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Friday, August 18th, 2017

A Canadian coffee lover’s experience in Australia

“Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.” ~ Gertrude Stein

A Canadian coffee lover's experience in Australia

Coffee in Australia is an experience to be savoured

OzTREKK Director Chris Nolan loves coffee. In fact, every time he visits “headquarters” here in Perth, he juggles multiple cups throughout the day with grin in place, eyes crinkled, and music wafting from whichever area he’s “working” in. We’ll use the term working loosely here. Mostly he’s chatting with all of us and encouraging us to stop what we’re doing to enjoy a moment of hilarity. Always a bonus, working at OzTREKK.

So, as our coffee connoisseur, Chris has noted there are some not-so-subtle differences between Canuck coffee and Aussie coffee, and for everyone heading to Oz, you’ll need to be up on your coffee vocab. We’ll let Chris explain:

I love coffee. Appreciate a well-prepared cup, sitting and savouring it while catching up on the news of the day, or in a café chatting with a friend or people watching. I am not a fancy coffee drinker who orders a low fat, triple shot, with extra hot soy milk in a small cup kind of guy, but I appreciate good coffee.

You know who else enjoys quality coffee? Aussies!

It was one of the first things I noticed about Australia my first time there: they are fanatical about their coffee. And it is very European in that regard with a focus on espresso-based coffee, likely because of the large immigration of Italians post WWII. For those of you who have been fortunate enough to visit Australia, you will know what I am talking about. For those of you who haven’t, here is some lingo to remember when ordering coffee in Oz!

You can still get a regular latté, cappuccino, mocha in most cafés, but here are three staples in Aussie coffee culture you should know about:

1. The long black – No Tim Horton’s “double doubles” here. If you are a straight-up drip-coffee kind of person, your closest thing to that would be a long black. It’s a shot of espresso with extra hot water. As a mainly drip-coffee fella, I have fallen in love with the long black.

2. The short black – Simply a shot of espresso—go figure!

3. The flat white – This would serve those well who appreciate lattés and cappuccinos, although it’s less frothy than a cappuccino. It’s an espresso shot with steamed milk. It’s popularity in Australia has made its way to cafés in North America, and it’s a regular offering on the Starbucks chalkboards. Any Australian will tell you that the Starbucks in North America don’t know what they are doing with flat whites!

When finished ordering at most cafés, you often wait at the table with a number identifying your order, and a waiter/waitress will bring it to you. You can add sugar at the table. My first few long blacks, I ordered extra milk to take the edge off!

Keep these tips in mind when you head to Australia. The Aussies love their coffee, and it’s one of the many things I enjoy about Aussie culture!

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Thinking of studying in Australia? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, August 4th, 2017

OzTREKK office closed August 7

Are you ready for the long weekend? Don’t forget that Monday, Aug. 7 is the Civic Holiday. What is that? Seriously, what is it? A short explanation is, “a day to celebrate your province!”

OzTREKK office closed August 7

Enjoy the holiday!

The Civic Holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of August and it’s a public holiday in some provinces and territories. The civic holiday is not a statutory holiday.

The Civic Holiday is commonly referred to as the August long weekend. It is probably the busiest day on highways as tens of thousands of families go camping, to cottages etc. this weekend, so drive carefully!

In honour of Ontario, the OzTREKK office will be closed Monday, Aug. 7 for the Civic Holiday but will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 8:30!

Enjoy your long weekend!

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Are you interested in studying in Australia? We are here to help! For more information, please contact OzTREKK at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Study in Australia Fair at McGill University

We’ve got great news for everyone living in the Montreal area!

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, OzTREKK and our Australian universities will be hosting the Fall Study in Australia Fair at McGill University. If you’ve ever wondered about studying at another university—in another country—don’t miss this event!

Study in Australia at Australian universities

Join us for the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give you the most information possible. Come visit with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome.

McGill University

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Madeleine Parent Room (TBC), SSMU Building, McGill University, Montreal
Map: http://tiny.cc/SSMU

At this Study in Australia Fair, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:

…and many more programs!

Chat with Australian university representatives to find out more about the programs that interest you. Find out more about accommodation, scholarships, and accreditation processes.

See you at the fair, McGill!

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If you have any questions about this upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

See you tomorrow, Dalhousie!

Just a reminder that Chris Nolan of OzTREKK will be at Dalhousie University tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 24! Stop by the Student Union Building between and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to learn more about the following graduate study opportunities in Australia:

Study in Australia

See you soon, Dalhousie University!

and many more programs!

