International student testimonials
Studying in Canada is an exciting and rewarding experience for many students around the world. The chance to learn in world-class institutions, the possibility of making friends from different cultures, and the opportunity to experience all that Canada has to offer for yourself! It’s hard not to imagine studying in Canada when there are so many exciting adventures and study opportunities that await!
Meet other international students from your country as well as others, such as Brazil, China, Germany, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco and South Korea, who chose to study in Canada. Find out what they learned and where they are now!
Juliana Souza from Brazil – Advisor of the International Division of Mercedes-Benz in Brazil
University of Victoria: English Summer Course (2008)
If I could describe my experience in a single sentence, it would be: University of Victoria - a wonderful and magical place where happiness never ends! The campus is brand new, clean, modern and equipped with cutting edge technology! Just walk around to see: beautiful gardens, large sports facilities, fitness centers, cinemas and bars.
The English course is excellent, the teachers use methods that are dynamic and entertaining. They also are patient and really efficient.
Julia Zhu from China – Sommelier, Beijing Hilton Hotel
George Brown College: Diploma, Hospitality Operations Management (2007)
Having an exciting experience and seeing another part of the world became my mission when I first moved to Canada. I became so interested in the hospitality industry that I enrolled in the Hospitality Operations Management program at George Brown College and ended up studying with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommelier where I became certified after 2+ years. I have been working with wine at various Hilton hotels ever since.
I cannot underestimate the influence that Canada had on me. I am grateful to the Canadian education system for shaping who I am and for the totally different life path I’m on because of my experiences.
Sarah Larsen-Vefring from Germany
Université de Montréal: International Studies (2009-2010)
My “International Studies” at the Université de Montréal gave me a wide knowledge of the relations between countries and cultures from a Canadian perspective. I learned more about the political, economic and social systems in Canada and in North America. Travelling from Nova Scotia in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West, I discovered the amazing Canadian landscape. For the first time in my life, I went winter camping, dog-sledding and snowshoeing.
Amit Tacker from India – Director, AV Sales, Tacker Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Carleton University: Bachelor in Engineering (2002)
For my higher education I was looking for a place that would expose me to a great mix of quality education, culture & social policies. That is when I came across Canada. All of these factors were reaffirmed when I started my Engineering studies at Carleton University located in the “Silicon Valley” of the North. My time in Canada has allowed me to professionally serve my diverse customer base in India today, and my education has helped me stay current at work.
Damian K. Francis from Jamaica – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2009-2010)
University of Ottawa - University of the West Indies
My Emerging Leaders in the Americas (ELAP) scholarship opened the door for me to study in a world-class academic environment in Canada. It was a unique opportunity that significantly enriched my own learning experience and helped me to develop policies on how to bridge the gap between the lab, field, and society.
Monique Bassila Zaarour from Lebanon – Owner and General Manager of So7i Wa Sari3
McGill University: Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (1994)
The academic and professional experiences that I acquired in Canada are not the only reasons why I highly encourage people to pursue their studies in Canada. In fact, beyond the solid scientific knowledge that I acquired, it is the multicultural exposure that I cherish the most. My university professors were not only teachers but also mentors that were willing to help students anytime and in any situation. They taught me the proper way of learning and how to think critically.
Darinka Aguirre from Mexico
Emily Carr University of Art + Design: Master’s in Applied Arts and Industrial Design (2010)
These two years in Canada have been the most important of my career to date. This experience has enriched me beyond what I believed possible. Canada is a place that is safe and multicultural, where people are respected and taken care of. Studying in Canada provided me with many skills from an international perspective. Thanks to the high quality of education, I have been invited to speak at important conferences worldwide. Canada is a country where your voice is heard and your opinion counts.
Kébir Ratnani from Morocco – Vice-président principal, Développement des affaires, Afrique du Nord et Moyen-Orient, SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc.
Université Laval: Master in Biochemical Engineering (1980) & Bachelor in Chemical Engineering (1977)
The Canadian education system is an excellent environment that is centered on the student and on theoretical knowledge and practical expertise allowing the student not only to succeed but to bloom. Canada offers students a rewarding life experience which will benefit them on a professional as well as personal level.
Professor James Won-Ki Hong from South Korea - Professor and Head of Division, IT Convergence Engineering, POSTECH, Pohang, Korea
University of Western Ontario: BA in Computer Science (1987), University of Waterloo: PhD in Communications in Distributed Systems (1991)
I am grateful to Canada and the Canadian education system for the good, comfortable and fun life I had, and for the excellent education I received from high school, university and post-graduate institutions. It gave me confidence in everything I do, gave me ample opportunities to become a free thinker and made me a more relaxed person.
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