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Simon Marmura Brown, on exchange in Winter 2015 Where did you live when you studied abroad? In an apartment with two other international students What were the easiest and most challenging moments when you arrived to your host destination? How did you overcome the challenges? Easiest: getting along with room mate. Hardest: Initially finding my way around the city and learning the language. Which courses did you take, and which was the most enjoyable? Why? Mainly philosophy courses (its my minor) and one in particular was really great. Contractualism and Applied Political Philosophy. The professor was really great, and my classmates (all Austrians) were excellent as well. What is the most important thing you learned about yourself when abroad? Mainly that stress and anxiety, especially about being far from home and in a new place, passes. Food you miss the most and could not get abroad? Steak was really expensive and that was a bummer. Otherwise very similar to what we eat here in Canada. What did you miss about Canada when you studied abroad? My little sister. What was your favorite experience when you were abroad? Travelling with friends, making new friends, falling in love... the usual I think. Which experience had the most impact on you personally? Having a group of friends from all over the world with different cultures, religions etc. was eye opening and absolutely wonderful. What was the biggest difference in culture that you experienced while abroad? Probably how big bike culture is in Graz, also the antiquity of the city. How everyone drinks beer everywhere and all the time. What surprised you the most about your time abroad? How quickly you can make life long friends and relationships in such a short period of time. How has this experience changed you? I'm more cultured, I'm more independent. What are your future plans? Finish my last year here at UNB and travel more. Go to grad school someplace cool. Avoid student loans. Do you have any advice to future students, who may wish to study abroad? Just do it! Seriously, it will be the best time of your life. Karl Fransens University, Graz Austria Political Science View more
Kyle Hofmann, BA Political Science The courses I took were generally related to European Studies, but there was a very broad cross section. My favorite course was Integrity and Trust in the European Union. It was fascinating to learn about integrity and trust in such a large coalition of nations and the importance of dealing with each other seeking the good of all nations, not one or two. The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague, The Netherlands. Political Science View more
Mary-Margaret Smith, Business Administration, on exchange in Winter 2015. Where did you live when you studied abroad? On campus accommodation What were the easiest and most challenging moments when you arrived to your host destination? How did you overcome the challenges? The easiest moments were meeting new people. There are multiple opportunities to meet new people through frosh week, orientation, campus sports, classes, clubs etc. The most challenging moments were learning where things are at in the new city, what are the best shops, clubs, where the bank is located, etc. You do not know anyone in the entire country so it's easy to feel alone when you have questions. The Uni gave a map of the town during an orientation session, I ended up walking around the town for an hour lost because I didn't want to look like a tourist with a map. I quickly learned all the short cuts throughout the town after that! Another issue was learning the currency and what certain coins are worth. I forced myself to use my coins instead of easily handing the cashier a clearly marked bill. Which courses did you take, and which was the most enjoyable? Why? I took various Human Resources courses: Employment Relations, Change Management, International and Comparative HRM, and Improving Organizational Performance. My favourite was International and Comparative HRM because it was from the perspective of England's business world and culture, and how England sees the rest of the world. Food you miss the most and could not get abroad? RANCH DRESSING!! What was your favorite experience when you were abroad? My favourite experience while abroad was the opportunity to travel to other countries, I became good friends with two students from Germany, and ended up travelling there and staying with them for a weekend in Heidelberg, Germany. What was the biggest difference in culture that you experienced while abroad? Drinking culture in England is definitely different from Canada. I was surprised when they would host casual events at the university, such as informational sessions, they would often have wine along with their tea and coffee on the refreshment table. What surprised you the most about your time abroad? What surprised me the most about my time abroad was how easy it is to travel around to different cities within England. The public transport is incredibly efficient and reliable. Do you have any advice to future students, who may wish to study abroad? My advice to any future students who would like to study abroad is attend every event the school offers. Take risks, a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. If the school events do not seem interesting to you, go anyway, and try new things. You will meet lots of new people and maybe develop new hobbies! Try to stay out of your room as much as possible. Keep in touch with your friends back home, but make sure you do not have your heart back home as well, you are only in this new country and have these experiences for a limited time!! Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom Business Administration View more
Samantha Cox Most challenging definitely had to be the language barrier, not many people spoke English or spoke English well. I could not truly overcome this, I merely found my way through the airport, got my things, and got to the house. I overcame it when I started learning Thai. I took an intro to Thai language and culture, biochemistry, climate change, and a scientific research and presentation class. The most enjoyable had to be the intro to Thai language and culture course. It was fun, enjoyable, and rewarding to learn a new language and be able to use this language throughout travels. It was also great learning the culture of the country I was living in. I have two favourite experiences: I had the chance to celebrate Loy Krathong (The Lantern Festival) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was a beautiful experience in which I got to take part in Thai culture and festivities. The second experience was climbing Mount Batur volcano just outside of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. I climbed an active volcano at about 4 in the morning to watch a sunrise come up over another mountain/volcano. It was one of the most rewarding adventures I did while abroad. Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, Thailand Marine Biology View more
Cassandra Parsons, internship in Fall 2015. "I have been broadly looking at major issues in Malawian Health Care to figure out what my project will be focusing on. My investigation up to this point has taken place online, in a clinic at Kauma village, conversations with professors at Africa University, and through the local newspaper. Very interestingly, all the important topics I have looked at seem to interconnect. It creates a web of information where influencing one side can spread across the system to affect another." Mzuzu University, Malawi Bio-Chemistry View more
Alyson Pickard-Tattrie, Internship in Summer 2015 "Doing an internship abroad allowed me to gain the best hands on experience that I could ever have. I gained experience in medical, kinesiology and recreation studies. It gave me a whole new perspective on my education, my intended profession, and myself. It was definitely full of ups and downs but was a life-changing experience that was incomparable." Mzuzu University, Malawi Kinesiology View more
Jonathan Pugsley, on exchange Fall 2015 “England is full of old, impressive architecture. The symbol of the university, the clock tower known as Old Joe, is the tallest freestanding clocktower in the world and can be seen all over town. Since the campus holds 30000 students, it does help to have a tall structure visible wherever you stand to aid in navigation. Interestingly enough, the architects of UoB seemed to be even more fond of brick than the architects of UNB, and the color of campus is distinctly red." University of Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Computer Science/Science View more
Tobi Bailey, BBA 2014, on exchange in Winter 2012. ”My time studying in France was my favorite university memory. I was able to connect with some truly incredible people and made lifelong friends. My time abroad introduced me to a number of different cultures and has contributed to my success as a global benefits specialist where I assist people in over 22 counties.” Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rennes, Rennes, France Business Administration View more
Mary Ashley Dwyer, BA.GERM 2010, on exchange in Fall 2009 and Winter 2010. “My one year exchange in Germany was by far the best, most difficult and exciting year of my life. If it weren’t for the experience of travelling abroad and exploring my options, I would still be stuck in a job that I didn’t enjoy. I am now also happily engaged to someone I met during the exchange abroad.” Albert Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany German View more
Erin O’Brien, BA ENGL LW-SO 2004, MPHIL 2007, Students for Development Intern in summer 2005, consultant for the World Bank and the FAO. When I began my MPhil degree – specializing in alternate dispute resolution in 2004 I somehow didn’t intend on ending up in Africa. The internship, focusing on local-level dispute resolution and land policy in rural South Africa helped my conduct field work related to my thesis. My internship particularly helped me gain experience in cultural adaptation, giving me a good basis for my new career.” Pretoria, South-Africa Arts View more
Mac Graham, BEd 2015, practicum in 2015. “Living and teaching in Bogota has not only provided me a quality teaching experience but also a deep cultural knowledge. I have immersed myself in the culture,learning Spanish.” Gimnasio Campestre, Bogota, Columbia Education View more
Eric Root, on exchange in Fall 2014. "My time at UNB has been a life changing experience. I have had the opportunity to work outdoors all over Canada and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. What I never anticipated, however, was the opportunity to live on the opposite side of the world in a culture that I had misunderstood for my entire life. This experience will allow me to better understand the many different value systems that exist in international business decision making. I plan to be as respectful as possible when working with people from different backgrounds and to take the opportunity to broaden my understanding of the world we live in.” Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Engineering - Geomatics View more
Joe Dumville, BEd 2014, practicum in 2014 “I have always put value in learning by seeing, feeling, touching and doing. The student abroad program/education practicum accomplished that and much more. I learned more than any textbook or lecture could ever provide.” Gimnasio Campestre, Bogota, Columbia Education View more
Chris LeBlanc, on exchange in Fall 2014. “This trip was honestly the most fun four months I've ever had. Now I have tons of connections all over the world which in turn opens up a lot more opportunity to travel. Not only that but I had the chance to full immerse myself in a new culture/language. It forced me to leave my comfort zone and experience some truly amazing things. If I had the chance I would have done my entire degree abroad.” Orebro University, Sweden Computer Science View more
Krista Lalonde, BA/LW-SO/SOCI 2009, on exchange in Winter 2008. "As a ‘foreigner’ not only was I exposed to various cultures and attitudes, but I also learned to adapt them into my own lifestyle. I became self-reliant and very open-minded. Having done an exchange in The Hague has been extremely rewarding for me in countless ways. If I could do it all over again, I’d be back in Holland in a heartbeat.” The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague, The Netherlands. Sociology View more
Lynn MacKinnon, BBA 2009, on exchange in Winter 2008. The aspect I value most about my exchange was the opportunity I had to make friends with people from all over the world and from diverse cultures. I still keep in touch with so many of the people I met. I cannot think of a better way to learn about yourself than showing up somewhere where you do not know anyone and seeing who you meet and where it takes you. My time abroad was an amazing experience.” Umea University, Umea, Sweden Business Administration View more
Mark Flynn, BSE/CE 2010, on exchange in Winter 2008 "Academically my studies abroad exposed me to new schools of thought in my field. I completed an independent project about low energy housing that was extremely rewarding since this is an emerging field in Canada. While on exchange I was blessed with a wonderful set of friends. They helped me during my months abroad, despite the challenge of overcoming the language barrier. Studying abroad helped to improve my character and expand my thinking—it helped me to realize there is a world out there for the taking.” Bergen University College, Bergen, Norway Engineering - Civil View more
