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International Education @ UofC What? Where? How?


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.


International Students What? Where? How?


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. .


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


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


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. .


Study Abroad Options What? Where? How?


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.


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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?


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


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:


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?


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)


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


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


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


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.


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


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