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Friday, February 16th, 2018

UWA holds orientation day for medicine and dentistry students

International medicine and dentistry students were welcomed onto the UWA campus for a fun-filled orientation day recently. The aim of the day was to enable the students to get to know one another in a casual and friendly environment. Mixed in with this excited group of students were a few OzTREKKers—our first bunch to attend the University of Western Australia!

UWA holds orientation day for medicine and dentistry students

International students enjoy orientation at UWA (Photo credit: UWA)

The morning session had the students participate in “skills to thrive at UWA” activities run by Mike Borman from Jojara & Associates. These icebreakers encouraged the students to connect, adapt and build relationships, while also enhancing their skills needed to communicate and work together as a team. A critical element of their time at UWA given they’ll be spending the next four years working closely together.

Sue Pougnault, Admissions Officer for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences said, “It’s fantastic having Canadian students join us at UWA to complete their Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and I’m very excited to follow their journey.”

The afternoon saw representatives from STUDYSmarter and Student Experience come to speak with the students about life at UWA, the wide range of support services on offer, how to find the right study/life balance, and tips to get more out of their study.

“The day was a great success and helped to build trust and support between the students and UWA staff and that we, the staff are here to support them throughout their time at UWA.

“We welcome both our international and domestic students to UWA and wish them every success with their studies,” Mrs Pougnault said.

Doctor of Dental Medicine and the Doctor of Medicine

Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2018; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply to the University of Western Australia!

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Find out more about studying at UWA! Contact OzTREKK’s Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or OzTREKK’s Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Monday, January 16th, 2017

It’s OzTREKK Orientation time!

It’s Monday!

It's OzTREKK Orientation time!

All aboard the OzTREKK Shuttle!

This means it’s actually Tuesday in Oz, which means I have landed in lovely Melbourne!

It is, officially, time for the 2017 version of OzTREKK’s Orientation. For those of you haven’t been bombarded by the emails it’s, basically, the best time of the year. It’s the time when 300+ students arrive with their bellies filled with butterflies. We try to replace the butterflies with bacon and eggs.

John Graham and I will be “doing the tour”: starting in Melbourne, then Sydney, then Brissy, then Gold Coast, then Townsville, and then back to Sydney!

There is a full-on heat wave in Oz at the moment and my flip flops thongs are ready. I cannot wait. Like, at all.

For the last few years now I’ve been the lucky recipient (don’t know if I can really call it that) of this trip and it is so.much.fun. And, it’s a job, I hear. 🙂

By now all OzTREKK students should have received the invite with the details and should be mentally preparing to meet—or to see again—the rest of the students who have made the (giant) leap across the pond with them. If anyone needs any assistance, just fire me an email. I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Hmmm… I wonder if they still have those sweet potato chips… she types, while hearing the noon-o’clock hunger grumble….

Jaime.

Why attend an OzTREKK Orientation?

You would be amazed at how many students arrive in Australia, move in to their accommodations, and rarely leave their rooms. Why? Because they don’t know anyone.

Well, don’t worry. As part of the OzTREKK Orientations, we host a welcome breakfast, lunch or dinner—a great way to meet other new Canadian students, so that you can establish a network and friends right away. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes and share their experiences with you so that you know what to expect.

We wish all OzTREKK students the very best!

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Do you have any questions about upcoming OzTREKK Orientations in Australia? 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, January 5th, 2017

Top 5 tips for international students starting at JCU

Heading to JCU Medical School or JCU Dental School? As a new international student, there are several things that you should know to make the most of your experience at James Cook University.

5 tips for international students starting at JCU

Make the most of your time at JCU!

1. Get connected!

Sign up to news updates via the university website. Join your host campus Facebook page or faculty group and connect with other students who are studying or planning to study in your program. When you arrive, you will find that you already have friends to help you settle in.

2. Plan your study: Prioritize!

With all the welcome distractions of university life, it is easy to lose sight of your academic goals. Planning your study can help to organise your time and priorities. The teaching style and academic standard may be different from what you are accustomed to, so be prepared for a change in study routine and teaching methods. Keeping on top of your studies will free you up to enjoy what your new environment has to offer.

