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Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

First-year JCU medicine students: what kind of doctor do you want to be?

What kind of doctor do you want to be?

First-year JCU medicine students: what kind of doctor do you want to be?

JCU medicine at the beautiful tropical campus of Townsville!

While some can’t yet answer this question, most students who chose to study at JCU Medical School already know they want to specialise in rural medicine, assisting with the healthcare needs of underserved populations. After all, the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree at James Cook University is well-known for producing graduates who will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.

The JCU Medical School’s combination of integrated instruction in biomedical sciences, professional practice and clinical medicine incorporates the best aspects of student-centred, problem-based learning combined with systematic instruction. Clinical experience, particularly in the rural and remote context, starts at an early stage and science remains integrated across later years.

First-year JCU Medicine students recently had their first class on how to be socially accountable doctors. At the end of the session, they were asked what type of doctor they wanted to be. Hear from former OzTREKK Student Daniel Dickson!

JCU Medical School MBBS

Do you think studying rural, remote, and tropical medicine sounds like something you would be interested in? How on earth can Canada have tropical medicine?  Like Australia, our population is concentrated on the fringes of the country, where the climate is most ideal and the land most usable. But where people live in rural and Northern Canada, away from the general population, finding health care can be more challenging—just like the people in remote and tropical locations of Australia. When you study medicine at JCU, you will be uniquely qualified to practice medicine in remote Canada!

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply to JCU Medical School!


JCU medicine applications are open! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com if you have any questions about your med school application.

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Take your career worldwide with a Bond Occupational Therapy degree

Occupational therapy (OT) is a dynamic and diverse profession, enabling people and communities to overcome barriers imposed by illness, injury, disability, psychological impairment, developmental delay or the aging and dying process.

Take your career worldwide with Bond Occupational Therapy degree

Find out how you can study at Bond Occupational Therapy School!

With a focus on functional outcomes, occupational therapists are practical problem solvers and have a broad perspective of health and well-being, underpinned by a solid scientific base. If this sounds like you, read on.

Bond occupational therapy students will have the opportunity to develop skills related to the specialist practice of occupational therapy through extensive professional practice placements in a variety of settings such as private practice, community and mental health services, aged care and hospitals. The program places a strong emphasis on practical experience, with 1,000 hours of practice education across various clinical contexts.All students will engage in advanced options such as research or business.

Key features

  • Graduate in 2 years through postgraduate entry
  • Offers a clinical research project or business electives to prepare for private and public practice settings
  • Strong emphasis on practical experience with 1,000 hours of practice education across various clinical contexts
  • Learn in small class sizes meaning a more personalised experience

Graduates of the program will be able to apply their experience across a wide range of areas:

  • Private practice
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Independent living centres and rehabilitation facilities
  • Schools and tertiary education
  • Workplace health
  • Community health centres
  • Mental health services
  • Aged care
  • Research

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Intakes: May and September each year
Duration: 2 calendar years (6 semesters)
Application deadline: No set deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Are you ready to apply to the Bond Master of Occupational Therapy program?


Are you ready to apply to Bond Occupational Therapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Sydney Veterinary School ranked number one in Australia—again

Sydney Veterinary School is #1 in Australia—again!

Sydney Veterinary Science ranked number one in Australia—again

Study at the #1 vet school in Australia—Sydney Veterinary School!

The  Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science has been ranked eleventh in the world and number one in Australia in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, cementing its position as a global leader in research and educational excellence.

The school’s core strength is their exceptional staff. Their dedicated work improves animal health, well-being and productivity and contributes to the unique roles of the profession in protecting human health, food supply and societal well-being. This work is more valuable than ever as veterinarians and animal scientists are increasingly acknowledged as playing vital roles in addressing the big issues the world faces: food security, animal conservation, control of emerging disease and protecting the health and welfare of animals.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Sydney Veterinary School

The Sydney DVM  program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Students graduating from an AVMA accredited school have their degree recognized in North America and are entitled to sit the NAVLE.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Camden campus (65 km southwest of Sydney) and Camperdown/Darlington campus (main campus)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2018 intake, applications closed September 14, 2017.

