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Monday, January 14th, 2019

Medicine applications are open!

We have some more exciting news… our medicine applications are officially open!

When you apply through OzTREKK, you will be automatically added to our medicine group so you will always be up to date regarding

  • application deadlines; 
  • admissions requirements;
  • medicine webinars; 
  • OzTREKK and university in-person events; and
  • much more!

How It Works

We’ve created this short video to walk you through the whole process, step by step!

We are here to support you throughout your entire journey—from application to arrival—for free. Extra bonus? Most of our Australian university partners waive their application fee for OzTREKK students. 

Don’t forget: this year we’re giving away a GoPro HERO7 & Adventure Kit. Your name will be entered into the draw (once per student) if you apply before February 15.

Medicine Admission Webinar

Are your grades competitive? Register now for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, January 17 at 3 p.m. EST to learn more about what it takes to get in to each of our medical schools.

Every year, OzTREKK assists hundreds of Canadian students choose the right Australian medical school program. We understand admissions requirements and application procedures to Australian medical schools, and we can guide you through the differences between undergraduate streams and graduate-entry streams, and the considerations for practicing medicine following graduation.

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Do you need help with your medical school application? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Amanda Rollich at amanda@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Australian dental school applications are open!

Great news! Dentistry applications are officially open!

And because we love to make our students smile, this year we’re giving away a GoPro HERO7 & Adventure Kit. Your name will be entered into the draw if you apply before February 15, 2019.

Dentistry applications are open!
Dentistry applications are open!

Dentistry Applications are Open!

When you apply through OzTREKK, we add you to our dentistry group so you stay in the loop. We will always keep you informed about

  • application deadlines;
  • admissions requirements;
  • dentistry webinars;
  • OzTREKK and university in-person events; and
  • much more!

We are here to support you throughout your entire journey—from application to arrival—for free. Extra bonus? Most of our Australian university partners waive their application fee for OzTREKK students.

How to Apply to an Australian Dental School

Applying to the Australian Dental Schools listed below via OzTREKK is streamlined and stress-free. You can apply to multiple dentistry programs at the same time via our online OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools application.

Learn more about Australian dental schools:

Dentistry Admissions Webinar

Are your grades competitive? Register now for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, January 10 at 3 p.m. EST to learn more about what it takes to get in to each of our dental schools.

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Need help with your dentistry application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com.

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Griffith Law School to offer Juris Doctor in 2019

New Juris Doctor Program at Griffith University

Beginning July 2019, Griffith Law School will be offering the Juris Doctor program. All students who began in the graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws program will be able to transfer to the Juris Doctor in Trimester 2 (July 2019) with full credit.

Griffith Law School Juris Doctor
New Juris Doctor program at Griffith Law School

Griffith Juris Doctor

Canadian Accreditation Accelerated Pathway 
Graduate in 2 years (6 trimesters): students who choose to enroll in the Canadian Law elective areas will complete these courses over Griffith’s Summer Semester (Trimester 3), allowing them to graduate in 2 years rather than 3.

Griffith Law School offers a dedicated graduate program for Canadian students pursuing a legal career in Australia or Canada. Griffith offers elective Canadian Law courses at the Gold Coast campus that count toward your degree and prepare you for the NCA exams. You will learn from experienced lecturers who can guide you through what’s involved and give you personalised advice on how to prepare.

Students will also receive support and advice from the Canadian Law Student Association including regular mentoring meetings with the Deputy Head of School for Learning and Teaching.

Griffith Law School is ranked in the world’s top 100 law schools (QS World University Rankings) and offers a dedicated graduate program for Canadian students pursuing a career in Australia or Canada.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July each year
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent on elective selection*)
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the predeparture process.

Apply to Griffith Law School!

Do you have any questions regarding Griffith University’s new Juris Doctor program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

What’s it really like to be an international student studying Sydney dentistry?

We know student reviews are important to help you decide if a program or university is right for you. Reviews are also a great source of info to find out what it’s really like as an international student studying in Australia.

Former OzTREKK student Yasmin has been recently featured in a University of Sydney video, where she shares her thoughts about being an international student studying the Doctor of Dental Medicine in Australia.

Sydney dentistry student
Former OzTREKK student Yasmin Samiee

“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.” 

Find out what Yasmin has to say about adjusting to the Australian way of life in the video below:

Doctor of Dental Medicine at Sydney Dentistry School

The Sydney Dentistry’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.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales 
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years

Apply to the University of Sydney Dental School!

