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International Education @ UofC What? Where? How?

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Centre for International Students & Study Abroad (CISSA): Provides advising and support to international students coming to the UofC and Promotes international experiences to Canadian students, both abroad and on campus.

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International Students What? Where? How?

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Intenational Students University of Calgary has: Fall 2007,1945 international students registered, From ~100 countries Approx: 37% are undergrad (degree), 9% Exchange (UG), and 54% are Graduate, Post Degree or Open Studies 18% of Residence students are international and 55% in married housing. .

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International Students Top Sending Countries (2006 order): China, Iran, USA, India, Germany/UK, Saudi Arabia, Mexico/Hong Kong (SAR), South Korea, Japan, Egypt, Yemen, France, Colombia, Russia, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Nigeria, Australia/Brunei/Sri Lanka/Vietnam

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International Student Programs What do we do? Handbook Arrival Information and Airport Pickup. International Student Orientation. Housing assistance Information Sheets Immigration advising Friendship Programs Personal advising

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International Students Scholarships (new for Fall 2007). 5 Entrance awards each year valued at $20,000/year for 4 years. Athletics: 3 awards a year valued at $10,000/year for 4 years. Entrance awards: 20 awards of $5000 each. Continuing student awards of $5000. .

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Study Abroad Options What? Where? How?

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Study Programs To accomplish this we have a centalized office to administer Study Abroad and have expanded our grants programs program to students to over $300,000 in 2007/08. In November 2006 President Weingarten made an announcement that by 2010, the UofC would like to have 30% of our graduating class with study abroad experience. www.ucalgary.ca/about He also announced that we would have 1000 students go abroad in 2007.

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In 2007, the UofC had 1000 students go abroad as part of their degree

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Where in the World is YOUR Classroom? U of C Options Individual Study Programs CISSA Exchanges Faculty-Specific Exchanges Group Study Programs Short Term (1 - 6 weeks) Semester programs Co-Op/Practicum/Internships Independent Study/Research

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Exchanges Spend a summer, a semester or a year at one of over 75 universities in 30 countries and transfer credit to your U of C degree. Argentina Australia Chile China Denmark Ecuador France Germany Hong Kong Ireland Japan Korea Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway Peru Singapore South Africa Sweden Taiwan Turkey UK USA Individual Study Programs

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Program Costs: Exchange students can expect to spend ~ $7,000-$9,000 per semester (includes tuition, books, accommodation, food, travel and personal spending) The cost varies depending on the destination, the exchange rate, each students’ personal spending habits, etc. Can I Afford to go Abroad?

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Many Exchange Partner Universities offer a selection of courses or entire programs in English: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Turkey the Netherlands, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and many more! What about Language? *Most Exchanges in Germany, France & Latin America have language requirements

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Spend from one week to two semesters taking U of C courses abroad in a group setting. Antigua Belize Barbados China Cranbrook Cuba Czech Republic Ghana Greece Ireland India Italy Japan Mexico Spain Thailand Turkey USA Mediterranean Europe Group Study Programs

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Courses offered through each program have a specific academic and world-area focus. Selection is limited. Antigua - archaeology Belize - primatology Barbados – social work China - language & culture Cranbrook - geography Cuba - anthropology & dance Czech Republic - economics & poli sci Europe - anthropology Ghana - biology Ghana - primatology Greece - art & archaeology Greece - math & history Ireland – women’s studies India - development studies Italy - language & culture Italy - Greek & Roman studies Japan - language & culture Mexico - sociology Mexico - biology, archaeology, anthro, Latin American studies Mexico - geography Spain - language & culture Thailand - development studies Turkey – greek & roman studies USA - Music USA - geology Mediterranean - geography Group Study Programs

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Program Costs: Group Study Programs range in price from $2100 - $10,000 depending on the length of the program, amount of travel involved, etc. Can I Afford to go Abroad?

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Most courses offered through the Group Study Programs are taught in English. What about Language? Some programs focus on intensive language learning.

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If the U of C doesn’t have a program where a student wants to go, they can make their own arrangements. Pay tuition & fees at host institution, NOT at U of C CISSA Resource Library Online resources (CISSA website, www.studyabroad.com, etc.) Setting up your own program:

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Financial Support: Eligible students are still able to collect Student Loans and scholarships at the U of C International Studentships offer $400-$2000 travel grants to assist students going abroad. Other Scholarships are available through U of C departments, outside organizations, etc. Can I Afford to go Abroad?

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Working Abroad U of C Programs: Co-operative Education Practicums: Social Work, Education, Nursing Internships: Engineering Internships:The Washington Centre, Smithsonian Institute, or post graduation (i.e. CIDA Internships)

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Working Abroad Non U of C Programs: Working Holidays & SWAP Teaching English Abroad (CISSA Brochure) www.ucalgary.ca/CISSA International Internships Big Guide to Working & Living Overseas by JM Hachey is your best resource

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Volunteering Abroad University Organizations: Engineers Without Borders, AIESEC, etc. Resources at the CISSA Volunteer Abroad Brochure Resources online www.ucalgary.ca/CISSA Overseas Options Days October 10 & 11, 2007 International Week, Jan 28-Feb 1, 2008

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Involvement on Campus At CISSA: Language Bank Global Friends Kinesiology International Week Volunteering at CISSA Student clubs: Over 20 ‘ethnic’ or ‘heritage’ clubs Issues clubs; Amnesty International, Development Studies Club, AIESEC, International Business Students Association, Engineers Without Borders

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Study Abroad 101 The 1st question to ask: Have you been to a Study Abroad information session? Session times: Tuesdays @ 2 Wednesdays @ noon Thursdays @ noon Sessions cover what programs are available, application processes, deadlines, and requirements, etc.

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CISSA is a starting point Resources, Advisors, Website www.ucalgary.ca/CISSA cissa@ucalgary.ca

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