Entry requirements

Students can apply for a position into the Sydney DVM after completing any kind of bachelor degree at a recognized university, as long as program prerequisite units of study have been met. Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite units of study at bachelor-degree level to be eligible for entry:

  • general chemistry (physical and inorganic)
  • organic chemistry
  • biology
  • biochemistry

The minimum GPA for entry is a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale; however, places are limited and there is a strict quota for this course. Entry is highly competitive so students who have achieved the minimum GPA (and other admission requirements) are then ranked on academic performance. The higher your GPA, the better your chances of receiving an offer.

Apply to the University of Sydney Veterinary School!


Learn more about Sydney Veterinary School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Newcastle Law School offering free online law course

You’re interested in studying law, but you’re not 100% sure if it’s for you. Wouldn’t it be great if you could test out a free online law course before committing?

Great news: you can!

Newcastle Law School offering free online law course

Find out more about what it’s like to study at Newcastle Law School

Newcastle Law School is offering just that. If you would like to get a sense of how law courses are taught at the University of Newcastle in Australia, you might like to enroll in their free online course International Climate Change Law and Policy, which commences March 28, 2018.

This course can be accessed on the edX online platform at https://www.edx.org/course/international-climate-change-law-and-policy.

This free online law course course is effectively an introduction to Newcastle Law School’s (more detailed) masters-level course in the Law and Economics of Climate Change, which can be taken as an elective course in three of their programs:

About this course

This course will equip you with the fundamentals of international climate change law and policy. You will learn to critically assess environmental economics theory and its application to climate change policy, including the use of market-based policy approaches such as environmental taxes and emissions trading.

International Climate Change Law and Policy will discuss a range of controversial debates, reflecting the highly politicised nature of international climate change law.

The course is of particular interest to professionals in environmental and resources sectors, public policy, government sector, non-government sector and private sector (e.g., sustainability consulting).

What you’ll learn

  • Critically assess the causes of climate change and distinguish its impacts in relation to different countries and generations
  • Understand the legal principles, rules and institutions of the international climate change regime
  • Explain how markets function and fail by applying the Theory of Externalities
  • Compare and contrast Taxes and Cap-and-Trade, with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness
  • Demonstrate intercultural awareness and sensitivity to the social and economic perspectives of other nations

Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next intake: July 2018
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Law School!


Do you have any questions about this free online law course, or about studying at Newcastle Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Find out how you can study medicine at UQ Medical School

What does it take to get into medical school? Besides great grades and a passion to help others?

Find how you can get into a medical school that is turning high-achieving students into world-class health professionals—the UQ Faculty of Medicine!

Find out how you can get into UQ Medical School

Find out how you can get into UQ Medical School

UQ Faculty of Medicine Seminars

Meet the Dean of the UQ Faculty of Medicine Professor Stuart Carney at the upcoming information sessions. Learn about the UQ medical school, the UQ MD admissions requirements, clinical placements, medical licensing, and practicing in Canada.

Get your questions answered!

University of Toronto
Have lunch with the UQ Dean of Medicine!
Friday, March 9, 2018
11:30 a.m.
Hart House, Music Room

McGill University
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
4 p.m.
Stewart Biology Building, S1/3

University of Calgary
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Science Theatre – ST 129

Simon Fraser University
Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:45 p.m.
West Mall Centre 2503

Don’t forget to RSVP to save your spot!

UQ Doctor of Medicine FAQs

Can I come back to Canada to practice?
Yes. Licensure to practice medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, known as a residency, as well as the completion of national qualifying exams.

Are my grades competitive?
Eligible candidates must have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of a B (~70%).

When is the application deadline?
Applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis and are assessed and ranked as they are received. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Do I need to sit an admissions test?
Yes. Applicants must have achieved a minimum score of 504 in the MCAT; or 50 in each section of the GAMSAT.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available Intake: January 2019
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. Applications generally open in early spring each year.

How does OzTREKK help?

As an official representative of 11 Australian universities, OzTREKK has helped send thousands of Canadian students to Australia for professional degrees like medicine. We are funded by our Australian universities, and our services are free. We assist you at every stage—from application to arrival, to understanding medical licensing—so that nothing is forgotten. OzTREKK is your Canadian connection to study in Australia!


Would you like more information about the upcoming UQ Faculty of Medicine info sessions? You got it! Email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Bond Law School launches new Free Immigration Law Clinic

Bond University has launched a new Immigration Law Clinic at the Faculty of Law, which will translate into more practical experience for Bond Law students!