Alison Polasz, BA POLS 2008, on exchange Fall 2006 and Winter 2007 “This time abroad taught me to relax, enjoy my surroundings and never take anyone or anything for granted. I would absolutely recommend everyone to travel to this magnificent country, whether as part of an exchange or as a traveler. I am planning to head back to Thailand in the coming year to continue my love affair with a beautiful country and its people.” Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, Thailand Political Science View more
Tristan Goulden, BSE/GGE 2005, MSE/GGE 2009, internship in Summer 2008. “I was aware gender equity was an important issue in the developing world before I began work as a Land Surveying Instructor at Mzuzu University. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the class was an even 50-50 split in a discipline traditionally dominated by males in the Western world. Even though I was teaching, it showed there was also a lot I could learn.” Mzuzu University, Malawi Engineering - Geomatics View more
Katie Scott BN 2009, internship in Summer 2008. As a nursing student I have dedicated my career to helping people, but it was the children of Malawi who made me feel I was doing something incredible. It was the orphans who had the least, but were the happiest that touched my heart. It was amazing to be part of building self-esteem and leaderships with the children. It is these children who one day will be the leaders of Malawi.” Mzuzu University, Malawi Nursing View more
Brian Magee, internship. “There is only so much one can learn from the confines of a classroom or textbook. To even begin to understand the on-the-ground realities of the African continent, one must see it with their own eyes. While in Zambia, I worked as a member of a field team, observing rural livelihoods and brining my findings to my co-workers and superiors. This is a position of great responsibility and opportunity, something much greater than I would ever been able to take on in Canada, and as such, I feel this field experience has put me ahead of many of my peers with regards to an international development background.” Zambia Political Science View more
Chelsey Gates, Spanish Language School in Summer 2015 “The experience has been an incredible journey and not one part of me wants to leave this place.  The people are so nice, and the views here are amazing.  This experience has already taught me so much independence and even taught me a lot about myself.  I definitely recommend Antigua as a first time travel experience for students because of its sense of security and amazing host families.  The Spanish teachers are fantastic and I am learning so much!” La Union, Antigua, Guatemala Bio-Chemistry View more
Garret O’Connell, Spanish Language School in Summer 2015 “Antigua has to be one of the best places to begin learning Spanish and the people are equally as nice as any Canadian. La Union is an incredible school for students of all levels of Spanish, in a single week I was able to begin holding entire conversations with the host family and to teachers. The best part of Antigua has to be its immense variety of breads ranging from chocolate filled croissants to cheese/meat breads.” La Union, Antigua, Guatemala Bio-Chemistry View more
Natalie Ouellette, BSC/BIOCH 2013, MD student at DMNB, on exchange in Fall 2010 and Winter 2011 “I strongly believe that the year I spent abroad played a major role in my acceptance into Medical School. The experience was worth it. It changed my life, allowed me to take in-depth medical courses that I would otherwise not be able to take at UNB, exposed me to many different cultures and traditions, and pushed me out of my comfort zone. I am a better person and will be a better doctor because of this experience.” Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom Bio-Chemistry View more
Brittany Brydon, BPHIL/LEAD with a minor in Environmental Studies 2015, 2015 field school “I believe that hands-on experiential learning is the best way for students to learn. The atmosphere of questioning and observing and learning together are some of the greatest components of opportunities such as this. My experience in Belize on the ecology field course allowed me to better understand the diversity that occurs and is available to learn about.” International Ecology Field Course Environmental Studies View more
Adam Archibald, 2015 field school. “We went down to Belize during the reading week and spent our time learning about a wide variety of things, focusing mainly on plant and animal behavior, ecology, life history and morphology. The experience this trip gave me is unparalleled. There were many high quality activities and outings packed into the trip, this course had it all. Every single moment of it was amazing, and even though it was one of the hardest weeks of work in my life, it was, and will remain, one of the greatest adventures I will ever experience.” International Ecology Field Course Environmental Studies View more
Nick LeBlanc, BSE/CE 2012, BEd 2013, Travel-Study and internship in 2011, practicum in 2013. “I participated in a Travel-Study in France, an internship in Malawi, and a practicum in the People’s Republic of China.  Travelling shattered the norms I had grown up with and gave me the tools to reconstruct my perspective, incorporating social justice in ways that I would not have understood without going abroad.  Exposure to other lifestyles – from the impoverished to the lavish – helped me to contextualize my own, while sharing and learning with people from other cultures made me a much more positive person.” Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada Education View more
Stan Petley, on exchange Fall 2014. "The ability to transcend hundreds of cultural differences with so many people in such a short period of time is truly great. Everyone is unique, many speak different languages, but you all share in common the desire to see the world and meet others. You're all foreigners together, forced to socialize; it's impossible not to bond as one big family." Orebro University, Sweden Computer Science View more
Kaitlyn DeLong, BBA 2008, MBA 2012, on exchange in Fall 2011. "Participating in this program was easily one of the best things I did throughout my time at university. The personal and professional growth that comes as a result of this type of experience is not something that can ever be taught in a classroom. In addition to getting credits towards my MBA degree, I met, and continue to be in touch with, people from all over the world. It opened my eyes to the importance of travel and stepping out of your comfort zone. I would recommend the exchange program without hesitation to anyone thinking of applying!" Umea University, Umea, Sweden Business Administration View more
Matraça Lamey, BA/PSYCH 2015, MA Student in Drama Therapy at Concordia University, on exchange in Fall 2012 and Winter 2013. "I have been accepted to the MA Drama Therapy program at Concordia University. My experience abroad was certainly a catalyst for my desire to become a Drama Therapist. While studying abroad I was taught by some of the leading British psychologists and I participated in several drama oriented programs. Not only did I achieve a new appreciation for my abilities to adapt to a new academic environment but I also acquired a new appreciation for cultural diversity and even more importantly my experience helped me to discover my own cultural identity. It is surprising how much a person will learn when they attempt to do things on their own.” University of Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Psychology View more
Laura Maxwell, BA/HIST 2010, on exchange in Winter 2008. “I learned incredibly valuable soft skills such as communication, independence, social skills, adaptability, an understanding of different cultures. The soft skills I learned helped me make friends when I moved to a new city, they helped me in job interviews, and they helped me land my current job where communication skills, adaptability, and an outgoing personality are highly valued.” Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom History View more
Brittany Dixon, BSc/BIOL 2013, MSc/BIOL candidate at UNB with the Canadian Rivers Institute on exchange in Winter 2012. “I believe that the time I spent abroad really helped me understand what I wanted to do with my life. I discovered my love for field work and biology. Being able to work and study in such a rich and vibrant environment helped me to make many important life decisions upon returning to UNB. I knew I wanted to get my hands dirty and work outside as much as possible, so I decided to enroll in the Marine Block program during my final year, and now I am incredibly happy to be starting my Master’s project on American eel elvers with the Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study.” James Cook University, Townsville, Australia Biology View more
Tyler Trask, on exchange in Winter 2015 “There really is no better place to study coral reef ecology than on the worlds most famous reef. The chance to see another country, driving down the eastern coast of Australia, exposed me to a lot of different situations and challenged me in a variety of ways. The change and challenge were welcome and refreshing, and I'm more than glad to have had this experience.” James Cook University, Townsville, Australia Biology View more
William McGivney, Electrical Engineering, on exchange in Winter 2015. “Karlstad is strikingly similar to Fredericton. It is a very beautiful city with a river running directly though it. People are very friendly and will help you out whenever asked. Although most people understand English, everyone speaks Swedish and everything is written in Swedish. The first couple of trips to the grocery store were an adventure.” Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden Engineering - Electrical View more
Kelsey Cail, on exchange in Fall 2015 “After being asked “why Norway” a couple million times before leaving, I was truly questioning my motives for coming but if I had to start all over and pick a destination for my exchange – I can truly say that Norway would win once again. Although Norway was a very impulsive, spurt of the moment decision - It is hard to imagine myself being anywhere else as this place has changed my life in the most positive way. Everything about Norway is intriguing and different which is why I believe it was the most amazing choice. It’s quite hard to put into words the beauty that is Norway but not only is the country incredible, the nature, the brown cheese, the language and even the people will find a way to captivate you. I honestly can’t think of one negative thing to say about it (although if you think Fredericton is bad for hills – just you wait). I truly believe that going on exchange is the best decision I have ever made, and choosing UiB was the cherry on top.” University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway Biology View more
Brittany Pye, on exchange in Winter 2015. “Chichester is an absolutely beautiful place. The grass is green and the people are really friendly. Classes are very different than in Canada, no midterms and only a few final papers.” University of Chichester, Chichester, England, United Kingdom Recreation and Sport Studies View more
Morgan Hornibrook, on exchange in Winter 2015. “Learning and living abroad was an opportunity of a lifetime and has given me valuable job skills that I would not have been able to develop otherwise. I have a much deeper global understanding, I am able to adapt to new situations quickly and my independence has grown significantly.” Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Computer Science View more
Nicole Stewart, on exchange in Winter 2015 “Going to school in Singapore not only allowed me to experience a new culture but it also gave me the opportunity to study at a world class technological university. This experience has helped open my eyes to all the possible career options around the world. While abroad I was able to take electives that aren't offered at UNB, meet people from all over the globe, and travel to nearby Countries, while still furthering my degree.” Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Computer Science View more
Julie Sirois, on coop in Summer 2015 “Learning and living abroad was an opportunity of a lifetime and has given me valuable job skills that I would not have been able to develop otherwise. I have a much deeper global understanding, I am able to adapt to new situations quickly and my independence has grown significantly. The lab position I received at the university was also an absolute incredible experience. I had an amazing supervisor who taught me new techniques and skills that will hopefully aid me in my future studies.” Hochschule Furtwangen University, Schwenningen, Germany Biology View more
Isaac Barkhouse, on coop in Fall 2015 “I was expecting the German working environment to be very rigid, and people working extremely hard constantly. I found this to be exactly the opposite. A Full-hour lunch break and many coffee breaks are enjoyed by almost every employee, the difference being that when the people are not on break they are working very hard, which leads to the Germans incredible productivity.” Hochschule Furtwangen University, Schwenningen, Germany Engineering - Electrical View more
Olivia Babcock, on exchange in Winter 2015. “Studying at UTAS was a bit different than studying at UNB. I was taking fewer courses with fewer assignments, which were mostly essays. There were no midterms and we had a week off to study before exams began. Instead of only having lectures and labs, my classes had lectures, workshops, practicals and tutorials. In each of these, we had many discussions, went on a fieldtrips and did, in general, more practical and hands on learning.” University of Tasmania, Hobbart, Australia Engineering - Civil View more