3. Join in!

Moving to a different country gives you the opportunity to meet students of different backgrounds and cultures as well as learn about life in Australia. When you first arrive it is important to explore the community and meet people.

The groups and events on offer at JCU give you an opportunity to mingle and make friends with the local students as well as other international students. As an international student, know that you are not alone. There are currently more than 6,000 international students from more than 100 different countries enrolled at JCU. You may find others who share interests, beliefs and classes with you. Make the most of the opportunities to meet new people. Whether you are interested in playing football, speaking Spanish or cycling, there are many clubs you can be a part of. With the help and support of your fellow students, staff and International Student Support team you will fit in and make life-long friends.

4. Explore your host country!

Don’t return home with regrets. Make a list of all the attractions and locations that you would like to see and plan to make it happen! The best thing about traveling is discovering and experiencing new and exciting places. You will see extraordinary things, meet great people and create life-long memories. Make the most of it!

5. The support team is there to help!

Keep in mind that the International Student Support team at JCU here to help you. The support team acts as your first point of contact once arriving in Australia to study. They will support you and ensure your smooth transition to life and study at JCU.

JCU student services

Student services provide a variety of on-campus student support services which you can access at any point of your studies to assist you. Arriving early will allow more time to adjust to the culture and ensure the transition is a smooth experience. After arriving on campus either in Cairns or Townsville, please visit the Student Centre as soon as possible so that they can provide you with details of the JCU Orientation program.

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Do you have questions about getting started at James Cook University. Contact us at info@oztrekk.com!

Monday, January 18th, 2016

OzTREKK Orientation 2016 has officially started!

OzTREKK Orientations

OzTREKK Orientations are in place to make sure that you are well prepared, organized and ready to tackle your studies and get the most of your time in Australia and overseas. This year, OzTREKK Director Jaime Notman is in Oz to welcome our students to the land Down Under, and she has offered to send in regular blogs to relay her Adventures in Australia! Shall we get started?

Well, at least for myself and Andrew (a new OzTREKK / UQ Medical School student whom I met while in line at “Luggage Services” of the lovely BNE), it has started. That’s precisely the counter you hope you never need to visit; however, I am hopeful that my luggage may beat me to my accommodations in the Gold Coast. Thank you, Virgin, for bringing them to me for Qantas.

Australian medical schools in Australia

OzTREKK Director Jaime Notman is in Australia welcoming our OzTREKK students!

You know those moments when you have a very conscious awareness of what will come? Well, that happened in YYZ (Toronto for those not fluent in airport code) as I was running through the airport trying to catch the flight to LA. My thought was “Sheesh, it will be really incredible if my luggage moves as quickly as I am right now.”

It didn’t.

After waiting in new—and incredibly odd—electronic customs checking system in Toronto with Andrew and a few others from the problemed Ottawa flight, I started to have a sneaking suspicion that he might be a new UQ Medical School OzTREKKer, and that was confirmed with our official introduction whilst we waited, sans luggage.

Andrew was as cool as a cucumber. Figuratively—not literally. Both of us were (are!) dressed in clothing appropriate for the -10 degree weather that we left behind in Ottawa. It will be an attitude that I know will serve him well in the coming four years of study.

There are going to be little hiccups along the way, but as long as our incoming students can shake it off (a very intended nod to Ms. Swift, ‘Swifty’ in the office), they will get to really enjoy the incredibly opportunity in front of them. And it is one world-class opportunity.

Anyway, a lovely day will greet anyone landing in Brisbane or the Gold Coast today. It’s about 33 and sunny although as I write this from an incredibly air-conditioned train, I’m a little appreciative of the long black pants I’m donning.

Stepping outside will be a whole other thing, I know.

Looking forward to meeting the incoming Griffith MD students tomorrow (today!) AM! Oh, where I’ve been told it’s going to be quite cold. You know, like 23.

New attitude, new definition of ‘cold’. Enjoy every sec 🙂

xo.

Jaime (the lucky one representin’ the office today!)

