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Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Don’t miss our upcoming events and webinars

Happy Spring, OzTREKKers! We’ve got some exciting happenings during the next few weeks. Here’s a list of our upcoming info sessions, webinars, and where we’ll be just popping in to say hi!

Study Medicine in Australia Webinar

Meet current University of Queensland medical student Nic Sieban, who’s ready to answer your questions about studying medicine in Australia!

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • 7:30 p.m. EDT / 5:30 p.m. (MDT) / 4:30 p.m. (PDT)
  • Register

OzTREKK & Pre-dentistry Alumni Presentation (details TBC)

OzTREKK at the Carleton University Law School Fair

Interested in studying law? Come learn about your options.

  • Friday, March 29, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • University Centre Atrium

OzTREKK Studying Dentistry in Australia Info Session

Did you know Canada and Australia have a reciprocal agreement? Study there. Practice here.

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • 7:30 p.m. EDT / 5:30 p.m. MDT / 4:30 p.m. PDT
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, N1002 (Science Building)
  • Register

OzTREKK at York University

Do you have questions about furthering your education?

  • Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Central Square, West Bear Pit – come say hi!

OzTREKK at University of Toronto Scarborough

Drop by our booth outside the library and get your questions answered.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Outside the library

UQ Physiotherapy Meet & Greet

This is your ultimate networking opportunity. Join OzTREKK and the head of UQ Physiotherapy, Dr Trevor Russell.

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • 5 p.m.
  • Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur, Toronto
  • Register

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Whenever you’re curious about where we’ll be or what we’re up to, check out our Events page! Find out how you can further your education through study in Australia!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: Predeparture tips for future students!

Meet Kim, our OzTREKK ambassador who has just embarked on her journey as a University of Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy student!

University of Sydney occupational therapy student

Just enjoying the view in Hong Kong!

Here, Kim shares some awesome “getting ready to go” predeparture tips, so file these away for later. 🙂

Double check your flight details in advance—specifically, baggage allowance, to avoid being slapped with a $700 + bill at the airport.

Double check your baggage allowances for all of your flights, especially if you have a layover and the tickets were bought separately. Yes, this sounds like common sense, but I did not pay attention to it as my flights were changed several times. As a result, I had a bigger allowance on my first flight compared to my second flight with Qantas (only allows 30 kg max) and was almost stuck with paying over $700 for an extra 15 kg from Hong Kong to Sydney. To put this into perspective, this costs about the same price or more than a round-trip from Hong Kong to Sydney.

University of Sydney occupational therapy

Getting settled in

What to watch out for if you are under the age of 25 trying to rent a car.

Car rental is extremely helpful if you are just arriving and will be getting around a lot for house inspections or just settling into a place and need to buy and move a lot of things. However, many of my friends managed to get through the entire move-in process relying on public transportation.

If you plan to rent a car in Australia, make sure you are comfortable with driving on the left side of the road before you do it! If you are under the age of 25, make sure you correctly enter your personal details and that the quoted price was for under age of 25 drivers. I had an incident at the airport where they told me I didn’t include my age. I double-checked my itinerary and I did input my age, but I must’ve missed it in one of the options and therefore, it didn’t account for my age. Anyhow, the original quoted price of $260 for 10 days became nearly $600 for 10 days. That was a massive difference!

Finding accommodation is stressful, but trust the process and be patient.

University of Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy

With my new roommates!

Don’t stress too much early on because there’s only so much you can do while being overseas. However, when you are getting close to your departure date (about a month), it would be a good idea to start looking and having discussions with people to get a better idea of what to expect and what you are looking for. If possible, a week or two before your arrival, try to line up some inspections so that you will be able to start looking at places shortly after you arrive.

Finding accommodation is definitely stressful but my advice would be to be patient and trust the process. As stressful as it may be, don’t rush into anything because I nearly rushed into signing a lease for a house that had some issues with pest control. I nearly ignored/missed it because I was feeling such a rush to settle into a home. It took a long time to finally find something and an even longer time to settle in. Eventually, my roommates and I are all settled in and I honestly don’t think we could’ve found a place more suitable for our needs!

OzTREKK’s Facebook page was a game changer for me.