Evan Belyea, on exchange in Fall 2015 and Winter 2016. “This is my first time in Europe and it is quite different than quiet New Brunswick. Chichester is home to about 27 000 people and has more pedestrian traffic than I have ever seen in a town of its size. It’s quite difficult to stay on the sidewalk on the walk to school! Everyone here is very polite. The price of living here is quite expensive and it is hard not to spend a fair amount of money. It would be difficult to live here if I didn’t have the “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity” mindset. That has been helping me not just by justifying spending more money but also in class and in meeting new people.” University of Chichester, Chichester, England, United Kingdom Kinesiology View more
Katie Hooper, on exchange in Fall 2015. “My first impression of Chichester is that it is a cute little town just like Charlottetown. It is easy for me to walk to the grocery story and walk to school. This makes me less stressed. It is wonderful to have the feeling of relief while being abroad. Also, during y first week I was surprised at how friendly everyone was in my classes. A couple of the teachers introduced me as the new girl from Canada but I think that made more people talk to me. It was a little embarrassing but I know that it was a good idea.” University of Chichester, Chichester, England, United Kingdom Kinesiology View more
Bruce Walkinshaw, JD 2015, on exchange in Fall 2014 “What strikes me about Xiamen and Xiamen University are: beauty, warmth, hospitality, and international cooperation.  I am studying (in English, of course) and I am taking Chinese language lessons. There is a large international student body at Xiamen from countries around that world, some of which North American countries do not have good relations with, and so it has also been really great to get to know them, and get their perspectives on world issues. As you can imagine, it is also a super interesting time to be in China, and I am learning lots from my professors, fellow students and the various people I have met here.” Xiamen University, Xiamen, China Law View more
Vincent Clavette, on exchange in Fall 2014 “The transition was smooth and incredibly freeing. I found myself surrounded by a lot of different people who on paper might not necessarily go together, but are all here for the same reason to explore and acquire an experience like no other. The Koreans are a wonderful and respectful bunch. They want us to get integrated very quickly so being on your toes for different activities and fun adventures is a requirement!" Korea University, Seongbuk-gu, Korea Political Science View more
Phil MacGillivray, on exchange in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 “VU Amsterdam is one of the most diverse universities in the world, and it is the number one such in all of the Netherlands. As for the city of Amsterdam, I have never been to such an intriguing place in my life. The history, architecture, canals, culture, everything. I can’t believe how bikes rule the city over here. Bike lanes are almost scarier to cross than normal streets.  Even though Dutch is the main language here, it is nice to know that almost every single person in this city speaks English too.” Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Business Administration View more
Emilie Chiasson, BPhil 2015, internship in Malawi, Summer 2014. “Not only have I learnt a great deal about myself, my mental and physical strength, my travelling companions, and Canadian health care, but I have most importantly leant the beauty of gratefulness—I am grateful” Buterfly Space, Malawi Leadership View more
Alex Bezeau, BA/POLS 2015, internship @ UN Refugee Camp in Summer 2014. “Living and working in Ecuador has been an incredible, and valuable experience, that, has helped grow my understanding and appreciation of life in an NGO. I gained first-hand knowledge of life working for a human rights organization. I look forward to applying my new-found knowledge to future academic and career oriented work.” Universidad Casa Grande, Gayaquil, Ecuador Political Science View more
Lea Britt, JD 2015, on exchange in Fall 2014. “An aspect of Dutch culture that I have greatly enjoyed experiencing is the Dutch love of stroopwafels, a cookie that is available just about anywhere in the country, and incorporated into all sorts of foods. I don’t think I suffered a serious amount of culture shock, a lot of what I had read about the Dutch turned out to be true when I arrived, so I felt like I was prepared for most social interactions. I would say the culture shock that I have experienced has been in the classroom. The interaction between students and professors at VU University is not the same as what I have experienced at law school, or during my undergraduate university. In Dutch universities professors and students are treated equally, meaning that their position in the classroom is almost virtually the same. This means that students openly question the professor about why we are learning something, interrupt them while they are speaking, are blunt in how they state something or continue speaking when the professor has begun class. The first time I experienced this it was quite shocking to me, as this would likely be considered rude in most Canadian classrooms. I discussed the practice with a number of fellow international and Dutch students, and discovered this was quite a common experience for international students. I felt more comfortable about the interaction after a few weeks of classes, and discussing the situation with others. Though I am a little more used to this practice after half a semester, I will not be trying it out on any of my professors. Though it was not part of culture shock, it has been interesting to see how much Dutch people enjoy being on boats in the canals in Amsterdam. As soon as the weather is nice, or there is a holiday Dutch people take out their boats and cruise on the canals with friends and family, and enjoy some food and wine. The other aspect of Dutch culture that I have greatly enjoyed experiencing is the Dutch love of stroopwafels, a cookie that is available just about anywhere in the country, and incorporated into all sorts of foods. The culture shock that I have experienced in the Netherlands has been offset by the wonderful international and Dutch people that I have met, who have been open and friendly." Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Law View more
Kirsten Melnyck, 8-month co-op @ Gambro Dyalisatoren GMBH, Summer and Fall 2013 “Working in a country where English isn’t the main language was difficult at first and pushed me outside of my comfort zone, but now I can understand full conversations and sometimes respond in German. I would never have thought that I would learn so much German in such a short period of time!” Hochschule Furtwangen University, Schwenningen, Germany Engineering - Chemical View more
Damian Jewett, MCS 2014, on exchange in Fall 2013. “In Brittany, as well as some other parts of France, Gaelic football is a popular recreational sport. I was lucky enough to have joined the local team in Lorient. Here I am with my team’s jersey (notice the emergency medical helicopter in the background that commandeered our pitch for about an hour!).” Universite de Bretagne-Sud, Lorient, France Computer Science View more
Michael Doucet, BSE/ChE 2015, 8-month co-op @ Endress + Hauser Conducta in Summer and Fall 2013. “When deciding to come here I knew absolutely no German at all. I am not fluent by any means, but I can get by at the market or at a restaurant without sounding like too much of a fool. I would recommend this experience. You learn so much on and off the job." Hochschule Furtwangen University, Schwenningen, Germany Engineering - Chemical View more
Miles Goff, BSc/BIOCH 2011, ME/ChE 2014, on exchange in Fall 2009 and Winter 2010. “The program was flexible enough to mold in any way I wanted, with a focus on academics, traveling, or both. I struck a balance between getting out and absorbing Chinese culture and keeping my grades up; a moderation which allowed me to reflect and gain a broader understanding of both. I met a variety of beautiful people, from both inside and outside Asia, and I dabbled in a language and culture that is unique the world over.” Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Bio-Chemistry View more
Robin Schriver, BCS 2014, on exchange in Winter 2013. “I was struck by how different and yet very much the same we all are as people. The things I learned that I know I will continue to carry with me is how many amazing ideas come from different cultural backgrounds. The friends I made were from all over the world, and they shared with me viewpoints and ideas that I don't think I ever would have been exposed to if I had stayed in Canada. I can say for certain that the world would benefit from collaborations of cultures to meet goals, since great ideas come from all different places.” Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Sankt-Augustin, Germany Computer Science View more
Denita Cunningham, BBA 2013, UNB Law student, on exchange in Fall 2012. “I absolutely think this benefitted my degree especially from the in class discussions we would have.  It’s interesting because when you discuss a topic, anything from advertising to politics, you can get such a well rounded discussion because the opinions and ideas are coming from all over the world.” Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences, Ingolstadt, Germany Business Administration View more
Juliette Cormier, BA/POLS 2013, UNB law student, on exchange in Fall 2012. “I learned how to problem solve and became more mature. I also learned about the culture in France and to communicate better with people whose first language is not English. I have learned about a different part of the world that has allowed me to view certain situations from a different perspective. I think this has enhanced my degree because I feel that I now have a better grasp on how other countries in the world work.” Universite de Bretagne-Sud, Lorient, France Political Science View more
Erin Bowlen, BA.CLS-S.LING 2009, on exchange in Fall 2007 and Winter 2008. “I was very lucky to be able to participate in a language program offered by the university which helped me to learn Danish, as well as allowing me to go on different field trips to see different parts of Denmark.  The people in Denmark are so friendly.” Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark Culture Studies View more
Kate Hooper, BA/SPAN/HIST 2011, on exchange in Winter 2010. “As a person with a passion for traveling, culture, and languages the program offered me a taste of everything! Being able to truly live and study in another country not only opened my eyes to global perspectives but I also had the opportunity to learn a great deal about myself. The Student Abroad Program is one that I encourage all to take part in! Thank you UNB for this spectacular opportunity!” Universidad de Santiago Di Compostela, Santiago Di Compostela, Spain Spanish View more
Greg Toole, BBA 2011, on exchange in Winter 2010. “In the five months I spent studying abroad, I had some unforgettable times and forged friendships that will last a lifetime. Immersing myself in another culture was a great learning experience, and it made me reexamine what it means to me to be Canadian.” University of Applied Sciences Weiner Neustadt, Weiner Neustadt, Austria Business Administration View more
Daniel Vintimilla, BBA 2009, on exchange in Fall 2007 and Winter 2008. “The biggest surprise I discovered during my time here in Holland is that practically every single person in my city speaks English, and if they don’t know a word they try to explain it to you with hand gestures or however they can. I learned how to communicate with people without knowing their language and how to better understand people and their cultures.” The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague, The Netherlands. Business Administration View more
Erin MacDonald, BSENR 2012, on exchange in Winter 2009. “Being in Thailand opened my eyes to a different world, a different culture and a different way of life, not only in regards to school but through life experience too. I learned as much about myself as I did about Thailand and its people. I had the opportunity to teach English to Thai children, and to volunteer at orphanages.” Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, Thailand Environmental Studies View more
Elizabeth Creelman, BA/ENGL/Hist 2015, U. of Toronto Law student, on exchange in Fall 2013. “Before my arrival, I had been terrified of being stuck with other international students in my residence and not making friends with any of the “locals” but the small class sizes allowed me to meet lots of Brits and learn more than I ever wanted to know about football.” University of Birmingham, England, United Kingdom English View more
Madeleine Lawrence, BSc/BIOPS 2011, on exchange in Winter 2010 “There's no point in delaying travel until you retire. There's a big difference between just traveling abroad and actually living and studying abroad. You have to do everyday normal life things and you find more local spots as opposed to only touristy things that you would hit up if you only had a few days to spend in a place." University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway Biology View more