Everyone is welcome to stop by to find out more about studying in Australia!

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Dalhousie University – Student Union Building (SUB), Main Foyer

If you would like more information about about studying medicine, dentistry, law, or physiotherapy at an Australian university, come talk to OzTREKK tomorrow at Dalhousie University!

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For more information about this event or about Australian universities, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

OzTREKK will be at Dalhousie University Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Hey, Halifax! We’d love to offer you respite from the winter storms that have been hammering the east coast the last couple of weeks. While we can’t control the weather, we can bring you news about Australia!

Study in Australia

See you soon, Dalhousie University!

OzTREKK will be visiting Dalhousie University on Tuesday, February 24. If you’re in the Halifax area and have been wondering about furthering your education at an Australian university, come see us! Everyone is welcome to stop by to find out more about studying in Australia.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Dalhousie University – Student Union Building (SUB), Main Foyer

Come and meet Chris Nolan of OzTREKK at Dalhousie University, and you will be able to find out more about the following graduate study opportunities in Australia:

and many more programs!

Are you curious about studying medicine, dentistry, law, or physiotherapy at an Australian university? What about their entry requirements and the accreditation process for your program of interest? Come see us Feb. 24 and get all your questions answered!

See you soon, Dal!

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For more information about this event or about Australian universities, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair in Montreal

On Wednesday, October 8, OzTREKK will be hosting a Study in Australia Fair for everyone living in the Montreal area!

Australian

Hope to see you at the Study in Australia Fair!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study in Australia? Would you like more information about studying medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, and physiotherapy in Australia?

Please join us for this upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair! This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. Come meet our Australian university representatives and ask as many questions as you wish about the program that interests you. All eight of OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be there to help!

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
Venue: Room 302, Shatner Building, McGill University
Map: http://tiny.cc/McGillShatnerBldg

Since Australian universities only visit a few times a year, this is a must-not-miss event. At the fair, you will be able to meet all Australian university staff and learn more about their

  • universities
  • programs available
  • program entry requirements
  • campus lifestyles
  • accommodation options
  • student loans and financing options
  • accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia

For information about all your program options and about studying in Australia, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian University Programs page.

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For more information about this OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355 or e-mail info@oztrekk.com. Find out more about Australian universities and how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Win your Future Unlimited finalists at Bond University

Seven international finalists in the Win your Future Unlimited competition, an international competition for students to win a year’s study in Australia, arrived on the Gold Coast recently to visit Bond University as part of their two-week study tour.

Study in Australia

Future Unlimited poster

“This competition is a wonderful opportunity for the finalists to visit Australia and experience the excellent, unparalleled facilities we have to offer here at Bond,” John McPartland, Director International at Bond University said.

”One of the seven is set to win a major prize of a year of study in Australia and we are excited to be involved as one of the campaign partners and participating universities.”

The Win your Future Unlimited competition, an Australian Government initiative led by Austrade, asked prospective international students to design digital postcards about their future, explaining how an Australian education could take them there. The competition asked them to describe their educational and career aspirations in 50 words or less.

The seven finalists were selected from a pool of 31,000 entries from more than 180 countries. They were Abigail Engleman from the USA, Mark Gil Caparros from the Philippines, Minh Nguyen from Vietnam, Yaroslava Vasina from Russia, Uttam Kumar from India, Juliana Soares dos Reis from Brazil, and Aditya Nur Patria from Indonesia. Uttam Kumar, 22, from India, won the Win your Future Unlimited competition, including flights, tuition, accommodation, a stipend, an internship and more.

During their two-week, coast-to-coast study tour, they visited Australian universities across the country, giving presentations and undergoing further assessment. The judges then selected the major prize winner, Uttam Kumar of India.

Bond University Director International commented that the study tour gave the finalists an opportunity to decide which institution they want to attend and he’s hoping it will be Bond University as the university is Australia’s highest rating university for educational experience.

“Our small class numbers enabling personalized attention, combined with the quality of our teaching staff, international student base and  world-class facilities here on the beautiful Gold Coast make Bond a very attractive proposition for our international student guests.”

The competition is supported by five major sponsors: Educational Testing Services (ETS), National Australia Bank, Qantas, Telstra and The University of New South Wales, as well as 21 of Australia’s tertiary education and training providers.

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Would you like more information about how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia? Find out more about the following Australian universities represented by OzTREKK:

Email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Just two weeks left to Win Your Future Unlimited!

