The world as classroom: study abroad experiences

October 5, 2016


Text on screen: [The world as classroom]

Texte sur l’écran : [Le monde est une école]

Stephanie Albert, Saint Mary’s University, Uganda: I feel a lot more confident and a lot more self-assured because, for me, I had never left eastern Canada before that, so going and living in Uganda for a year and not going with anybody I knew and just it being a totally new experience just made me really confident and comfortable, and I felt like I could conquer anything after that.

Jasmin Alfaro, University of Winnipeg, Dominica (Caribbean): The experience that you feel in and of yourself in being there, I don’t want to say it’s eye-opening, it’s – it’s impactful. It’s a different way of understanding that is really true to oneself and I would have never had that had I not travelled internationally.

Tyler Mark, University of British Columbia, Asia: It is really important that you don’t just learn things from a book because then someone’s kind of spoon-feeding you and you don’t really get the opportunity to form your own opinions or really see things through your own perspective. So I think it’s really important just to go out there and experience it for yourself and then you can make those sort of judgments.

Frida Misago, Université de Moncton, La Suisse : C’est un investissement, l’un des meilleurs qu’on peut faire pour soi-même, non seulement du côté personnel, mais également du côté professionnel parce qu’on se démarque, on se découvre et on permet aussi d’avoir de meilleurs horizons. Notre vision de vie, ça grandit, ça approfondit, et ça nous permet aussi de voir peut-être d’autres qualités ou d’autres compétences qu’on croyait pas avoir mais que l’on possède.

Ryan Nearing, Mount Saint Vincent University, Sweden: It puts you in a position and it offers you an experience that you can never have at another period in your life. Never again can you take five months and completely remove yourself from your academic setting, from everything that you’re used to at home and you can concentrate solely on learning more about yourself, learning more about another part of the world and making wonderful connections from all parts of the globe.

Frédéric Rochon-Salvas, Polytechnique Montréal, Inde: Le fait de pouvoir étudier dans une université qui était bien coté là-bas, ça m’a permis d’avoir beaucoup de contacts avec le monde des affaires. Donc j’ai fait beaucoup de projets en partenariat avec l’industrie, beaucoup de visites industrielles, beaucoup d’études de cas qui ont été montées en collaboration avec des compagnies là-bas. Donc ça m’a permis de comprendre c’est quoi le climat d’affaires en Inde puis de comprendre toute la culture aussi, c’est quoi la culture familiale puis les relations interpersonnelles là-bas aussi.

Emiko Newman, Simon Fraser University, England: Whenever I talk to students about the value of studying abroad, I just basically tell them that studying abroad is the best experience you’ll ever have in your life.

Text on screen: [UniversityWorks and Universities Canada logos]

Texte  sur l’écran : [Logos L’université, ça marche et d’Universités Canada]


University students share learning-abroad experiences that helped them become more confident, culturally aware and career-ready.

*This is a bilingual video.

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