Kirsten Van Slyke, BSKIN 2015, on exchange Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 “Definitely go for the whole year if you can instead of one semester. I think it would be too rushed to fit in everything you want to do in just one semester. It's more expensive to go for a whole year but I'm very glad I did.” University of Chichester, Chichester, England, United Kingdom Kinesiology View more
Ryan Huelin, on exchange Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 "After my first few weeks in Montpellier, I’ve had a lot of fun. The city has a large student population and there are always various parties and activities for students to participate in. The weather helps add to the fun as well. Just about every day here has been warm with a blue sky and a bright sun. Montpellier also has very nice sandy beaches, although the water isn’t too much warmer than Canada in the summertime. In addition the people here seem quite nice and many people know English, which has been good as the French accents can be hard to understand. The city itself is also very nice and large with unique architecture and many different stores." Groupe Sup de Co. Montpellier, Montpellier, France Business Administration View more
Amelia Wainright, on exchange Fall 2015 "Wales is one of the few places I have been that is almost exactly the way I imagined it. The local people are so friendly and the culture of the area is tangible. Within the first few days of arriving I felt completely at home. The language in Wales is bizarre. Welsh is much more prominent here than I had anticipated. On most signs and even in university e-mails, english and welsh are equally represented. Walking down the street it is possible to hear people speaking the language. I have learned a couple of phrases, however the pronunciations are bizarre and the spelling even stranger. The initial conversation between myself and some new friends stemmed from our inability to pronounce the name of our residence village. The name; Ffriddoedd. Welcome to Wales. The scenery in and around Bangor is beautiful, and i was lucky enough to have the chance to climb Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia. The view from the top was incredible! In many ways Wales feels like something from a fairy tale, referred to by many as, 'the land of dragons'." Bangor Uniiversity, Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom Media View more
Angela Morris, on exchange Fall 2015 "As I finish my first official week at Maynooth University in Ireland it dawns on me how quickly I’ve learned to adapt. Absolute strangers just a week ago have now have taken to calling our little group a family. We have stumbled though the confusion of the first week together and learned that the Irish are some of the nicest people you will ever meet! Orientation week was a blast as I got to know the other international students studying here through icebreakers and repeated questions of name, country, and field of study. My first week here I was able to experience the outstanding beauty and culture Ireland has to offer through exploring with friends to events such as Culture Night 2015 in Dublin. With classes starting next week I hope to continue to explore and experience as much as I can while I am here. As they say, carpe diem, seize the day." Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland Biology View more
Danielle Sharp, BA.(Hon)PLTS 2007, on exchange in Winter 2006 "I went to Denmark with no expectations except for to have a good time; I was not disappointed. I enjoyed my classes, the city and country, but most of all it was the people I met. The friendships I made there are what studying abroad is really about. You learn more from meeting people than you do from a book. Between get-togethers and going for bike rides you learn so much but are having such a great time that you don’t notice anything until you are back in Canada." Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark Political Science View more
Sarah Fitzpatrick and Samantha MacPherson, JD 2015, on exchange in Fall 2014 "Our term at UEF has been great. The teaching style is different from home, but we have very much enjoyed it, and been challenged in the classroom. The flexible schedule allowed us to travel for a full three weeks, and in that time we visited 6 different countries! Finland is not all that different from Canada - the people are friendly and happy to help you out. UEF has a very large European exchange program, so we have met people from all over Europe and learnt about their cultures and lifestyles. The school has a great program for making exchange students feel welcome and to help them set up their lives once they arrive. We are very happy we picked UEF and have memories we will never forget!" UNiversity of Eastern Finland Law View more
Brooke McAloney, BBA 2011, on exchange in Fall 2010 and Winter 2011 "The best thing about being abroad was the life enhancing opportunities I experienced. Being able to travel freely around Europe, learning new cultures, new languages, making friends from all around the globe, and seeing famous sites was so amazing. I came back with a whole new outlook on life. Don’t be scared of anything, because no matter what, you'll have the time of your life. Don't let this opportunity pass you by, do it while you can!" , ESCEM School of Business and Management, Poitiers, France Business Administration View more
Valérie Ouellet, BBA 2013, Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 "Over the two semesters I was there, I met people from different nationalities and they were very friendly and sympathetic because we were all living the same situation. Also the people in charge of the international program at Sup de co were very understanding. They were ready to listen to your questions and give you the appropriate answer… I learn a lot about myself and what I want to do in the future. The international experience that I gained this past ten months was very wonderful. It enhanced what I want to do in a near future. The international classes I had showed me what I could do on an international level. I took classes that I never had before, like E-business, international marketing or negotiation and having those classes showed me another side of the business world. I learn about other cultures and how they do business there. It was beneficial because I have now more knowledge about the business world in different country. My time overseas made me realized that I was stronger than I thought. I was scared to go to another country that I never been before. It was my first time also to Europe. When I came to France I didn’t know what to expect. I did some researches about the city where I was going, but when you don’t have any expectation, it’s hard to have a clear idea of what to expect. I met people from all over the world; I travel to cities I never thought I would go. It was an experienced I will never forget. I have grown so much over the past ten months. I learn about myself and it made me realize how much I love my family and friends and how Canada is a wonderful country to live in..." Groupe Sup de Co. Montpellier, Montpellier, France Business Administration View more
Melanie Grimmer, BA.FREN 2010, on exchange in Winter 2009 "The best thing about France was the culture and the easy access to travel to other destinations in France and Europe. France is so close to other countries that it was easy to get on a train and travel for a day or weekend to other parts of the country and other European countries. It is easy to buy your ticket and even book your hotel room at your destination all in one stop, it is that easy! The people were very nice and helpful especially if they knew you were Canadian. The fashions are amazing; the weather was so much warmer than Maritime weather. The food, especially the desserts in France were delicious, especially the pastries and bread. I also found the architecture and historical places interesting as many if not most of the buildings dated back centuries and held so much important and interesting history. Studying abroad is an experience that one could NEVER get from reading or studying in a book. This was a personal growth experience that could never be duplicated any other way." Universite de Poitiers, Poitiers, France French View more
Elicia Cann, BA.ENGL.HIST 2012, on exchange in Winter and Summer 2011 "My time overseas was amazing…I learned how to function in a culture that was foreign to me, and how to be sensitive to not only the German culture, but also the myriad of other ones on campus, in my apartment building, and everywhere that I traveled. But the most important lesson I learned in my whole time abroad was to rely on no one but myself. This may sound cynical, but time after time I put faith into others, that they would take care of paperwork, would help with something or other, would get me to a specific location on time, and it often didn’t happen. Through traveling I really learned how to be an independent and self-sufficient person, and I cannot even begin to explain how important this lesson has been. Having majors in English and History really made Europe a hotspot for exploration. So many people only get to learn about the places of battles or where their favourite authors were born from the textbooks, but I got to see it all firsthand. For those five months that I was abroad, the world truly was my classroom, as corny as it may sound. I went to Finland and saw the Vyborg Gate, I saw the remains of the Berlin Wall, I walked crossed the Charles Bridge in Prague, and saw so many more amazing sites. Coming back to UNB and being able to actually visualize many of the places that professors lecture about was a surreal experience. Eventually I want to get my Bed, and I want to be able to instill a real sense of value in my kids for seeing the world and making it their classroom, and UNB has been a vital part on my way down that path. Being away really teaches you the value of coming home, and appreciating everything that you have when you do come home. I made some amazing friends from all over the world, that I will hopefully have for a long time to come… I would highly recommend the Student Abroad Program to other students. It may not be right for everyone, as is the case with everything in life, but it was such an amazing experience that is hard to fault. My roommate in first year was a Costa Rican exchange student, and I saw the fun she had, the new friendships that she was making, and the worldwide opportunities that she was creating for herself – and I wanted that too! Getting away from what is familiar and forcing yourself to look at the world in an entirely new perspective, forcing yourself to be open and to make new friends, is an invaluable lesson. We become complacent with our lives far too often, just letting the days pass by without much thought. But being on an exchange for such a short period of time makes you wake up everyday, ask yourself ‘would I like to go to Italy this weekend?’ or ‘why not go to Spain with a friend for the semester break?’ Sometimes a change of scenery is all that you need to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and into exploring parts of yourself that you never even knew existed. A lot of people have told me that they’re so jealous of what I’ve done, the places I’ve been, and that they wish they could do the same, but really, all I did was take an opportunity and make it into my best possible time." University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany History View more
Michelle Woywitka, BBA 2006 on exchange in Winter 2005 "Participating in the Study Abroad Program in Germany at the Fachoschule Ingolstadt has been an unbelievable experience for me. I have met so many new people from around the world, as well as being able to be completely surrounded by a new culture and language is just amazing. I have been able to travel easily through out Europe and see sights I could have never imagined. This term in Ingostadt has been the best experience of my 3 years of studying. I highly recommend the study abroad program to all students! It’s a once in a life time opportunity that you need to take!" Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences, Ingolstadt, Germany Business Administration View more
Josh Tuttle, JD 2013, on exchange in Fall 2012 "Living in a major European city was simply amazing. We were constantly biking around Amsterdam; getting to know each of the distinct neighbourhoods. I was surprised to see how well almost every single Dutch person spoke English, and how the older generation still thinks kindly of Canadians, as a result of their liberation during WWII. We did a ton of travelling; finding cheap flights around Europe every couple of weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes as well. My favourite was a course called “International Criminal Courts and Tribunals,” which really opened my eyes to the inner-workings—and great importance of—the ICC, the ICTY, and the ICTR. This experience has enhanced my UNB degree, by exposing me to a whole new approach to the study of law. VU Amsterdam uses a very different method of teaching law; much broader and more theoretical in nature than here at UNB. It was very interesting to be immersed in a new approach to legal study, over the course of an entire semester. I think I have grown as a person, as a result of this experience. Travelling around Europe and even northern Africa during my weekends and time-off, I learned a great deal about both myself and the world around me. It was totally amazing." Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Law View more
Ted Flett, on exchange in Fall 2015 Check Ted's column on exchanges in Canadian Lawyer magazine: Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Law View more