Make good use of the OzTREKK Facebook page! Prior to my departure, I posted in the OzTREKK Facebook page and through that, I got people to message me about their interest in living together. This is where I found my roommate who introduced me to her other friends and now I live with three other Canadians that I love so much. This is all thanks to a quick post on the Facebook page. Through that page I also met other people going to Australia from Vancouver (my home), other people from Canada going into my program, and just Canadian students in general who are on the same boat with making a big move to Australia! Make good use of the page and meet lots of people prior to moving because it will provide you such a good support network for when you first get to Australia!

Follow me on Instagram! @kberli

Learn more about the University of Sydney occupational therapy program

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline:October 30, 2019. Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill quickly.

Apply to Sydney Occupational Therapy School!

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Do you have any questions for Kim? Need more predeparture tips? Wondering about studying occupational therapy at the University of Sydney? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Occupational Therapy Schools Admissions Officer at rehabsci@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: Moving to Brisbane

“Housing” the big move

I think I can speak not only for myself, but the vast majority of others when I say that your home should be your own personal oasis. A place where you can come home from a long day of studying/working and be able to sit back and relax. With that being said, as a student your home should also be close to bus stops, places to eat and entertainment.

The first thing you should do (while in Canada) is try to find an Airbnb or a place that would be cheap for the first couple weeks when you arrive.  I was lucky and had a friends’ parents put me up for three weeks before I could actually get my lease to my condo.

Once you are in Brisbane, you can actually see the houses/condos in person and get a better feel for what is around them as well.  This is the best way to find a good place to live.  Accommodation in Brisbane can be a bit of a tricky situation. Considering the town itself is built around a river that flows throughout the city, you need to take that into account when you are looking for a place. So, with that being said I have made a list of the top seven suburbs to live in Brisbane with a little description of each and what you will expect to pay per week.

1. St. Lucia

This would be a good option if you want to live right beside/on the University of Queensland campus. Its major plus is that it is close to campus, grocery stores and a gym. Other than that, there is not really any entertainment/nightlife. If you aren’t looking to live by a very loud and busy place and be walkable to classes, this is your area. Accommodation here can go anywhere between $180 –$250 for shared accommodation.

2. Toowong / Taringa

I’m going to be a little biased with this one because this is the area where I live.  It’s really close to campus and Toowong village. Buses come every five minutes in the morning, and takes only seven minutes to get to campus. Toowong village has a grocery store, gym, Kmart (it’s big here still) and a post office. There are also a couple little food shops around the village. There isn’t much for entertainment: no movie theatre, sports venues or bars really (minus the Royal Exchange). Shared accommodation can be around $260 – $300 per week.

3. Bowen Hills

If you don’t want all the fast-paced aspect of downtown and tall buildings, Bowen Hills would be your option. This area has a lot of modern apartments that can start at $250 per week. The only downside is that it is quite far away from campus and doesn’t have a great entertainment aspect.

4. South Brisbane

South Brisbane is right in the heart of South Bank: a busy riverfront stretch with cultural and science exhibits at the Queensland Museum, as well as art galleries and a giant Ferris wheel. Other major entertainment venues are the cineplex, brewpubs and uptown tapas bars. This would be a great place if you want to experience Brisbane culture and are a true foodie. You can find shared accommodation from around $250 per week, or a one-bedroom apartment from around $350 per week.

5. West End

West End is a good place to look if you are looking for cool cafés, weekend markets, and a big artsy vibe. Shared accommodation can be around $300 per week, or if you want to go up to around $500 for a really nice place if you have a bigger rent budget.

6. Highgate Hill

If you are on the lower end of the budget scale, Highgate hill is a good option. It’s close to transportation and tons of shops but does not offer very much for entertainment. If you just want a place to live to live this is a good place to look. Shared accommodation can start at $140 per week.

8. Woolloongabba

This is one of the main hubs for transportation to and from UQ. Woolloongabba is also home to the Brisbane Cricket Ground, also known as the Gabba, a vast sports stadium that hosts professional Aussie Rules football and cricket matches (a lot of fun to go!). There are a ton of great restaurants and vintage fashion shops. You can find shared accommodation from around $180 per week, or a one-bedroom apartment from around $300 per week.

