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Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Don’t miss the upcoming medical licensing webinar

Finding out what comes after medical school is a big deal. To help make the process a little smoother, OzTREKK hosts medical licensing webinars to assist future Australian medical school students to understand the ins and outs of returning to Canada and the USA, or staying in Australia as an international medical graduate.

Don’t miss the medical licensing webinar

During the webinars, you will learn more about the following topics:

  • Australian medical school systems and structure
  • Australian med school rankings
  • Medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS;
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination, NAC OSCE, MCCQE1
  • Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates
  • Provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
  • Latest information on the licensing process in Canada, the US and Australia
  • Pathways to becoming a doctor in Canada, the US and Australia
  • Process of how to apply in Canada, the US and Australia to become a doctor
  • Information about the licensing examinations in Canada and the US, what they are, when you need to sit them, and the application process
  • Latest developments and news related to licensing and accreditation from the various forms of government and medical bodies in Canada, the US and Australia

…and much more, so get your questions ready.

Date: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)
RSVP: amanda@oztrekk.com

Learn more about studying at an Australian Medical School

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Would you like more information about the upcoming OzTREKK Medical Licensing webinar? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Amanda Rollich at amanda@oztrekk.com.

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Students rank JCU Pharmacy best in Australia

Did you know pharmacy students have ranked James Cook University’s (JCU) Bachelor of Pharmacy the best in Australia? JCU, which achieved a nearly 93% satisfaction rating for its overall education experience, is one of four universities to achieve a five-star rating (top 20% of universities) for overall excellence in the latest Good Universities Guide.

JCU Pharmacy

Learn more about studying at JCU Pharmacy

In second place was Curtin University (88.5%), followed by University of Queensland (87.4%) and University of Newcastle.

Here are 10 other key results (Australia):

  • JCU also topped the field for learner engagement, teaching quality and student support.
  • Newcastle achieved 100% student satisfaction for learning resources.
  • Griffith University is tops for skills development. Newcastle, New England and Tasmania were the other universities in the top four in this category
  • Charles Sturt University, the University of Tasmania and the Queensland University of Technology boast a 100% graduate employment rate. The median national (Australia) employment rate for pharmacists 95.6%.
  • Pharmacy graduates have better full-time employment prospects than most university graduates. Across all universities and study disciplines, the median employment rate is 70.6%.
  • The median starting salary of $43,800 AUD for pharmacy undergraduates is below the median $58,000 for all university graduates.
  • Undergraduates from two universities earned more than the median salary­­: the University of Tasmania ($50,900 AUD) and the University of Sydney ($45,300 AUD).
  • The median starting salary for postgraduate pharmacists is $62,600 AUD.
  • There are 7,049 undergraduate pharmacy students, 2,131 postgraduate students and 1,603 international students (that’s you!).

JCU Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to JCU Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charlynn@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

University of Newcastle Law School graduate practicing in Ontario

Can you really study law at an Australian law school and come back to Canada to practice?

It’s a common question we receive, and for good reason. Who wants to invest time and money on a degree you can’t use at home?

Well, the good news is yes, you can! Every year OzTREKK sends dozens of Canadians to Australia to study Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws degrees, and every year, graduates come back to Canada and are successful at finding employment.

After graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2013, international alumna and law graduate Kaitlin Jagersky believes studying the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice has made all the difference in gaining employment as a family law lawyer in one of Canada’s leading law firms in Ontario, Canada.

Study at Newcastle Law School

University of Newcastle Law School graduate practicing in Ontario

Learn how you can study at the University of Newcastle Law School

When you study law at the University of Newcastle, you’ll have access to the state-of-the-art facilities, as Newcastle Law School is now housed at the NeW Space precinct! JD students are currently enjoying the highest quality social learning spaces, digital library services and information commons, collaborative learning and research spaces, and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD) & Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and July each year
Next available semester intake: February 2019
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Do you have any questions about studying at the University of Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com for more information.

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

What can you do with a pharmacy degree?

Do you know how many possible career paths exist for pharmacy graduates?

What can you do with a pharmacy degree?

Find out how you can study at Monash Pharmacy!

It’s not just about dispensing medicines in a corner pharmacy or working as a scientist in a research laboratory. There are so many more career opportunities that can provide pharmacy graduates with an exciting career.