Peter Trusiak, BSc.BIOL 2005, BA.Hist 2006, on ecxchange in Winter 2006 "Having never flown before, I must say that a trans-Atlantic flight was quite an experience in itself. Ironically, the only moment of anxiety came during my connection flight from Fredericton to Montreal, before even leaving Canada. It is here, aboard a tiny airplane in the middle of a furious snow storm that I thought to myself “maybe I won’t miss this weather after all.” As it turned out, the plane landed adequately enough, and once I transferred onto a jet (about three times the size of the previous plane) it began to sink in that I was really going to England, the ‘Mother Country.’ I don’t know if I can accurately describe my first impressions of England, for the ‘jet lag’ had set in quite heavily by the time I landed at Heathrow, as I eventually made my way to Cambridge by train. All the stereotypical imagery was there: grey skies and gray buildings. I took small consolation in the fact that the cab driver hadn’t told me off, as I was clearly behaving like an idiot, unable to handle a suitcase or perform basic motor skills like opening doors, etc. But once recovered, I set out to explore Cambridge with some other international students that I met shortly after my not so triumphant arrival. Everything about this place was exciting. The fact that most of the buildings pre-dated the discovery of Canada by hundreds of years was a difficult concept for me to wrap my head around. Also, the fact that there were more pubs on one street than in my entire hometown (Bathurst) was a delightful discovery to say the least. And of course, there was the novelty of being an ‘international student’ and receiving special treatment from the wonderful staff of Anglia Ruskin University during the first few days of school. Studying in Cambridge was, in short, a blast. As a history student, I had the chance to study courses with more of a European perspective. I’ve also had the chance to visit places I’d only read about in books, like London, Paris and Amsterdam. Truly, this experience has served to wet my appetite for further travel. I guess the only let down, I must say (as a sports fanatic), was the lack of hitting or physical contact in football (soccer). Football fans, however, seem like they could make mince meat out of most hockey players… at least hockey players from Toronto. Finally, I have to say that this experience allowed me to reflect more strongly on what it means to be ‘Canadian.’ “Are you from America?” was the most frequently asked question in my travels, and I always ensure the inquirer that no apology is necessary. Indeed, it is hard to pin down a ‘Canadian identity’, or to speak of ‘Canadian values.’ But for me being Canadian means working hard, enjoying life, maintaining an open mind, and above all else, being polite. And so, I would like to say that British hospitality was wonderful, that England is a great country, and that I will not forget it. And on a joking note, if people confused me for an American, then I hope they confused me for a polite one." Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom History View more
Andrew Keddy, BRSS.MGMT 2009 on exchange in Fall 2007 I studied at the University of Chichester on the south coast of the United Kingdom. I lived in Bognor Regis at the University’s sister campus and commuted daily to classes in Chichester via the University’s intercampus shuttle bus. The award money I received while overseas was greatly appreciated and used quite well. The funds helped with the costs of airfare to and from the UK as well as a student visa. Having money to cover airfare and documentation allowed me to make the most of my time overseas. My award helped contribute to a myriad of alternative learning experiences in a number of different countries. Thanks to Scotia Bank’s award, I was fortunate enough to have enough extra money to tour through the streets of Spain, climb the Eiffel Tower in France, see the Coliseum and Vatican City in Italy, climb through the Swiss Alps, and browse the streets of Innsbruck in Austria, and explore the extensive canals of Amsterdam in Netherlands. Never having left the country before, I traveled from Canada to the United Kingdom and returned to be greeted as a world traveler. I learned so much during my time overseas. The lessons I learned in classes at Chichester is no comparison to the extracurricular experiences and memories that will stay with me my whole life. The chance to mingle with international students is an incredible opportunity to gain friends from all over the world as well as see an alternative lifestyle and actually live a different culture. The experiences gained from traveling through so many different countries and exploring numerous places was a great opportunity to learn about new places and helped me to truly develop my own sense of what it means to be Canadian. I would recommend this experience to anyone who has the opportunity to do so. The experience is unrivalled by anything else likely to be partaken in throughout a student’s university career." University of Chichester, Chichester, England, United Kingdom Recreation and Sport Studies View more
Mark Coombs, JD 2015, on exchange in Fall 2014 "Deakin has been incredible to me and the other international students. Our welcome trip to Lorne was a great experience. I got to meet other international students from all over the world, we all went surfing, went on hikes and did other fun activities together while learning about Australian culture. Melbourne is a beautiful city, I have thoroughly enjoyed checking out its lane ways, arcades and the Queen Victoria Market." Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia Law View more
Katriena McKay, BSc.(Hon)BIOL 2011, on exchange in Winter 2009 As I am heading into my last week here, I find that the thing that struck me most is how fast it went by. I know people always say that, but I seriously feel like I arrived here a couple days ago. I was surprised with how easy it was to meet people with whom you instantly become so close with. I have met some people here that have quickly become my best friends, and because of some of the adventures and experiences we’ve gone through together, I know they will stay that way for a long time. I was also very surprised to find how much nicer people are to you when you tell them you are from Canada… be proud of that!!! I have learned a lot about the Australian culture: what a Tim-Tam is, how to dig for a witchery grub in the outback and what it tasted like, how to drive on the other side of the road, the sarcastic aussie humor, what humidity REALLY feels like, and what words like “keen”, “heaps”. “singlet”, “oi”, “arvo”, “mate”, “dodgy”, “esky”, “lollies”, and “togs” mean, and even now use some of them on a daily basis. I have also learned a lot about myself, and surprisingly, learned how much I appreciate that I live in Canada: I really miss some of the things about it, and hear all the time from people how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful and wonderful place. Because of its close location to the Great Barrier Reef and rainforests, James Cook gave me a chance to study hands-on parts of biology that I have only read about in textbooks, including seeing some famous Australian animals like kangaroos, koalas and wombats! I went on some incredible field trips. School is also a bit different here; there is a lot of paper and report writing instead of testing, so I had a lot of practice doing that. I have grown a lot since coming here. I had to learn to be really independent, and had to step very far outside my comfort zone- but it was so worth it. I have made some lifelong friends, both other international students and Australian, have traveled over almost the entire country, and done some pretty incredible things. This whole experience has been like one big adventure, where along the way I have learned a lot about the kind of person I am and met some people with some incredible stories that made me look at parts of my life completely differently. Being here has made me proud to be Canadian- it’s incredible the huge smile that comes across people’s faces when you tell them you’re from Canada." James Cook University, Townsville, Australia Biology View more
Jay Phinney, D 2013, on exchange in Fall 2012 How similar the culture in Australia was to Canada surprised me. The weather difference was also a great surprise. It has given me a different perspective on how the law works internationally. It has also allowed me to interact with people from many different cultural backgrounds.” James Cook University, Townsville, Australia Law View more
Julia Howland, BSc.BIOL 2014, on exchange in Winter 2013 “The thing that struck me most about my time in Australia was how quickly it began to feel like home. I was nervous to go because I had never travelled so far from home before, but after taking the opportunity to go I would recommend it to anyone. Studying in Cairns was truly a biologist’s dream. The chance to see and study the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest was incredible. It was a great opportunity for me to attend lectures from some of the leading conservation biologists in the world in a location where new conservation strategies are being implemented today. My time in Australia gave me the chance to see so many breathtaking places and meet so many amazing people from all over the world. It was so different from other trips I have taken because I had the time to really immerse myself in the culture and become a part of the campus community at JCU – I will always think of Cairns as a second home. I would not hesitate to recommend the study abroad program to other UNB students, it was one of the most unbelievable experiences I’ve ever had and it is a great way to travel without taking time off of school. I will never forget the time I spent in Australia. I have met the most amazing friends who I will always be in contact with and experienced things I never would have if I only studied in Canada. If you are given this amazing opportunity don’t hesitate to take it!” James Cook University, Townsville, Australia Biology View more
Monica Boudreault, BSENR 2014, on exchange in Winter 2013 "I would have never imagined how at home I would feel overseas. The Australian people and James Cook University made me feel very welcome and at home. There was not one moment that I didn’t feel safe and secure. What struck me most about Australia was how beautiful the country is and how friendly the people are. I was surprised at how many close and lifelong friends I have met. I have learned that traveling is not only a fun, enjoyable experience but it is also very educational in the sense that you learn and grow so much when you are living in a place that is different from your own. In Australia, I realized what is truly important to me. The Australian people do what they enjoy and live life to the fullest. I have learned to pursue what makes you happy and travel as much as possible because there are some amazing places and people around the world. This experience has enhanced my UNB degree because I am much more driven to obtain my degree and get a good career which allows me give back to this beautiful Earth and preserve it but also allows me to work or save money in order to experience more trips like my trip to Australia. I also learned a great deal about environmental issues in countries such as Australia but also developing countries such as the Philippians, Indonesia and Malaysia which has also inspired me to use my degree to the best of my abilities... There are some spectacular place to see in the world I cannot stress enough how happy I am that I decided to do my international exchange to Australia. The places I have seen and the people I have met have changed me. I have been home from Australia for almost 2 months now and I still talk to my friends in Australia every day. I am very lucky to have experienced this amazing trip." James Cook University, Townsville, Australia Environmental Studies View more
Amanda Grant, BSc.BIOL 2010, on exchange in Winter 2009 "Participating in the Study Abroad Program was the coolest thing I have ever done! I had the opportunity to meet some great people, see some amazing places and study course material that I otherwise wouldn't have been exposed to! My classes even included field trips to the beach and the Australian Outback, who could ask for more? I needed to de-stress before exams and decided to jump out of a perfectly good plane at 14 thousand feet in the air!! We jumped out over the Great Barrier Reef and landed on Mission Beach in Brisbane! It was the scariest thing I have ever done, but the views were spectacular and it was the highlight of my trip! I strongly urge anyone who has the opportunity to study abroad to take it, you won't regret it and the memories will last a lifetime!" James Cook University, Townsville, Australia Biology View more
Danial Smith, BSc.BIOL 2008, BA.PSYCH 2014, on exchange in Fall 2011. "My experiences since coming to Melbourne have been truly awesome. It has been one of the most exciting times of my life getting to live in a new culture and meet so many new people. Swinburne University has a beautiful campus with great professors and my classes have been very interesting. Australia has so much to offer... nice and welcoming people, beautiful landscapes, and some unique and amazing wildlife. This will be an experience I will never forget." Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Psychology View more