Figuring out your housing arrangements

With all of these areas, the prices are just a guideline.  If you search hard enough, you can find some really good places at really good prices. It all depends on where you want to live and what you want to be around you. Do you want to live right in the thick of downtown with all the bars? Maybe a happy medium with food marketplaces and an art vibe? Once you have the area mapped out, you can start to look to getting all of your utilities and all that sorted.  Below, I’ve provided five tips to remember when figuring out your final housing arrangements.

  • Rent in your contract is due weekly rather than monthly. This seems like it’s a cheaper option when you look at the price initially but you have to remember that there are 52 weeks in a year and that you will be paying an “extra” four weeks of rent this way. Just something to think about when you are planning your budget.
  • If you get an apartment or condo, it doesn’t come furnished at all. My roommate and I were lucky enough that the two girls who lived there before us sold us everything in the apartment when we moved in. I mean everything: beds, desks, chairs, tables, washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc. When you look at the ad, be sure to check if it is furnished or comes with beds because it would be a nightmare to get all that settled.
  • Use Facebook marketplace or Gumtree (the Australian Kijiji) to find couches, TVs, and other appliances. If you are looking for a TV or a couch, Facebook marketplace usually has people giving them away for free as long as you come pick them up.
  • The price for rent is almost always without utilities. Sometimes back in Canada you have your utilities paid by the owner and included in the price. Here, it almost always doesn’t include utilities so you will need to set that up yourself as well as internet.
  • Don’t cheap out on the internet. Home truly is where the WiFi connects automatically. Get unlimited Wifi for your place, because after studying you’ll want to relax and binge watch Netflix. Trust me.

Before I end this blog I’m going to list a couple websites you can use to find your accommodation! As always, may the odds be ever in your favour.  😉

Anthony out.
@anthony_caiazzo

First-year UQ physiotherapy student

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Friday, March 1st, 2019

Upcoming Macquarie University physiotherapy webinar

Each year, Macquarie University’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program receives glowing praise from students in our OzTREKK Student Survey.

Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy

Macquarie’s Angela Stark with second-year DPT student (and Canadian!) Hiba Madhi

One of the most commonly loved parts of the program is the support it offers students and the cohesiveness of the faculty and student body. Someone critical to the development of the program and that culture is Macquarie Physiotherapy Clinical Education and Student Support Manager Angela Stark.

Ang, along with Hiba Madhi, a second-year student from Burlington, will be hosting a webinar for everyone considering studying physiotherapy. Discover more about

  • Macquarie University
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy
  • North Ryde, Sydney
  • Returning to Canada to practice (and the success of Macquarie students!)

Hiba will talk about her experience living in Sydney and what it’s really like to study physio at Macquarie. Both Ang and Hiba will be available for any questions you might have.

Macquarie Physiotherapy Webinar

Tuesday, March 5 
7 p.m. EST
Registration: anymeeting.com/PIID=ED58DB80814F3D

OzTREKK Student Reviews About the Macquarie DPT

“Program is great but difficult (fast pace). Very nice teaching staff for the most part. The university itself is situated a little far from the city which is sometimes inconvenient; however, everyone really cares about the students here which is really comforting. Also, MD and DPT students have many lectures together and clinical hours together which is really interesting and fun!” Eric A

“I am 4 weeks into my program. All the lectures and tutorials are very organized, and delivered with a purpose (developing our clinical reasoning, evidenced-based practice, and patient-centered care).” Fred W

“I like the small cohort; I feel like you get to know your classmates a lot more closely. I also like the enthusiasm of the instructors. They are enthusiastic and passionate about the content and deliver it in an interesting way.” William B

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Do you have any questions about the upcoming Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy webinar? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Lindsay Rewi at lindsay.rewi@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: Being mentally prepared for your move to Australia

Welcome to the very first OzTREKK Ambassador blog!

At OzTREKK, we are proud to assist you throughout your entire journey—from your very first questions to predeparture to greeting you in Australia for our on-campus In-Australia Meet-ups.

