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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.

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.

 

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Further your education — find out how at a Study in Australia Fair next week!

Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Are you curious about dentistryphysiotherapy, or law? What about entry requirements and the accreditation process for your program of interest? Come visit us next week to find out everything you need to know about studying in Australia.

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs begin next week!

See you at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs!

Chat with Australian university representatives at our Winter Study in Australia Fairs! Find out how you can further your education at a world-class Australian university—and then take your degree home to practice in Canada.

Study in Australia – Practice in Canada!

Hilton Toronto
Location: Carmichael Room
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Don’t miss these Breakout Info Sessions in the Varley Room!

  • Medical Licensing @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Medicine Alumni Q&A Panel @ 11:30 a.m.
  • CIBC – Financing Your Studies @ 12:30 p.m.
  • Law Alumni Q&A Panel @ 1:30 p.m.

Western University
Location: UCC Atrium
Date: Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

University of Guelph
Location: Uni Centre, Courtyard
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wilfrid Laurier University
Location: Campus Centre, Concourse
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Calgary
Location: MacEwan Centre, Food Court
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Alberta
Location: Students’ Union Building, Food Court
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre
Location: Galiano Room
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Don’t miss these Breakout Info Sessions in the Granville Room!

  • Medicine Info Session @ 11 a.m.
  • CIBC – Financing Your Studies @ 12 p.m.
  • Rehab Sciences Alumni Q&A Panel @ 1 p.m.

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Would you like more information about our upcoming Study in Australia Fairs? Please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll-free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Make your career dreams reality! Learn how at an OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair

What’s your dream career? If you’ve applied to Canadian universities for your graduate degree, you know entry can be competitive and places can be limited.

Find out more about our study in Australia fairs

Find out how you can make your career dreams a reality!

You have options. You can study medicine, dentistrylaw and physiotherapy in incredible locations like Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. OzTREKK’s Australian university partners are world-ranking and hold places specifically for international students.

You can start your career. Find out how you can study in Australia—and then take your degree home to practice in Canada. We know the ins and outs of international study and the process of returning to Canada with your degree!

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs

In just a few weeks, we will be hosting our yearly Fall Study in Australia Fairs. Come chat with OzTREKK and our Australian universities!

If you haven’t considered studying in Australia, let us show you why you should. Studying abroad is a big step, and many students can feel overwhelmed with their options. Discover the educational opportunities available in Australia and find out how to make it all work for you!

York University
Venue: University Centre, Food Court
Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Toronto
Venue: Hart House, Music Room (2nd floor)
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Queen’s University
Venue: Athletics & Rec Centre, Food Court
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Guelph
Venue: University Centre, Courtyard
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

McMaster University
Venue: MUSC, Marketplace
Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Toronto Extravaganza!
Along with our Study in Australia Fair, we’ll be hosting breakout info sessions: Med Licensing, Financing, Parents’ Network, and an FAQ with law alumni!
Venue: Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

University of Calgary
Venue: MacEwan Centre, Food Court
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Alberta
Venue: Students’ Union Building, Food Court
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of British Columbia
Venue: AMS Nest, Lower Level
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Simon Fraser University
Venue: North Quad, near Renaissance Coffee
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Staff will be available to speak to you about your program of interest, the university, your accommodation options, and so much more!

BTW, OzTREKK is old hat at this: we’ve helped send thousands of Canadian students to Australia for professional degrees. We are funded by our Australian universities, and our services are free. We assist you at every stage—from application to arrival—so nothing is forgotten.

Everyone is welcome to attend! Find out how you can make your career dreams a reality.

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If you have any questions about these upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, July 20th, 2018

How to prepare for your University of Sydney medicine or dentistry interview

It’s that time of year again!

This August, the University of Sydney medicine and dentistry applicants will be undertaking multi-mini interviews via Skype for admission into the DMD and MD programs for the 2019 intake.

Sydney Medical School and Sydney Dental School interviews

No stress. You got this!

As part of the application process, interviews are mandatory and are often a cause of unease with prospective students, but they don’t have to be! To help you out, we have compiled some interview tips from former OzTREKK students, and from our own little knowledge bank we’ve stocked over the years.

Multiple Mini Interview

International applicants who qualify for an interview will be interviewed via an online link using Skype. When making an interview booking, applicants will be required to enter their Skype user name and phone  number (including the country code and area code, in case that there is any problem during their interview).