Tiffany Marr, BBA.(Hon)ACCT 2015, on exchange in Winter 2013 “There were many things that struck me while I was overseas…the shock of even being in another country, surrounded by other accents and languages. Being around palm trees everyday was amazing, making lifelong friendships and having the feeling of being on an adventure on a daily basis. It was surprising how many words were used differently even in the English language, the slang terms that aren’t used in Canada and the way that people react to where I’m from was a rewarding feeling. The Aussie’s call McDonalds “Maccas” for example, something I had no idea about until now. I was surprised by every tiny difference that I saw and learned about, even with the British friends I made. I learned many things in class, but many more outside of it. In a group project at Victoria University, I was with people form Africa, Mexico, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia and we had to discuss water issues in each of our countries based on ethical theories. Our professors were astounded with the different views we had, and that we all still agreed that water should be viewed as a human right. Outside of the classroom I learned cultural differences, from music, art, history, morals, and experiences. Living in a different country truly opens up your eyes to all the world has to offer and how small it actually is. An English girl I travelled with ended up meeting another English girl from a different region who was friends with American girls that the other knew from an exchange there. It’s moments like that that are surprising, amazing, and strange all at once. This overseas experience has benefited me on an entirely mind boggling level. There are certain things in life that cannot be taught in a classroom, and learning how to adapt on your own in a brand new and foreign setting is one of them. Being thrown into making decisions, forming friendships, and learning in a different environment is overwhelming, exciting and has definitely enhanced my degree for the better. Networking has already taken place for my future, doors are opened, the world truly becomes your oyster. I have a strong belief that without knowledge of the world around you, you can’t truly appreciate where you are from and understand the bigger issues that are affecting everyone. In this day and age where globalization is so huge, and talked about in every business class, how could an exchange not benefit our understanding of the world issues, and possibly, solutions. The time overseas changed me for the better. I have friendships all over the globe, as I was living with other internationals as well as Australians. It’s made me more aware of how Canada is viewed, how other cultures interact and communicate, how to adapt to change easily, how to deal with any issues on my own, and realizing how important it is to have the initiative to try new things and put myself out there. I’ve grown a tremendous amount; I will never be the same and would not change that. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, you will regret it!” Victoria University Melbourne, Australia Business Administration View more
Holly Poirier, BBA.MK-CO 2014, on exchange in Fall 2012 What struck me most about the whole experience was how much smaller the world seemed afterwards. A place 17,000 km away that used to be foreign became a place that was truly my home, where I had incredible memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Not only did I have the chance to take classes that aren’t offered at UNB, but now I have something on my resume that stands out. Going overseas gave me so much confidence in myself and my own abilities. I’ve learned to trust my instincts and to have faith that things will work out one way or another. Before going on exchange I wouldn’t even jump off the high diving board at the pool, and by the end of it I was brave enough to go skydiving! I couldn’t recommend this experience enough. If anyone had even the slightest interest or curiosity about this program I would encourage them to go for it. Studying on exchange is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I met so many amazing people from every corner of the world and got to live in one of the most cultural and exciting cities in the world. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.” Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Business Administration View more
Chris Burt, JD 2014, MBA 2014, on exchange in Fall 2012 “I was shocked at how similar Hobart, Tasmania was to where I’m from; St. John’s, Newfoundland. It was really very hilly, and it wasn’t all that warm. It was beautiful though, with rugged coastlines dotted with sandy beaches. I was surprised at how much of the Asian world was accessible through even this tiny outpost off the south coast of Australia. The culture and customs were very similar to here, although instead of hockey, there was Aussie Rules. This being my second exchange (my first coming in undergrad), I certainly benefitted from the networking. I now have many contacts in many different destinations globally, which is great because I intend on having an international career. The travel I did also gave me a respect and understanding for Asian cultures which I did not expect to have. It also made me appreciate Fredericton, and the nice little routine I get into here every year, unlike the random acts that I was getting up to in Australia. To students who wish to undertake such an experience: take your time, no matter where you are, trying to find a place to live. Go on the facebook group for your school’s incoming international exchange term, and toss out a few lines, because everyone is in the same boat as you. Don’t take the first thing that comes your way; just make sure you have a good hostel (with a good bar!) and you and your friends looking for an apartment/house will be fine. I was young when I first went on exchange and was rather intimidated by people. They are just as intimidated as you, but love being approached. If you’re shy, use this as the opportunity to get over it; the sooner you make some good friends, the sooner you’ll get over your homesickness, and soon after you’ll wonder if you really have to go home at all. PS: travel around as much as you can. You never may end up back there!” University of Tasmania, Hobbart, Australia Law View more
Emily Bartlett, BSE.GE 2013, on exchange in Winter 2012 I was surprised by how much people asked about Canada, including history, government and society. Before I left I thought I knew a lot about Canada, now I feel like I know hardly anything. I learned a lot about getting along with people of different cultures, and I think that will help with getting along with Canadians as well. I learned about different people’s perspectives of similar situations. I also learned about a lot of different cultures. I think this has enhanced my degree a lot as engineering in Australia is all about practical experience. At UNB, I sometimes feel like I don’t know how to apply the things I am learning, whereas at UTas, it is all about how and why things are applied. I have also been able to go on site here, which is not common at UNB. I have become a lot more independent. I have learned how to put in the extra effort to keep in contact with friends at home. I have learned how to balance school and fun activities at the same time. I have a much better sense of what opportunities are available to me after I graduate and what I want to do with my life. I have a strong appreciation for the automatic respect I receive for being Canadian, which is not the same for my American friends. I would definitely recommend the Student Abroad Program to other students, especially from a small town like Fredericton. People often get caught up in Fredericton thinking that that is what life is like everywhere, and now I realize how small Fredericton is in the grand scheme of things, and how many other opportunities are available. Although I recommend the program, students need to realize that there is a huge difficulty in coming back home. You will make many close friends that are very hard to leave behind. Life abroad for me was much more relaxed than at home, and exchange students tend to not take school as seriously abroad. Coming back to reality is a big adjustment, but definitely worth it." University of Tasmania, Hobbart, Australia Engineering - Geological View more
Jordan Stephens, BSE.CE 2013, on exchange in Winter 2011 "[I was struck by] the split between diversity and similarities. It is overwhelming to experience a new culture but also realize that people are still the same all over the world. I learned how to adapt and travel which I will continue to learn throughout my life. I have definitely grown from this experience, I learned independence. I think that the experience has opened my eyes to the fact that even though you can travel half-way around the world you still do not feel that far away. I would 100% recommend students abroad, Canadians are so respected all over the world and when you travel you learn this first hand. I think it was an opportunity to travel and still graduate on schedule. Make sure that you have everything 100% organized before you leave, because a million other things pop up as soon as you land." University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia Engineering - Civil View more
Alex Campbell, BSE.CE 2009, on exchange in Winter 2009 "The four months I spent in Singapore were some of the most fun, interesting and rewarding of my university career. From the moment I got off the plane and stepped outside, I knew I was in for an adventure. Literally being on the opposite side of the globe, I felt like I was in another world entirely. The food was different (in a very, very good way), the people were different, the trees, the weather, the culture - you name it. At the beginning it was definitely a challenge; when you find yourself in a new environment and don’t know anybody, it takes some time to develop relationships and feel comfortable. But it is a great way to grow stronger mentally, and I learned a lot about myself those first few weeks. I ended up making friends from many places around the world, connections I will have for the rest of my life. Singapore is a paragon of immaculate design, a feature that was particularly captivating for me as a student of Engineering. I enjoyed my classes, and I was even able to take some subjects that were not offered at UNB. There were many perks of going to school in a tropical climate. I wore shorts and a t-shirt to class all winter, and I often spent a good portion of the afternoon lazing under a coconut tree at the campus’ outdoor pool! Perhaps the greatest thing about this place, though, is its central location within Southeast Asia. Affordable airfares and the close proximity of many places in the region make weekend trips viable, and longer trips can be planned just days in advance. Looking back at it now I’m amazed at all the things I almost didn’t get to see, and all the great people I almost didn’t get to meet. If you’re contemplating studying abroad, do it. If you’re not, you should be." Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Engineering - Civil View more
Justin White, BA.(Hon)ENGL 2009, on exchange in Fall 2007 "When things got complicated, awkward, or confused, I learned to do as the Thais do and laugh it off.” Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, Thailand English View more
Jennie LeBlanc, BBA MK-CO 2011, BN 2014, on exchange in Winter 2011 "[Being overseas] certainly has benefited me in countless ways and enhanced my UNB degree largely. I’ve gained the ability to learn to communicate with people of different languages with very few words, I’ve learned to talk slower, and have patience in doing so. I guess to some extent, it has made me more comfortable around people of a different nationality, which is a wonderful thing, considering we live in Canada and a vast amount of cultures live freely here. It has also enabled me to think “outside the box” about people in general. I know what it feels like to be the minority now and I take this into consideration when I meet minority people in Canada. It made me realize that we often think we are so different from other nationalities, which we are in some ways, but we are also very alike. At the end of the day, we are all just human. …It has certainly changed me in many ways… it has taught me to have patience when communicating with people who know very little English, but really, it has taught me to have patience in general. We really do take the simplest things for granted in Canada, for example, public washrooms and our nicely organized lines with short waiting times. Another thing we take for granted, high speed Internet. … I have a much better sense of who I am and what it means to be Canadian! I love Thailand and have every intention on going back there some day for a vacation but I am very thankful I live in Canada. I will admit, many things made me very sad there also, especially in relation to animals. Thailand is amazing, but it is not all glorified, just as you would expect to see visiting any other country. …I had an amazing time, and have learned so much. It’s quite organized once you get there, and people were generally very friendly and helpful. A word of advice though if you are going to Thailand, and I don’t mean for this to sound negative, but don’t always take everyone’s word for the sake of it, especially higher authority’s at the university for example. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask other opinions from teachers, students (Thai and International), and locals before you make decisions. From my experience, I found people would often tell you incorrect information just to provide an answer rather than saying they aren’t sure of something. Again, this may be a culture thing, and it’s certainly nothing to get angry or upset over. I would suggest if you’re actually going to study abroad, then go some place where the culture is entirely different from your own. Also, I think it is very wise to consider the costs of places. Thailand was fantastic for that, it was so inexpensive for everything, and everything was so accessible. Also, the climate is another factor, so keep that in mind. If you like warm beautiful weather, go to Thailand!" Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, Thailand Business Administration View more