So, what can you do with a pharmacy degree?

Check out the list below—is there something that catches your eye?

14 Careers in Pharmacy

Community pharmacist
Community pharmacy is one of the most common choices for young pharmacists, and perhaps the most visible.

Hospital pharmacist
Hospital pharmacy provides the opportunity to work in a supportive team and to be actively involved in patient care.

Consultant pharmacist
Accredited consultant pharmacists can conduct home medicines reviews (HMRs) and residential medication management reviews (RMMRs).

Non-dispensing (general practice) pharmacist
Practice pharmacists deliver professional services from or within a general practice medical centre.

Researcher / academic
An ever-popular choice, pursuing research and/or academia after that first undergraduate degree is for those who enjoy working with ideas and may not want to give up the books just yet.

Locum pharmacist
Have pharmacy degree, will travel! For those with an adventurous spirit, looking for flexibility and the opportunity to travel, consider a career as a locum pharmacist.

Pharmaceutical industry / clinical trials
Pharmacists in this area support the management and delivery of clinical trials of new medicines.

Aged care pharmacist
Polypharmacy is common among older people, who are more likely to be taking several drugs at once. Older people are also at higher risk of experiencing side effects from their medicines, and difficulties with vision, hearing, memory or cognitive functions that can make managing medicines safely a lot harder.

Government and NGO roles
Pharmacists have knowledge, skills and experience that can feed into advisory roles, both for the government as well as non-government institutions, such as health funds and private hospitals.

Complex care coordinator
Being embedded in a hospital healthcare team as a care coordinator is a newly introduced role for pharmacists.

Entrepreneur
Got a great idea? Entrepreneurship is all about innovation, creativity and tenacity.

Drug safety officer
Be responsible for pharmacovigilance activities, including receiving and processing reports of adverse drug events and conducting regular conciliation with health authorities.

Regulatory affairs associate
Working in regulation involves ensuring the appropriate licensing and legal compliance of pharmaceutical and medical products. It includes ensuring that a company’s products comply with regulations and legislation.

Management & mentorship
This comprises a variety of roles. You can become a pharmacist in charge, managing pharmacist, or a representative at a pharmacy organisation. Some roles can also merge pharmacy with another area, such as business or technology.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy at Monash University

Monash’s combined Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) / Master of Pharmacy program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Receive a $5,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 – 5 years (depending on candidate’s educational background; can exit after Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours portion. Contact OzTREKK for details.)
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to Monash University Pharmacy School!

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What do you want to do with your pharmacy degree? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charlynn@oztrekk.com for more info!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Graduating from an Australian law school and the NCA assessment process

What is the NCA assessment process after you’ve graduated from an Australian law school?

If you’re considering studying law, you know it can be extremely competitive to get into a Canadian law school—and there are very few places available. Not being offered a coveted place often forces some students to rethink their career goals. For others, it just makes them more determined: they begin to look at other options, like studying law abroad.

Graduating from an Australian law school and the NCA assessment process

Are you getting ready to study for the NCA challenge exams?

Graduate qualifications from an Australian law school are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as lawyers upon their return to Canada are required to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for assessment as the first step in the accreditation process.

Understanding the process to become a lawyer

The NCA evaluates the credentials of foreign lawyers or Canadians with a foreign law degree who wish to be admitted as a lawyer in Canada. There is a five-step process involved in each NCA assessment and each application is assessed on an individual basis. The basic process when returning to Canada and meeting the requirements to practice as a lawyer are as follows:

  • NCA – Assessment and challenge examination
  • Articling (or a Law Practice Program – LPP)
  • Barrister & Solicitor Exam
  • Being “called to the Bar”

When students graduate from an Australian law school, they must first apply to have their credentials assessed by the NCA. All applications are assessed by the NCA on a case-by-case basis, because everyone’s application is usually very unique and different based on their own personal experiences and academic history.

NCA assessments focus on the core common law subjects in which you will demonstrate competence, including five Canadian subjects which are mandatory for all applicants. Most Australian law school graduates who apply through the NCA would be asked to complete challenge exams in the following five areas:

  1. Principles of Canadian Administrative Law
  2. Canadian Constitutional Law
  3. Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
  4. Foundations of Canadian Law
  5. Canadian Professional Responsibility

Exams are graded on a pass/fail basis (50% is considered a pass). Results are released approximately 10–12 weeks from the date of the last scheduled exam of each session.