Because we’ve been doing this since 2002, we know there can be bumps along the way. The key to traversing the bumps and hairpin turns is to have a positive attitude and to know you have a support system (and when to seek help if you need it!). In fact, all our Australian universities have international student support services available to help you with any issue, especially when you may feel overwhelmed and homesick.

University of Melbourne MD student

Follow Josh on Instagram!

Meet OzTREKK student ambassador Josh Walt, a Melbourne MD student who has agreed to document his Australian journey—including some of the stuff other people may forget about—like how to adjust to life in Australia and how to make sure you have a support system in place.

Take it away, Josh!

The Overwhelming Beginning and The Importance of Coping Mechanisms for Mental Health

I would be lying to you if I said that moving across the world didn’t come with its challenges.

After landing, it took over two weeks to find a place in a location somewhat close to campus and another week to settle in comfortably. Maybe my roommate and I were some of the unlucky few, but on move-in day we were shocked to see the apartment that was “professionally cleaned” still had Oreos under the mattress, dark brown stains on them, gum between the couch cushions and multiple miscellaneous sticky and greasy substances all over the cutlery, plates and other furniture. Setting up our WiFi took two weeks longer than the company had guaranteed. It’s a good thing phone plans here provide you with 40GB of data a month!

Although, after going to the Victoria night market, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the storage units on Brighton Beach etc., it is safe to say it was all worth it!

First Day of Orientation

To add to the stress of moving across the world, the first thing that was said in orientation was that the MD program at The University of Melbourne was one of the hardest and most demanding courses offered. The school’s academic mentors, counselling and psychological services then followed this speech by stating more than 50% of the students who see them seek support for mental health issues. A larger portion of these students have never experienced mental health problems before. Leading to why I am reaching out to all you prospective students today…

The Most Successful Students

My point is not to scare anyone off, only to share that it was a difficult move. I want to emphasize the importance of coping mechanisms for mental health. Especially as an international student, you have the pressure of school and the added stress of moving across the world without a social network.

These counsellors went on to say the most successful students are the ones who make time for their music, sports, social life, travel etc., because it is so important for your mental health as a student in a challenging professional program. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to manage stress that will help you succeed and attain your dream degree—the reason you headed to Australia in the first place!

I know it’s a long time away, but I know once I finish and get that medical degree all the stress and hard work will be worth it!

Excited for the next chapter!

Josh
@mddownunder

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Introducing OzTREKK’s ambassadors!

If you’re considering studying outside of Canada, you know you have a lot to think about: Which university and program should you choose? Where should you live? Where are the best places to eat? What do you do in your spare time? Can you take your degree home to practice? The questions are innumerable!

Meet the OzTREKK Student Ambassadors!

Well, we’re here to help. In order to give you a real, first-person perspective, we decided to feature OzTREKK Student Ambassadors. No one knows what it’s like to live and study in Australia better than our students, so we have asked five  OzTREKK students to document their day-to-day life in Australia, their universities and programs, and much more.

What do OzTREKK Ambassadors do?

  • Explore Australia, their university, and their program
  • Tell an authentic story: not only what studying in Australia is like, but also living, social adventures, and travels
  • Raise awareness: you have study options

What is their mission?

  • To share their story in their own unique voice
  • To show the real side of studying abroad (the good, the bad, the ugly)
  • An opportunity for them to document their year

Meet the OzTREKK Ambassadors

Emma Blackwood | Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine

My master degree in public health gave me the opportunity to volunteer abroad in Namibia facilitating health workshops with children. This experience sparked a passion for global health! The unique global focus of the Macquarie MD is what made me choose the program.

Cameron Bowers | Griffith University Doctor of Medicine

Deciding to apply to medical school in Australia felt right for me. I’ve always loved travel and I am deeply passionate about global healthcare. The lessons I learned going to university outside of my home country were far more diverse than I could have ever hoped. I know the same will be true for my education and life in Australia. Griffith University’s Doctor of Medicine program values align with mine and I am confident that they will both support and shape me into the best doctor I can become.

Anthony Caiazzo | University of Queensland Master of Physiotherapy Studies

I chose the UQ physiotherapy program because I love being physically active and also helping other people.  Physiotherapy itself combines those two things and it makes my work fulfilling when you see a patient progress to being able to go about living their lives with full mobility and pain free!  I chose this university because I think the professors and program itself aligns with how I want to model my practice after.