Tim Kukula, BBA.(Hon)FIN.(Hon)MKT 2013, on exchange in Winter 2011 "The unique culture in Thailand, people were so different yet very much the same. It surprised me how people gave instructions without knowing the answer for. It was also surprising that everyone followed these instructions without any question. I learned much about a collectivist society, where people are more concerned about the group then themselves. This is why people would follow instructions without question. Being interested in a career in international business, it is essential that I understand how other cultures make decisions and function socially. Taking the consumer behavior course at Mahidol really put this into perspective for me. The Thai language course helped me understand the traditional aspect of the Thai culture and helped me develop the linguistic capabilities to navigate Thailand. Going to Thailand had some changing effects on me personally. It made me appreciate some things, which we take for granted for in Canada. I think the biggest thing was noticing the differences between individualistic and collectivist cultures. In some sense as Canadians we can be to individualistic. I would highly recommend the study abroad program. The skills, which you learn from completing study abroad term, cannot be taught in the classroom. It is my option that anyone who is studying business should complete a term in a foreign country. Today, Canada is one of the most multicultural places in the world, it is extremely important that business students and other students understand other cultures. Just do it, don’t be scared." Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, Thailand Business Administration View more
Marion Westgate, BA/BED.SOCI.HIST 2015, on exchange in Winter 2012 "What I most liked about studying abroad was being able experience a new culture and meeting other exchange students from various countries. I took a number of interesting courses in Daegu; I found the course "Cultural Life in Korea" the most enjoyable class since it lead to discussions about Korean culture and the difference between Western and Korean culture. Getting around Korea is really easy which allows for convenient travel. There are many unique things about Korea: including Persimmon Wine found in Cheongdo, Ancient Tombs that look like grassy mounds, and lots of temples. To other students who may consider studying abroad, I would say go for it! Do not be afraid to try different and experience the culture. It can often lead to very interesting experience from eating frogs to trying a bug or two." Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South-Korea Arts View more
Ikem Okoboshi, BBA.ECON 2014, on exchange in Fall 2012 "The easiest thing for me when I got Japan was finding my exit out of the airport because the signs are also in English. You will also find airport staff who speaks English. The teaching method was very different from what I was used to. There is not a lot of interaction between teacher and students. There was a lot of social activities going on around campus which was a good distraction from the numerous classes students attend over there. Spending time on a short home stay program with a Japanese family was my most memorable time in Japan." Niigata University, Niigata, Japan Business Administration View more
Alexandra Morin-Dube, Psychology, on exchange in Fall 2014 "If I could use one word to describe Hong Kong, I would use contrast. You walk in one part of the city and you feel like you are in the middle of Europe or America. Then, you take a boat and end up on a island with white beaches, small fisher house and a tropical forest in the back ground. On a single street you can pass tons of fancy restaurants butalso these little stand selling chicken feet and other chinese delicacies. So yes, I think these contrasts do make Hong Kong a unique place!" Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Psychology View more
Eileen Creamer, BBA.(Hon)MKT 2014, on exchange in Fall 2012 "What was surprising about the trip was how understanding and excited people from the UK were to hear about Canada and debate upon certain issues. I learned that Americans do, in fact, think that we live in igloos and drive on ice highways (I had someone ask me if we celebrated Hallowe’en). In business, there are a lot of dealings overseas and internationally. Experiencing education somewhere else and the culture differences has greatly improved my understanding of the business world." Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, United Kongdom Business Administration View more
Jake Wildman-Sisk, BBA.EN-CO 2014, BPHIL.LEAD 2014, on exchange in Winter 2013 Studying business in another country isn’t just studying business… in another country. What comes with that are new ways of educating and learning about the world of business. It also offers exposure to different legislation and different businesses altogether. The social subtleties can be read about, but it’s difficult to understand until you see them in action. Would I recommend going abroad to students? Almost always, yes. Would I caution them that there’s a great deal of work to be done to get there and when you arrive it’s not a vacation, but a chance to study in a new, possibly spectacular place? Once again, yes. The experience isn’t always easy, but there are always great things to be found along the way and, once you look back, almost all students can say they enjoyed themselves." University of Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Business Administration View more
Lindsay Simpson on exchange in Winter 2015 Some languages have words for which there is no single or direct translation. In Danish hygge [pronounced ‘HUE-gah’] is one such word. The hygge is a warm, cozy, candlelit glow. It is the enjoyment of friends, family, and food; an appreciation for all the good things in life. During my semester at Aarhus University in Denmark I had the opportunity to experience a culture which focuses on both physical and mental wellbeing. This unique outlook on life was present in my academic and extracurricular activities. I participated in the universities Fredagsbar (Friday bars) with fellow classmates and professors and joined the 20,000+ student gathering around the University Lake for the annual Kapsejlads boat race. During this time I was also fortunate enough to embark on solo trips to other European countries and finished my semester with a two month backpacking venture. This exchange was an overwhelming success and helped me grow as a citizen of the world. Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark Anthropology View more
Jessica Parsons, BAA'13, Coop, on exchange Winter 2012 What do you like most about studying abroad? Definitely, 100% the thing I liked most was meeting other students. You already share a major thing in common with the exchange students- that you were independent and ambitious enough to take this opportunity and make the best of it. Since I’ve been back in Canada, I’ve been planning trips to visit many different countries to see my friends and I’m so excited to see more of the world. ESCEM School of Business and Management, Poitiers, France Business View more
Patrick Snelgrove Most memorable experience in France? I personally liked the days where you would just hang out with a bunch of friends and sit in the café for hours. They have a Canadian café here in Poitiers called ‘Caribou Café’, even though everything in it was more stereotypical than actually Canadian. I made some amazing friends from all around the world. There were tons of international students, and it was really easy to get to know each other. Universite de Poitiers, Poitiers, France Linguistics View more
Katie Ellsworth, BSc'10, MSc'12, on exchange in Winter 2009 I loved the city! It was a very student-oriented city, where there were always things to keep you busy! There was a building downtown called the “Student house”, which was a great place to meet up with friends every week. I also really enjoyed the fact that it was a typical European city. You were able to walk or bike everywhere and the weather was much warmer than Saint John! Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark Biology View more
Heloise Tachauer, BSc'12, on exchange in Fall 2010 and Winter 2011 I loved experiencing a new culture, and participating in hands on current science research. The best gift that I received from Sweden, were the people I met and the opportunity it gave me to learn about myself, I have such a better idea of my identity, what I can do, what I need to work on. It was just the best decision I could have made for myself. Orebro University, Sweden Biology View more
Brenna Farren, BSc'13, on exchange in Spring 2013 I loved that it was so easy to travel. While using Cologne as a home base we were able to cheaply travel to all kinds of different countries. I saw more of Europe in 5 months than I’ve seen of Canada all my life. I visited Rome, Italy; Paris, France; Amsterdam, Holland; Berlin, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Nairn, Scotland; Edinburgh, Scotland; New Castle, England; London, England! University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany Biology View more
Krisanne Stout, BA'13 (psychology), on exchange in Winter 2012 I found it interesting how different their culture was. Most people (including me) would not expect much of a culture shock travelling to the USA but it was extremely different from here. I have vacationed in Florida a few times but living there you see a completely different side to the south. Georgia Southern University, USA Psychology View more
Baoyuan Huang, BBA'13, on exchange in Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 Birmingham is the second biggest city in UK. It is a very multi-cultural city as is the campus, lots of social events, and travelling around. Lots of stars came to Birmingham to hold their shows, such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, LMFAO, Britney Spears and so on. It was so great to enjoy the concert which was only a 10 minute train ride away! The university held sports fairs, socialist fairs and so on, so we could sign up for the clubs we interested in. Such as Taekwondo, ballroom dancing, soccer, Yoga, music, photography, wine testing, dancing society and so on. Birmingham University, UK Business View more
Brianne Nesbitt, BSc'11, on exchange in Spring 2010 Cologne is a huge student city. It was over 100,000 students and a very vibrant student oriented night life. There is a lot of history in Cologne. The Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) is one of the few things in the downtown vicinity that was not destroyed in the war. The city also has neat districts for shops of different cultures, such as a Belgian quarter. University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany Biology View more
Sarah Trott, BBA'11 (Coop), on exchange in Fall 2010 and Winter 2011 Some of the most memorable times were when we were just sitting around talking and discovering all of the cultural difference between everyone in the group. There were so many different nationalities and everyone had an opinion and we would all share and discuss them. It was very interesting to discover all of these differences. I enjoyed the friends that I met, the experiences that I gained, and the places that I was able to travel while studying abroad. It was also a good opportunity to practice my French, as I lived in France. ESCEM School of Business and Management, Poitiers, France Business View more
Jawahara Syed, BA'11 (sociology) What surprised me most about Sweden was that mostly everyone spoke English, from seniors to kids. I thought I was going to have a hard time communicating with people but it was so easy. If you are lucky enough to get an opportunity to study abroad, you should take full advantage of it. Its one of the best things that’s ever happened to me, and I’ll never forget it. Try to squeeze in as much traveling in as possible, and budget well - that is one thing which is very important. Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden Sociology View more
Stephanie Biggs, BA/BED'12 (psychology) on exchange in Winter 2012 Aarhus, Denmark was a very interesting city as they had a very unique style and rode their bikes everywhere. The Danish like to obey rules and everyone follows them, such as not crossing the street until the light changes even though no cars are coming. I also found it interesting they are more relaxed and less stressed because they work less hours and have more vacation time. What surprised you most about Denmark? I was surprised at how many people left their babies sleeping in their prams outside of restaurants and stores while they are inside. I was also surprised at how many young women were pregnant and unmarried, as marriage and religion is not emphasized in Denmark. Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark Pscyhology View more
Adam Downie, BSc'15 (marine biology) I found my transition to Australia very easy. I was pretty nervous but everything came together nicely. Banking, phone, health insurance, getting around the city and groceries were all very easy. Getting outside of your comfort zone really does help develop self-confidence, especially when studying abroad. James Cook University, Townsville, Australia Biology View more
