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Turkey: The Crossroads of Civilizations Five Factors to Consider when Choosing a University Abroad Spend a Semester – or more – in Norway’s Arctic Circle

Higher Education in Europe

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Study in China Are You Bilingual or Multilingual? These Five Industries Want You! Admissions Process to UK Universities


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THE EDITOR Dear Readers: Welcome to the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Canadian Student Magazine! We hope that you had a wonderful summer, and that you are ready to go for whatever the new academic year has in store for you. As is the norm at Canadian Student Magazine, our team has put together another issue packed with information on all levels of education – so you can make informed decisions about you short- and long-term education goals – as well as information on study destinations, like China, Turkey, Norway, and Holland, just to mention a few., Since learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, we also have some articles on volunteering and travelling. Discover the world, both through formal education and experiential travel. Again, we have some excellent pieces written by actual current and former students, who are thrilled to share their experiences and tips with you. Yes, we all like to discover things ourselves as we carry on; however, it is always useful to get some ideas from others with first-hand experience.

Thanks go to our many contributors, including TalentEgg.ca, Austrade, British Council Canada, the Swiss and the Swedish Embassies – to mention a few – as well as the cross-section of your peers who wrote for us in this issue. We hope that the content of Canadian Student Magazine and our complementary website, GoStudy.ca, serve to inspire and inform you. We always welcome your feedback, as well as invite you to share your stories with us and our thousands of readers across Canada. And be sure to check back on StudyAndGoAbroad.com from time to time, so that you can mark your calendars for our upcoming university and student travel expo events. The next one will be going across Canada again from February 26-March 2, 2014. Enjoy the read, use the information, and embrace the journey. See you again in the spring!

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

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INDEX

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NEWS

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

10 Studying in Australia An Experience that Lasts a Lifetime

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Environmental Studies in Australia

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International Professional and Combined Degrees The Six Steps to Opening Doors to Exciting New Careers

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Motivation A Student’s Key to Success

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Advertorial: Istituto Marangoni Makes History in 2013

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Study in Scotland

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16 Should You Go To College After You Finish University?

Snapshot of Higher Education in Europe

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Profile: Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

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Are You Bilingual or Multilingual? These Five Industries Want You!

32 Five Factors to Consider when Choosing a University Abroad

34 Get New Zealand Educated World Class Education

38 Switzerland Take your Academic Career to the Next Level

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We would like to thank the following for their valuable editorial contributions:

Chief Editor and Publisher: Anita Kuehnel anita@canadianstudentmagazine.com

AEISEC Andrei Milosevic Austrade Basecamp British Council Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange Education Ireland Embassy of Switzerland EU Delegatiion to Canada John Kelly Koç Univesity

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Turkey as a Study Destination

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Advertorial: Koç University

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48 Social Media and Its Impact On The Way We Communicate While We Travel

Study in Boston Small Colleges in Cities Offer Advantages for International Students to Earn their Degree or to Study Abroad

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What to Expect at a Caribbean Medical School

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Great Reasons to Study in Ireland

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Advertorial: Study in Maastricht The Netherlands, in the Heart of Europe

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Work and Volunteer Abroad with AIESEC

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Top Universities 2012-2013

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Study in The UK UK Admissions: Why Canadians should consider the UK

Norway: A Semester in the Arctic

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Maastricht University Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education Options Solutions Sara Lian Stephanie Sykora Study in Scotland Swedish Embassy talentegg,ca University of Health Sciences Antigua University of New South Wales

76 Can Short Term International Volunteering Really Make a Difference?

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Discover the world of international hospitality management at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne! The world’s first hotel school prepares tomorrow’s leaders. We provide the solid management educa­tion of a top business school while basing our programs on our own unique educational philosophy: Hospitality management as both a science and an art. We are a bilingual university offering a two-year diploma programme and a four-year Bachelor of Science programme in either English or French. Our 12-month Executive MBA is offered in English. We have two yearly entries: September and February. Admissions criteria and application deadlines are detailed on our website: www.ehl.edu

An international career with Advanced Studies in International Hotel Management The Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec is a world-class hotel school. Our two-year bilingual work-study program – Advanced Studies in International Hotel Management – is unique in North America and includes two six-month internships at renowned hotels in Canada and abroad. Seeking an international career? Try our program, which was developed to meet industry requirements and is recognized by the world’s leading hotel groups! Admission deadlines November 1, 2013  May 1, 2014  Information on course start dates and admission requirements: ithq.qc.ca/asihm

46,000 alumni holding positions of responsibility in over 100 countries. IE gives its students the chance to live the experience of their lifetime while accelerating their career and opening their minds. Located in the vibrant city of Madrid and with students representing over 90 nationalities on its urban campus, IE is considered the #1 European Business School by Financial Times. All Its internationally recognized Master programs in areas such as Business, Communication, Architecture, International Relations, Law or Market Research, among others, follow a practical marketoriented methodology which make IE graduates a reference for top-recruiters worldwide. Find out more: www.ie.edu iecontact@ie.edu

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the world’s top 100 universities. Ranked 52nd in the 2012 QS World University Rankings, We are also a member of the prestigious international network Universitas 21.

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 2013 for departure in August 2014

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 group of over 7000 Canadian JETs who worked in Japan with the JET Programme since 1988. Application information: jetprogramme.ca Email: jet@jetprogramme.ca

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Our university is globally recognized for cutting-edge teaching, research, state-of-the-art facilities and quality of student life. With 13,000 international students from more than 120 different countries, we have one of Australia’s most diverse student populations. UNSW graduates are highly sought-after by employers and are amongst the highest paid in Australia. Our main campus is located five minutes away from Coogee beach and in close proximity to other famous Sydney beaches. It is also within easy reach of Sydney CBD and Sydney international airport. www.unsw.edu.au

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Launch your global career with the first truly global degree in hospitality management!

Think Asia, Think Hong Kong Join The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and be part of Asia’s World City! HKUST is one of the youngest research universities in Hong Kong, offering worldclass undergraduate programs in Science, Engineering, Business and Management, and Humanities and Social Science. Established in 1991, HKUST is ranked 1st in Asia for three consecutive years (QS University Rankings: Asia), 1st in the world for universities under 50 years of age, 33rd in the world (QS World University Rankings).

Imagine the most unique bachelor’s degree program in the world. One that lets you study in Switzerland, China and Spain to get first-hand experience of local business, culture and customs. Imagine you could do this with all your classmates, and not have to start out on your own in each location. Imagine having the world as your job market after graduation, and a 95% chance of having one or several job offers.

All programs are taught in English and lead to honors degrees, and opportunities to learn Cantonese and Mandarin are also available.

Les Roches offers a new Global Degree program that makes all of this a reality!

To learn more, visit http://join.ust.hk/international. Applications for the 2014 academic year begin in September 2013.

Contact: sarah.humphrey@laureate.ch www.lesroches.edu

Change the world from the heart of the city. Just across the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University offers hundreds of degree programs to nearly 29,000 students on a vibrant metropolitan campus. Here, you can prepare for careers in the market’s most rewarding fields — including the health sciences, engineering, education and business. To sweeten the deal, Wayne State’s new Great Lakes Tuition Award offers in-state tuition (plus a 10 percent fee) to degreeseeking Ontario residents — a savings of thousands of dollars each semester. So check out Wayne State. Join us in Midtown Detroit for campus Open House on Oct. 19, or take a virtual tour. Find out everything you need to know at go.wayne.edu/canada

In October 2013, the President and Recruitment Officer of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic will be touring Canada attending Graduate Fairs and hosting career talks. Every year Canadian students travel to New Zealand to study chiropractic at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. The New Zealand College of Chiropractic has the highest practice requirements of any chiropractic college in the world and a curriculum focused equally on the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic. Check out our website for dates and locations near you and find out about a chiropractic degree from New Zealand. www.chiropractic.ac.nz

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The Radio Production / Radio degree course at University of Gloucestershire has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. BA (Hons) Photography-Editorial and Advertising, BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, BA (Hons) Television Production, BA (Hons) Film Production and MA Visual Communications were already awarded the Creative Skillset Tick. The Broadcast Journalism Training Council, which is recognised by Creative Skillset, already accredits the BA (Hons) Journalism course. www. glos.ac.uk

Study Winemaking in Napier - fantastic job opportunities exist in this dynamic industry in New Zealand and beyond. At EIT we offer you an exciting opportunity to study the science of winemaking and grapegrowing in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s premium wine region. Our programmes cover specialist viticulture and wine science subjects utilising our outstanding facilities including a purpose-built modern teaching and research winery, world-class sensory laboratory and on-site vineyard. For more information on the programmes that we offer visit our website www.eit.ac.nz/students/international-students or contact us at international@eit.ac.nz

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS The Bachelor of Wine Science at EIT is a fun programme with very informative teachers. The small class sizes make learning the subjects easy as well as making friends with your peers. A friend and former student recommended the programme to me and I have now developed a love for New Zealand. I am very glad that I got the opportunity to come and study here. Wes Johnson from British Colombia, studying to become a winemaker at EIT in Napier, New Zealand

As soon as we were introduced to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, we knew it was the perfect place to pursue our education. NZCC provides Canadian students an international experience alongside a world-class chiropractic education, an extraordinary clinical internship and endless opportunity for personal and professional development. We simply can’t imagine studying anywhere else! If you are considering a career in chiropractic, the New Zealand College of Chiropractic may be the perfect fit. They are truly graduating the next generation of chiropractic leaders – will this be you? Brian Lanoue (Year 3) Thea Treahy-Geofreda (Year 3)

I’m from sleepy Lethbridge, Alberta, and to put it mildly, Hong Kong was a completely new environment for me. The University has challenged me through its rigorous academic program, changed my perceptions of the world 10

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through its diverse student body and faculty, and led me to become a more flexible person as I have adapted to a new way of life. And there is still more to come. I look forward to the exchange program with the top universities around the world, research opportunities, and a chance to begin my career in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Rebecca KUNDRIK Graduated from Catholic Central High School, Lethbridge, Alberta HKUST Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Class of 2014

Cheltenham is a nice and friendly town, where it is easy to get around. For my classes, I like the international dynamic of the students as you get to see different perspectives. I found the International Welcome Week really beneficial; it was nice to come together with a group of people who are in the same situation. It was fun and I have met some new friends that will last a lifetime. The international student support has been really robust; offering everything from University cinema nights to trips around the UK. I also received a scholarship which really helped. Ryan Wilken, Canada MBA Business Administration University of Gloucestershire

“I chose hospitality management because I love interacting with people” My Les Roches Experience Exciting education and an exciting life. Studying at Les Roches is not only based on textbook learning; it is also based on real-life practical experience.

My Future Aspirations First of all, I would like to work as a management trainee in a wellknown establishment and continue at a managerial position in a large hospitality organization. Beverley Tamm, Bachelor in Hospitality Management Les Roches International School of Hotel Management

I chose UNSW because it offered one of the most comprehensive environmental programs, and UNSW’s way of teaching challenged me to think outside the box. Coming from an arts background, I was also able to use my creativity to look at how things can be done better in the environmental space. The Australian lifestyle and people are very similar to Canada, so you feel at home quite quickly. Australia’s location also means you are exposed to more of an Asian influence, so you get a different view of the world. Mitzi, Canada University of New South Wales

What brought me to IE was 1.) The location, 2.) The reputation of the school; IE is known globally as a top-tier business school and 3.) I wanted a change. I’d highlight the people I’ve met here. The people in my class are so diverse, it feels like the United Nations. To have so many perspectives in one arena I believe is key to a great education. Kyle Fiore Associate Strategic Planner - Lowe Roche Canada IE Alumnus

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His oversight was especially helpful when coming closer to the final deadline for my application. The reference letter I required had not been sent to John yet and the deadline was fast approaching. John went out of his way to contact my Professor directly to ensure the delivery of the letter. Thankfully we got the letter just in time and everything went through smoothly. Through the trying time John was there every step of the way, which put me at ease while going through this hectic process.

Après avoir effectué un Programme Technique en gestion hôtelière au Collège Lasalle, j’ai poursuivi mes études avec le programme Bachelor de l’École hôtelière de Lausanne. J’ai choisi cette école puisqu’elle jouit d’une excellente réputation à travers le monde. Elle ouvre de nombreuses portes pour ses étudiants dans le domaine de la gestion hôtelière ainsi que vers d’autres secteurs d’activités comme la gestion, la finance et le consulting.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Through Canada Law from Abroad’s website it was very easy to begin and complete the application process for UK law universities. Throughout the process John made sure I kept to deadlines and submitted the correct documentation on time.

get to know each and every one of my instructors personally. The leadership of the university is highly supportive of student initiatives. Opportunities to build on academic theories taught in classes through relevant, career related experiences in the greater community are also readily available. It has been my pleasure to be a part of NYIT’s MBA program.” Frankie Leung NYIT

L’école compte des élèves de 80 nationalités différentes dont les expériences professionnelles sont étendues. Cette richesse du corps étudiant contribue grandement à mon expérience à l’École Hôtelière de Lausanne. Chloé Girard (Québec) École Hôtelière de Lausanne

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When I first moved to Melbourne in 2008, I knew nothing about the city or Australia. After travelling the country and living in Melbourne and the surrounding areas, I have gained a second home. Although Australia is a fair distance from Canada, the two cultures share several similarities, making the transition to living in Australia less challenging. For me, the highlight of Monash’s pharmacy program was the several student placements, ranging from large inner city hospitals and pharmacies to small rural areas, all providing unique experiences. I have also made contacts that will ease my transition into the workforce. Overall, I have enjoyed my time overseas. I have gained friends and contacts for life and will miss them all once I graduate in the fall. MacKenzie Ludgate, Blind River in Ontario. Bachelor of Pharmacy, Monash University

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I was determined to go to school in the United States, but I was not sure about moving away from home. I decided to take the risk and lived in the residence halls at Wayne State University during my freshman year. Campus life has so much to offer, and I am still living on campus today. I was also fortunate to join the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and be part of the inaugural Wayne State club hockey team. Cameron Scott, Amherstburg, Ontario Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Science Wayne State University College of Education

Studying at the top of an office tower in the core of the business district in downtown Vancouver is a distinct privilege offered by NYIT Vancouver’s MBA program. Class sizes are small, which allowed me to

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AUSTRALIA

Studying in Australia An Experience that Lasts a Lifetime

ensures that the country’s reputation for quality services, innovative research and strong international partnerships is maintained and strengthened.

