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361. My Exchange Student Life at Dalhousie University

Joun, Song-wan 기자2016.03.02 00:00:00

In 2013, I was a freshman. At that time, I was very confused about my future. Especially, I had to choose my major because I was an Undeclared Major. Then, my sister, who lived in Canada, suggested that I visit her during the winter vacation. So I went to Canada. I met lots of people and I learned that many people had their life’s goals and worked hard in order to make them come true. It was a really great winter vacation and has given me a good memory.

 

After I came back to Korea, I wanted to go to Canada again. I found a notice about an exchange program at Dalhousie University in the website of the Office of International Affairs of Kyungpook National University! I thought being an exchange student in Canada could be a great opportunity in my life. Therefore, I started to prepare for that.

First of all, I studied for ibt-TOEFL because I had to get minimum 80 score to apply for the exchange student program. As I took winter term classes at that time, I didn’t have enough time to prepare for it. However, I didn’t give up. Instead, I spent almost 12 hours per day for two weeks on studying. I tried to do my best. Fortunately, I got more than 80 in ibt-TOEFL. After I met the requirement about English skill, I prepared some documents in order to obtain a Canadian Study Permit. Many guidelines on the Internet could help me to prepare them.

(+ Here are some tips. On the internet, there are many guidelines to prepare documents for permission. Agencies are also helpful. In addition, make sure that your visa is valid during your stay in Canada.)

Now I want to talk about Dal school as an exchange student. The first thing I want to talk about is the orientation for international students. The orientation was beneficial. When I went to the orientation, the instructor told me about many things that I would go through during the semester: where the most delicious cafeteria in school is, how to open a bank account and how to enroll in the classes. After the orientation, we had a barbecue party in the big yard of the school. There, I had a chance to talk with a lot of people and it was enjoyable.

The other things I was impressed by were the classes and professors in Dal school. Unlike KNU, there were very few students in each class. My class had less than 20 people, which helped students including me to focus on studying. Moreover, the professors were so kind

and tried to offer the best quality education. Whenever I had a question, professors gave me a step by step explanation so I felt I received wonderful services from them. They also wanted to communicate with every other student in class.

Students who want to go abroad are supposed to expect lots of international activities such as global internship programs in the foreign countries where they want to go. Unfortunately, I couldn’t volunteer for any international activities because Canada’s winter break was only for two weeks. Now, I am planning what I want to do in the summer vacation. I would like to do an internship or volunteer at a company in Canada. It might be hard but it can be a chance for me to see Canada company’s working environments which I am interested in.

 

Being an exchange student is a valuable experience because I can get a lot of experiences than I might never be able to have in Korea. Of course, I could also enhance my English skill. The most important thing to me is that I can learn about many various cultures, which broadens my point of view and makes me more mature.

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