The NCA exams are self-study, so you must obtain the material on your own. Many law graduates get their texts from law schools/libraries, and from searching on Google. Be sure to consult the syllabus before purchasing the materials as the textbooks used can change, and ensure you purchase the correct edition of all texts.

Once the applicant has successfully completed the assigned requirements, the NCA will issue a Certificate of Qualification. That certificate is required to apply to a Canadian law society in a common law jurisdiction. More info is available on the NCA website.

Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian law schools offer?

The following Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD and most offer an undergraduate-entry LLB:

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Would you like more information about law degrees offered in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Don’t miss the “Life After Bond Law School” webinar!

You’re invited to join us for the upcoming “Life After Bond Law” webinar on Monday, July 9. Meet former OzTREKK student and Bond Law School graduate Basil Bansal!

Find out what it’s like to study at Bond University in Australia, make your way through the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), articling, and bar processes.

Don't miss the Life After Bond Law School webinar!

Former OzTREKK student and Bond Law graduate Basil Bansal

Life After Bond webinar with Q & A

 Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
 Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)

Please join us to learn more about Bond Law and to get the inside scoop about what it’s like to return to Canada after completing a law degree in Australia.

To register, please email molly@oztrekk.com.

See what life is really like studying law at Bond and living in the Gold Coast!

Study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates.

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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It’s not too late to apply for the September intake at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Friday, June 1st, 2018

June is Bond Law month at OzTREKK

What are you doing this June? If you’re interested in studying law, then we’ve got great news for you!

June is Bond Law month at OzTREKK

Follow OzTREKK on Facebook and Instagram to catch the latest inside info about studying law at Bond University!

June is officially “Bond Law Month” at OzTREKK!

What does that mean for you? We plan to connect you with everything Bond Law. We’re going to have fun on social media and we want you to be a part of it!

Instagram Takeover

Current Bond law students are hijacking our Instagram! See what life is really like studying law at Bond and living in the Gold Coast.

Live Stream

OzTREKK’s Molly and Kati will be going live (for the first time!) with Bond Law admissions info! Tip #1: Kati used to work for Bond!

Bond Alumni Webinar

What are they up to now and how did they get there? Yes, they’re actually using their law degrees! See firsthand what it’s like to live the dream of practicing law in Canada.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get the inside scoop!

Bond Law In-person Information Sessions

Want to speak with Bond Law representatives face to face? Then come along to the upcoming in-person info sessions and find out more about Bond’s law programs from International Regional Manager Stuart Floyd—and meet Bond alumni!

TORONTO 
Sunday, June 24, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

EDMONTON
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

CALGARY
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7 – 9 p.m

VANCOUVER
Thursday, June 28, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.

With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required. If you’re thinking of attending this September, now is the time to get your application documents in!

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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For details about the upcoming OzTREKK Study Law in Australia info sessions with Bond University, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Speak with Australian law school graduate who is now practicing in Canada

If you’ve always wanted to chat with an Australian law school graduate who has returned to Canada to practice, here’s your opportunity!

Speak with Australian law school graduate who is now practicing in Canada

Guest speaker Newcastle Law graduate Dave Lotimer

We know a lot of you have questions about what it’s like to make your way through the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), articling and bar processes.

After completing his law degree at the University of Newcastle, David returned to Canada to complete the NCA, articling and bar process and is now a practicing lawyer. Please join OzTREKK for an informative webinar to learn more about David’s experiences and to get the inside scoop about what it’s like to return to Canada after completing an Australian law degree.

Australian law school graduate David Lotimer will be touching on all of these areas and will be available to answer your questions during an upcoming OzTREKK webinar.

Newcastle Law School – Australian Law School Graduate Practicing in Canada
Guest: Law graduate and current lawyer David Lotimer
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. (EDT); 4 p.m. (PDT)
Registration: Please email molly@oztrekk.com

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and have your questions ready!