Four finalists have been announced in the global Win Your Future Unlimited competition thus far—congratulations to Abigail Engleman from the USA, Mark Gil Caparros from the Philippines, Minh Nguyen from Vietnam, and Yaroslava Vasina from Russia. As finalists, they will be flown to Australia for a two-week study tour in December and have a chance at winning the grand prize: a year of study in Australia!

Australian universities

Sydney Opera House

Create an online postcard now and you could win life-changing prizes. Seven finalists will be flown to Australia for a study tour. And one finalist will win the major prize—a year of study in Australia, including flights, tuition, accommodation, and much more.

There are still 3 more finalists yet to be chosen and 2 more weeks left to enter. To enter, create an online postcard that shows how studying in Australia will help you achieve your future ambitions. Submit your postcard today!

Tips for creating a winning entry

The judges will be looking for entries that best display the following:

    1. Genuineness of the sentiments expressed.
    2. Creativity of the words and pictures used.
    3. A compelling reason for why studying in Australia is essential to your future.

Check out the current finalists’ postcards: http://futureunlimited.com.au/finalists/

  • Week 6: 12.01am AEDT Tuesday 5 November – midnight AEDT Monday 11 November 2013
  • Week 7: 12.01am AEDT Tuesday 12 November – midnight AEDT Monday 18 November 2013

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If you have any questions about this contest, please contact OzTREKK! Find out how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia! Email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Learn more about Australian universities!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Create an online postcard and win a year of study in Australia!

Win your Future Unlimited. Create an online postcard and win a year of study in Australia!

Just imagine what your future could hold after studying in Australia. It’s unlimited, isn’t it? So take the first step. Create an online postcard now and you could win life-changing prizes. Seven finalists will be flown to Australia for a study tour. And one finalist will win the major prize—a year of study in Australia, including flights, tuition, accommodation, and much more.

Study in Australia

Create a postcard!

It’s easy to enter. All you need to do is create an online postcard explaining how an Australian education could help you achieve your future ambitions. Read on to find out all you need to know about entering the competition.

Getting started

To create your postcard, and be in the running to Win your Future Unlimited, there are just four steps you need to complete:

  1. Upload a photo of yourself (or use one of theirs!).
  2. Choose from a selection of illustrations to personalize your image.
  3. Tell us in 50 words or less (in English) how an Australian education will help you achieve your future ambitions.
  4. Enter your contact details and answer a few questions.

It’s that simple! But before you get started there is other information you should read, such as eligibility requirements, tips on creating a winning entry, the judging process and more. Read on to make sure you know all the details before you start work on your postcard (and don’t forget to also read the full terms and conditions of the competition.)

What you will need to be eligible to win

  1. Be a prospective international student.
    Australian citizens or permanent residents are excluded, as are international students who either are presently or have previously studied in Australia.
  2. Hold a current passport and be able to meet the legislative requirements of a visitor visa and student visa to Australia.
  3. Be able to travel to Australia for a study tour in December 2013 and study in Australia in 2014.
  4. Aged between at least 18 years as of 5 December 2013 and no more than 30 years of age by 5 December 2014.
  5. Meet the English language and/or academic requirements for a student visa and for your preferred course of study.

Tips for creating a winning entry

The judges will be looking for entries that best display the following:

    1. Genuineness of the sentiments expressed.
    2. Creativity of the words and pictures used.
    3. A compelling reason for why studying in Australia is essential to your future.

Here are some tips to help you become one of the weekly finalists.

1. Be clear

Australia has world-class facilities and educators at many different education and training institutions across the country. So, before you write your entry, research Study in Australia to make sure you know what you want to study and why.

2. Be creative

You have the opportunity to be creative with your photograph and the way you use the available illustrations. So make the most of this opportunity and create an entry that will really stand out from the crowd. Remember, the competition is about your future career and ambitions, not about holidaying in Australia.

3. Be genuine

The competition judges are looking for finalists who are genuine about their desire to study in Australia. So when it comes to writing your postcard, the best way to impress the judges is to be sincere.

4. Be compelling

To standout you need to provide a compelling reason as to why studying in Australia is essential to your future. For example, what is it about Australia that will help you achieve your future unlimited? You might want to reference people, projects, inventions, industries or companies that help illustrate this.

Things to avoid in your entry

You must make sure your entry does not conflict with any of the following. If it does it will not be accepted.