Australia has a well-deserved reputation for providing top quality education services. These services range from prestigious universities, vocational education and training providers, to high schools and English language training. In 2012, Australia received 515,853 international student enrolments across these four sectors. Australia’s universities have extensive links with Canadian universities and colleges, offering structured internationalization and articulation (credit transfer/recognition) opportunities. Australia is the third most popular destination of choice for Canadian students going abroad, after the US and the UK, with more than 4400 Canadians studying in Australia last year. The diversity of courses available is extensive and because each of these education sectors is linked, students can move easily through these pathways. Australia’s education providers promote innovative, creative and independent thinking, delivering practical solutions for real-world problems. Students learn to work as part of a team, to communicate effectively with others from around the globe and to develop the practical skills and intellectual abilities that are 12

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Canadian students in Australia

Canada was one of the Top 25 sources of international students for Australia in 2012.

Nearly three quarters of all Canadian students in Australia undertake higher education, either at the bachelor or masters level.

Canadian students undertake a wide array of fields of study in Australia such as teacher education, medical studies, rehabilitation therapies, legal studies and communication and media studies.

Student support required for global success. Students can be assured that they will receive a world-class education from experts. Australia has produced 15 Nobel prize laureates and every day over one billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations – including penicillin, in vitro fertilisation (IVF), ultrasound, wi-fi, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and black box flight recorders – to make their lives, and the lives of others, better. Find out more at www.studyinaustralia.gov.au Australia is a welcoming environment for international students, and the Australian Government appreciates the value that international students bring to its society, through developing cultural, research and business links that have mutual long-term benefits. By investing billions of dollars each year, the Australian Government

Student welfare is of the highest priority for the government, which is why it has introduced a number of policies that ensure that an Australian education experience is a positive and safe one. All Australian education institutions that enrol international students must be registered with the Australian Government and meet high standards of quality and ethical practice. These standards relate to curriculum, qualifications of teaching staff, facilities and specialist equipment. Students can therefore be confident that they will receive the quality of education that they pay for. Rigorous steps are also taken by all education institutions to provide comprehensive student support. Specialist services to help international students adjust to life and study in Australia and to achieve their goals include: Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11


• designated international student advisers • on-arrival reception and orientation programs • health, counselling, accommodation and career and employment services. The Education Service for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act holds education providers accountable for their services; in the rare event of a college closure, tuition fees are protected.

About the Australian education system Schooling in Australia begins with a preparatory year followed by 12 years of primary and secondary education. Attending school is compulsory until the age of 16 or completion of Year 10. Students who continue their education through years 11 and 12 study towards a government-endorsed certificate that provides a pathway to further education in an Australian tertiary education institution. There are two types of tertiary education programs in Australia: 1. those offered by universities and other public and private higher education providers 2. those offered by public and private training providers and institutions in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. There are 39 Australian universities, based both in the major cities as well as regional centres. Several of these universities regularly appear in the various world rankings (for example, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking and The Times Higher Education Supplement University Rankings). Australian universities offer programs that lead to qualifications ranging from undergraduate bachelor degrees to postgraduate doctorates. Many Australian institutions also offer foundation studies or bridging courses to help students meet the entry requirements for further study. Completing study through an Australian university increases employability and provides skills that are transferable to any part of a student’s life. Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11

Australia’s VET system delivers industry-based qualifications that provide students with the skills identified as critical by employers. This training ensures students develop the knowledge and expertise they need to enter the workforce for the first time, re-train for a new job, re-enter the workforce, or upgrade their skills. Many Australian institutions also offer English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

About Australia

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Apply to study in Australia To study in Australia you’ll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government.

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There are a number of steps you must go through, including: • deciding on your preferred course and institution

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The sixth largest country in the world (about the same size as continental US). A multicultural population of 23 million (1 in 4 Australians were born outside of the country). A land of diverse climates with spectacular scenery (with 10 per cent of the world’s biodiversity – many of its native plants, animals and birds exist nowhere else in the world). The world’s 12th largest economy and one of the most stable in light of the recent global financial crisis. Canberra is the nation’s capital, with Sydney and Melbourne being the largest cities respectively.

Sources: www.australia.gov.au and www.dfat.gov.au

• submitting your application to the institution • receiving and accepting a Letter of Offer • receiving your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) • applying for your student visa. There is a range of entry requirements that you will need to meet both for you institution application and your visa application. This can include: • academic requirements • English language requirements • evidence of funds to support your study • overseas student health cover.

Where to go for more information

If you’re already living or working in Australia, you may still be able to apply to study as an international student. Education agents in your home country can also help you with applying to study in Australia. Contributed by:

Austrade Canada www.austrade.gov.au

The official Australian Government website for international students, with information on courses, institutions and scholarships, studying and living in Australia and student stories is www.studyinaustralia.gov.au English language training: www.elicos.edu.au Austrade, 175 Bloor Street East, Suite 1100, South Tower, Toronto, Ontario Canada M4W 3R8; email: fareeda.chand@austrade. gov.au

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Environmental Studies in Australia

The imminent introduction of a carbon tax in Australia is opening doors for employment for graduates who are able to look at environmental management problems in new and creative ways. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) takes a multidisciplinary approach to environmental management: students are taught to consider issues from economic, legal and social perspectives as well as scientific ones. “It’s forcing us to think outside the box,” says Mitzi MacDonald, a recent graduate of UNSW’s Master of Environmental Management. “In trying to find ways to approach environmental problems, we need to cover all bases. The answer’s not going to come from one organization or one section of the government – if we are going to take it seriously, we need to change how we approach everything.”

Taking a problem-solving approach to environmental management interested Canadian-born Mitzi, who completed a bachelor’s degree in fine arts before coming to Australia to take a post graduate course in education. She does not see her background in design and teaching as an obstacle to working in environmental management – in fact, the disciplines are complementary, she says. “I developed an interest in the environment working for the recycling department of a council in London. After my post grad, I re-evaluated whether I wanted to teach in a classroom setting and then I found the course at UNSW. It was one of the most comprehensive environmental programs and also the entry was quite inclusive even though I didn’t have a science background.” Mitzi was able to catch up on the scientific fundamentals, while her arts background helped her to look at environmental issues in a new

way. “I feel there is plenty of room for creativity when looking at how we can do things better,” she says. Having enjoyed her time in Australia, Mitzi is now applying for a graduate visa. “There is a lot of potential for work in Australia: most councils here have sustainability officers or community programs geared to green initiatives. Also, resource industries need someone on hand who can do their environmental assessments and take a more sustainable approach as Australia introduces the carbon tax,” she says. Contributed by: UNSW Institute of Environmental Studies


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INFORMATION When you’ve finished university, it can be tough to decide where to turn next. There are a lot of paths out there, but limiting yourself to just one can make you feel panicky or overwhelmed. Many recent graduates overlook the merits of a college program, convinced that more school just isn’t what they want to be doing. Here’s a quick breakdown of some factors recent grads overlook when considering a college education.

Money, money, money!

For many university students, paying off student debt is a daunting task, and the thought of having to take on the added cost of post-graduate education is less than desirable. The upside of a post-graduate diploma from a college is that it comes at a fraction of the cost of a master’s degree.

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If you’ve already been in university for four or five years, what’s another two semesters? The public relations program I enrolled in after university was only eight months long, plus an internship. Other post-grad diplomas are two years. I know that you’ve already been out of the work force for at least four years and want to start making money as soon as possible, but while you’re already in study/education mode, stick with it for just a little longer; the payoff can be huge! I believe the career you will find yourself in will be far superior after another year of practical education than if you started your job search immediately following university, and here’s why:

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Practical, hands-on, industry-specific learning

Most university programs are quite theoretical in nature. While university can teach you many things, including discipline, time-management, organization, study skills, teamwork and management skills, you my be left feeling like you are somewhat knowledgeable in many areas of business, but not an expert in any particular one. You can know a lot about the field from a theoretical standpoint, but can’t necessarily apply that knowledge practically. You might feel the same way about the program you are enrolled in, and that’s OK. University allows you to get a sampling of many different areas of study. College is great for allowing you to pick your favourite industry, area of business, etc., and refine your skills and knowledge of this specific field. You spend much more time in the classroom – I’d say twice as much – and about half the time you’re used to being buried in books and personal study. You are taught by experts in the field who teach you lessons based on real-life examples they are dealing with at their other place of employment. In my case, I not only learned what PR was, but how to be an excellent PR practitioner. This industry-specific learning included writing labs, case studies, social media and web-development classes, group projects, guest lectures and panels, which all contributed to me leaving the program feeling confident that I could excel in my first PR job. I knew that my boss could ask me to write a press release, help plan a press conference, conduct daily media monitoring or help develop a communications plan and I’d be able to do so effectively.

Internship

Perhaps the most valuable part of a post-graduate diploma is the internship component. It’s during your internship that you get to apply your newly-acquired skills, network with professionals in your industry, be mentored, have the chance to be hired full-time, and gain awesome references for your job search once the internship is completed. Now, I don’t want you to write off pursuing a master’s degree. It’s an incredibly valuable learning experience, too. Certain programs can also be quite practical and have internship components. If you want to pursue further education in a field such as history or theology, for example, a master’s is certainly the way to go. There are professions where you simply can’t progress in that field unless you have a master’s.

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Arts Science Management Concordia offers 3 and 4 year Bachelor Degrees in Arts, Management and Science.

Choosing the right educational path takes a lot of thought. Not every master’s program is right for you and not every postgrad diploma is right for you, so do your research. I’m a huge supporter of post-graduate education and college is far too often written off as an option. If you want to learn more about my invaluable post-grad experience, feel free to contact us directly! Contributed by: By Rachel McKee TalentEgg.ca TalentEgg.ca is Canada’s leading job board and online career resource for college and university students and recent graduates.

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How do you open doors to the professions? By thinking and acting strategically. Becoming aware of the full nature and depth of professions is the first step to opening any doors. Most students tend to relate the word “profession” with the traditional professions such as accountancy, medicine, dentistry, engineering and law. However, in Canada there are now 40 self-regulated professions and the number is growing. See www.regulatorsforaccess.ca/resources/ regontario.aspx. There are also many nonregulated professions often governed by voluntary associations with easily accessible web sites. Think family mediation www.oafm.on.ca/, management consulting www.cmc-canada.ca, and chartered secretaries www.icsacanada.org. Be creative! Step #1 in Choosing a Professional Career Start thinking strategically about the service market that appeals to you rather than a specific profession. For example, think health care practitioner rather than doctor and you’ll discover that there are more than 29 self-regulated health professions in Canada. Think legal services provider instead of lawyer and you’ll discover that in BC there’s a self-regulated notary profession as well as a self-regulated legal profession; and in Ontario there’s a self-regulated legal profession that encompasses both lawyers and independent paralegals. Step #2 Get the Facts on the Profession that’s Right for You Once you’ve scoped out the service market and identified a shortlist of professional service providers that appeal to you, determine what the entry-level educational requirements are and the professional studies commitment you’ll need to make. Don’t go on what you’ve been told by friends or even well-intentioned guidance counselors. Get the facts. For example, many people in Canada presume that a university degree is a pre-requisite for admission to Canadian medical and law schools. Not true! It’s a lack of a sufficient number of domestic professional schools that forces students to obtain baccalaureate degrees to qualify for admission. Step #3 Consider the International Education Advantage What is true is that more Canadian professions and accredited Canadian Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11

professional schools tend to follow the American model and require higher postsecondary entrance requirements for admission than is the case in comparable E.U. and British Commonwealth countries. Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. all provide direct entry for high school graduates into the professional schools of dentistry, law and medicine. You become a dentist, doctor or lawyer by age 22-23 instead of 26-27, which is the norm in Canada. Opting for the international professional education route may well provide you with access to a world-class education at a leading-edge university abroad at substantially less cost than studying in Canada. Students looking at international professional schools can expect to save $50,000-$75,000 overall in education costs. Step #4 Professional Degree Specialization and Combined Degrees Established professional disciplinary borders are breaking down. Disciplines are evolving into specialization categories and/or integrating into multi-disciplinary practices. The era of the general practitioner in accounting, engineering, medicine and law is over. Obtaining a first level professional degree in Canada and sending out 100 résumés is no longer an assurance you’ll even qualify for an interview, let along land an entry-level position. Your initial professional degree is now an entry point into a graduate level professional specialization. It’s the professional specialization that’s the career door opener. On the other hand, combining your intellectual passion and baccalaureate degree with a professional degree and integrating them into a multi-disciplinary professional service, the “combined degree,” will place you in the leading edge of the new professional services paradigm. International professional education is at the forefront in embracing specialized professional and combined multi-disciplinary degrees. Step #5 Getting Foreign Professional Degrees Approved in Canada In the past, many prospective students have been reluctant to pursue an international professional education, believing that they will have difficulty getting their professional degree accredited for practice in Canada. Fair Access to Regulated Professions legislation www.fairnesscommissioner.ca has now made foreign professional degree accreditation a routine process. Fair access legislation is an acknowledgement that the world in which we now live and work has created a paradigm shift that encompasses a global professional

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International Professional and Combined Degrees The Six Steps to Opening Doors to Exciting New Careers services market. International education is the access point to it. Step #6 International Professional and “Combined Degree” Education The blending of global centres of excellence at the graduate professional degree level at international schools that offer leading-edge graduate specializations and innovative combined multi-disciplinary professional degrees, together with the ease of entry and the cost savings, make the case for this being the professional career route you should take. 1. Think Law/ Mediation/Compliance/ General Counsel 2. Think Legal Services/Judicial Admin/ Corporate Governance 3. Think Medicine/Chiropractic/ Naturopathy/Chiropody 4. Think Health Care/Privacy/Ethics/ Hospital Administration 5. Think Teaching/E-course design/ Professional Coaching 6. Think Social Work/Career & Life Style Counseling 7. Think Engineering/ Sustainable Development 8. Think Math/Web Content Design/Digital Film Making 9. Think Kinesiology/Prosthetics/Orthotics Technician 10. Think Business-Private/Public/ Partnerships “The 3PS” 11. Think Political Science/ International Law/ NGOs 12. Think Strategically! Think International! Contributed by: John G. Kelly, B.Com., LL.B. M.Sc., M.A. (Jud.Admin.) F.CIS. John G. Kelly is a former law professor and president of Canada Law From Abroad, which provides an international education bridge for Canadian students to obtain LLB degrees to practice law in Canada and graduate LLM degrees for students wanting to open doors to multi-disciplinary professional careers. www.canadalawfromabroad.com

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“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” These are the wise words of self-help author Wayne Dyer and in his message it is clear that self-motivation is the key for personal satisfaction. Currently, students are motivated to make honour roll, to achieve their personal goals; but what defines a personal goal? Personal goals are limited by what we think we are capable and worthy of achieving. Never once have I met a fellow student who has said that if they had the opportunity to become someone greater

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than themselves, they would not take it. But in my opinion, people always have that opportunity and it’s up to them to open up to chances and take a step out of their comfort zones.