Kimberly Li | University of Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy

I chose OT because I am passionate about helping individuals gain function in day to day tasks and promoting participation in meaningful activities. In my final year of my undergrad, UBC was ranked 4th for sports-related subjects and USyd was ranked 1st  in the QS World University Rankings.

Josh Walt | University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine

I chose my program because the medical program at the University of Melbourne is a world renowned institution keeping my options as an international student open, whether it be remaining in Australia, or returning to North America to complete my residency.

Coming up…

Now that we’ve introduced our ambassadors, stay tuned on the OzTREKK Blog for their stories, and on Instagram and Facebook! Visit the OzTREKK Ambassadors page to follow them on their journey!

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Please let us know if you have any questions! Contact us at ambassadors@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

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.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Congratulations to our Griffith University scholarship winners!

OzTREKK Students with Griffith University Scholarships

One of the biggest supporters of international students is Griffith University, with several scholarships available! All of us at OzTREKK are proud to announce that a ton of OzTREKK students have won Griffith University scholarships!

Griffith University students

OzTREKK students headed to Griffith University – 2018 predep Meet & Greet

Physiotherapy

  • Nicholas K – Master of Physiotherapy – 25% tuition waived for duration of program

Speech Pathology

  • Sydney C – Master of Speech Pathology – 25% tuition waived for duration of program

Environmental Science

  • Ashley J – Bachelor of Environmental Science – 25% of tuition waived for duration of program
  • Jenna M – Bachelor of Environmental Science – 25% of tuition waived for duration of program

Law

  • Nathaniel T- Bachelor of Laws – 25% of tuition waived for duration of program
  • Tyler J – Bachelor of Laws – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)

Medicine

  • Rogges A – Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Imran B – Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Melanie F – Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Charanpreet S – Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Priscilla M – Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)

Dentistry

  • Joshua C – Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Ava B- Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Jessica K- Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Jeffrey S- Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)

Congratulations to everyone and happy studying!

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What are you interested in studying at Griffith University in Australia? Griffith offers many different scholarships for international students. Discover more about how you can study in Australia. Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call us toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, February 1st, 2019

University of Melbourne Veterinary Medicine Info Sessions

What’s it like to study veterinary medicine at the prestigious University of Melbourne?

Well, wonder no more because the Melbourne Veterinary School representatives will be visiting Canada! Everyone is welcome to attend! Join OzTREKK and the University of Melbourne discover more about your study options. Learn more about what happens after graduation and the accreditation process so you can practice in Canada!

University of Melbourne Veterinary Medicine

Don’t forget to RSVP for the upcoming Melbourne Vet Info Sessions!

Melbourne Veterinary Medicine

University of Toronto
Date: February 4, 2019
Time: 12 p.m.
RSVP here!

University of Guelph
Date: February 4, 2019
Time: 6 p.m.
RSVP here!

Western University
Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.
RSVP here!

University of Saskatchewan
Date: February 6, 2019
Time: 5 p.m.
RSVP here!

University of Alberta
Date: February 7, 2019
Time: 5 p.m.
RSVP here!

University of British Columbia
Date: February 8, 2019
Time: 5 p.m.
RSVP here!

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Do you have questions about Melbourne Veterinary School and the upcoming information sessions? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Vet Schools Admissions Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

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?

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

Don’t forget to save your spot!

Join OzTREKK and the University of Sydney for the upcoming Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars to discover more about your study options.

During these casual info sessions, you will have the opportunity to speak with the deans of Sydney Medicine and Sydney Dentistry, and will learn more about why the University of Sydney is one of the top universities in the world.

Enjoy refreshments, speak with University of Sydney medicine and dentistry alumni! Learn more about what happens after graduation and the accreditation process so you can practice in Canada!

You have questions—we aim to answer!

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

University of Toronto
Date: February 4, 2019
Time: 5 p.m.
RSVP here!

Western University
Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 5 p.m.
RSVP here!

University of Alberta
Meet a Sydney medicine and a Sydney dentistry alum at this event!
Date: February 6, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.
RSVP here!

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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.