The interview process is known as the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). The actual MMI is expected to last approximately 45 minutes; however, the entire process including registrations may take up to 2 hours, although this is rare. They are looking for

  • good communication skills;
  • your sense of caring, empathy and sensitivity;
  • your ability to make effective decisions;
  • your ability to contribute as a member of a team;
  • your appreciation of the place of medicine/dentistry in the wider context of healing; and
  • your sense of vocation, motivation and commitment within the context of medicine/dentistry

Who are the interviewers?

All MMI interviewers are volunteers who have completed a training program and observed the MMI process. They will be friendly and professional and want to see you succeed. No one will try to trick you!

  • Academic, clinical academic, and staff of the university
  • Graduates from medicine and dentistry
  • Persons drawn from the wider community

Get ready

On the day of your interview, you must log into Skype and be ready at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. If you can’t attend your interview at the specified time, you must contact the Admissions Office as a matter of urgency. The Admissions Office will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs, but cannot guarantee that an alternative interview time will be available.

What to expect

The multi-mini interview (MMI) is an assessment of applicants’ personal and professional attributes, designed to test your reasoning and problem-solving skills in a range of areas that the University of Sydney considers important in entry-level students, as well as your values and commitment.

The assessment is conducted through a range of different authentic scenarios that test specific characteristics. There are usually five stations of seven minutes each, with a turnaround time of two minutes. Each station samples different aspects of professionalism according to a carefully designed framework.

At the commencement of the interview, the first interviewer will appear on the screen. This is your chance to say hello! Once the bell rings, you will be sent the first scenario via instant message on Skype. Read the first sentence of the scenario aloud to the interviewer.

Former OzTREKK students’ tips… and things to get you thinking!

Now, we don’t guarantee that you’ll be asked about your shortcomings, but it is recommended to have an overall sense of “who you are” and a level of comfort with yourself and your knowledge before heading to an interview. Here is a list of tips from former OzTREKK students, and other things to get you thinking about the types of questions they may ask to help get you prepared:

Before your interview

  • Get ready for scenarios! Read and discuss. Read about what is happening around you and find someone to discuss it with. Present your views and listen to their views. This is a great way to actually hear different sides of the same story.
  • Practice formulating a position, practice speaking, and practice expressing your opinion! Avoid confrontation.
  • Stations may be loosely categorised into ethical-dilemma situations, teamwork-based situations, professionalism situations, differing-opinion situations, etc.
  • What makes a good or bad doctor?
  • If you are invited to ask questions, have some! Be prepared to speak about yourself and your interests outside of dentistry or medicine.
  • Do you have weaknesses? What are they? How are you working on them?
  • Know the profession—its past, its present, its future. This shows you would like to invest your life in the profession.
  • Think about alternative medicine and dentistry. Is it valuable? Is it comparable to Western medicine?
  • Where do you see yourself 5, 10, 20 years from now?

During your interview

  • Be yourself. Putting on an act to impress people is rarely successful, is usually transparent, and is most often a turnoff.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • There won’t be any breaks. Use the washroom beforehand. You may have a glass of water on hand should you need it.
  • The questions are not “black and white,” “right or wrong.” The interviewers are interested in your passion for medicine or dentistry, your thought processes, your communication skills, and your personality.
  • Figure out what kind of general situation you are in and then present not only how you view the situation, but also from the viewpoint of bystanders and/or the opposing party. Think outside the box, but tread lightly!
  • If an interviewer interrupts at any point, stop and listen carefully to what he/she has to say. They are doing this in your favour, as you are likely veering off course in your discussion.
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions as honestly as possible.

We know it’s difficult, but try not to stress. We often hear from OzTREKK students, “I didn’t need to be as stressed as I was.” The interviewers are people, just like you. They understand that you will be nervous and will factor that in when they interview you.

Best of luck!

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If you have any questions regarding your Sydney Dental School or Sydney Medical School interview, please contact your OzTREKK admissions officer at kaylee@oztrekk.com or alexa@oztrekk.com.

Monday, February 26th, 2018

University of Sydney Medicine and Dentistry Info Sessions

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

University of Sydney Medicine and Dentistry Info Sessions

See you at the Sydney Med & Dent info sessions!

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

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

Get your questions answered!

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

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

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

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

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

Don’t forget to RSVP!

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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.