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Far too often, we trick ourselves into thinking that what we have now is good enough. Students who do not do as well as they would like to in school have the tendency to say, “I didn’t put in as much effort, so I didn’t expect to learn as much,” or, when comparing with other schoolmates, “They just studied harder than I did.” Excuse after excuse, we build

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Earn Your M.B.A. in Vancouver from a Global Institution n In the Heart of Downtown Vancouver n Study Part Time or Full Time up a wall of mental barriers to protect our own dignities and pride until finally, we have convinced ourselves that we’re satisfied with being mediocre. We do this for one of two reasons: Some of us fear that if we try our best to succeed, we still might encounter failure. Most of us, however, lack the spirit of true motivation. Sometimes, our parents push us to do better or try harder, but we only do enough to satisfy their expectations. Not all of us are fortunate enough to find something we truly want or desire. But when we do find that motivation, everything changes. Math doesn’t seem as boring as it once did, no matter how much we hate studying or working on it. It seems enjoyable because we choose to do it and that’s because when we willingly practice, study or work, we are moving ourselves towards a goal. Towards realizing a dream. Along the process of reaching that goal, we receive feedback from our peers and family. As human beings, we love talking about the things that are important to us and so when we find that spark of motivation, we want to share it with those around us. Unfortunately, some of our peers will belittle us and our own families will try to stop us to protect us from risk and failure. Faced with this negative feedback, students might drop their goals thinking they aren’t good enough to achieve their ambitions. Finding true motivation is not something everyone will accomplish in a lifetime. It is truly a blessing, as motivation creates so many opportunities for success. That is why it is so important for parents, siblings, peers and teachers to recognize the importance of supporting students in the pursuit of their greatest aspirations. In order to achieve success, we don’t need talent. We don’t even need to be the best at what we’re doing; we just need to keep doing it. In the end, we only have ourselves to depend on to achieve our dreams. So if you find something you love doing, don’t stop doing it. It is that burning passion and desire for excellence that sparks true motivation; it is the burning passion, desire for excellence and true motivation that will unlock your doors to success. Contributed by: Sara Lian, 16, Abbey Park High School (Oakville, ON)

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we say All over the world talent speaks italian. That is why every year more than 2.500 students come from all over the world to Istituto Marangoni in Milano, Paris, London or Shanghai to study fashion and design. Together with us, their dreams of today become their brilliant careers of tomorrow. For further information: Paula Gunther | p.gunther@istitutomarangoni.com

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istituto marangoni makes history in 2013 a bright future for the italian network of schools in fashion & design, with over 75 years of experience: we say bravo! 2013 has become a historic year for Istituto Marangoni, a year to celebrate the core values of the group and to reinforce its educational commitment to forming the next generations that will lead the fashion & design industries: in March Istituto Marangoni’s opened its first training centre in Asia, Shanghai; in May its Paris campus relocated to the exclusive fashion area in Rue de Miromesnil nearby Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré; in June its London campus celebrated its 10th anniversary with their debut at London Graduate Fashion Week (the most important of its kind), featuring 19 talented designers in a catwalk show; in July Istituto Marangoni opened its first representative office in India, Mumbai. “I’m proud to say that Istituto Marangoni’s strength remains within its unique vision into the future of fashion and design without forgetting the strong Italian heritage of its past” says Roberto Riccio, Istituto Marangoni Group Managing Director: “this vision and this heritage is shared not only by our staff but also by our students, becoming a common place that allows inspiring ideas and projects to be born and to become a reality” Istituto Marangoni was founded in Milano in 1935 by Giulio Marangoni. Throughout the past 78 years thousands of students have learned the essence of fashion and design with a strong Italian imprint. Its teaching staff is formed by professionals who are passionate about their work and are willing to share their expertise with their students, empowering young talent to become the future professionals in fashion and design. Istituto Marangoni’s alumni include globally renowned names such as Domenico Dolce (Dolce & Gabbana) and Franco Moschino.

If this wasn’t enough, in this historical year for Istituto Marangoni, the group announced the opening of the New Design School in Milano in February 2014. An exciting venture under direction of Massimo Zanatta which counts with Giulio Cappellini, one of the most renowned Italian Design Maestros as an ambassador and special consultant for courses and forthcoming projects. The School will be located in Via Cerva in Milano’s design district. All furnishings and the interior design at the new Design School will be realized by Giulio Cappellini, an inspiring environment for all students to be surrounded by a model of Milan’s design success.

Currently Istituto Marangoni is an established and recognized workshop of aesthetic principles in the European style with a strong Italian imprint and offers a wide range of courses in Design & Fashion, in the 3 areas of studies of creation, communication and coordination. The school has formed 40,000 individuals from over 90 different nationalities throughout 4 generations, including Domenico Dolce (Dolce & Gabbana) and Franco Moschino (Moschino), counting today with schools in Milano, London, Paris and Shanghai. Each year over 2,500 students become part of the Istituto Marangoni family. Its students firmly believe in their future as the new generation of professionals, and so do we.

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Scotland’s Universities

Culture and history

With 19 world-class institutions, Scotland’s university sector offers unparalleled quality and choice. We are proud to offer the highest rates of student satisfaction in quality of teaching in all of Britain. Scotland’s universities offer their graduates the highest rate of employment or further study in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Scotland has a wealth of ancient monuments, castles and museums reflecting Scotland’s long and rich history. The country plays host to a dynamic annual calendar of internationally acclaimed musical and cultural festivals, including the International Film, Fringe and Arts Festivals, the Military Tattoo and Melas. There are myriad theatres, museums, art galleries, cinemas and parks showcasing the traditional and current culture of Scotland. Scotland’s National galleries and museums are free of charge, making it easy for students to appreciate our art and culture.

You’ll have heard about kilts and bagpipes, but Scotland has plenty more to offer. Scotland has a strong and proud history of university education, a thriving arts and culture scene, stunning landscapes and stateof-the-art sporting facilities. There really is something in Scotland for everyone. Scotland’s people Today, as throughout its history, Scots have made their impact felt on the world, including in the fields of medicine, engineering and science, politics, history, the arts and sport. Scotland’s legacy of great innovators includes the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, in the nineteenth century and John Logie Baird, an alumnus of Scotland’s universities, who invented the television. Today, our great innovators include Professor Higgs, who first posited the existence of the Higgs Boson particle whilst a professor at the University of Edinburgh. There are seven cities in Scotland: the capital Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling, Aberdeen, Inverness and Perth. The most densely populated area of Scotland is known as the ‘central belt,’ which runs west to east and includes the urban areas of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Outside the central belt, the Highlands and Islands include 90 inhabited islands and the region is frequently placed in the top five most desirable places to live in the UK. Inverness, Scotland’s most northerly city is reached within a three hour drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11

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to see what scholarships different universities have to offer. You can also contact your local British Council Office to find out what they offer students from your country to study in the UK. Saltire Scholarships Saltire Scholarships are available to students from Canada, China, India and the USA. The Saltire Scholarships are for students at undergraduate, masters, or PhD level to come and study in Scotland for one year. Contributed by: Study in Scotland www.studyinscotland.org

Scotland has something for everyone in terms of leisure and outdoor activities, with so much to experience. With so much beautiful natural landscape in Scotland, even city dwellers don’t need to travel far to walk in Scotland’s hills or along its lochs and beaches. If your interests lie in sports, there are opportunities to participate in every conceivable sport with state-of-theart facilities: football, rugby, golf, skiing, mountain biking, hillwalking, climbing, tennis, sailing, as well as traditional Scottish sports including shinty and curling. Spectacular spectator events not to be missed include the Scottish Highland Games, which are held from May to September throughout the country, the most famous being the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering. Funding and Fees You will find that there are several scholarships and awards on offer to study in Scotland, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. If you know where you would like to study, the best place to look is on the institution’s website. Otherwise, you can search for scholarships on the Education UK website

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Europe is at the root of all modern universities. Starting in the 10th century in Bologna (Italy), universities were founded in most parts of Western and Central Europe over the following three centuries. Paris, Oxford and Prague are but a few examples. Independence from outside interference was and remains key to the success of academic education. Over centuries, European universities have successfully adapted to new challenges, an achievement of great importance in today’s increasingly competitive, knowledge-based global economy. Higher education and lifelong learning opportunities are essential to personal and professional development as well as a country’s economic viability. Throughout Europe, there are approximately 4,000 higher education institutions, with over 19 million students and 1.5 million staff.   32

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What is the European Union’s role? The European Union (EU) is a supranational, political and economic entity, composed of (currently) 27 democratic countries with a population of roughly 500 million. All EU citizens benefit from a common European Charter of Human Rights, free movement of people, goods, services and capital, and they directly elect the European Parliament.

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One of the organizational principles of the EU is subsidiarity, i.e., decisions should be taken at the lowest, but still effective level of government. Therefore in the EU, each Member State oversees and finances its own education and training systems. The EU complements these efforts, notably by encouraging student mobility across the borders.   Challenges and responses Despite their excellent reputation, European universities are also faced with challenges with regard to updated curricula and enrolment numbers. In Europe, like elsewhere, some universities even lack the management tools and funding to match their ambitions. Through the “Bologna Process,” Europe promotes reforms in higher education with an even wider group of 47 European states. In this framework, the EU supports the efforts of its Member States in the development of their higher education policies. Erasmus Mundus scholarships worldwide  The EU encourages the exchange of best practices between different countries, in addition to its “Erasmus Programme,” which sponsors about 200,000 European students every year to study or work in another EU Member State. In keeping the strong emphasis on mobility beyond its borders, the EU has proposed a separate strategy to create more knowledge and innovation by engaging internationally. The Erasmus Mundus programme supports EU higher education and cooperation with non-EU countries. Canadian students and academic institutions are encouraged to participate.

EU-Canada cooperation The EU and Canada concluded a formal agreement on cooperation in higher-education and vocational training with more than 2,300 active bilateral agreements at all levels. Student mobility as well as the recognition of competences and credentials remain of increasing importance to both sides. Contributed by: Delegation of the EU to Canada www.eeas.europa.eu/canada/index_en.htm

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L’Union européenne offre des possibilités d’études à tous les étudiants étrangers.

opportunities for all international students. There are several study programmes that provide financial support for student mobility while promoting higher education and greater intercultural understanding. Every year, about 2 million international students benefit from European higher education programmes, such as Erasmus Mundus scholarships for masters and doctoral studies.

Plusieurs programmes accordent un soutien financier pour la mobilité étudiante tout en faisant la promotion de l’éducation supérieure et une plus grande compréhension interculturelle. Chaque année, environ 2 millions d’étudiants étrangers bénéficient de programmes européens d’études supérieures, tel que les bourses Erasmus Mundus applicables à des études de maîtrise et de doctorat.

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Five Factors to Consider when Choosing a University Abroad A Student’s Perspective

It is not an easy task. With thousands of universities to choose from abroad, how do you determine which one is right for you? You can spend days and days researching and looking at all the different schools out there, but the reality is that your final choice will result in giving up on one opportunity to pursue another. It’s just a matter of picking the right, more logical one. Coming from someone who’s just gone through the process of picking a grad school overseas, here are my tips to help any prospective, overwhelmed student out there with their decision by highlighting the five main factors to consider when choosing a university abroad.

Location Location, location, location! At least that’s what they say in the movie-biz and real estate. Why? Because it’s appealing and the easiest of all the factors to relate to. From pictures, articles, movies, and word-of-mouth, usually everyone has an opinion of

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a country or place. It is important to consider what you want out of the location you will be living in for the next several years. If you love architecture, culture, and history, then a university located in Europe will probably draw you in. More into sun, surf, and seafood? Then Australia or coastal USA cities will likely suite you better. With the location factor, remember to consider your hobbies and passions, which can thrive depending on the environment you immerse yourself in and are things that shouldn’t be sacrificed.

University Not surprisingly, more significant than location is the university itself, considering you will be spending the vast majority of your time there, as opposed to exploring the streets of the town where it resides. That being said, this factor will also take up most of your research time. Some of the essential questions to ask are: How many students go there? How well is it recognized? Do you want to get

a degree because of the school’s reputation or its educational system? At some point you will find that you need to address what you are really going to university for, and this is when the next factor comes in. And if you are still having trouble deciding, speak with a professional education consultant, who can shed more light on the matter.

Program/Degree This factor is the most fundamental, as it begs you to ask the question, “Why am I going to university in the first place?” Some people know what they want, and some don’t and hope to find it at university, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, if you do know what field you want to study (science, art, music, etc.) then you have to find out if the university you are looking at offers the degree and how established/well-regarded their program is. Some schools may not be as world renowned as Oxford or Cambridge, but their specialties may be the best in the world, and the

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Supervisor/Project (for Masters and PhD students) If you looking abroad to further continue your education with a research-based Master or PhD degree, while all the other factors still apply, finding the right supervisor/project is key. It’s all about connections. You need to find a supervisor that you can work with, that motivates you, and has an interesting research project that you can be passionate about. Thus, contacting a professor prior to applying is highly recommended. Other considerations are having the right research team, working/ learning environment, lab/mechanical resources, and incentive of publication.

Finance Last, but definitely not least, is the money factor. A huge hurdle that stops potential students from studying abroad are the frightening tuition

fees. But fear not, as where there’s a will, there’s a way! There are tons of scholarships that you can find on the internet, and many universities offer an international-fee scholarship to lure students from abroad. Canadian student loans are also available and support not only national, but international studies. Other things to consider are family and friends with connections abroad. It is important to also realize that tuition is not the only expense: the cost of living varies substantially depending on the country and location. Cost of food, housing, and transportation will likely be the majority of your expenses, so it’s worth knowing ahead of time what to expect. Finally, don’t forget the cost of relocating, as international flights are pricey and you must ask yourself how often you want to fly home. Considering these five factors will allow you to understand not only what you want out of school, but what you want out of yourself. Remember why you want to go abroad in the first place, as you may question it multiple times during your search. I considered it a rewarding venture that I was keen to pursue in my initial search for grad school, and what drove me was

the chance to have exposure to a different country and academic culture. International students at universities enable both sides to benefit from the cross-fertilization of culture, ideas and knowledge. Now, if you really want to get nerdy you can make a spreadsheet like I did and weigh the factors. It helped me narrow down my options to a handful of great choices. Thus, after you’ve done your research and logically narrowed down your options for schools aboard, you may find yourself stuck between some equally great opportunities. At this point, I’ll leave you with some advice someone wise once said: Sometimes you just have to put aside logic, and do what feels right. Contributed by: Stephanie Sykora Stephanie Sykora holds a BSc from UVic, Canada in Earth Science. You can follow her blog http://www.exploringthearth.com (twitter@stephsykora). She will be pursuing an MSc starting 2013 at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

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A few points of interest:

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 – local and international – educated here are earning a reputation as a new breed of innovative thinkers, and enjoying success the world over.

