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Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

University of Sydney rehab sciences seminar tonight at University of Toronto

University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions

University of Sydney rehab sciences seminar tonight at University of Toronto

Attend a Sydney Health Sciences Seminar

Would you like to further your studies in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or another health science field?

Attend an upcoming University of Sydney Health Sciences information session between March 28 and 30 and get your questions answered!

Venue: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre, Room 2175
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Simon Fraser University, Halpern Centre, Room 114
Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: University of British Columbia, Woodward Building, Room 3
Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 5 p.m.

Be sure to RSVP for a Sydney Health Sciences Information Session!

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Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Interested in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology? The University of Sydney would like to meet you!

Are you interested in a career in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or another health science field?

University of Sydney Health Sciences Seminars

Don’t forget to RSVP for the University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions!

Then you are invited to discover why the University of Sydney is a world leader in health sciences education and research!

Attend an upcoming University of Sydney Health Sciences information session between March 28 and 30 to find out what world-renowned health sciences teaching looks like!

Please RSVP here to save your spot!

University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions

Venue: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre, Room 2175
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 6 p.m.

Venue: Simon Fraser University, Halpern Centre, Room 114
Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 5 p.m.

Venue: University of British Columbia, Woodward Building, Room 3
Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 5 p.m.

Study Health Sciences at the University of Sydney

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, the application deadline was September 30, 2016.

Apply to Sydney Occupational Therapy School!

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University of Sydney Master of Physiotherapy

Program: Master of Physiotherapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Duration: 2 years
Semester intake: March
Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.

Apply to the University of Sydney Physiotherapy School!

Be sure to RSVP for a Sydney Health Sciences Information Session!

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Would you like more information about the upcoming Sydney Health Sciences seminars? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

OzTREKK welcomes two more Australian universities!

Because we like to offer our students as many study options as possible, we now have two more Australian universities offering popular programs like medicine, dentistry, and law!

All of us at OzTREKK are pleased to announce that we are now an official Canadian representative of two additional Australian universities: Charles Sturt University, and the University of Western Australia.

Charles Sturt University

Learn more about CSU

Charles Sturt University

First, meet Charles Sturt University! Established in 1989, it was named in honour of Captain Charles Sturt, a British explorer who made expeditions into regional New South Wales and South Australia.

While CSU has many campuses located in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, OzTREKK students will be headed to Orange, New South Wales, for their Bachelor of Dental Science program. Nestled in the Central Tablelands of NSW, 260 km west of Sydney, Orange is a progressive city with a friendly country atmosphere. The city’s 38,000 residents enjoy excellent retail, sporting, educational and health services. With two movie cinemas, restaurants offering a range of cuisine, popular Farmers’ Markets, wineries and an annual FOOD Week, Orange combines boutique shops, sporting facilities, and quality educational and health services.

University of Western Australia

Learn more about UWA

University of Western Australia

How about heading to the west coast of Australia for a change? If so, you’re in for a treat: Perth, Australia is incredibly beautiful, and you get to enjoy stunning sunsets over the Indian Ocean!

The University of Western Australia is a research-intensive university and one of the internationally recognised Australian Group of Eight (which also includes the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, and Monash University).

OzTREKK students will be happy to know that UWA offers three in-demand degree options for Canadian students:

UWA’s picturesque Crawley campus is located on the Swan River just 10 minutes from Perth. The campus offers you a range of cafes, bookshops, banks, a vibrant cultural precinct, myriad clubs and societies, a supportive Student Guild, and on- and off-campus accommodation options.

We are thrilled to welcome you, Charles Sturt University and University of Western Australia!

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If you have any questions about our new Australian universities, please email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Australian university application tips with Meghan from OzTREKK

Meet Meghan, OzTREKK’s very own admissions coordinator! What does an admissions coordinator do? Well, among a million other things, Meghan processes our online applications, so that means she is often the very first person to “meet” you!

Since 2002, OzTREKK has helped send hundreds of Canadian students to Australia for professional degrees. Applying to an overseas university can be complicated and overwhelming, but we are here to make the process easy. Take it away, Meghs!

Australian university application tips with Meghan from OzTREKK

Meet Meghan from OzTREKK

About Online Applications

Filling out an online application form through OzTREKK is often the first step in the application process. All of the online applications can be found at the OzTREKK Application Centre or on their individual program pages. Our online applications are processed every morning—by me!

Once I process your online application, I pass it along to the admissions officer who deals with that program. This admissions officer will work with you through the entire application process to help in any way they can! Our admissions team is divided into different program fields, which means the admissions officer you will work with is very familiar with that program area and are truly experts!

So, you have submitted an online application via the OzTREKK Application Centre… not sure what to do next? Don’t worry! Once your application has been processed, your admissions officer will email you with a detailed list of all of the documents you will need to complete your application. We help you every step of the way so you don’t feel lost or have to scramble to get your documents in on time.

