…and some rebuttals against them!
#1 – It’s Too Expensive
Your university may offer scholarship and grants – for example, Brock University has the $1500 “CPA - Brock Institute for International Issues in Accounting Award” for Co-op Accounting students.
There may even be automatic scholarships, just for being accepted into an international exchange. In fact, Kozminski University in Warsaw once offered Goodman School of Business students a scholarship of 750 euros per month as well as funds for their flight to Poland.
Furthermore, you can apply for an array of scholarships when you return. Export Development Canada (EDC) offers scholarships worth $4000 to students who demonstrate a passion for international business – studying abroad is something that augments your application.
#2 – I Only Speak English
Well, that’s a shame. Why not broaden your horizons (and beef up your resume) by learning more languages while away from Canada? A lot of universities around the world – even in places like China and Poland – also offer classes in English.
#3 – I Don’t Have The Time To Spend A Semester Abroad
There are short-term programs available as well. Look out for my post this Friday on the Ontario Universities International programs, which offer short-term opportunities for Ontario students to study abroad.
If you’ve studied abroad, how was your experience? Would you also recommend it to others? If you’re thinking about studying abroad, where do you want to study?
-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
PS – Shout out to the Goodman JDCC team, who bested 12 business schools across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes to win the “Academic Cup” and “School of the Year” awards (among others) at the JDC Central competition this past weekend! They broke a 7-year win streak that Laurier had going!
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