New Zealand is a unique blend of Maori, European and other cultures, and boasts three official languages: English, Maori, and New Zealand Sign Language.

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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.

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Kia Ora – Welcome! Discover New Zealand 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. 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. Geography New Zealand – in the Maori language, Aotearoa, “Land of the long white cloud” – is an island nation located in the south-western 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. Brief History 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. Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11

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, easygoing, 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. 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. (www.newzealandnow.govt.nz)

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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.

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. 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? 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. 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) Study In Canada • Study Abroad

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specialist bachelor’s degrees which take longer to complete.

State-owned post-secondary institutions are made up of universities, colleges of education (teachers colleges), polytechnics (institutes of technology) and wananga (education in a Maori cultural context). In addition, there are numerous non-state-owned private training establishments.

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 study, compared to one year for a Master’s degree for a candidate who does have an Honours degree.

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 © Jasper_Lensselink_Photography - Shutterstock.com

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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.

A candidate who has either a Master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with Honours may proceed to a doctoral degree. How to Apply for a New Zealand Student Visa 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 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

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Take your Academic Career to the Next Level Switzerland is known for its mountains, cheese and chocolate, for sure. However, there is plenty more to be added to these traditional images of the country in the heart of Europe. Having been awarded the number one spot of INSEAD’s Global Innovation Index ranking for the third time in a row is a powerful indicator that education, top-level research and innovation are driving the country. The Swiss higher education landscape comprises academic studies at the ten Cantonal Universities and the two Federal Institutes of Technology. In addition, there are various public and private Universities of Applied Sciences, as well as Pedagogical and Fine Arts Universities, which provide a more profession-oriented focus. 40

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Great minds from around the world come to Switzerland to benefit from its world-class institutions and enjoy an outstanding quality of life. And so could you! Here is why: Excellence in education… All Swiss universities share a drive for excellence in teaching and research, resulting in their consistent ranking among the best universities in the world. In fact, according to the 2013 Times Higher Education university ranking, seven Swiss universities are ranked amongst the top 150 universities worldwide. In other words, 79 % of all students in Switzerland can claim to attend one of those top institutes.

… at affordable costs Switzerland prides itself on its high standard of a publicly funded education system that is affordable for both Swiss and non-Swiss students. In fact, the average cost for a year’s tuition is CAD 1,450 for Swiss and CAD 2,100 for international students. World champion in innovation Switzerland is consistently ranked as one of the most innovative and competitive work-places in the world; this is made possible thanks to the universities’ cutting-edge research and considerable investments by the public and private sector. In terms of Nobel Prizes per capita, Switzerland scores at the top of the international table. Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11


Europe. Thanks to international airports in Basel, Geneva and Zurich, and train stations in almost every town, cities such as Paris, Rome, Vienna or Berlin are at your doorstep. Next steps: Immigration, scholarships and internships You have chosen your Swiss university… What are the next steps? Canadian citizens need to apply for a student visa at the Swiss Consulate in Montreal or Vancouver. Be aware that an application takes several months to process, and careful preparation of the documents is required.

A multicultural environment in the heart of Europe Switzerland lies in the heart of Europe and at the crossroads of several languages and cultures, attracting people from all over the world. Thus, it is only logical that Swiss universities are very international, too. More than 50% of all PhD students and postdocs and 45% of the faculty members at Swiss universities come from another country. Furthermore, many UN organizations and international NGOs are located in Geneva and over 10,000 multinational companies are headquartered in Switzerland.

Regarding scholarships: contact your host university and they will be able to provide you with a list of opportunities. Furthermore, the website of the Canadian Bureau for International Education offers a database with grants and scholarships available to Canadians.

facilitates the work permit application process and allows Canadians to improve their language and professional skills abroad. Weblinks: Visit the following websites for more information: www.swissuniversity.ch http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/ home/reps/nameri/vcan/canott/ymp. html www.swissworld.org Contributed by: Urs Obrist, PhD Science, Research and Education Officer, Embassy of Switzerland, Ottawa Photo courtesy of Embassy of Switzerland

If you would rather like to gain work experience during or after your studies, consider applying for the SwissCanadian Youth Mobility Program. Though applicants are required to find a job themselves, the program

Students and skilled workers alike appreciate Switzerland’s outstanding quality of living and its function as an excellent starting point to discover

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Swiss researchers continue to produce a high number of scientific papers with considerable impact in their respective disciplines. This is supported by excellent infrastructures, such as the world-renowned CERN in Geneva. In addition, the private sector invests heavily into research, particularly in the pharmaceutical, chemical and engineering sector.


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Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

ECOLE HOTELIERE DE LAUSANNE

School/Institution Name: Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, est. 1893 The first hospitality management school established in the world.

Institution Type:Name: Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, est. 1893 The first hospitality management school Public / Private:established in the world. University

Lausanne, Switzerland, est. 1893

We select passionate people and

Private

EXECUTIVE MBA

Type: educate them to become responsible (Sept. intake) University (Private) Special Features of the Location: leaders in hospitality. We offer a truly EHL’s 12-month Executive MBA in Special Features of the Location: international education, with about Hospitality Administration is for career The lively university town Lausanne provides antown idyllic of Lausanne The oflively university 80 nationalities represented among changers who wish to move into setting at the foot of provides the Alps, onan theidyllic shores of Europe’s setting at the foot of the largest lake, Lake Leman. It lies on the French-speaking our 2,000 students, and programmes hospitality, or for career climbers already Alps, on the shores of Europe’s largest region of Switzerland and is the 5th largest city in the offered both in English and French. in the field who wish to fast-track their lake, Lake Leman. It lies on the Frenchcountry. Lausanne houses the headquarters of the of Switzerland and is the careers. International Olympicspeaking Committee region and a number of 5th largest city involleyball the country. Lausanne select people and edu- EXECUTIVE MBA When youWe enter thepassionate world of the Ecole international sport federations like baseball, and (Sept. intake) houses the headquarters of the InternacateLausanne, them to become responsible leadswimming. hôtelière de you immediately ALUMNI NETWORK tional Olympic Committee and a number EHL’s 12-month Executive MBA in Hospiersand in hospitality. Weand offer feel energy enthusiasm, a a truly inWith over 25,000 Alumni active in 120 of international sport federations like Programs Offered: ternational education, with about 80 tality Administration is for career changpurpose. It is a place countries, oneinto of the most or baseball, volleyball and swimming. sense of shared ers whoEHL wish has to move hospitality, nationalities represented among our • A two-year Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant where everyone is different yet everyone widely international, professionally for career climbers already in the field 2’000 students, and programmes ofManagement (Associate Degree) offered: Programmes feels at home. Walk down theand main experienced and socially active alumni who wish to fast-track their careers. fered both in English French. • A four-year Bachelor’s degree in International Hospitality • A two-year Diploma in Hotel and Restauhallway of the school and you will hear networks of any hospitality management Management rant Management (Associate Degree) When you enterbeing the world of the Ecole ALUMNI NETWORK ten different languages spoken – • A one-year full-time Executive MBA in Hospitality school in the world today. A majority • A four-year Bachelor’s degree in Interhôtelière de Lausanne, you immedi- With over 25’000 Alumni active in 120 Administration national Hospitality Management a microcosm of the hospitality industry of our alumni EHL are currently countries, has one inofhighthe most ately feel energy and enthusiasm, and itself. • A one-year full-time Executive MBA in responsibilty positions with major widely international, professionally exa sense of shared purpose. It is a place Total Number ofHospitality Students: Administration companies the global periencedin and sociallyhospitality active alumni where everyone is different yet every2,000 One unique our campus networks of any management onefeature feels atof home. Walk down the main industry as well ashospitality other sectors. Number of Students: hallway of the school and you will hear school in the world today. A majority of is that it is run like a hotel. It has 2’000 (50% are international) alumni areTOP currently in high-responten different languages being spoken THE – our accommodations, a reception, Total Number of International Students: WORLD’S EMPLOYERS Accommodation options: a microcosm of the hospitality industry sibilty positions whith major companies conference facilities, and three different RECRUIT ON-CAMPUS 60% are international There are 300 single or double studios in the global hospitality industry as well itself. restaurants. This includes a fine-dining Every year, sectors. we welcome on-campus on campus where most students choose as other restaurantOne open to thefeature public,offour unique our main campus is live during their first year of studies. more than 90 companies who are AccommodationtoOptions: THEtoWORLD’S TOP EMPLOYERS COME that four it is run like akitchens, hotel. It has accomkitchens and satellite Afterwards, students can then choose to eager hire our graduates. Recent RECRUIT ON-CAMPUS modations, a reception, share a flat or house with other students; There are 300 single or double studios on campus a state-of-the-art auditorium andconference faexamples include: Four Seasons, where most students choose live during their first accommodation there is to plenty of rented cilities, and three different restaurants. Every year, we welcome on-campus banqueting facilities. Hyatt, Starwood, Accor, Ernst & Young, year of studies. Afterwards, students canin then to Lausanne. available nearby, orchoose around This includes a fine-dining restaurant more than 90 companies who are eager PriceWaterhouseCoopers, JP Morgan, share a flat or house with other students; there is plenty to hire our graduates. Recent examples open to the public, four main kitchens ASSOCIATE DEGREE Student Life:nearby, in or around of rented accommodation available Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal, Servair, include: Four Seasons, Hyatt, Starwood, and four satellite kitchens, a state-ofLausanne. EHL currently has 30 student-run (Sept. com- & Feb. intakes) Accor, and Ernstmany & Young, PriceWaterhouseExpedia, more the-art auditorium and banqueting famittees. Career preparation clubs and Our two-year Hotel and Restaurant Coopers, JP Morgan, Procter & Gamcilities. Student Life: on-campus events allow students to be Management Diploma is for working ble, L’Oréal, Servair, Expedia, and many FINANCIAL AID exposed to the industry. Volunteer work is ASSOCIATE DEGREE EHL currently has 30 student-run committees. Career more professionals with some hospitality EHL is officially recognized by the also possible at hotel schools in develop(Sept. & Feb. intakes) preparation clubs and on-campus events allow students to experience looking either to launch ing countries. Sports facilities include a Canadian Revenue FINANCIAL AID Agency as a Our 2-year Hotel and Restaurant Manbe exposed to the industry. Volunteer work is also possible their own agement business,Diploma or to advance their profully equipped centre, a gymnasiat hotel schools in developing countries. fitness Sports facilities EHL is officially by such, the Canais for working University outside recognized Canada. 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In adSuisse Occidentale) • HES-SO (Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Our Bachelor degreeDEGREE is designed for BACHELOR aid is available to qualified applicants. dition, financial aid is available to qualiOccidentale) • NEASC (New England Association of aiming for senior management those (Sept. & Feb. intakes) Forfied details, please For visitdetails, please visit applicants. • NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Schools and Colleges) positions Our and Bachelor an international degree business is designed for Colleges) scholarships.ehl.edu. scholarships.ehl.edu. those aiming forprogramme senior management career in hospitality. The Contact details: and an international business lasts four positions years, including a preparatory Contact Details:Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne MEET US ON CAMPUS ABROAD MEET US ON CAMPUS OR OR ABROAD hospitality. The programme Route de Cojonnex 18, 1000 Lausanne 25 with career year a heavyinfocus on practical FORFOR THE LATEST THE LATEST Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Switzerland. DETAILS ABOUT learning. lasts 4 years, including a preparatory DETAILS ABOUT Route de CojonnexTel. 18, 1000 Lausanne 25 +41-21-785-1111 year with a heavy focus on practical OUR INFORMATION Switzerland. OUR INFORMATION Email: admissions@ehl.ch learning. SESSIONS ON CAMPUS Tel. +41-21-785-1111 SESSIONS ON CAMPUS ANDAND ABROAD: Email: admissions@ehl.ch ABROAD: meet-us.ehl.edu Website: www.ehl.edu Website: www.ehl.edu

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INFORMATION

Are You Bilingual or Multilingual?

These Five Industries Want You! One useful skill you can work on while travelling abroad is brushing up on another language, or even several languages. Aside from facilitating your travel, knowing multiple languages can be a huge asset in your search for employment at home or abroad. Don’t have another language under your belt? There’s always time to learn! You could sign up for night classes, or even teach yourself via a book or computer program. If you still need some convincing about the value of language in the workplace, then check out these five industries where a second (or third, or fourth) language can help you hatch your career: 1) Healthcare Healthcare is a stable field to work in, since it’s an important service. Having the use of an another language will make you an asset to any healthcare team, and will also position you to work on the administrative side of things anywhere in the country. Potential Jobs: Registered Nurse, Paramedic, Pharmacist, Medical Researcher

situations, why not impart some of this knowledge on those with a desire to learn it? Education is an extremely rewarding career path. Your contributions could help someone hatch a dream career. Potential Jobs: Curriculum Specialist, ESL instructor, Guidance Counselor 4) Customer Service Providing customer service is much more effective if both parties can communicate clearly. Being bilingual or multilingual will allow you serve a greater number of customers, which will give your company a greater scope of potential clients – something that will definitely please both your employer and your customers. Potential Jobs: Sales Clerk, Customer Service Representative, Host or Hostess 5) Social Services Social service covers a huge range of work and includes dedicated work with those in need. In this field, it’s critical to eliminate as many language barriers as possible to ensure that every client’s unique needs are being met.

Whether you’re at a hotel or resort, or are up at 30,000 feet in a plane, getting away from it all can turn from a relaxing idea to a frustrating experience if there are communication barriers.

A job that allows you to put your bilingual or multilingual skills to work can be a rewarding and exciting direction for your career. Next time you’re job hunting, pay close attention to those seeking candidates with additional language skills.

Speaking multiple languages is a skill that could make you indispensable to a hospitality or travel team. Plus, the opportunity to explore new places isn’t a bad job perk!