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Would you like to learn more about
Sydney Dentistry? Please contact OzTREKK’s Dentistry Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Australian dentistry school students: adjusting to life in Australia

OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa visited Australia for the first time this past summer. With the cold Canadian weather we’ve been having (already!), she’s been reminiscing about her trip. Here are some of the surprises she encountered and how OzTREKK dentistry students are handling living Down Under! (Hint: They are loving the weather!)

What do OzTREKK students say about adjusting to life in Australia?

“It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I think it’s because I had time to get ready for my move. I’m loving every minute here and I’m so happy I decided to study in Australia.” Griffith dentistry student

“It’s been great so far. A bit cold here in Orange but nothing compared to Canada’s winter. The people are very nice and helpful. The campus is small so you get to know everyone. It’s been a very smooth process so far. We get mid-session breaks 2 weeks each semester so if you don’t plan on going back home my advice for you is to go visit other cities here. Sydney is really nice and there’s loads of stuff to do. The Gold Coast is also amazing especially during winter to escape from the cold here in Orange. Lots of beaches everywhere!” CSU dentistry student

“Amazing!!! I love my University and program; I love having the balance of studying and fun in the Gold Coast. My dental program provides state of the art facilities and the professors have been very helpful through the transition. I also got credited for many courses which saved me a lot of time and money.” Griffith dentistry student

Australian dentistry schools

Get ready for your OzTREKK orientation, dentistry students!

“It is going well, I took to it fairly quickly though I still adapt to new things every day. [I recommend students] scuba dive and hike.” JCU dentistry student

“Love it! It is very similar to Canada but with better weather.” Melbourne dentistry student

“It has been far easier than expected despite it being my first time living on my own. The country is well tailored for Canadians. Enjoy the weather while you can. There are plenty of sites to see and places to visit.” Melbourne dentistry student

“Fantastic! I love it here! It will be a shock when you first arrive because it is so damn hot and that lasts until close to April. May starts cooling off. June and July were quite cold, especially early mornings and nights and I pulled out all my Canadian sweaters! The people are great. It feels a lot like Canada!” UQ dentistry student

“It’s been great. If my entire family didn’t live back home I’d probably stay here forever.” Sydney dentistry student

“It definitely took some time, but it’s pretty good. Australians are definitely more relaxed in Perth and are accustomed to a slower lifestyle. But the weather is amazing and the beaches are beautiful! The only thing I’m still having a hard time adjusting to is the time the shops are closed. During the week, most malls are closed by 5 pm!” UWA dentistry student

Think you might like to study dentistry in Australia?

Graduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools offer a graduate-entry dental program. This pathway is exactly the same as in Canada, where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, and then you apply to a four-year dental program.

Undergraduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools allow you to enter into a dental program directly from high school or with a partially completed undergraduate degree. These undergraduate degrees are typically five years.

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

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.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Don’t miss the next medical licensing webinar

If you’re considering studying medicine in Australia, finding out what happens after you graduate is a very important step.

Medical Licensing webinar

Don’t miss the Medical Licensing webinar on Nov. 29

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.

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 and MCCQE2
  • 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
  • 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! You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers!

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Webinars

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST
Register now!

 

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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 Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com!

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Bond Law webinar and in-person information sessions

Did you know Bond Law School 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.

Bond Law webinar

Don’t miss Bond Law webinar on Monday, Nov. 26

OzTREKK Bond Law Webinar

Would you like to hear about Bond Law School? Here’s your opportunity to chat with a current Bond Law student Ryan Stubbs.

Ryan is the current president of the Canadian Law Students’ Association at Bond University. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Ryan received his undergraduate degree from Carleton University with a major in Law and a minor in English Language and Literature. He has been a member of the CLSA for the past 4 semesters and will be graduating from Bond with a Juris Doctor in April 2019.

According to Ryan, his favourite part of studying in Australia is living by the beach! “Being able to see the ocean from my apartment balcony and walk down to the beach at any time is the best way to unwind after a day of grinding it out in the library.

“After I am finished at Bond, I hope to return to the Toronto area and practice in the area of entertainment law. It is my career goal to work with musicians and other content creators in the entertainment industry.”

What would you like to know about the Juris Doctor program? Ask Ryan! This webinar will be hosted in a Q&A format, so the floor is open to your questions!

Date: Monday, Nov. 26
Time: 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST)
Register here!

Bond Law In-person Information Sessions

Want to speak with Bond Law representatives face to face? Come along to your nearest event to find out more about Bond’s renowned Law program from Associate Dean Kathy Atkins, International Regional Manager Stuart Floyd and Bond alumni, and take the opportunity to discover more about life at Bond University.

TORONTO
Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

CALGARY
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

EDMONTON
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

VANCOUVER
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

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 winter, now is the time to get your application documents in!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: January 2019
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 Bond Law Info Sessions and to register, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com.