About the University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

Offered at a postgraduate level, the Juris Doctor degree prepares students to be a career-ready graduate with the skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice. Completing the JD will see students contribute to the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, working on real cases and providing an important service to the community. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Law on the Beach program held each summer on Newcastle Beach.

Program: Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and June each year
Application deadline: No set deadline; however, candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.
Entry Requirements: Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution.

Apply now to the Juris Doctor program at the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Don’t miss this upcoming Newcastle Law School webinar! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon molly@oztrekk.com for your registration info.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

A pharmacy degree that will turn you into a medicines superhero

Pharmacy is a rewarding career, but it’s also a challenging and demanding one.

A pharmacist’s technical knowledge needs to be matched by his or her communication skills. In most cases, a pharmacist is dealing directly with people and requires the ability to convey information well and to understand patients’ concerns.

A pharmacy degree that will turn you into a medicines superhero

Find out how you can get a pharmacy degree from the #1 pharmacy school in Australia—Monash!

When the #2 pharmacy school in the world looks for students to join their faculty, they seek those who are both academically able and willing to learn the soft skills that are so vital for success in this profession—not only communication, but also teamwork, emotional empathy and the ability to make good judgments.

If you hold a relevant degree (as described below), you may be able to enter into the third year of the Monash University Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program, receiving credit for much of the first two years. Students also have the option to continue into the Master of Pharmacy and graduate with two degrees in only three years.

When you enter the Monash Pharmacy degree via the graduate-entry pathway, you will complete a pass/fail unit that runs just over five weeks and must be passed in order to receive credit for the first two years of the degree. The unit is run in the summer semester (January – February). When you  successfully complete the summer unit, you will then enter the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons).

Next semester intake: January 2019
Application deadline: Dec. 7, 2018; however, Canadian applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the end of September for the January intake.

Am I eligible?

You will be eligible for graduate entry if you have a minimum average of 70% and have graduated from a relevant degree in the last 10 years. Relevant degrees include

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science / Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science with subject completions in chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and mathematics.

If you’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Monash Pharmacy will take into account the number of relevant subjects you’ve completed, including

  • chemistry
  • physiology
  • biochemistry
  • pharmacology
  • mathematics

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all eligible international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Find out how you can apply to the graduate-entry Monash pharmacy degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charlynn@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Australian veterinary school applications are officially open!

Are you interested in becoming a vet? Australian veterinary schools applications for the 2019 intake are officially open via OzTREKK! When you apply through OzTREKK, we will walk you through the entire process, step by step—from application to arrival—and you can apply to multiple vet schools at once!

Australian veterinary school applications are officially open!

It’s easy to apply to multiple veterinary schools at once!

World-class Education

OzTREKK represents 4 top-ranked Australian veterinary  schools, each offering state-of-the-art facilities and incredible practical placements that promote industry-ready graduates.

Practicing in Canada

Three Australian vet programs OzTREKK represents are accredited by the AVMA, so graduates are considered in the same category as graduates from Canadian vet schools when undertaking licensing examinations in North America.

Get #NashTips!

Introducing our new junior admissions officer, Nash (that’s him in the photos!), OzTREKK Veterinary Admissions Officer’s 3-year-old golden retriever. Nash will be your guide, sending you tips and tricks throughout the application process! 🐶

Nash is also here to answer some FAQs! When you apply through OzTREKK, we will keep you up to date throughout the entire process. You’ll receive regular #NashTips emails with all the info you need to apply, to accept, and to get ready to go to Australia! 🐴🦉🐮🐷🐰🐨 If Nash could speak he’d say, “Apply today!”

OzTREKK was amazing and I would not be here without them. They made my application process so much easier, making sure I had every document needed and helped take the stress away from the complicated process. They also prepared me for my transition to Australia and I felt like my journey has been so smooth due to the advice from OzTREKK. ~ Ashley S, Melbourne DVM student 

About studying vet med in Australia

Programs at Australian veterinary schools are suitable for students who wish to gain entry into a professional veterinary program directly from high school or after having completed undergraduate studies. Canadian students wishing to become a veterinarian have the option of applying to a Bachelor of Veterinary Science program directly from high school, or to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program after having completed science-based bachelor degree.

The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer vet programs:

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If you have any questions about your application, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).