Potential Jobs: Child Welfare Worker, Substance Abuse Worker, Social Work Administrator

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Study in Sweden It’s easy to promote Sweden as a study destination; not because it’s my job, but because the country pretty much sells itself. As a native of North America who has lived in this wonderful country for over ten years, I can speak from experience. After initially coming to Sweden as an exchange student at Uppsala University, I was blown away by the country and decided I would learn the language and come back as a postgraduate student, which I eventually did at University of Gothenburg. There’s something special about studying and living in the country of the midnight sun that convinced me I had to come back. The society is extremely progressive, Swedes themselves are almost intimidatingly trendy, the country is at once amazingly cutting-edge while also staying true to its pagan roots, as demonstrated by their love of the outdoors and pride when celebrating the midsummer holiday. And there are, of course, the informal classrooms that expose you to a creative environment built simultaneously on collaboration as well as free-thinking and individual responsibility. Sweden is a wonderful country to live and study in. Once the Swedish educational system has its hands on 46

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you, it won’t let go…and if on the offchance that it does, a Swedish boy or girl may even grab you instead. Study in English Sweden has the special ability to provide international students with something that few other countries cannot: A chance to experience a different culture in a non-English speaking country while still letting you use English in academic settings. This is due to the Swedes’ remarkable English skills, which they begin perfecting as early as age seven. The ability of Swedes to speak excellent English has also helped produce a university system offering more than 650 master’s programmes taught in English, as well as numerous courses at the undergraduate level. Study among creative minds While you may not know it yet, Sweden is one of, if not the most creative countries in the world, according to various indices and international rankings. A country consisting of around nine million people has created some of the world’s bestknown household names, for example, H&M, Skype, Volvo and IKEA. This inventiveness comes not from vast numbers, but from flexible minds educated at Swedish universities.

The Swedish university system shares many similarities with the North American education system except for the informal classrooms, where professors insist on students calling them by their first name, which has helped foster a special learning environment. Creativity and critical thinking are encouraged, collaboration instead of competition between students is promoted and group-work is routine. I was recently discussing the Swedish education system with Brian Palmer, an American who was previously voted Harvard’s most popular lecturer and has given up his life in the USA to lecture at Uppsala University in Sweden. One comment that Brian made summed up perfectly how the Swedish education system manages to produce so many creative and civically-engaged individuals that help form the country’s competitive international workforce: “The Swedish educational system shows great faith in the maturity of students and that, in turn, encourages students to take responsibility to grow at a young age and be very serious leaders.” Academic excellence Swedes are so modest that they would never tell you, but Sweden has world-class education and research Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11


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in many areas including, but not limited to, environmental science, sustainability, medicine, business, engineering, design, social sciences and biomedicine. While international rankings may not tell the entire story, the Swedish higher education system has been ranked as #2 in the world, which is certainly something to boast about. The Swedish way The country once known for its fierce Viking ancestry is now better known for its social welfare system, gender equality (parliament consists of nearly 50% women), paid parental leave of up to 16 months that can be split equally between parents, a green sustainable society and five-week paid annual vacation. Many believe this security and welfare has helped enable the spirit of innovation that permeates Swedish society. The quirkiness of student life in Sweden If you are like most students living in a student corridor you may initially be shocked to find that there is a communal sauna at the top of your student dorm. Even more shocking perhaps is learning that taking a sauna ‘in the buff’ is standard behaviour. Many Swedish universities have Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11

something called student nations, which are run by the student union and arrange social activities. Student nations are a bit like a mix between Hogwarts, a restaurant, and a nightclub, and if your university has them, the chances are you will be spending a lot of time there. As a student in Sweden, get used to cycling a lot. Watching Swedes biking to class in the morning reminds me of birds migrating south during the winter. Things you might not know about Sweden

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Capital: Stockholm Population: 9,42 million Language: Swedish Sweden has over 97,500 lakes larger than 2 acres and 221,800 islands. In the north of Sweden, the sun does not set during June and does not rise during December. The surface area of the country is the size of Spain or the state of California. The Right of Public access entitles anyone to pass through any land, including private property, to hike, pick berries and mushrooms, provided that the natural environment and property is respected. Many people know the Nobel Prize is Swedish; less known is the

fact that a lucky few international students are invited to the ceremony every year. Sweden is #1 in the UN Human Poverty Index measuring longevity, knowledge and a decent standard of living.

Facts about the Swedish higher education system

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Number of universities: 40 A bachelor’s degree in Sweden takes 3 years, a master’s degree takes 1 or 2 years and a PhD takes 4 years. PhD students do not pay a tuition fee and generally receive a salary. Number of international students studying in Sweden each year: 38,000 (from the 2011-12 academic year) Number of English language programmes at the bachelor and master level: More than 650

Find out more To find out more about how you can study in Sweden please come to our homepage at www.studyinsweden.se Contributed by: Douglas Washburn, Study in Sweden, Swedish Institute

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Rank

World University Rankings 2012-2013 Source: www.timeshighereducation.co.uk

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Location

1

California Institute of Technology

United States

2

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

2

Stanford University

United States

4

Harvard University

United States

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

6

Princeton University

United States

7

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

8

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

9

University of California, Berkeley

10

University of Chicago

United States

11

Yale University

United States

12

ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

13

University of California, Los Angeles

United States

14

Columbia University

United States

United States

Switzerland

15

University of Pennsylvania

United States

16

Johns Hopkins University

United States

17

University College London

United Kingdom

18

Cornell University

United States

19

Northwestern University

United States United States

20

University of Michigan

21

University of Toronto

22

Carnegie Mellon University

Canada United States

23

Duke University

United States

24

University of Washington

United States

25

University of Texas at Austin

United States

25

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

27

University of Tokyo

28

University of Melbourne

Australia

29

National University of Singapore

Singapore

30

University of British Columbia

31

University of Wisconsin-Madison

32

University of Edinburgh

33

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

34

McGill University

Japan

Canada United States United Kingdom United States Canada

35

University of California, Santa Barbara

35

The University of Hong Kong

United States Hong Kong

37

Australian National University

Australia

38

University of California, San Diego

39

London School of Economics and Political Science

United Kingdom

40

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

41

New York University

United States

42

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States

42

Karolinska Institute

44

University of California, Davis

United States

44

Washington University in St Louis

United States

46

Peking University

47

University of Minnesota

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

49

University of Manchester

50

Pohang University of Science and Technology

United States

Sweden

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Location

Rank

United States

99

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Tsinghua University

China

102

University of Rochester

Ohio State University

United States

103

University of York

Kyoto University

Japan

104

Case Western Reserve University

United States

54

Boston University

United States

105

Technische Universität München

Germany

56

University of Southern California

United States

106

Vanderbilt University

57

King's College London

United Kingdom

106

Uppsala University

58

KU Leuven

Belgium

108

University of St Andrews

59

Seoul National University

Republic of Korea

109

University of Helsinki

Finland

59

École Normale Supérieure

France

110

University of Sussex

United Kingdom

61

Pennsylvania State University

United States

110

University of Sheffield

United Kingdom

62

École Polytechnique

France

110

Trinity College Dublin

Republic of Ireland

62

University of Sydney

Australia

113

University of Cape Town

South Africa

64

Leiden University

Netherlands

114

Eindhoven University of Technology

Netherlands

65

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

115

Maastricht University

Netherlands

Australia

116

Aarhus University

Netherlands

117

Stockholm University

Sweden

Republic of Korea

118

University of Virginia

United States

119

Royal Holloway, University of London

United Kingdom

120

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

121

University of Alberta

Canada

122

University of Florida

United States

122

University of California, Santa Cruz

124

University of Warwick

124

Dartmouth College

124

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

127

Radboud University Nijmegen

Netherlands

128

Freie Universität Berlin

128

Tokyo Institute of Technology

130

Université de Lausanne

130

University of Southampton

51

Brown University

52 53 54

65

University of Queensland Australia

67

Utrecht University

68

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

69

Purdue University

United States

70

Wageningen University and Research Center

Netherlands

70

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Germany

72

University of Massachusetts

United States

72

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

74

University of Bristol

75

Rice University

United States

76

University of Pittsburgh

United States

77

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

78

Universität Heidelberg

79

Emory University

United States

80

Durham University

United Kingdom

81

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

France

82

Lund University

Sweden

83

University of Amsterdam

84

University of Montreal

United Kingdom

Germany

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Social Media and Its Impact On The Way We Communicate While We Travel

We’re constantly connected. Plug into a wall or get it over the air, we’re never far from our online lives. We share, over-share, and watch others share. These connections, propelled by social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, among a great many others, have not only changed the way we engage with one another, but they’ve changed the way we travel. This connection means we’re never far from home. You may be 2174 kms away, but your friends and family know what you’re up to. You’ve uploaded pictures and video within hours of taking them (if not instantly). While those back home may not get the “full experience,” they’ll get a significant amount, more than they ever would have in the past. 50

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It’s not just these networks making it so easy to communicate and share. It’s our devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and ultraportable laptops. We can be anywhere and do anything, and it’s making travel easier, whether it’s for work, pleasure, or education. But, there is also concern that this connection is having a questionable impact on travel. What does questionable mean? It’s related to the concepts of oversharing and information overload. Communication over distances may be easier than ever, but so is overexposing oneself. Some consider it a distraction. Regardless, sharing the travel experience is by no means a bad thing, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. There are countless well-

written travel blogs packed with insightful information, stories, and images that give other travelers and potential travelers inspiration but, it’s about finding a balance. Why would anyone want to spend any extended period on a device when they could be experiencing the world around them? In any case, social media has turned travel on its head. Going back to the idea that technology has made travel easier, many aspects of traveling have been streamlined and made incredibly easy. Travelers can access literally any aspect of their trip directly from their phone, eliminating both mystery and anxiety. Does that removal of mystery and this streamlining take away from the experience? That’s a good question Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11


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Turkey as a study destination

As a bridge connecting people, as a geography full of cultural heritage, as an emerging centre for modernization and innovation, Turkey creates a unique environment where students are able to study, all the while experiencing a vibrant culture and rapidly expanding economy from the inside out. Already with one of the highest GDP growth rates in the region, the OECD projects that Turkey will grow from its current 16th position to the ninth largest economy in the world. Furthermore, the country´s geostrategic value and excellent relations with both East and West positions Turkey as a regional leader and a global contributor. International students at Turkish institutions are able to examine the mosaic of this country with an intimacy and perspective that is impossible to fully capture from beyond its borders. Home to empires since the dawn of civilization, from the Byzantines to the Ottomans to the modern Turkish Republic, Turkey has always been a world centre of culture and enlightenment. Elite institutions in Turkey constantly aim to build upon the engrained national tradition of seeking excellence through rigorous education and hard work.

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Imagine yourself sitting on the Bosphorus Strait, drinking a Turkish coffee in the most modern area, looking out across the Galata Bridge towards the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, all while only a subway stop away from the modern financial districts. Only then will you understand all that is Turkey. Be prepared to be inspired.

Recently announced in the most prestigious international higher education rankings, Turkey now boasts some of the leading universities in the world, offering education with a global perspective, taught entirely in English, housing topnotch research facilities and faculty of the highest calibre. Turkey is a new hub for world-class education. The number of international students in Turkey has considerably increased in the last five years. This growth has been matched with the expansion of higher education and the consistent investment in this field (22% of the national budget is devoted to education alone). The immediate effect is a highly educated population which has made the country, particularly Istanbul, an international hub for universities, policy centres and multi-national corporations. Contributed by: Koç University www.ku.edu.tr/en

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Koç University is the leading research and liberal arts university located in Istanbul, Turkey. Known globally for facilitating cutting-edge research in its full collection of Colleges—including Administrative Sciences and Economics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Medicine—Koç University has been distinguished by its notable contributions to the elevation of education, knowledge, and service, both domestically and beyond. Koç University managed to join the world’s best in a matter of decades, which demonstrates its clear commitment to becoming a global leader in higher education. By studying at such an up-and-coming university you will be making a smart investment in yourself and your future career.

Highlights about Koç University • Low student-faculty ratio (10 to 1) • Classes are taught in English • 77 laboratories • Nine research centres, one research and education forum • More than 300 publications in the most prestigious international journals (20122013) • 409 outsourced active research projects Full scholarship opportunities are available for high-calibre Canadian students applying to specific graduate programs: • Tuition waiver • Free accommodation • Health Insurance • Working place and laptop • Generous monthly stipend

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At Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, we offer students the skills and inspiration they need for career success and personal growth in a fast-paced, increasingly interconnected global society. That’s because in today’s world you have to be prepared for life, not just graduation. Wayne State is one of the United States’ most preeminent research universities, with 370 undergraduate, graduate and professional academic programs to choose from. Located in Detroit’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood, our campus puts students in the heart of a safe, thriving and diverse community, with several exciting opportunities for real-world application.

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International students who attend small colleges in cities have many opportunities that make their educational experience unique. Small colleges offer students nurturing staff, small classes, and a cohesive student body. Cities are cultural and business centers that offer students access to internships, social, and cultural activities that are not available in rural communities. For many students, a small college in a city is the perfect match for their educational needs, whether they plan to earn their degree abroad or spend a semester as a study abroad student.

Small Colleges in Cities Offer Advantages for International Students to Earn their Degree or to Study Abroad

One advantage of small colleges is class size. For example, in many smaller colleges, class size averages twenty students. Large colleges often have three hundred students in a class. Small classes can lead to a better relationship between professors and students. Students are able to work directly with professors and receive individualized attention. This close relationship benefits both the students who excel in their field of study and the students who may need extra help in a subject. Students also enjoy the experience of a tight-knit community that develops at small colleges. Recent graduate, Javier Fernandez, an international student from Spain, feels he has a much closer relationship to teachers and staff than he would at a large college, and he is more comfortable participating in class because of the small class size. Javier speaks highly of the staff and faculty at his alma mater and believes, “If you need anything, it is easier to communicate because you know each other very well.” Zaaid Alamahood, a student from Bahrain, feels the same way. Zaaid commented, “Attending a small college helps me learn more about America. I don’t think I would have gotten the support I need to adjust to being a student in the U.S. had I attended a large university.” Students seeking a study abroad experience will also find many benefits at a small college in a city. German native Mario Kleinsorge, a junior at Fontys University in the Netherlands, opted for a small college setting when planning his study abroad experience. He chose Boston because of the historical points of interest. He also said the fact that Boston is a ‘college town’ with thousands of students attending various colleges and universities was very appealing. Mario enjoys the family feel of a small college while living in a vibrant city. Also, he loves being in a small class. He said, “The small classes are very helpful. There is a lot of discussion, and it helps to improve my English language skills.” The benefits of attending a small college in an urban setting often have a long lasting effect on students that may even impact one’s career. Dr. Jennifer Weiner, a native of Montreal, earned her undergraduate degree at McGill University, and completed her graduate work in the U.S., earning a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology. The time she spent as a student in the U.S. led to her current position as a professor at a small college in Boston, MA. She believes the attention she received and the connections she made during her U.S. studies augmented her network and exposed her to options that resulted in her current position. Dr. Weiner feels that a small college setting allows her to better assist her students in all matters pertaining to their education. Furthermore, she stated, “If class sizes were large, and if students did not have easy access to me, I truly believe it would have a negative impact on their education and their overall experience.”