  • It must be in English.
  • Does not breach any intellectual property, privacy, publicity or other right.
  • Must not be defamatory, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about other people or companies.
  • Does not contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, email addresses or street addresses.
  • Must not be obscene, pornographic, profane, sexually inappropriate, violent, abusive, harassing, threatening, objectionable or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group.
  • Must not promote illegal drugs, tobacco or firearms/weapons.
  • Must not promote any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous.
  • Must not promote any particular political agenda or message.
  • Must not promote hunting or gambling, or cruelty to animals or humans.
  • Must not promote the irresponsible use of alcohol.
  • Must not contain explicit company or product branding (including URLs or phone numbers), even with permission.

Entry periods

The competition runs for seven weeks from 1 October – 18 November. The entry periods are

  • Week 1: 9am AEST Tuesday 1 October – midnight AEDT Monday 7 October 2013
  • Week 2: 12.01am AEDT Tuesday 8 October – midnight AEDT Monday 14 October 2013
  • Week 3: 12.01am AEDT Tuesday 15 October – midnight AEDT Monday 21 October 2013
  • Week 4: 12.01am AEDT Tuesday 22 October – midnight AEDT Monday 28 October 2013
  • Week 5: 12.01am AEDT Tuesday 29 October – midnight AEDT Monday 4 November 2013
  • Week 6: 12.01am AEDT Tuesday 5 November – midnight AEDT Monday 11 November 2013
  • Week 7: 12.01am AEDT Tuesday 12 November – midnight AEDT Monday 18 November 2013

Judging panels

There are two judging panels—one for selecting the weekly finalists and one for selecting the major prize winner. Weekly finalists will be chosen by a judging panel of high-achieving alumni of Australian education institutions, from a mix of both Australian and international backgrounds. The major prize winner will be chosen by a judging panel that includes a member of the weekly finalists judging panel, an Australian Trade Commission executive and at least one member of the academic or business community with an outstanding global reputation.

Major prize judging process

The seven weekly finalists will travel to Australia in December 2013 to take part in a study tour. As part of the study tour the finalists will make a presentation to, and be interviewed by, the Major Prize Judging Panel. This will demonstrate their public speaking and personal presentation skills as well as their English language proficiency. The other factors that will be taken into consideration are the original postcard entry, the finalists motivation for studying in Australia, their conduct during the study tour, the support and observations of referees, the capacity to meet the entry requirements of participating sponsor institutions (academic and English proficiency) and the overall merits of each candidate.

Find out more by visiting Future Unlimited.

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If you have any questions about this contest, please contact OzTREKK! Find out how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia! Email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Learn more about Australian universities!

 

Friday, July 5th, 2013

About the Macquarie University Law Society (MULS)

The Macquarie University Law Society (MULS) is a representative body for all law students at Macquarie University. The society operates to enhance the Macquarie Law degree by assisting students in personal and professional development; providing students the opportunity to examine new ideas and communicate them internally and externally; and giving students the opportunity to enjoy university life through competitions, publications, socials and sporting events, and making connections and having fun in the process.

All law students at Macquarie Law School are members of MULS. The Macquarie University Law Society offers a range of opportunities for students to get involved in the society, either through attending social and sports events, contributing to The Brief, or competing in the society’s highly-regarded competitions.

The Macquarie University Law Society offers

  • popular sporting and social events, including First Year Law Camp, Law Cruise, Law Ball, and Sports Gala Days;
  • competitions such as Mooting, Client Interview, and various External Competitions, which are sponsored through partnerships with leading commercial law firms in Sydney;
  • opportunity to attend career development events, such as the yearly Clerkship Fair, and Careers Workshops;
  • job opportunities, made available through the MULS jobs board;
  • publication of The Brief, Clerkship Guide, and Careers Guide, our premier student-created publications;
  • support for external and distance students, including social and networking events held throughout the year; and
  • opportunities to become engaged in a range of social justice and community involvement initiatives.

About Macquarie’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program

Macquarie University’s Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program is a three-year graduate-entry law program that provides its graduates and with a solid base of legal principles and the critical and analytic skills to really understand those principles. Students are required to learn the role of law in society and develop a sense of social responsibility while studying in this law program.

Entry Requirements for the Macquarie University Graduate LLB Program

To be eligible to apply, you must have the following:

  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.70/4.00 (70-73%)

Macquarie University does not require the LSAT for entry.

Apply now to Macquarie University Law School!

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If you have any questions about studying  law at Macquarie Law School and in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston: Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about law school at Australian universities.