Meghan’s Quick Application Tips

In order to be ahead of the game, here are some of the most common things I see on an application that may delay processing:

  • Program preference name and intake – Make sure you do a little research before you fill out your online application! Knowing the correct name for the program you are wishing to apply to as well as the available intake semesters it is offered are very helpful for us! If you’re unsure, just check the individual program/university page on the OzTREKK website. On most program pages, we’ve included the full program name, the next intake available, and the prerequisites required.
  • Incomplete applications – Incomplete applications come through the system on a daily basis. Incomplete applications will not be saved to your file, and you will receive an email notifying you that your application was incomplete.
  • Education history – It is important that we know all about your educational background. So, when you complete your application, be sure to include your correct program names, study dates, etc. This information will help us track your documents, too.

Avoiding these common mistakes mean your applications can get processed faster and you will be one step closer to studying in Australia!

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Ready to start your application? Please contact us at 1-866-698-7355 if you need any help!

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Join the upcoming Newcastle Law School “Canadian Experience” webinar!

Considering studying law, but not sure where to start? Learn more about the Juris Doctor program at Newcastle Law School from the comfort of your own home on Tuesday, March 7, 2017! The University of Newcastle Law School – A Canadian Experience webinar will also feature former OzTREKK student David Lotimer, who is now practicing law in Ontario.

Join the upcoming Newcastle Law School Canadian Experience webinar

Newcastle Law School Professor Tim Connor (Photo: UON)

University of Newcastle Law School – A Canadian Experience

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 7 – 8 p.m. (Eastern Time)
RSVP: shannon@oztrekk.com

Professor Tim Connor from Newcastle Law School as well as a UON law alumnus will be presenting on the following areas:

  • Studying law at the Newcastle Law School, including their JD/Grad. Dip. of Legal Practice.
  • Returning to Canada to practice – Get a firsthand account from the alumnus!
  • What it is like to be a Canadian studying in Newcastle, Australia

There will be a brief presentation with plenty of time for some Q&As. Both Prof Connor and Newcastle Law alumni Dave Lotimer are down to earth and relaxed, so you can feel free to ask as many questions as you wish! This would be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the program, the accreditation process, and much more.

Why study at Newcastle Law School?

Newcastle’s comparative advantage is that their combined Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice is the only fully integrated law degree and practical legal training course offered at an Australian university that is centred on acting for real clients.

Join the upcoming Newcastle Law School Canadian Experience webinar

Former OzTREKK student and Newcastle Law School alumnus Dave Lotimer

As part of the GDLP, students undertake 285 hours of legal professional workplace experience. A minimum of 105 hours of that practical experience is undertaken at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, under the supervision of the law school’s solicitors. Newcastle Law School staff also assist students to arrange external placements at other law firms to make up the remaining 180 professional training hours. This is very attractive to potential employers and gives Newcastle graduates a significant advantage over graduates from other universities whose only practical experience has involved simulated client advice sessions, rather than providing advice and other legal assistance to real clients.

Did you know that the city of Newcastle is also a great place to live? Yep, it was recently included in National Geographic’s global list of “Smart Cities.”

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: 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 to the University of Newcastle Law School!

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Attend this webinar! Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 to RSVP.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Get your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2!

Interested in applying to dentistry? Which Australian dental schools accept students directly from high school? Which schools require the DAT? Are your grades competitive?

Get your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2!

Meet OzTREKK Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith

Get all your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2 at the Australian Dental School Info Session!

The University of Ottawa Pre-Dental Club is partnering with OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith to discuss everything you need to know about applying to a dentistry program in Australia!

Australian Dental School Info Session

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Room 285, 129 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa
RSVP: Please register if you would like to attend this event!

For more information about the event, please visit the University of Ottawa Pre-dental Club’s Facebook page, or email uopredentalclub@gmail.com.

About Australian dental schools

In Australia, there are two distinct pathways to studying dentistry, both of which lead you to become a dentist.

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.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

Griffith University Dental School
James Cook University Dental School
University of Melbourne Dental School
University of Queensland Dental School
University of Sydney Dental School

Get all the details on March 2 at the Australian Dental School Info Session!

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

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Studying at UQ Pharmacy is more than just counting pills

Studying pharmacy is more than just counting pills. Meet current UQ Pharmacy student, Sakina, who applied through OzTREKK in 2013. In Part 1 of his blog, Sakina offers advice for anyone considering studying pharmacy in Australia.

My name is Sakina. I am currently in my third year of pharmacy at UQ. I was born and raised in Canada and made my big move to Australia two and a half years ago. I am a chemistry nerd at heart so pharmacy seemed the best fitting career for me. I aim to be a high achiever but I don’t like to get consumed by classes or work, so in my downtime, I love to explore the outdoors such as going on hikes, to the beach, traveling, going on road trips, and hanging with friends. Fashion is another passion of mine so that is another aspect of my life that I really want to continue to develop.