Staffed by registered migration agents, legal practitioners, academics and Bond Law School students, the Clinic will provide free legal advice to vulnerable migrants and refugees who wish to remain in Australia legally.

Bond Law School launches new Free Immigration Law Clinic

Bond Law School students will now have more practical experience at the new Free Immigration Law Clinic

This could include

  • people seeking asylum in Australia;
  • refugees seeking to sponsor family members to Australia;
  • victims of domestic violence who hold a Temporary Partner visa;
  • vulnerable international students; and
  • vulnerable people with questions regarding their visa and visa eligibility.

The clinic will also be able to provide basic advice on Skilled Independent visas, Skilled Sponsor visas, student visas, graduate visas, partner visas, parent visas and other family visas.

“The Immigration Law system is complex and complicated, particularly for those with limited English, lack of finances or other vulnerabilities,” said migration agent Iracema Brunton who will set up and supervise the new clinic, in coordination with fellow migration agent, Rochelle James.

“Our team of specialist immigration agents and legal representatives, working in partnership with Bond University’s academics and law students, will be able to provide the most up-to-date advice on a range of visas issues and other referrals to relevant community organisations.”

Academic coordinator, Lindsey Stevenson-Graf says that the Clinic will also give students an opportunity to develop their practical lawyering skills.

“The clinic experience will give our students vital insights into the legal challenges faced by some of our most vulnerable new Australians, as well as allowing them to practice and improve their ‘people skills’ by dealing with real-life clients,” she said.

“There is also an opportunity for our students to take on specific cases, working on legal strategies and finding solutions, under the guidance of the supervising migration agents and qualified lawyers.”

Want to study law this May?

With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law School Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

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

Apply now to Bond University Law School!


Do you have any questions about how to apply to 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, March 2nd, 2018

OzTREKK presents the University of Sydney Health Sciences seminars

Are you interested in a career in physiotherapyoccupational therapyspeech pathologynursing, or another health sciences field?

Sydney Dental School

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Sydney Health Sciences seminars!

Then you are invited to discover why the University of Sydney is a world leader in health sciences education and research! Join OzTREKK and the University of Sydney for these information sessions—and bring your questions!

University of Sydney Health Sciences Seminars

Attend an upcoming University of Sydney Health Sciences information session (March 5 – 7) to find out what world-renowned health sciences teaching looks like.

University of Alberta
March 5, 2018 @ 5 p.m.
ED 106 – Education Centre

UBC – Okanagan
March 6, 2018 @ 5 p.m.
Arts 110

Simon Fraser University
March 7, 2018 @ 12 p.m.
South Sciences Bld – 7109
Meet USyd Physio grad who is now practicing in Canada!

UBC – Vancouver
March 7, 2018 @ 5 p.m.
Memorial Gym – 208
Meet USyd Physio grad who is now practicing in Canada!

Know before you go! Have a look at the health sciences degrees offered at the University of Sydney:


Do you have any questions about the upcoming seminars? Let us know! info@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355. We look forward to meeting you!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

What do OzTREKK students think of Sydney Dental School?

If you’re considering studying in Australia, but unsure of which university and program is right for you, student reviews can really help reaffirm some gut feelings, or just help point you in the right direction.

Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK student Bhavisha Thankey (Photo: University of Sydney)

Here, we look at what OzTREKK students say about studying at Sydney Dental School. Did we mention we love that our Australian universities like to feature OzTREKK students? You guys are high-calibre stuff!

“My favourite part of this degree is getting hands-on experience really early. By the end of our second year we’re already seeing our own patients and managing our own treatment plans. Because of the responsibility and control we are given during our studies, we leave university with the skills needed to be successful in the community.” Bhavisha Thankey, Doctor of Dental Medicine


Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK student Yasmin Samiee (Photo: University of Sydney)

“I chose to study at the University of Sydney because the university and its dental school are ranked among the top fifty in the world for academic excellence. I was also drawn to the calibre of research and educational opportunities, which involves placements and service in under-served communities around Australia.