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Being on an urban college campus offers many opportunities for internships and activities that will benefit the student’s career path. Internships afford students the chance to develop skills and gain experience that will prepare them for their future career. Imagine majoring in hotel management in Boston, one of America’s most popular tourist destinations, and completing your internship at a well known hotel such as the Four Seasons, the Ritz, or the Taj! Students Chi-Wei Sun from Taiwan and Cheng Leong from China appreciate the one-on-one relationship they developed with the Director of their college’s Career Services center. During individual appointments, they were able to prepare their résumés, cover letters, and to practice their interviewing skills in role-playing sessions. They both believe that they would not have received so much individual attention had they chosen to attend a large college. Cities are the center of culture, art, design, communication, and business. Students can enjoy exhibits at major museums and the talents of street musicians. Cities are full of interesting people from all walks of life and different cultures. Meeting new people is part of the college experience, and making friends is very easy at a small college, because everyone has something in common. You can have the best of both worlds when you enroll at a small college in a bustling city. Contributed by: Nancy Pithis, Dean of International Academic Operations and Curriculum Development Fisher College www.fisher.edu/international

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What to Expect at a Caribbean Medical School Attending a Caribbean medical school is an excellent opportunity and can put you on the path of becoming an exceptional physician. However, there are several factors to consider before beginning the application process.

Be prepared to study hard: You won’t be lounging on the beach during your time spent on the island, although there is amazing scenery and your friends and family will most likely visit you often. Living in the Caribbean is a different experience when compared to living in Canada or the United States, but is one that can be exciting. If it will be your first time living abroad, take the time to research the island that you will inhabit beforehand. You will most likely be traveling home at least once a year, so make sure the island is accessible. For instance, islands such as Antigua and Barbuda are major airport hubs, with direct flights to and from Toronto and many other international cities. Additionally, many islands are quite developed, with local grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, and religious institutions. In recent years, more than 60 medical schools have been established within the Caribbean. Be sure to verify that the institution that you select is listed within the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED), in addition to the AVICENNA Directory for medicine. This recognition enables graduates of the university to complete requisite licensing examinations, such as the USMLE, MCCQE, PLAB, etc. More importantly, make sure that the schools you apply to have a good history of practicing alumni. Next, consider how you will be paying for your education. Although the tuition rates of Caribbean medical schools are typically more economical when compared to their U.S. or Canadian counterparts, costs will vary between schools. If the medical school that you choose is a designated institution for Canadian Student Loan Programs, as a Canadian student, you may be eligible to receive funding through the Ministry of Education of your province in order to pay for your education. Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11

It is also important to consider the quality of both the students and curriculum at your potential school. What are the school’s admission requirements? Is the curriculum modeled after U.S. or Canadian medical schools? Do you need letters of recommendation? Are instructors available outside of class times? Having answers to these questions will assist in leading you in the right direction when deciding on a suitable school. One positive aspect of going to medical school in the Caribbean is the dedication of university faculty. Because many schools are typically not researchbased, the faculty is more dedicated to teaching, and to the success of their students. At many institutions, the faculty lives on-campus and will make themselves available for questions or even study groups. Class sizes are also typically smaller, allowing you to receive more individualized attention during your education. When you enroll at a Caribbean medical school, you will typically spend the first two years on campus studying the basic sciences, followed by two years of clinical sciences at university-affiliated teaching hospitals. It is important to find out what the school’s choices are for hospital rotations before applying, because some schools have extensive teaching hospital networks within Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico, and even the U.K. As a prospective student, you will want to make sure that there are multiple, valuable options. In addition to asking where the clinical rotations occur, ask if students experience wait times when scheduling rotations.

After completion of your clinical sciences, you should have an idea of what specialty you are pursuing after graduation. Many of the top Caribbean medical schools have graduates serving in high-ranking specialties in institutions across Canada and the United States. Find out what percentage of graduating fourth year students obtain residency positions, and where they are practicing. Whether in Canada or the United States, Caribbean medical school graduates play an important role in the health care system by alleviating the physician shortage. With admission to U.S. and Canadian medical schools becoming even more competitive, attending a Caribbean medical school can be your first step in becoming a physician. Here are a few good resources to help you begin your research: http://www.premedguide.com/ caribbean-medical-school-info.html http://www.studentdoctor.net/2011/01/ caribbean-medical-schools-what-toconsider/ Contributed by: University of Health Sciences Antigua www.uhsa.ag Study In Canada • Study Abroad

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Arctic The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) recently conducted a survey of over 2000 international students studying at Norwegian institutions to find out why they chose Norway for their studies, and how satisfied they were with their studies and their stay in this Scandinavian country. According to the survey, the main reasons for North Americans choosing Norway were English-taught degree programs and courses, the quality of education, and the country’s natural beauty. Between 80 and 84 per cent of the respondents from Canada and the USA chose Norway as their first choice. One of these, Tamara Russell, spent a semester at the University of Nordland, in the very north of Norway. “UiN had offered me a scholarship to study Northern Wildlife and Ecology for a semester in Bodø, so I seized the opportunity to live in the Arctic for six months and study Marine Biology. I had heard many great things about Norway before deciding to study there – so, for sure, Norway was my first choice,” says Russell.

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The survey results showed that some of the most important factors for students from the US and Canada when they chose Norwegian institutions, were the programs and courses offered in their area of specialization, exchange agreements between the institutions, and also the geographic location. “I chose UiN because it has a good relationship with my home university, Vancouver Island University (VIU). Both universities place a strong emphasis on Marine Science and Aquaculture, which are what my passions are,” says Russell.

the Lofoten Islands. I can hardly find the words to describe how beautiful and special these places are,” says Russell. “One experience was a weekend at a remote ski lodge called Vestvatn in Svalbard, where I saw the most incredible display of Aurora Borealis you could ever hope to see: pinks, reds, whites and greens, dancing across the sky for an hour.” Quality of Education The quality of education is the third most important reason for students from the US and Canada to choose Norway as a study country.

Rugged, arctic nature Another reason North American students choose Norway is the country’s natural beauty, and Russell was attracted by the rugged, arctic landscape. “One of the greatest things about my course was the many field components included in the semester package, which seemed incredibly exciting: I would spend one week studying zooplankton in Svalbard and another week studying marine mammology in

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The fact that many degrees and other programs are taught in English is another important deciding factor for many international students, including Canadians. “The fact that all of my courses were going to be in English certainly influenced my decision to take the scholarship in Norway,” says Russell. In the survey, nine out of ten respondents from Canada were satisfied or very satisfied with their stay in Norway, which also reflects Russell’s experiences. “I really tried my hardest to arrive in Norway with no expectations. Having said that, my time in Norway was phenomenal, and I can’t wait to go back. Some things do take getting used to: the food, the shy Norwegian way, the school system…but once you figure it all out, you will have the experience of a lifetime,” says Russell. Six out of ten North American students in the survey were interested in finding a job in Norway on finishing their studies. Although Russell is now working as a laboratory technician in Canada while she is finishing her Bachelor’s, she would definitely love to come back and work in Norway in the future. Facts and Figures:

Internationalization is a priority within all sectors of the Norwegian education system, and universities and university colleges are constantly working to welcome more international students. Around 15,000 foreign nationals are currently enrolled at Norwegian institutions of higher education. International students may apply for admission to a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. From vocational subjects to postgraduate and doctorate level programs, there are plenty of opportunities for students to fulfill their ambitions.

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very relaxed. For example, they would often wear rainbow socks to lecture, or slippers, which I just loved. Another professor even invited me and a few classmates to go camping in her garden in Lofoten,” Russell adds.

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Study in Ireland Ireland is the sixth most popular destination for Canadian students, according to the OECD. That’s no surprise, given that Ireland’s universities are ranked in the top 5% worldwide, according to Education in Ireland, a government agency that works to promote the educational opportunities offered by Irish universities and colleges. Students have a wide range of reasons for choosing Ireland, including highly personal reasons such as the desire to develop independence or to learn more about their family’s home country. Here are some of the more commonly shared reasons students typically tell us: Expansive study opportunities. Students can choose from thousands of courses across the academic spectrum, including science, technology, literature, history, language, philosophy, medicine, business, art, and sociology. Degrees are available at

ordinary and honors bachelors, masters and doctorate levels. Continuing to build on Ireland’s long tradition of educational excellence, universities also offer unique programs focusing on international relations, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, and global business. Rich culture. Although Ireland is a relatively small country, its cultural contributions across literature, music, film, and the performing arts have been enormous. Here are just a few names you might recognize: Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Roddy Doyle, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Celtic Woman, Liam Neeson, and Daniel Day-Lewis. No matter where they choose to study in Ireland, students can take advantage of a rich range of cultural opportunities to round out their formal education. Work-experience opportunities. International students can take advantage of a wide range of work opportunities – from internships and post-study pathways to support for business start-ups. Did you know that Dublin is one of the top cities worldwide in start-ups and has more venture funding than any other European country? That’s why industry giants like Google, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pfizer, and Genzyme have all chosen to make Ireland the hub of their European operations.

Ireland as the most friendly country on the planet. And in 2012, the Global Peace Index rated Ireland as the sixth most peaceful country on earth. All universities and colleges are committed to ensuring that visiting students have all the information and support needed to maximize their experiences in Ireland. Easy travel. Ireland has much to offer student explorers: castles, ruins, vibrant cities, and thousands of miles of coastline. The country’s extensive and cost-efficient train and bus service makes it very easy to get almost anywhere. And for those looking to travel farther afield, London, Glasgow, and Cardiff are just an hour flight away; Paris, Prague, Lisbon, and Barcelona are all within a three-hour flight. Employability advantage. As most of us know all too well, these days a degree in and of itself does not guarantee a job. Other characteristics international students typically show include superior communication skills, international perspective, and sensitivity to cultural diversity – all critical for multicultural work environments. Contributed by: Education Ireland www.educationinireland.com Photos courtesy of Education Ireland

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The Netherlands, in the Heart of Europe Canadian students Jessica Alleva (26) and Marie-Elssa Morency (21) both studied at Maastricht University. Jessica successfully completed the two-year research master’s specialization in Psychopathology, while Marie-Elssa was an exchange student for one year. Jessica now holds a PhD position at Maastricht University and Marie-Elssa is going to apply for the research master’s specialization in Neuropsychology. They happily share their experiences. I was able to continue in the field of science while still having contact with patients and health care. Maastricht University has adopted the Problem Based Learning system. The learning is almost entirely studentguided (with a little guidance from the tutor, of course), which makes learning more inspiring and interesting. As a student, you also learn important communication skills, because you depend on your peers to learn the material and they depend on you. Overall, I think students feel much more in control of their own learning, which is a very positive thing.

Jessica Alleva ‘’I was born in Windsor, Ontario, where I lived until I was 18. For most of my life I wanted to become a doctor, but one year before I graduated from high school I attended a twoweek conference in Washington and New York (a model-UN type conference). After I came back from the conference, I decided I wanted to study international relations and politics instead of medicine. Mid-way through the first year of my bachelor at Huron University College (at the University of Western Ontario), two important things happened: One, I fell in love with a young man from Belgium and we started a long-distance relationship; two, even though I liked Huron, studying politics did not fulfil me as I thought it would. I wanted to get back into science and medicine, after all. These two factors pushed me to make a decision that has changed my entire life (not to sound too dramatic, but it is true!). At the end of my first year, I decided to move to the Netherlands to start a bachelor in sciences at the Roosevelt Academy, in a small medieval town called Middelburg. I chose the Netherlands because I had always loved the country (I visited the Netherlands with my father and grandfather when I was 12) and because Roosevelt Academy offered English language programs (at the time, my Dutch language skills were non-existent). As an added bonus, the Netherlands was close to Belgium. Problem-Based Learning After my bachelor, I had fallen in love with the Netherlands and did not want to go back to Canada. By then I had done an internship in a hospital and discovered that being a doctor did not feel right to me, either. After much searching. I found a program that sounded incredible: the research master’s specialization in Psychopathology at Maastricht University. The program combines research with therapy, so 64

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As for the research master specifically, I loved it. Each course taught us about another group of mental illnesses from a scientific research perspective. We answered questions such as: What does the illness look like? What causes the illness? How can it be treated? What research could we conduct in order to understand it better? I also enjoyed that the program was very international. There was another fellow Canadian in our group, as well as an American, and several students from different European countries. The group was small (about 20 students), which is something I appreciated very much. Over the course of the master we became pretty close as we spent a lot of time together and faced the same challenges. City of Maastricht Maastricht is a safe city and is well-located. In two and a half hours you can be in Amsterdam. It is close to Brussels in Belgium (just over one hour by train) and to Aachen in Germany (45 minutes by bus). There is also an airport from which you can go to many European cities easily and inexpensively. Via Brussels you can reach London and Paris in a few hours by train, too. Maastricht has a beautiful, old city centre and a few great parks where students picnic and hang out on warm days. It also has a nice shopping area and many nice cafés where you can sit outside year-round (in the cold months there are usually heat lamps on the terraces). Within the city, everything can be easily reached by bike. Because of the university, there are many students in the city, many of them from different countries. I am really happy living in Maastricht. It is definitely a nice and safe city to live in as a student and I am really happy that I decided to continue my education in the Netherlands.” Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11


Marie-Elssa Morency “If you are a student passionate in your domain of studies in Psychology and Neuroscience, as well as curious to study in a different cultural setting, then add Maastricht University to your ‘bucket list’! Coming from Halifax, Nova-Scotia, within the University of Dalhousie’s Neuroscience institute, I couldn’t feel more at ease at the Maastricht University in The Netherlands. Why Maastricht? Many people ask me why I chose to come to Maastricht: I was first attracted by the many advanced Psychology & Neuroscience courses offered here at Maastricht University, but I also wanted exposure to the Problem-Based Learning system. PBL is something very different to what I am accustomed to back in Canada, however I knew that to enhance as well as challenge my learning capabilities, exposure to a problem-based learning system would be of great use for me. I especially like how PBL applies active learning methods while learning, which are experienced in the tutorial groups. Explicit self-made questions and examples on the given topic are used when tackling a problem during tutorials. Afterwards, this allows a greater capability to link concepts seen in lecture and readings, while really understanding the material in a comprehensive manner rather than just by memory.

English taught master’s programmes in Psychology (1 year, 6 specialisations), Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (2 years, 5 specialisations) and Forensic Psychology (2 years). Students with both Canadian and Dutch or other EU/EEAnationality pay low tuition fee of CAD 2.500 per year. Programmes start in September 2014; Application deadlines range from April 1th untill June 2014.

