months – if students choose to take part – where local students are paired up with international students to help with the integration process and to act as guide and mentor. All students entering the institute are welcomed in the sacred Noho Marae. This traditional ceremony is an integral part of the bi-cultural roots of the institute and is an honour to take part in. www.waiariki.ac.nz

Step 1 – Apply to the institution where you wish to study. If you qualify for entrance, you will be sent an “Offer of Place.” Step 2 – Fill out the student visa application form, which you can find on the Immigration New Zealand website (www.immigration.govt.nz) - click “Get application forms” then “Study.” Gather all of the required documents you need. Depending on how long you are staying in New Zealand, this may include medical certificates and police clearances. Step 3 – Send your completed application form plus all of the required documents (including your Offer of Place) and the visa fee to the appropriate Immigration New Zealand branch office. For most students in Canada, this will be the Ottawa branch. Step 4 – Wait for your visa approval, and then enrol officially in your institution. Then pack your bags – you’re on your way to New Zealand! For more information on the visa application process, go to www.immigration.govt.nz Contributed by: Anita Kuehnel, Editor, Canadian Student Magazine Additional sources: www.newzealandeducated.com Photos courtesy of Anita Kuehnel.

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