“I am grateful that we have been able to apply theoretical knowledge into practice so early in the course. By our third week of classes, we had already begun practicing dentistry on plastic models in our simulation clinic. Not only have we greatly improved our manual dexterity, we have become proficient and confident as clinicians. There is a strong sense of responsibility and ownership that accompanies this level of autonomy.” Yasmin Samiee, Doctor of Dental Medicine


Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK student Borna Ansari (Photo: University of Sydney)

“Studying the Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Sydney was my top preference over other universities. It has a great overall educational reputation and you start pre-clinical sessions early on in the course. The fact that Australian degrees can be easily transferred back to Canada also encouraged me to study in Sydney.

“The University of Sydney also provides a great learning environment. Each week I have the opportunity to practice a range of dental procedures in the clinical environment. I also learn from lecturers who share their diverse passions and experiences from their professional practice. Learning from their outlook and experience has helped me understand the many avenues of dentistry.” Borna Ansari, Doctor of Dental Medicine


Is the Sydney Dental School dentistry program for you?

The Sydney Dental School’s four-year, full-time, graduate-entry Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) course offers you the opportunity to develop skills through practice-based learning and will expose you to new dental technologies and research. The DMD will educate you to draw on evidence to treat patients effectively and respond to the changing oral health needs of the community. It will instill a dedication for lifelong learning, self-development and self-evaluation. The Sydney DMD has evolved with changing market demands for newly graduated dentists to join clinical practice confidently and ethically and take up leadership roles in the profession.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the February 2018 intake, applications closed June 20, 2017. Students are encouraged to begin their applications as soon as possible.

Apply to the University of Sydney Dental School!


Do you need help with your dental school application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, February 26th, 2018

University of Sydney Medicine and Dentistry Info Sessions

Have you ever considered studying medicine or dentistry at the University of Sydney in Australia? How can studying in Australia advance your career?

University of Sydney Medicine and Dentistry Info Sessions

See you at the Sydney Med & Dent info sessions!

Join OzTREKK and the University of Sydney for the upcoming Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars!

Find out why the University of Sydney is one of the top universities in the world! Enjoy refreshments, speak with Sydney Uni deans of Medicine and Dentistry and alumni, and learn more about what happens after graduation and the accreditation process so you can practice in Canada!

Get your questions answered!

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

University of Toronto
Date: February 26, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Bahen Centre, BA 1200

University of Ottawa
Date: February 27, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Desmarais Building, Room 1120

University of Alberta
Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: ECHA 2-140

University of British Columbia
Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Instructional Resource Centre, Woodward 3

Don’t forget to RSVP!


Learn more about studying medicine or dentistry at Sydney Uni! Please let us know if you have questions about these information sessions! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety

Studying abroad can cause some anxiety, especially for parents of international students!

Have no fear if you’re at UQ, or planning to attend UQ. The University of Queensland works hard to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors who attend its campuses.

UQ is encouraging new and returning students and staff to sign up to the SafeZone smart phone app designed to improve safety and security across all campuses. The app connects students and staff directly to the UQ Security team or emergency services for on-campus first-aid or emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety encourages sign-up to campus safety

UQ SafeZone App (Image: UQ)

“The GPS-based app has been incredibly popular since its launch, with almost 8000 registered users,” he said.

“It now has new features, including an after-hours timer for those wanting to work late with confidence they will be monitored to reach their transport safely; and real-time campus safety bus tracking to allow people to time their exit to coincide with the arrival of the safety bus.

“The app is available at UQ’s St Lucia, Gatton and Herston (excluding RBWH) campuses and the Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station sites, providing the user has mobile phone or WiFi coverage,” Mr Dickson said.

“It’s designed to enhance emergency response and communication during critical incidents such as lockdowns and natural disasters by sending notifications to users’ mobile devices.”

SafeZone uses location-based tracking, but does not track a user’s location until an emergency alarm is activated or a call is made for help or first-aid.

“If the app is activated on one of our campuses then the campus security team will respond to the alarm or call,” Mr Dickson said.

If it’s activated at sites without 24-hour security—Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, the Indooroopilly Mine and the Moreton Bay Research Station—it will dial 000 (same as 911 in North America) to connect the user directly with emergency services.

SafeZone complements a range of security measures, including 788 security cameras, 72 emergency call points, a night safety bus service at St Lucia, night escorts, 24-hour security patrols and published preferred paths for after-dark travel.

Download the SafeZone app:

Are you interested in studying at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.