Why attend an OzTREKK Orientation?

You would be amazed at how many students arrive in Australia, move in to their accommodations, and rarely leave their rooms. Why? Because they don’t know anyone.

Well, don’t worry. As part of the OzTREKK Orientations, we host a welcome breakfast, lunch or dinner—a great way to meet other new Canadian students, so that you can establish a network and friends right away. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes and share their experiences with you so that you know what to expect.

We wish all OzTREKK students the very best! We are so glad we had the opportunity to meet you!

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Do you have any questions about upcoming OzTREKK Orientations in Australia? Log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass site, or contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer! Call 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Orientations at your Australian university!

OzTREKK Orientation Dates

Bond University

Bond students beginning January 2015: Sunday, January 11, 2015

Study in Australia

Log on the Boarding Pass for your pre-dep tips!

James Cook University

JCU Cairns students beginning in February 2015: Thursday, February 12, 2015
JCU Townsville students beginning in February 2015: Friday, February 13, 2015

Macquarie University

Macquarie students beginning in March 2015: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Monash University

Monash students beginning at the end of January 2015: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Monash students beginning in March 2015: Monday, February 16, 2015

University of Newcastle

Newcastle students beginning in March 2015: Friday, February 20, 2015

University of Melbourne

Melbourne students beginning at the end of January/early February 2015: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Melbourne students beginning in March 2015: Monday, February 16, 2015

University of Queensland

UQ MD students 2015: Friday, January 23, 2015
UQ students beginning in February 2015: Monday, February 23, 2015

University of Sydney

Sydney students beginning  in early February 2015: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Sydney students beginning in March 2015: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

If you’d like more details about getting ready to go to Australia, including student visa, travel info, accommodation, and other tips, log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass website. If you’ve forgotten your name and password, please contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to send it to you!

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For further information regarding these upcoming OzTREKK Orientations in Australia, please log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass site, or contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer! Call 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Upcoming OzTREKK Orientations in Australia

We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed with pre-departure preparations, and we know what it’s like to be stressed after arriving in Australia.

The OzTREKK Orientations are in place to make sure that you are well prepared, organized and ready to tackle your studies and get the most of your time in Australia and overseas. We love hosting official “Welcome to Oz” events to get our newest students settled into their surroundings!

Australian university orientation

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Orientations in Australia!

As part of the OzTREKK Orientations, we host a welcome breakfast, lunch or dinner—a great way to meet other new Canadian students, so that you can establish a network and friends right away and help alleviate any homesickness. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes and share their experiences with you so that you know what to expect.

We also show you around campus and make sure you get settled! Need to find a grocery store, a cell phone, a bed? We’re there to pick you up in the OzTREKK Shuttle!

OzTREKK Orientation Dates

Bond University

Bond students beginning January 2015: Sunday, January 11, 2015

James Cook University

JCU Cairns students beginning in February 2015: Thursday, February 12, 2015
JCU Townsville students beginning in February 2015: Friday, February 13, 2015

Macquarie University

Macquarie students beginning in March 2015: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Monash University

Monash students beginning at the end of January 2015: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Monash students beginning in March 2015: Monday, February 16, 2015

University of Newcastle

Newcastle students beginning in March 2015: Friday, February 20, 2015

University of Melbourne

Melbourne students beginning at the end of January/early February 2015: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Melbourne students beginning in March 2015: Monday, February 16, 2015

University of Queensland

UQ Rehab Sciences students 2014: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
UQ MD students 2015: Friday, January 23, 2015
UQ students beginning in February 2015: Monday, February 23, 2015

University of Sydney

Sydney students beginning  in early February 2015: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Sydney students beginning in March 2015: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

If you’d like more details about getting ready to go to Australia, including student visa, travel info, accommodation, and other tips, log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass website. If you’ve forgotten your name and password, please contact your Admissions Officer and he or she will be happy to send it to you!

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For further information regarding these upcoming OzTREKK Orientations in Australia, please log in to the OzTREKK Boarding Pass site, or contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer! Call 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.