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Don’t miss the UQ Medicine seminars November 19 & 20!

What does it take to get UQ Medicine? Besides great grades and a passion to help others?

Don't miss the UQ Medicine seminars November 19 & 20!

Get the details here and save your spot.

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!

Join OzTREKK and the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof Stuart Carney and Head of Admissions Dr Fabiola Aghakhani Zandjani-Martin for the upcoming UQ Medicine seminars and find out why UQ Medicine is one of the best in the world.

UQ Faculty of Medicine Seminars

Find out more about UQ Medicine admissions, program structure, clinical placements… and about practicing in Canada after you graduate!

Get your questions answered!

Western University
Monday, November 19, 2018

University of Toronto
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Please be sure to register!

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 2020
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 13 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 nothing is forgotten. OzTREKK is your Canadian connection to study in Australia!

Don’t forget to RSVP!

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Would you like more information about the upcoming UQ 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.

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

How to Get from Eh to Oz: Travel

Whether you consider yourself a travelling expert or not, the majority of your anxiety likely comes from picking up your life, packing it in a suitcase, and moving it across the world.

We’re here to help! In this “How to Get from Eh to Oz” blog, we’re going to discuss tips, tricks, and things to remember about travelling to Australia.

OzTREKK travel tips

Getting ready to travel!

Tip #1: Flight Rewards

Time to investigate flight rewards programs and Air Miles options (especially if you’ll be making the Canada-Australia trip a few times… you might as well snag a deal or some free stuff along the way).

The following flight rewards programs will allow you to collect points you can redeem for discounts on future flights or in exchange for other great perks like cash back, flight upgrades, skipping the line…. We’re pretty sure most of you will be familiar with these babies!

You’ll also want to look into airlines that cross the Pacific and are based in Australia, as each airline will have their own rewards program (or one that’s linked to a group of airlines). And when you’re in Australia, take advantage of their budget airlines Jetstar and Scoot.

If you’re willing to do some searching, you’re bound to find the perfect rewards program for you and your lifestyle!

Tip #2: Pick a Route, Pick a Seat, Pack a Suitcase

Air Canada offers a direct flights to Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne from both Vancouver and Toronto, and you no longer have to fly via the U.S. (a big bonus, when you have a year’s worth of luggage and avoid US immigration!). Try to pre-select your seat for the long-haul flight portion and opt for a window or aisle seat. If you are travelling alone to Oz and don’t pre-select a seat, you will often get allocated a middle seat, which is not ideal for a 14- to 15-hour plane trek. Ick.

Pack a set of summer clothes to wear when you disembark, and change in the airport in Oz when you arrive, so that once your luggage comes out and you clear customs, you’re already dressed in shorts and flip-flops, ready to enjoy some lovely Aussie weather. Keep in mind, our seasons are reversed!

For your carry-on luggage, designate a specific compartment of your bag where all important documents will be placed, such as your boarding passes, passport and wallet, Confirmation of Enrolment/Letter of Offer so they are handy and easy to access and won’t get lost in the shuffle of your luggage.

Tip #3: Download Netflix Series/Movies

This is a great opportunity to catch up on all those series your friends are talking about. Download the episodes in advance on Wi-Fi and delete them as you watch them; this will help make room for all those amazing pics you’re going to take.

Tip #4: Stay hydrated

May seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be suprised at how many people “forget” to drink enough water when flying/travelling. If a flight attendant goes by with water, you should probably fill up.

Tip #5: Travel Register

It’s important to think about safety when travelling and while you might be lost in the thrill of it, it’s crucial to take the right precautions. A great idea is your national travel register.

Even if you don’t register and you need emergency consular assistance while in Australia/travelling, the Government of Canada will still help you. You do not need to register for Registration of Canadians Abroad to receive consular services. The Canadian Consular Services Charter outlines the assistance the Government of Canada can provide in an emergency situation.

The Government of Canada strongly recommends that all Canadian citizens travelling or living abroad sign up for Registration of Canadians Abroad. It allows the government to contact you to provide important information in advance of an emergency abroad and to send you information on how to stay safe and secure as you travel.

The decision to travel is your responsibility, so remember to

  • find the location and contact information for the Canadian embassy or consulate closest to your travel destination. Always keep this information close at hand while travelling in case you need emergency assistance. P.S. They’re on Facebook, too.
  • alert your university and your family in Canada of your address in Australia as soon as possible.

Tip #6: Enjoy yourself!

This is going to be an experience you will remember for a lifetime. Don’t stress about the little details because when you’re sitting on the pier looking at the Sydney Opera House, the cankles will have been well worth it!

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What are you predeparture questions? Send them our way: info@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355. We’ll get you ready to study in Australia!