Maastricht University, in the heart of Europe www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fpn

Considering I have had such a positive experience here at Maastricht University, I would like to apply for the research master’s specialisation in Neuropsychology here next. It has been one of my life-long dreams to live and study in Europe, therefore I will try my best to stay as long as I can!” Contributed by: Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fpn

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As I am close to finishing my exchange, I can already see benefits on my problematic reasoning and independent research techniques, due to the PBL teaching system exposure. My interest and self-confidence for capabilities within the research field have also increased, due to exposure of experience from my bachelor thesis as well as research practicums offered here at Maastricht University.

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• China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, and has a long, colourful history and dynamic culture. Perhaps the best-known features of Chinese culture are Chinese Medicine and Marital Arts. • China has the world’s most robust economy and was the host country for the 2008 Olympic Games and 2010 World Expo. • Worldwide, more people speak Chinese as their native language than any other language, and it’s a very descriptive language. It plays an increasingly essential role in the fields of international exchange and trade. • China leads or reaches worldclass standards in many branches of science and technology, for instance in the field of biological science and astronomy. • The Chinese government is focusing on “deepening reform, improving management, ensuring quality, and developing prudently.” The Chinese government is adjusting old policies and enacting new ones to ensure that China provides a great environment for international students.

the globe, and even co-hosts an independent fair with a local educational body. These fairs, together with “Study in China Briefings and Seminar,” provide students a face-toface opportunity to talk with student recruitment professionals from Chinese universities to answer their questions and find out more about lifestyle and studies in China.

Advantages of Studying at Chinese Universities Top Quality and Excellent Reputation The universities attending the Study and Go Abroad Fair are the top universities in China, many of which are on the approved lists for Project 985 (a project to promote the development and reputation of the Chinese higher education system) and Project 211 (a project to raise research standards at top universities) and are quality-guaranteed by the Chinese government. Excellent Locations The universities and institutions are located either in historical or typical Chinese cities, including metropolises

such as Shanghai and Guangzhou, and historical cities such as Hangzhou and Nanjing.

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Flexible Admission Our universities offer flexible admission and program choices for your stay in China. You can take a half-year or longer-term program, and major in a relatively specific discipline; at the same time you can also make full use of your summer or winter holiday, getting to know the Chinese culture. English-taught Courses Many universities offer programs in English in fields such as economy, management, law and public administration. Chinese Language and Culture Learning Start in the beginner’s level if you are just starting out with learning the language or, for more advanced students, a placement test will match you with your level of Chinese. Some language courses will include preparation for the HSK, “Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi” in Chinese, which is an international test for Chinese fluency and proficiency. Scholarship Opportunity There are designated government scholarships encouraging foreign students to study in China. You can apply directly for these through the Chinese universities. For more detailed information please contact the University Student Advisors for help and guidance.

• We are excited to have a group of key Chinese institutions present at the 2013 Fall Study and Go Abroad Fair in Vancouver and Calgary. You will have the chance to talk with professors, admission officers and even university presidents face to face, and get up-to-date information on living and studying in China.

Chinese Universities touring Canada, Fall 2013:

The Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) – About Us

• Sun Yat-sen University

The CSCSE is the organizing body for the Chinese delegation of universities visiting Canada this Fall to reach out to students. CSCSE is a legally registered corporate body affiliated to the Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China. Founded in 1989, CSCSE specializes in offering a full range of services for international scholarly exchanges for Chinese students and scholars who are going abroad and returning from abroad and for international students and scholars coming to study in China.

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• Tongji University • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics • Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine • Nanjing Forestry University • Guizhou Normal University • Zunyi Medical College • Dalian Maritime University © Zhu Difeng - Shutterstock.com

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Present in 113 countries with over 80,000 members, AIESEC, the largest student-run organization in the world, facilitates volunteer and work exchange opportunities developing youth into global citizens. Meet Peggy Chen and Kevin Lee, two exchange participants from the Simon Fraser University Local Chapter of AIESEC in Vancouver. These are their AIESEC exchange stories.

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Work Abroad – Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee meets up with fellow Exchange Participant, Peggy Chen, in Taiwan

What’s a recent graduate to do once they receive their diploma and are faced with the daunting prospect of their future? For some students, it’s further schooling. For others, it’s travel. Sometimes, it’s diving right into the workforce; the possibilities seem endless. But what if you could combine learning, travel, and work into the opportunity of a lifetime? Kevin Lee, who has recently finished his undergraduate studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, decided to delve into a pretty unique option: He travelled to Hong Kong to work at a local university. Combining his years of education and love for travel, the result was a life-changing experience. As both a Project Coordinator and Teaching Assistant at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Business, Kevin assisted professors in teaching students in the area of Business Communication. In addition, he ran career-development workshops, helping students prepare for interviews and also helping them develop their résumé-writing skills. While a part of this experience helped Kevin move forward professionally, he felt the most rewarding part was the cultural aspect of this opportunity. The Decision to Work Abroad It is one thing to find a job in your hometown, but it is quite a different experience working abroad. “I never travelled much as a kid, so I wanted to take a chance to see other parts of the world.” – Kevin Lee

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It wasn’t just adventure that pushed Kevin to visit Hong Kong. Kevin chose this location to also get in touch with his Chinese roots, which he had heard stories about growing up but never experienced first-hand.

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The opportunity to work in Hong Kong also gave Kevin the chance to see the world beyond what he had been accustomed to with his own eyes. Most importantly, it allowed him to broaden his understanding of cultural realities. When in Hong Kong Living in a completely different place can be frightening at first. To ease the process of traveling and working abroad, Kevin went on exchange through AIESEC, a student-run organization that facilitates volunteer and work opportunities for current students and recent graduates. Having gone through the exchange process with AIESEC, Kevin had connections with local AIESEC members in Hong Kong to help him adjust to the culture for the duration of his stay. Through AIESEC, Kevin had locals pick him up at the airport, help him find his apartment, and show him around on weekends. “I started to live like a local, very unlike the lifestyle here in Vancouver. In Hong Kong, they live quite a busy lifestyle, so I was always out of the house.” Kevin was also fortunate enough to have traveled to other cities like Beijing, Taipei, and Macau while on his internship. While traveling to these different cities, Kevin recalled seeing interesting foods like deep-fried scorpion and starfish at night markets and trying snake soup at a restaurant with live snakes on its premises.

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Volunteer Abroad – Peggy Chen On the streets of Brno, Czech Republic, locals and tourists alike quickly walk past each other to work, school, friends’ houses, all with the sound of oncoming trams echoing in the background. Very few spoke to each other, only close friends or relatives. With eight other newly made friends from around the world, we walked as a pack, often drawing attention since we looked and sounded different. Some gave us a smile; some would ask where we were from. But still, very few spoke to us.

Kevin Lee in the Forbidden City Beijing, China

“You see these things on TV, but it’s just not the same until you’re there.”

This was my life for six weeks when I went abroad on a Global Community Development Program with AIESEC. My life was quiet, but it was never boring. All I can say is I had a lifechanging experience in the few weeks I spent there teaching high school students about Canadian culture. I went there scared, adjusted to the lifestyle, made lifelong friendships, and left with tears of happiness. Now I am back in Canada with a piece of this experience forever with me.

After having spent months working in Hong Kong, Kevin notes the most emotional experience he went through was having to leave the people he met. “You see and work with these people every day; it’s tough when you’re all suddenly spread across the world.” The one piece of advice Kevin has for someone thinking of going abroad is to just “push yourself to get out there.” Especially coming from a different country, you really learn to appreciate not only a different culture, but your own culture as well. Interns of the EDISON Project, aimed to educate high school students on multiculturism

Young hesitation I went on this internship simply because I wanted a break from life as I knew it. I was tired of the same routine, going to school and attending classes, which often made me question what I was doing and where I was headed. I was confused about my path and just needed to get away. There were few things I was certain of, I wanted to see the world, I wanted to teach, and I wanted to meet and learn from new people. When this opportunity was made available, I put aside my young hesitation and took a chance.

Kevin Lee and his new friends prepping for a BBQ

If you are interested in working or volunteering abroad with AIESEC, visit www.aiesec.ca for more information.

The experience There were many things I learned during my internship: how to efficiently haul luggage on and off trains, how to say thank you in four new languages, how to avoid pickpockets, and how to pick the perfect bed in a shared hostel room. The most important thing I learned, however, was the beauty of how culture appears to differentiate us, yet it is also what brings the world together. The internship project I volunteered for, called EDISON, aimed to educate local students on multiculturalism, so the work itself was very much about cultural diversity. Working with other interns from Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Hungary, Vietnam, Romania, and China, we often told stories from home which, although showed how different we were, allowed us to gain more of an understanding of our cultural differences.

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The World is friendly! I roomed with two people from Spain the first night I arrived in Europe and checked into a hostel by myself. I remember I was scared to be out late, so I stayed in. That night, I heard something that has stuck with me ever since. One of them told me, “The world is friendly and most people are good! So go out and see everything! These two strangers-turned-friends encouraged me to go out that night and, looking back, I am so glad I did. What they said inspired me much throughout my time abroad and still does now that I’m home. The world can be a scary place, but despite everyone’s differences, going out and seeing everything allowed me to see how friendly the world really is. I hope it inspires you to do the same. Peggy Chen and intern Jessica from Indonesia, at the famous Špilberk Castle in Brno

In the classroom where we taught, students were so eager to learn about our differences and were comfortable discussing controversial topics. One student I taught e-mailed me after a lesson, saying it was her dream to live in Canada, and that it was an honor that I was the first Canadian she had ever taken a picture with. It is moments like this that made me realize why international experience is so important; it allows you to embrace diversity and it brings together seemingly different people. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter that the differences between the interns and I were frustrating at times, what’s important is that we were able to learn from each other, and are now aware of different cultural realities. Reading about a country’s current events on the Internet is definitely not the same as having a local tell you in person. Some of the interns of the EDISON project in Brno, Czech Republic

Contributed by: Peggy Chen, AIESEC, Simon Fraser University If you are interested in working or volunteering abroad with AIESEC, visit www.aiesec.ca for more information.

Last day of EDISON project internship, with students from Gymnázium Šlapanice

Staying with local host families, I got to experience the true Czech lifestyle. It let me learn about the country’s history, and allowed me to understand why some of the locals were quiet and often kept to themselves. I came to appreciate that, and learned not to mistake silence for ignorance or bitterness. Sometimes it took a simple hello to get others to speak, and share their stories.

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LONDON’S GLOBAL UNIVERSITY / UCL is renowned for providing teaching and research at the highest international level. Ranked in the top five universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2012/13), UCL is a multidisciplinary university with strength in depth across the academic spectrum.

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The benefits of a UK higher education will stay with you for life. With outstanding research and teaching facilities, plus globally recognised qualifications on offer, UK education sets you on the path to success. There are thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from, and there’s lots of support while you study. Each year thousands of international students come to the UK to study for a higher education qualification at undergraduate or postgraduate level. UK institutions are world-renowned for teaching excellence, and they offer degree-level courses that are respected globally by employers. UK higher education offers two main levels of study: undergraduate and postgraduate.   You can apply to study for an undergraduate degree if you have attained certain high school-level qualifications and achieved the required grades. Undergraduate degrees usually run for three years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and four years in Scotland. Students can apply for postgraduate study usually after completing an undergraduate course.   Postgraduate qualifications are split into three main types: • certificates and diplomas • master’s degrees • doctorates Fall / Winter 2013 • Issue: 11

These courses can require anything from one to three years of full-time study (though part-time options are available). Other UK higher education qualifications at pre-undergraduate level can taken by students who wish to study for a shorter course that does not lead to a degree-level qualification, or want to take a course that prepares them for undergraduate study. Many of these courses are vocational, though academic options are also available. Qualifications that fall into this category include: • BTEC Higher National Certificates and Diplomas • Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education • Foundation Degrees. If you want to study at undergraduate level you need to apply through UCAS (http://www.ucas.com/) and specify your chosen institutions usually universities, though many further education colleges now also offer degree-level study. Postgraduates apply directly to the institution where they wish to study, or for some research-based courses can apply through UKPASS: www.ukpass.ac.uk While you study If you apply to a UK university, you’ll live and learn in the UK during your studies (unless you are enrolled at a campus outside the UK). Your institution will usually provide, or help you find, accommodation

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for at least your first year of study. Options include houses shared with other international students, halls of residence and private accommodation. The international student office or student welfare centre will be available to provide assistance and make recommendations. It’s a good idea while you’re in the UK to take the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities and discover the rich diversity of UK culture. All universities and colleges have clubs and societies that students can join, ranging from rugby and hockey teams to music and debating societies and film clubs. The UK transport system makes it easy to explore the country and visit friends, and many international students take weekend trips to historic or picturesque locations. You can find out more about the different areas of the UK - and find out what other international students think about them - by using the Education UK interactive map: http://map. educationuk.org/ Brought to you by the British Council, Education UK helps international students looking to studying in Britain. Find out more: www.educationuk.org and www.britishcouncil.ca/education. Follow us on Twitter: @caBritish Contributed by: Education UK.

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The long-established and distinguished tradition of higher education in the United Kingdom (UK) has always been appealing to Canadians. The synergistic balance of the traditional and progressive has attracted many Canadian high school applicants to the widely diverse undergraduate programs and courses at over 160 universities and colleges in the UK. As a Canadian studying abroad in the UK, you might find yourself leafing through historical manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, conducting experiments in a science lab at University College London where Alexander Graham Bell once did, or creating cutting-edge designs at Central Saint Martin London, which was home to such fashion icons as John Galliano and Stella McCartney.

education worldwide in amongst the top US Ivy League schools. Chris Massey, International Manager at the University Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), reports that in a “UCAS’ 2012 student survey, 86% of international students stated that the quality of education was the primary reason for studying in the UK. More than half of the students surveyed mentioned that a UK degree would improve their job prospects.” Massey maintains that with over 35,000 courses on offer at the undergraduate level, there are “subjects and delivery styles to suit everyone”, and universities from the major cities of London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh to rural campuses in the Scottish highlands offer diverse environments for study.

The renowned portmanteau of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge that is Oxbridge, established more than 9 centuries ago, not only leads the pack and defines educational excellence in higher education in the UK, but also represents the highest quality of

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UK post-secondary institutions offer three or four-year undergraduate program courses with specialized fields of concentration that are slightly different to those conventionally found in Canadian universities and colleges.