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.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

James Cook University’s seven in a row for graduate jobs

James Cook University has been awarded top marks for graduate employment for the seventh year in a row—and JCU is the only Queensland university to achieve the distinction for the past seven years.

James Cook University's seven in a row for graduate jobs

The Good Universities Guide confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand (Image via: JCU)

The authoritative tertiary education guide, the Good Universities Guide, confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand, with the university receiving 5 out of 5 stars for its graduates’ job prospects.

Only three Australian universities achieved the rating over the past seven years.

The rating means JCU is in the top 20% of universities whose graduates were employed full-time within four months of graduation.

74.9% of undergraduates from James Cook University find full-time employment within four months of graduating, higher than the national average (69.5%).

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the ratings underline the university’s strong performance in teaching and research.

“Our graduates continue to be in demand and are finding employment quickly.

“We know that our graduates are highly sought after, and to receive a five-star rating for graduate employment seven years in a row confirms JCU is providing its students with a high-quality education and very strong career prospects,” said Professor Harding.

“It’s a great achievement for James Cook University to be awarded five stars for graduate employment for seven consecutive years,” said Chris Lester, the CEO of the Good Education Group, which publishes the guide.

“It’s promising to see regional universities providing students with a great student experience, backed by strong graduate outcomes,” Mr Lester said.

The university again scored top marks (five stars) for “Learner Engagement”—the proportion of students who positively rated their engagement with learning at their university.

And for the first time, the guide also includes an in-depth breakdown of university ratings at a field of study level.

JCU has achieved 5 stars in a range of categories across 14 fields of study.

The Good Universities Guide has highlighted JCU’s key strengths in fields of study including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary science:

  • Pharmacy students are more satisfied with key measures of student experience than at any other university.
  • Dentistry graduates from James Cook University are better employed than from any other university.
  • Medicine graduates have a 100% employment rate.
  • Veterinary science students are more satisfied with Skills Development than at any other university and graduates and have the highest employment rates in the country.

Find out more

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Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Meet OzTREKK and Australian universities this September!

In just a few weeks, we will be hosting our yearly Fall Study in Australia Fairs. Come chat with OzTREKK and Australian universities!

Don’t be shy—ask questions!

If you haven’t considered studying in Australia, let us show you why you should. Studying medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, physiotherapy or other professional degrees abroad is a big step, and many students can feel overwhelmed with their options. Discover the educational opportunities available in Australia and find out how to make it all work for you!

Beginning Sept. 18 at Wilfrid Laurier University, OzTREKK and our Australian university partners will be travelling across Canada to Canadian university campuses to help students learn more about their study options. Join us at an OzTREKK Fall Study in Australia Fair—and find out how you can make your career dreams become reality.

 Meet OzTREKK and Australian universities this September!

See you at the fairs Sept 18 – 29, 2017

Wilfrid Laurier University
Venue: Concourse
Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Guelph University
Venue: Uni Centre Courtyard
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Toronto
Venue: Hart House, East Commons Room
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Western University
Venue: Courtyard
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

York University
Venue: Food Court
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Saskatchewan
Venue: Arts Tunnel
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Calgary
Venue: MacEwan Centre, Food Court
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Alberta
Venue: SUB, Food Court
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of British Columbia
Venue: AMS Nest, Lower Level
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Simon Fraser University
Venue: North Quad
Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Staff will be available to speak to you about your program of interest, the university, your accommodation options, the scholarships available, and so much more!

Everyone is welcome to attend! Find out what it’s like to make Australia your education destination.

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If you have any questions about these upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

University of Western Australia’s Doctor of Dental Medicine application deadline

Application deadlines are approaching! And one of them is the University of Western Australia’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program.

University of Western Australia's Doctor of Dental Medicine application deadline

Study dentistry at UWA

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Western Australia is a four-year, full-time professional degree with a significant research component. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant knowledge in the basic medical sciences to support the staged development of clinical dental competencies and skills. Early clinical contact is pivotal to the course and students will enter the clinic from the first semester of their study.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Total international spots: 6
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2017; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the UWA School of Dentistry‘s DMD program, eligible applicants must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • have completed the DAT, GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492).
  • be able to attend an in-person interview, which will include successfully completing a spatial awareness component.

The results for these tests will not be used in the final ranking, but will determine if an application proceeds to the final ranking.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on DAT/MCAT/GAMSAT and GPA.

Apply to the University of Western Australia Dental School!

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Discover more about the UWA Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.