Alexandra Turnbull, BA'15 (ICS), on exchange in Winter 2014 The experience that had the most impact on me was being in an environment where you have the opportunity to meet other international students from all over the world so easily. It showed me how small the world is. The biggest cultural difference was the language barrier between Dutch and English. However, I was lucky because many of the people living in the Netherlands speak English as well as a host of other languages. Transportation is set up very well and is incredibly accessible so you can really go anywhere- even on a student budget. I was able to learn more about myself being on my own, make lasting friendships and solidify a love of travel that will last for a lifetime. My advice to future students is: GO FOR IT! I cannot think of a university experience that has been as valuable as this opportunity has been. Do not let the hesitation stop you from studying abroad, broadening your horizons and making incredible memories. The Hague University, Netherlands Information and Communication Studies View more
Allison LeBlanc, BSc'14 (pschology), on exchange in Winter 2013 What I mainly liked about studying abroad was being able to meet a lot of new people and being able to travel and do activities that I could never do except in Australia Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Psychology View more
Andrew Fitzpatrick, BBA'15, on exchange in Winter 2014 Studying abroad made me realize that sometimes things don't go according to plan and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Also - a good dose of perseverance will get you a long way. ESCEM School of Business and Management, Poitiers, France Business View more
Ashley Thibeault Australia offers very unique sets of environments. In this photo, I am at a lookout where you can see the rain forest meet the ocean. The rain forest is called the National Heritage Daintree Rainforest. This rainforest is mostly inhabited and protected. Many endangered species live in this rainforest such as cassowaries (large birds similar to emus). The Daintree Rainforest is beautiful and I was very fortunate to have been able to spend a day exploring trails and waterfalls with my friends. Its pristine environment was a testament to the conservation efforts off the government. I like this photo because you can see the beautiful rainforest, as well as the coastline. It was a calming and relaxing moment, and helped you understand the beauty of our planet, and the protection it deserves. James Cook University, Townsville, Australia Biology View more
Amber Haighway Amsterdam has all you could want in a great European city. Beautiful architecture, great night life, history, museums, restaurants, shows, etc. But it doesn't give you the feeling of being unsafe or over crowded. You're surrounded by flowers, cheese, and people on bicycles - what's not to love?! When I went abroad I wanted to take in as much as possible but I didn't want to forget the things I would normally be involved in while I was at home. I've always been involved with music so I joined the university choir while I was at VU Amsterdam. It was a great way to get involved in the community and to meet some amazing Dutch people. We even did a few concerts and outings that helped me to see more of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The biggest challenge for me was getting out of the Canadian comfort zone that I was used to. You can know it’s coming but nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of being alone half way around the world in a way of life you’re not used to. But I got used to it soon enough and having this experience has made me a more independent and confident person. Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Law View more
Alysha-Rae Weekes The coolest thing about studying in Germany is the travel opportunities! Germany’s located in central Europe, so it’s quick and easy to fly or drive to other cities or countries. In my time-off, I’ve traveled to England, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, France, and numerous other German cities such as Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Sylt. I’ve watched the sun set on Barcelona’s beach, seen the East Side Gallery of the Berlin Wall, skied in the Swiss Alps, and climbed to the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris. These are all experiences that I’ll never forget! Hochschule Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany Business Administration View more
Jacob Kennedy, Medicinal Chemistry, on exchange in Winter 2016 My time abroad was all that I had hoped for and more. I really didn’t know what to expect before leaving but I knew that I wanted to experience something different, and I definitely did. I also really wanted to meet new people and make new friends, and as soon as I arrived at the airport I met a group of other exchange students from around the world waiting to be picked up as well. We all quickly became amazing friends and still keep in close contact. I learned a lot about Asian culture and religion and was amazed to be able to experience it all first hand. Feeling the excitement of the city during Chinese New Year, the calmness of a Buddhist temple, or the beauty of the mountains in Halong Bay are just a few of the things that I will never forget. I was lucky to get to go to the country that I wanted, and have a new found love for Asia. Although a few things people would do there could be a little off putting at times, overall they were some of the nicest people I have ever met. For example, while taking a 16 hour overnight train ride from Beijing to Xi’an I accidentally bought a standing ticket. I couldn’t read the ticket and no one around spoke English but a man saw me confused trying to find my seat and gave me his. When I noticed he was standing and that I never had an actual seat he insisted that I keep it. During the trip he downloaded an app on his phone to translate and took me and my friend out for breakfast when we made it to Xi’an. He then spent the next 4 hours showing us around and helped us find our hostel while refusing to take any sort of money or gift. This is just one of many examples of some of the unbelievable kindness I experienced from Asian people. Another thing that I loved about Hong Kong was it had the perfect balance of eastern and western culture. I travelled to the Philippines, mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Lao which all had overwhelmingly eastern cultures and I found when I would leave these places I really felt like I was “coming home” to Hong Kong. It was also amazing to be able to travel from Hong Kong for so cheap. I really enjoy nature and hiking and was really surprised how much nature and hiking trails Hong Kong had to offer. I had always imagined it as a concrete jungle and nothing more, however this is very far from the truth. The mountain range running straight through the main city is absolutely beautiful and has a lot of amazing trails. Also the outlying islands are beautiful as well, and a day trip to a remote waterfall or cliff is easily done, the hardest part is picking one. I definitely feel like my time abroad has made me a much more tolerant person. The patience and kindness that locals showed me was amazing. It can be very easy to get annoyed and frustrated trying to help/communicate with someone who isn’t from your country, doesn’t speak your language, or doesn’t understand your norms and customs. But after being on the other side of this situation I see how it’s even harder for them, and in the future I know I will be much more patient and understanding in these situations. Another thing that’s changed is my desire to travel. I’ve obviously always loved travelling which is why I took this opportunity in the first place but now I really want to see more. Seeing first hand how other people live is an amazing and humbling experience that I think everyone should try at some point in their life. Overall, deciding to take this trip was one of the single best decisions I have ever made in my life, and I’m incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity. Hong Kong Baptist University Medicinal Chemistry View more
Rebecca Scott, Transfor-M Dual Degree Master student, abroad in 2015-16 I got to spend the 2015-2016 school year at Bangor University in Wales. I participated in a study abroad program called TRANSFOR-M, which allows Masters students to get a Masters in forestry or environmental science from a Canadian University and a European University. Participating in TRANSFOR-M is the best decision I have ever made. I got to experience and be a part of a different culture and university community. I will be leaving Bangor University with a lot more experiences, memories, knowledge, and self-confidence than I thought I would have when I applied to go. My time abroad has increased my employability. Not just by allowing me to complete two different Masters Degrees. I now have experience in how the United Kingdom and the European Union manages and conservers their lands, plants, and wildlife. Their approaches are different from Canada. Knowing different perspectives and approaches to similar problems and situations increases my employability because I can adapt and use different ideas from another country that have not been used in Canada. My employability has also increased because I have broadened my horizons. I have experienced many things in Wales outside of my schoolwork that are invaluable experiences. While at Bangor University, I was able to join several social groups and meet people outside of my classes. One of the clubs I joined was the University Mountain Walking Club. Through this club I got to explore Snowdonia National Park and hike a lot of mountains. I met a lot of different people from the UK and all over the world. I have made friends from all around the world that I would not have if I had not decided to study aboard. While abroad I got to travel around the UK and Ireland. I did several day-trips to places near Bangor. I went to Edinburgh, Manchester, and Liverpool with friends I met at Bangor University. I went to Ireland for five days on my own. Even though I went alone, it was one of the best trips I have ever taken. I have seen and experienced places and sights I would never have without going abroad through UNB. I have changed for the better by studying abroad. I am more employable. I have gained a lot more self-confidence that I did not have before I left UNB. I have proven to myself that I am adaptable to other cultures, ideas, and ways of life. Before I studied abroad, I had never travelled on my own. I am now better at managing my time so I am able to go out with friends and explore new places. I now have the confidence to take risks and deal with unexpected challenges. I have changed in for the better in so many ways that it will be some time before I truly realize how many ways I have changed. If I had not studied abroad I would not be the person I am today. Whether I had gone for one semester or for the full year I would have changed just as much. I did have my share of problems but they were worth going through because of all the great experiences I got to have. Spending the 2015-2016 school year in Wales was a once in a lifetime opportunity that has been amazing. Bangor University Forestry and Environmental Management View more
Alyson Pickard-Tattrie, Kinesiology, on exchange in Winter 2017 My 5 months in Cairns, Australia, were incredibly rewarding. Travel has allowed me to gain experience, chase my dreams and explore new interests and hobbies. Travelling alone I learned to tackle challenges independepently, work on my communication skills and make friends with people from all over the world. During my time in Australia, I was able to volunteer at a turtle rehab center, be a research assistant for a professor on the other side of the world, and learn about the differences in education between two commwealth countries. At the turtle rehab center, I worked with a team of volunteers to clean and feed a group of turtles in preparation for their relaease back into the world. Following the rehab we got to spend the rest of the day on Fitzroy Island which was a secluded island amongst the Great Barrier Reef where we went snorkelling, kayaking an hiking. Other adventures included surfing in Byron Bay, driving the Great Ocean Road, roadtripping arround New Zealand with friends for spring break, and visiting firends in Vietnam and Cambodia. I definitely achieved what I expected to and learned and experienced much more than I ever thought possible. I feel this experience allowed me to grow both in my personal and professional life as I made connections around the world and learned to take on new challenges in new environments. The opportunities were endless and everyone was always helpful in offering new adventures. My professor was willing to take me on as an assistant because I just asked her if it were possible. Making friends at my place of volunteer allowed me to learn to dive. It is important to step out of your comfort zone and just ask for what you want and work hard to get it. I now know more about the world and have a new perspective of what is out there and what I can achieve. Instead of always thinking about what I can do to help locally, I now look for ways to help internationally as well. Travelling has changed my life and is something I want to continue to pursue a it challenges me to be better and to continue to grow and learn new skills. James Cook University, Cairns, Australia Kinesiology View more