Most universities in undergraduate or first-degree course programs are three years in length towards a Bachelor degree with Honours. Universities in Scotland follow a different program with degrees lasting four years, with opportunities for students possessing advanced qualifications such as the IB Diploma to gain second-year entry. The UK education system allows you to pursue your academic focus and passion from the very start and gives you the opportunity to plan your future studies by choosing a specific academic field of concentration. Following the UK higher education model, you can be confident about your course decision and complete your degree and be job-ready quicker, compared to four-year programs that require a couple of lower years of general studies. In other words, the UK courses that you take would be primarily core to your area of study with no general electives required from other programs or departments. It is very important, therefore, in this case to select your desired course carefully.

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Canadian students considering Scotland universities can look forward to a four-year program with a lot options for course choice. Senior International Officer of the University of St. Andrews, Shona Melville, believes the “wealth of history and tradition in the 600 year-old university, as well as the advantages of a modern and cosmopolitan research institution,” truly make the educational experience very special. Melville describes how ‘’the ancient degree structure in St Andrews offers students a certain degree of flexibility in the first two years” and provides them with “ability to specialize in their chosen field in their final two years.” How to apply: Choosing your institution and course All applications for UK institutions are made for specific academic programs, utilizing a centralized application system, UCAS (www.ucas.com). You are able to apply up to five programs, which can be different courses at the same university, one course at different universities, or a combination of these. Only four applications may

be submitted to programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Science, but you may apply to a fifth non-medical program with your application. As a general rule due to their popularity, you may only apply to one program course at either Oxford or Cambridge. UCAS makes the university application process in the UK simple and manageable, so take the time early to go over the essential steps for applying. The Medical and Law programs at UK universities are also attractive to Canadian high school students, as they can apply for direct entry into these professional programs, starting at the undergraduate level. The application process for some universities involves taking standardized tests for the law and medicine. Medical applicants are required to sit the The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT, www.ukcat.ac.uk/), and the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT, www.admissionstestingservice.org/ our-services/medicine-and-healthcare/ bmat/about-bmat/ ) at the start of their grade 12 year. The BMAT is written for students intending to apply to a small number of universities for medicine, veterinary medicine, biomedical science, graduate studies in medicine and similar healthcare courses. Applicants for UK Law will be required to take the LNAT (the National Admissions Test for Law, www.lnat.ac.uk ) for certain university Law programs. Chris Massey at UCAS recommends that you research carefully for the course of study you’re interested in and research in a number of areas before applying. Massey outlines three main steps to ensure that you’re “making the right choice for the right reason”:

At Middlesex, students are at the heart of everything we do. Our students benefit from working closely with staff who combine excellence in their field with a commitment to supporting students throughout their course. We are an international university with our main campus in London and three overseas campuses in Dubai, Mauritius and Malta. We offer over 200 courses across a wide range of subjects and there are over 35,000 students on Middlesex courses across the globe, with a third of our students in London coming from outside the UK. Middlesex University offers a wide range of scholarships for Canadian students. Contact us for more information. Email: info@mdxna.com Tel: +44 (0)20 8411 2865 Website: www.mdx.ac.uk

“Firstly, the subject should be right – students should check that the subject they are going to study will lead them on to the career they want after graduation.” Prospective applicants are advised to meet with their school counselors about their future career plans, and even speak to employers about possible jobs and search job websites. He believes that “The subject should also be something they are passionate about – students are more likely to succeed if they enjoy what they are studying.” “Secondly, it is important to research the method of delivery (teaching approach)”, as it can be often overlooked. “Some students might benefit from the tutorial style of teaching favoured by Oxford and Cambridge, whereas others might find seminars and lectures most suitable.”Students can certainly benefit from the pastoral care system, which is different from that in Canada and is available to university students, where a personal tutor can be assigned to you for academic guidance. In the process of applying, Massey recommends that students should find out information on how individual courses are taught by contacting the relevant universities or colleges. “Finally, students should research the institution itself and its surroundings,” Massey suggests. Since university life will be completely new to Canadian high school graduates studying abroad, it is prudent to find out the each university’s location, accommodation, cost of living, campus and social life, extra-curricular activities. He emphasizes that “these points can make a huge difference to the whole university experience.” The cost of tuition for a Canadian or Overseas student can range from CDN $5,600 to $28,800 per year depending on the institution, type

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If you’re looking for a program of interest with more flexibility, you can find Liberal Arts course of study, similar to the North American degree model, where you can sample a palette of subjects in Arts, Social Science and Humanities. The Bachelor of Arts Liberal Arts program at King’s College London (KCL) is one such example. Christopher Payne, an admissions advisor for KCL, says the program modules “give students the opportunity to declare their major later after completing some general classes to enable them to try different academic areas within arts and humanities” and allows them to complete their studies in three years, instead of four in Canada or the US.


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and level of course, and first-year international accommodation fees vary from CDN$8,000 to $10,000 per year, according to the UK Council for International Student Affairs (www. ukcisa.org.uk). A wealth of information is available to prospective applicants on the UCAS website, which includes helpful advice on choosing the right course, filling in the UCAS online application, and writing a strong personal statement, obtaining a counsellor or teacher reference, and finding out visa and immigration application information for study in the UK (www.ucas.com/ international ). When researching for a course of study and your universities as early as Grade 11, it’s important to read the course entry requirements to ensure that you are realistic about your choice and that you are taking the required or relevant subjects for your intended course. Each university program’s entry profile provides the high school course requirements, competitive admission averages (where available), guidelines for additional supplements and portfolios for Fine Arts, and admissions tests information to help you make the right decision about which program or institution to apply to. For Canadian

applicants, most of the UK programs do not require specific subjects beyond having a minimum of five Grade 12 subjects with a competitive average. Information on course entry requirements is accessible on UCAS or can be found in the undergraduate admissions section of individual university websites. Adhering to the application timeline for UCAS is also key. Canadian students applying to medical, dentistry and veterinary courses, as well as courses at Oxford and Cambridge universities, must submit the application deadline by October 15th every year. For most other undergraduate courses, the deadline is January 15th. Applications submitted by this date will be considered equally and do not require final high school grades. However, UK universities will require previous final marks from Grade 10 and up, and make offers based on predicted grades. Canadian students can apply after January 15th, but UCAS does not guarantee that there will be space available. Nevertheless, most universities will still consider applications received after this regular deadline. Massey gives the assurance that application support is important to UCAS as students not only can

get in touch over the phone, “but also via Facebook and Twitter, which means they can find answers to their questions around the clock.” For international applicants, it is now possible to apply to certain UK universities, such as KCL and St. Andrews via the Common App, for more information on the participating UK institutions and the application process, please visit: www. Commonapp.org Top tips for the UCAS Personal Statement The UCAS personal statement gives the universities a holistic view of each applicant’s profile and reveals the applicant’s suitability and preparedness for a chosen program of study. In writing the personal statement, you should focus on describing why you would be a good student for the program you are applying to and why the university should select your application over those of other candidates. It is the best way to sell yourself! Payne at KCL believes an effective personal statement should reflect applicant’s academic suitability for

Study in the UK The University of Gloucestershire is a medium-sized university delivering high quality teaching and higher education since 1834. With 11,000 students we are big enough to offer variety and flexibility in our courses, yet small enough to provide a friendly atmosphere and a very personal level of support. The University is based on three main campuses in the beautiful regency town of Cheltenham and the historic city of Gloucester, situated only 2 hours from London and 1 hour from other major cities in the UK.

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Our popular Bachelors Degrees include: • Art, Fine Art, Landscape Architecture, Photography • Biology, Geography, Psychology, Sociology • Creative Writing, English Literature,History, Religion • Education, Teacher Training, Social Work • Film, Journalism, Media, Music, Radio and TV Production • Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism, Events Management • LLB Law • Sport Science, Sports Education and Sports Coaching Masters and PhD degres are also available.


the program and reveal the student’s “academic passion” towards a career goal. Apart from ‘showing instead of telling’ the admissions team what your course of study is, what aspects you wish to explore, and what relevant coursework you have taken, you should discuss the talent, knowledge and skills you possess for studies in higher education and share your extra-curricular activities. He particularly finds an applicant’s written personal voice about “demonstrated skills” worthwhile rather than a simple list of accomplishments. St. Andrews’ Melville suggests that a personal statement is “essential that their personal statement is carefully considered and concise given the limited word count (4000 characters), and it should demonstrate the applicant’s passion, enthusiasm and commitment to their chosen subject.” Summary The UK offers a great opportunity for higher education study in institutions that are steeped in history and tradition. As a Canadian student looking to the UK, being prepared with an academic direction and being aware of the entire UK admissions process will ensure that you have access to the best in UK education and receive a truly rewarding studyabroad experience. Contributed by: By Edwin Liew, Educational Consultant, Options Solutions www.optionssolutionsed.com 37xxx BU Law in Canada 2013_Layout 1 2013-07-18 11:37 AM Page 1

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Can Short Term International Volunteering Really Make a Difference?

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It has been said by many that the work of short term volunteers is not sustainable. For an independent volunteer working as a team member in a supportive role with a local organization, however, this argument is not particularly relevant. While it is true that this type of volunteer work provides only sporadic assistance, it can allow the organization to complete projects more quickly and initiate new ones. Sustainability is an ongoing challenge on group-based infrastructure projects. To be sustainable, it is critical to ensure both community management and commitment to the project. There are countless examples of foreign volunteers and organizations building schools, toilets and other infrastructure that remain unused shortly after the volunteers depart. This is primarily because these types of projects often raise the funds to build the infrastructure but do not plan for, manage or fund the on-going operation of the project. As such, schools sit empty as the community cannot afford to hire teachers; toilets remain unused where the design is not in keeping with local customs and pumps; wells and micro-hydro projects sit useless with no one in the community trained to repair the equipment. In addition, sophisticated equipment requires parts that are unavailable or too expensive.

recipients of their service to adhere to a belief or to act in a way that is not in keeping with their cultural practices could be seen to be having this type of negative impact. That being said, many women and human rights organizations would likely contend that when the local cultural norm is abusive, there is good reason for foreign organizations to resist this cultural inertia and to actively set out to influence local culture and custom.

existing infrastructure are far more likely to be successful, as there is already in place a local organization that manages and funds the on-going operation of the facility. There are countless orphanages, day cares, schools and community centres that are in poor condition and need repair and improvement. In such cases, where the project leadership comes from a successful community group or local organization, volunteers can have a very positive and lasting impact. There is a concern that international volunteering can have a negative cultural impact. Again, a westerncentric project where the organizational leadership is not coming from the local community can have negative cultural impacts. For example, a medical clinic, school or other service that requires

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Over the last decade, short-term international volunteering has exploded in popularity. This is a testament to the willingness of today’s youth to get involved and play an active role in addressing many of the world’s most pressing challenges. Along with this rise in popularity, however, has come considerable criticism of both the effectiveness of international volunteering in general, and the potential for volunteering to do more harm than good. This criticism is not all unfounded: A poorly managed volunteer placement can be of little value and in extreme cases, can cause considerable damage. When these risks are mitigated, though, international volunteering can have a valuable impact not only in the work that volunteers do on their placement but well after a volunteer has returned home.

There is also the reality that placing young people from overseas to work in small community groups often leads to a clash of western and local values. However, this is a challenge that the entire world is currently facing, regardless of the influence of international volunteers. The pace and breadth of globalization is bringing cultures from around the world together, therefore, these cultural clashes are inevitable. I would argue that these early interactions happening with people who come with the intention of lending a hand is one of the most positive frameworks for this essential growth. One of the more serious risks of international volunteering is assigning a volunteer tasks and responsibilities beyond their skills and ability. This risk is perhaps most pronounced in medical placements where an underqualified volunteer could be put in a position where the well-being of a patient is put in their hands. This concern is exacerbated by volunteer placement organizations that pay

These challenges can be avoided by working in genuine partnership with local organizations. Projects that provide repair and improvement to

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VOLUNTEERISM clinics and hospitals to host their volunteers. By creating a financial incentive for a hospital or clinic to host a volunteer, they are more likely to try and meet the wants and interests of their volunteers. This pressure, combined with a lack of effort to adequately vet and place volunteers, can and has lead to disastrous results. Fortunately, these risks are manageable and volunteers can readily identify organizations that make this vetting a priority. Volunteer placement organizations that have an intake process that requires a résumé, references and a criminal background check are a good start. As well, volunteer placement organizations that ensure that their volunteers have access to ample information about the organizations, the tasks and the job requirements before having to make a financial commitment to the project clearly place this vetting process high on their priorities. This detailed vetting process provides organizations with the data

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necessary to evaluate the interests and qualifications of a volunteer and to help determine if a volunteer is able to meet the requirements. It also confirms for the volunteer that the work required is aligned with their expectations and abilities. While risks certainly do exist, a qualified and experienced volunteer placement program is well positioned to manage them. Properly vetted placements can result in both short and long term volunteers having a very significant impact. The value of this should not be underestimated.

For example, qualified medical volunteers can offer significant benefits to a community. A dentist can visit a country for just a week and, if the organization coordinating their placement plans well, that dentist could spend five solid days helping people who could otherwise not afford dental care. The same is true for many other medical professions. While skilled short-term volunteers can clearly add value, other volunteers can make important contributions as well. Many of these volunteers have sufficient knowledge and experience to provide assistance in fund raising and grant writing, web design, conversational language training, childcare assistance, special needs support, youth outreach and basic health and hygiene training. In some cases, such as grant writing or web design, this impact can be significant even in a very short period of time. In other cases, either longer placements or a consistent supply of volunteers can increase the effectiveness of these efforts. Again, the vetting process is a key factor

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Clearly there are many examples where short term volunteers can and do have valuable and lasting impacts on the communities they assist. However, what is often missed is the fact that the cross-cultural learning and on-going relationship between volunteers and hosting organizations continues long after the volunteers return home. It is quite common for volunteers to become engaged in the continuing operations of the organization that they were assisting. Many launch fund raising and awareness campaigns for these organizations once they return home. Others go back repeatedly to the organization, often bringing with them new volunteers to also provide assistance. These post-program efforts sometimes expand into long term and significant support for an organization. There is, additionally, significant benefit for both the volunteers themselves and their communities back home. In a globalizing world we need a workforce that is comfortable and capable living

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in ensuring that both the organization and the volunteer have useful and valuable experiences.

and working across cultural barriers. The international experience gained by volunteers is an important step towards developing youth with the confidence to collaborate internationally. Volunteers gain valuable handson experience and the increased marketability of having international experience on their resume from a young age. I offer that we are far better off embracing the enthusiasm and positivity of today’s volunteers and working to seek out and promote

those organizations who best address the risks and concerns. Positive engagement is something that should be enthusiastically encouraged and international volunteering is a fantastic expression of one’s willingness to get involved. Contributed by: Jim Carson Founder, Volunteer BaseCamp www.basecampcenters.com Photos courtesy of Volunteer BaseCamp

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