The Ontario Universities International Program is a government-sponsored program which offers Ontario students at different institutions across the province a chance to pursue short- and long-term student exchanges abroad.
There are four programs:
ORA: Ontario/Rhône-Alpes (France) - http://ora.ouinternational.ca/
OBW: Ontario/Baden-Württemberg (Germany) - http://obw.ouinternational.ca/
OIN: Ontario/India - http://oin.ouinternational.ca/
OJS: Ontario/Jiangsu (China) - http://ojs.ouinternational.ca/
Each of these programs has sub-programs of lengths from 1 month to 8 months. For example, within the ORA program, you can choose from the following offerings:
-Student Exchange Program
-Summer Research Program
-Summer Language Program
-Summer Engineering, Physics and Language School
Each of these programs have scholarships of varying amounts. Different Ontario universities have different partnership agreements. For example, Brock University students can only participate in ORA.
I participated in the ORA Summer Language Program, wherein I had the opportunity to study French in Grenoble. We had half-day classes from Monday to Friday over 4 weeks. There were several levels available, from beginner to advanced. A placement test (verbal and written) is conducted at the start of the program. Grenoble is located in a valley, surrounded 360-degrees by the French Alps. During and after the program, I travelled all over France as well as to Switzerland and Italy. Upon returning home, I received a scholarship of $1,000.
You can check out my alumni report here for more information:
Interested in this program and have questions? If you had a choice, which of the above programs would you chose? Do you think there are advantages to studying a language abroad as opposed to Canada? Post below!
-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador