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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, August 1st, 2017

Don’t miss the upcoming pre-departure webinar for new Bond University students!

Calling all semester 3 Bond University Juris Doctor and Master of Occupational Therapy students! You’ve got lots to do before you book your flight to the Gold Coast. This is where OzTREKK comes in.

Don't miss the upcoming pre-departure webinar for new Bond University students!

Don’t miss your pre-dep webinar July 30

OzTREKK is proud to support our students from start to finish, so that means we help you with your application, your offer, your acceptance, your pre-departure preparations—and your arrival!

Since our Bondies are scattered across Canada, we will be hosting a pre-departure webinar on Tuesday, August 1 at 8 p.m. to connect everyone together. Just like the in-person, pre-dep seminars, the webinar is a great opportunity to get prepared for this exciting, new step in your life!

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 8 p.m. (EST)
Venue: Online

The webinars provide an excellent avenue to learn more about the Australian student visa process, your accommodation options, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), travel arrangements, banking and finances, and general info about the Australian lifestyle and culture. Essentially, the session breaks down what to do prior to leaving Canada and what to do upon arrival in Australia.

This is your chance to get your questions answered—and reassure your family members to boot!

Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question: If you are wondering about how to get a cell phone, you can bet everyone else is, too. Questions are via chat, so ask away, Bondies!

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Make sure to contact your OzTREKK admissions officer if you have not yet received your Bond University pre-dep webinar log-in info!

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Discover your study options: Education fairs held across Canada

Every fall, OzTREKK and our Australian universities travel across Canada to visit Canadian uni campuses to speak to you about your study options. Because we all have to follow schedules and deadlines, it’s not always possible to be everywhere for everyone—but we sure try!

Study in Australia Fairs

Study in Australia Fairs

So, if you’ll be unable to attend a Study in Australia Fair in the next few days, you’ve got some more options to meet us in person!

RIC Fall Fairs

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Time: 1–5 p.m.
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC

Date: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
Time: 1–5 p.m.
Venue: Westin Edmonton, 10135-100 St., Edmonton, AB

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Time: 2–6 p.m.
Venue: BMO Centre at Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Date: Saturday, Oct. 1 & Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
Time: 1–5 p.m
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Constitution Hall 105-106, 255 Front St., Toronto, ON

Date: Tuesday October 4, 2016
Time: 2–6 p.m
Venue: Dalhousie University, McInnes Room, Halifax, NS

Go Global Expo

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24, & Sunday, Sept. 25 2016
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Venue: Ryerson Mattamy Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens, 50 Carleton St., Toronto

Date: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Venue: Palais de Congres, 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal, QC

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Questions? Send ’em our way! Find out how you can study in Australia! Contact us at info@oztrekk.com. See you there!

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

University of Newcastle secures project funding

The University of Newcastle has successfully secured funding for 14 projects under the 2016 New Colombo Plan Scholarships and Student Mobility Grant Projects which will see more than 130 students travel internationally to take part in study, internships and mentorships, practicums and research.

Winnie Eley reflects on her own experience as a young student abroad when announcing that another 14 University of Newcastle (UON) projects will be funded by the New Colombo Plan (NCP) to send students to study overseas to further their education in law, creative arts, speech pathology, nursing and oral health.

University of Newcastle

Study at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales

“I call it a ‘come alive moment’—it’s like learning a second language. I remember when I went to the UK for my university education. After all those years of learning and studying, suddenly it all came alive for me.”

Now the PVC International and Advancement at UON, Winnie Eley’s leadership at the university is deeply concerned with international engagement for both students on our campus, and those who seek the opportunity to study abroad.

“There are so many wonderful aspects to this program and in many ways some of them are a bit intangible, but travel allows us to see people and experiences from new perspectives. It encourages us to become better people. I truly believe that the more we understand other people, the better we become at everything we do.”

The NCP provides funding opportunities to increase outbound student mobility in the Indo-Pacific region, with the Australian Government having committed over $100 million to fund the program from 2014 to 2018.

UON has been successful in securing $586,300 for 14 projects under the 2016 NCP Scholarships and Student Mobility Grant Projects. This will see students heading to Cambodia, the Cook Islands, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and mainland China, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea.

“It’s about friendship, education and cultural exchange in a time when cold economics is so frequently a primary focus,” Mrs. Eley said.

“UON has done really well with NCP funding over the last couple of years, and all of our faculties have worked hard to create great submissions.

“It’s a really important source of scholarships to assist students to study overseas, and we really want to grow the number of students that we’re able to offer this to.”

Winnie Eley points out that a fundamental role of the university is in promoting equity of access to education, “This has particular resonance for our students as so many of them are ‘first in family’ – the first child within a family to pursue tertiary education. The NCP often means they are not just the first to attend a university; they are often the first to visit another country.”

Dr Miranda Lawry, University of Newcastle Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts, has been awarded NCP funding to send students to Beijing to study in an arts and fashion institute.

“They’ll build their skills in understanding creativity from a world view and become real global citizens who’ll learn about entrepreneurship and how they can extend their capacity to communicate and operate as a creative person.

“We’re also sending students to Hong Kong and South Korea to undertake internships where they’ll work in galleries as curators or in community cultural engagement capacities.

“It’s wonderful to see students who’ve left here with no real idea of what to expect then come back with a new maturity from their experience, the joy they get from learning new things and building new friendships—you couldn’t wish for a more wonderful opportunity.”

2014 was the pilot year of the New Colombo Plan, a program that falls under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, rather than education.

“It’s about citizenship and diplomacy. This sort of experience simply helps make better people. The obvious benefits are to the students who can immerse themselves in another culture and to understand others. You would like to think that other countries benefit from having our students sharing their lives and experiences with them, too.

“But the long-lasting effects of this exchange are in the creation of greater awareness and wise global citizens. These students will make connections both personally and professionally that they will carry with them for a lifetime. I think this program is good for everyone it touches, especially when these students come back home to us in Newcastle.

“By the end of 2016 we’ll have sent 445 students to 15 countries. I think this is a significant role for universities even though it can be difficult to articulate this benefit. We can measure precisely the dollar-value of coal production, for example, but what value do we place on helping grow better people?

“We need to engage in how rapidly and deeply our world is changing by embracing it and helping send our students out into this world.”

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Learn more about the University of Newcastle! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information about how you can study in Australia.

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Bond University voted #1 study abroad location

Who doesn’t love warm weather, sunshine, and miles of beaches? (We are ignoring anyone who said “I don’t.”)

Bond Law School

Yes, it really is this amazing on the Gold Coast!

Did you know that Bond University was just voted the #1 “Study Abroad” location on Abroad101?

Located on the luxurious Gold Coast, Bond University is surrounded by incredible beaches and rich Australian culture. The campus is well known for being immaculately clean and its unrivalled friendliness.

As Australia’s first private university, Bond seeks to be recognized internationally as a leading independent university, imbued with a spirit to innovate, a commitment to influence and a dedication to inspire tomorrow’s professionals who share a personalized and transformational student experience.

Bond’s personalized approach to education combined with its uncompromising focus on industry relevance sets Bond University apart from every other Australian university. Students thrive in smaller study groups where eminent professors and industry-experienced lecturers know them by name.

Students have open access to industry leaders, corporate high-flyers and notable achievers who actively participate in Bond’s guest speaker programs. Students are given the opportunity to study overseas through established partnerships with some of the world’s leading universities and research facilities.

Bond University Values

  • Respect and concern for students and colleagues.
  • Truth, inquiry and the pursuit of advanced knowledge.
  • Excellence in everything they do and pride in achievements.
  • Effective collaboration and teamwork.
  • Accountability for performance, actions and learning.
  • Productive engagement between students and staff.

Canadians Love these Bond University Programs

Juris Doctor (JD)

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: May 2014
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program, particularly if you are seeking entry for a September intake.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)

Also know as physical therapy, the graduate physiotherapy program at Bond University embraces a holistic approach, with a strong emphasis on communication skills, ethics and preventative management. Extensive clinical training ensures graduates will be able to effectively relate to and treat physiotherapy patients and clients on every level.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: May
Next intake: May 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBC by the faculty. In previous years, the application deadline for this program was the end of September.

Apply now to Bond Physiotherapy School!

Other popular schools include Bond Architecture School and Bond Business School.

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Questions about studying at Bond University or about Bond Law School or Bond Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Sarah is OzTREKK’s Admissions Officer for Australian Law Schools and Australian Physiotherapy Schools.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

JCU Study Abroad student shares his experience with OzTREKK

Many students opt for university in Canada. For some, this is just fine and dandy, thank you.

Other students pursue their bachelor degree in Canada, then lift their gaze up and over huge land masses and bodies of water—and zero in on Australia.

Study Abroad

Stephen and kangaroo buddy at Billabong Sanctuary

For students, Australia pretty much has it all, which is why it hosts more than 250,000 international students, making it one of world’s most popular foreign study destinations.

Besides being a great experience, studying at an Australian university is a great way to gain an edge in an increasingly globalized economy. No matter which university or program you choose, international study in Australia will give you access to unique academic, professional and personal opportunities.

OzTREKK Study Abroad student Stephen Paterson left the ordinary and experienced the extraordinary at James Cook University. As just one of JCU’s 229 Study Abroad students, Stephen enrolled in two semesters of biology programs and began in semester 1, 2013. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native chose to leave Canada’s blustery winter behind in favour of northeastern Queensland’s balmy, tropical summer!

Why did you choose study abroad at James Cook University?

James Cook University in Australia

SCUBA diving off the coast of Queensland offers the tropical marine delights of the Great Barrier Reef

I decided to spend a year studying at James Cook University for several reasons. First, I was nearing the end of my four-year biology degree in Winnipeg and found that I had exhausted most of the courses at the University of Winnipeg that interested me. So rather than waste my time taking courses just for a credit, I began searching for another option. Second, in the last several years of my life I developed a strong interest in marine biology and passion for diving and JCU seemed a perfect place to study and get some time in the water on the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Finally, I have an insatiable desire to travel that was beginning to impede my progress in completing my degree, so I figured I should combine travel and university! Also, I was interested in living in a new city because although I love to travel, I have never left home for more than six months at a time and usually never spend more than one month in any single location.

What did you enjoy most during your study abroad experience in Australia?

James Cook University in Australia

Mountain biking is Stephen’s latest passion

I have had so much fun since I arrived it is impossible to list all the best times, but I’ll try. To start, I have done some of the most spectacular diving of my life from Townsville and Cairns. The reef and marine life are truly spectacular. Furthermore, being from Winnipeg, I had very few friends who dived and enjoyed it as much as I do, but here I have made many friends who are fantastic divers and are completely obsessed with being underwater the way I am. It’s really nice to be surrounded by people who share your passion.

I’ve also had loads of fun taking up new activities. Before I arrived I figured I might take my skates over and be the best hockey player in Australia. Instead, I’ve and taken up several new sports. Coming from the heart of the prairies I had never been on a mountain bike until a friend took me out riding in Townsville. A month ago I bought my own bike and have spent several hours riding every day since I bought it; I simply can’t get enough of it. I still love my road bike and ride it an hour or two a day also, but mountain biking is a new-found love of mine! I’ve also been trying a bit of climbing. Recently, just before class, a friend took me abseiling down the face of Castle Hill! Last month I played a game of underwater hockey. That was really fun, but I’m better at ice hockey.

James Cook University in Australia

Stephen with grouper at Cod Hole

I’ve had an incredible time doing all these new and invigorating activities, but it’s the people I’ve done the activities with who have made it so much fun. Having made new friends and met people who share the same passions as I do has really been the most valuable part of this experience for me.

Do you have any tips or advice for international students interested in studying in Australia?

As for tips/advice for international students, I really have none other than use what OzTREKK has to offer! Studying as an international student is not a simple thing to arrange, but I feel this whole transition/adventure has gone incredibly smoothly. I cannot overstate how helpful it was to have OzTREKK there to guide me and explain how things work. It’s really easy to see how thing are once you’re here in Australia, but it can be very confusing from across the world.

JCU School of Marine and Tropical Biology

The school’s strategic intent is “to be the leading research and education centre for the study of biology in the tropics.” To this end it aims to expand knowledge and understanding of biology through excellence in research and teaching, with a focus on tropical systems. With its immense biodiversity, in marine and terrestrial environments, JCU consider north Queensland to be one of the best places in the world to study whole organism biology and ecology.

James Cook University in Australia

OzTREKK student Zev and friend, on the outer reef

The school ranks number two in the world for citations on Climate Change and features world-recognized programs in aquaculture, marine biology, marine science, ecology and conservation.

Strengths of the school include strong research collaborations with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Australian Centre for Tropical freshwater Research (ACTFR) at JCU, and Savanna and Desert Knowledge CRCs.

About Marine Biology at JCU

JCU, through its School of Marine and Tropical Biology, is the first university in Australia to offer specialized training in marine biology. It has earned an international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and takes a field-oriented, hands-on approach to its teaching and research endeavours.

The school’s location in the tropics allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between our research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.

Study Abroad

OzTREKK and UQ Physio student Zev Permack snorkeling (our OzTREKK students stick together!)

What is a Study Abroad Program?

A study abroad program is similar to an international exchange program, where you leave your Canadian university for one or two semesters and take classes at a university outside Canada. When you return to your Canadian university to finish your studies, the credits you gained at the university abroad are counted toward your Canadian degree.

If you would like to go to Australia on a study abroad program, you may apply through OzTREKK to any Australian university that offers study abroad programs and accepts international students. A key difference from an exchange program is that you pay international student (study abroad) fees to the Australian university rather than paying your regular tuition fees to your Canadian university. Study Abroad tuition fees at OzTREKK‘s universities range from $8,700-$11,000 AUD per semester.

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Are you interested in a study abroad program at an Australian university? Contact OzTREKK’s Study Abroad Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!