Studying at UQ Pharmacy is more than just counting pills

Former OzTREKK student Sakina enjoying the UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy program (Photo credit: UQ)

I have found that sometimes uni students become so obsessed with their grades and results that they forget to focus their attention on the key experiences which are designed to develop them into a valued professional.

When you first come to uni you realise very quickly that university and high school are two completely different beasts. There are a range of changes which make them so vastly different and it can feel intimidating at first, but trust me when I say this: you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Patience and hard work are some of the key elements which will help you to achieve your goals. Regardless of the field of study you are in, communication and social skills are essential when it comes to life in general, so best to get good at this early on. These are the factors which many students forget about. They think that achieving straight high distinctions will lead to their future success, when in reality it really doesn’t guarantee anything.

Pharmacy is one of those fields where these skills are more essential than you may think. Regardless of whether you choose to become a hospital or community pharmacist, you will be communicating with patients on a daily basis. It is important that you learn how to communicate with patients in the most simplistic, informative, and non-frightening manner, especially when it comes to medication administration and usage. As a healthcare professional, patient care should be at the core of your profession, which is why the UQ Pharmacy program places so much emphasis on this.

Stay tuned for part 2 of Sakina’s story: Placements

Are you interested in studying pharmacy at the University of Queensland?

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3–4 years, depending on candidate’s education background
Application deadline: Generally November 29 each year; however, late applications may be accepted.

Entry Requirements

Applicants 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 the University of Queensland Pharmacy School!

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Learn more about UQ Pharmacy School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Moving your family to Australia

Although not applicable to everyone, some of our students inquire about bringing family members when applying to study in Australia. Many Canadians wish to fulfill their career goals after getting married, having kids, or both. There are a lot of things to think about when you consider moving your entire family to Australia. Let’s get started!

Student visa selection

Declare all family members on your application, even if they do not plan to travel with you to Australia. Gather documents such as birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, proof of financial capacity, etc.

Moving your family to Australia

Your Australian adventure awaits

Understanding OSHC

If you’re taking a partner or children, you’ll have to consider their health coverage as well. You do have choice in your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) provider. Visit OSHC Australia for more information.

Organizing accommodation

You will most likely need short-term accommodation before you settle into your own place. Try to stay somewhere close to where you plan to live permanently. This way, you will get a feel for the place before you commit to a long-term rental or property purchase.

Paperwork

Ensure your will is in order, obtain references, medical and vaccination records and collect professional and personal contact details. Don’t forget to contact your provincial government to let them know you’ll be leaving the country for an extended period of time.

School options for the kids

Contact the schools you have short-listed, and explain when you are coming to Australia. Discuss their curriculum, fees and support fees, and remember to ask about additional expenses such as school uniforms. Also inquire about term dates.

Packing

Packing and shipping is time consuming and costly. If you are moving to Australia don’t pack anything that will be confiscated or hold up your goods in quarantine unnecessarily, so be sure to visit the Australian Government’s Arriving in Australia – Declare it (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/travelling/arriving-in-australia)

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Please let us know if you need any assistance—we’re here to help! Log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass site, or contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer! Call 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Applications for the Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program are still open!


Thinking of applying to the Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program?

The Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program is the first in New South Wales. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills developed in more than 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice. And with business, management and leadership training, you’ll be ready launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist in a variety of settings.

Learning within state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities, Macquarie DPT students collaborate with leading researchers and respected clinicians in Macquarie University Hospital and the university’s other clinical partners to promote the health and well-being across the lifespan.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2017
Application deadline: February 23, 2017

Entry requirements

1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with about a 65% average or above. This is the minimum academic standing needed to apply and does not guarantee admission. The starting point to a competitive average would be at least a 70% cumulative average or higher; however, competitiveness changes each year depending on the quality and quantity of each year’s applicants.

2. Prerequisite courses in the following areas:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology (Cell and Systems)
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods

The courses in the following subject areas are desired, yet not mandatory:

  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Neuroscience

Selection Process

Once entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:

  • Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any tertiary qualification.
  • Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired tertiary units of study.
  • The highest ranked candidates will be offered a place.

Apply to the Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program!

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Do you have any questions about the Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Don’t miss the Australian Law School seminars

If you’re wondering what it’s like to study law in Australia and then practice in Canada, then don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Sessions!

Meet Australian law alumni who are successfully practicing in Canada, and chat with Australian law school representatives to learn more about your study and career options!

Don't miss the Australian Law School seminars

Don’t forget to RSVP Australian Law Schools Seminars Jan. 30 – Feb. 9, 2017

During the seminars, you will have the opportunity to speak with Australian law school graduates who are successfully practicing law in Canada. Learn more about how to get into law school, the accreditation process, program structures, and much more!

VANCOUVER
Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of British Columbia, Allard Hall, Fasken Martineau Room 122

MONTREAL
Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Adams Auditorium

TORONTO
Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, Social Work Building, SK 720

Don’t forget to RSVP for an OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Session!

OzTREKK represents nine Australian Law Schools:

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Don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Sessions! Contact OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com if you have any questions. We’re here to help!