Testimonials from Canadians who studied abroad

Discover how international scholarships have changed the lives of recipients from Canada. Find out what they have to say about their experience abroad and where they are now.

Katherine Wang from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2019-2020)

Ocean University of China (Environmental Law)

Katherine Wang

Arriving there in September 2019, what was so foreign to me quickly became my new home. I soon adapted to using WeChat, Alipay, Taobao, and Eleme for everyday needs. The most valuable part that I experienced was the chance to make so many lifelong friends from all over the world.

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Adam Duong from Canada – ELAP Faculty Mobility Program Awardee (2018-2019)

Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS)

Adam Duong

The results of this instructor mobility surpassed my expectations! As I was on site, I was able to develop my network of scientific partners, which would have been much more difficult in Canada. I seized the opportunities available to me during my stay by keeping a flexible schedule that enabled me to make the most of meetings and opportunities for sharing my knowledge with Colombian students.

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Lalia Katchelewa from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2018-2019)

Tsinghua University (Chinese Language Studies)

Lalia Katchelewa

What used to be foreign to me when I landed became familiar and accessible. Learning the language obviously made it much easier to establish rapport with what the Chinese call “Beijing ren” (北京人).

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Laurent de Serres Berard from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2017-2018)

Fudan University (Chinese Language Studies)

Laurent de Serres Berard

It was a holistic experience, and the realization of the experience and knowledge I gained only grows each time I look back on it. This is a unique opportunity that needs to be grasped, that shapes your future, and can give you experiences that will inspire you for many years.

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Zachary MacDonald from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2017-2018)

East China Normal University (Wildlife Sciences)

Zachary MacDonald

Over my five-month visit, we successfully established a long-term study that will contribute to our collective goal of documenting and understanding the complexity of Earth’s biodiversity... I get shivers writing about the experience even now, months later.

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Dr. Hiran Roy from Canada – Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)– New Zealand Awardee (2013-2016)

University of Canterbury (Management, PhD)

I am passionate about the commercial aspect of the food and hospitality industry and was able to undertake research that explored the use of local food in restaurants across two countries – Canada and New Zealand.

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Dr. Miao Song from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2011-2012; 2015-2016)

Central Academy of Drama (Chinese Drama, PhD studies during first exchange and Visiting Professor during second exchange)

Miao Song

These intercultural experience opportunities enabled me to grow exponentially and contribute very positively not only to my personal and professional development but also to establish new links and partnerships between Canada and China at academic and professional levels.

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Sean James from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2015-2016)

Beijing Language and Culture University (Chinese Language Studies)

Sean James

Mandarin became my first language for ten weeks, and by communicating with people on and off campus I assimilated the appropriate usage of expressions I had learned in class…After returning from this trip, my colleagues were struck by the level of fluency I had attained.

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Dr. Pawan Singal from Canada – Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects Awardee (2013-2016)

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Visiting professor in Physiology)

Pawan Singal

These new and successful international collaborations have now resulted in the organization of an annual "International Symposium on Oxidative Stress and Cardiovascular Diseases"… The number of joint research publications from these efforts has exceeded ten and six graduate students have completed their graduate program and there are more graduations to come.

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Gary Ng from Canada – Foreign Government Awards Program - Korea Awardee (2014-2017)

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Industrial Design, Master’s Degree)

Gary Ng

The education system is different from the Canadian system, but I think that having another perspective is good as it challenges your own beliefs and gives you a more unique experience than if you just continued to study at home.

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Marie-Frédérique Ouellet from Canada – Commonwealth Scholarship Plan - India Awardee (2014-2016)

University of Hyderabad (Economics, Master’s Degree)

Marie-Frédérique Ouellet

Beyond allowing me to get the title of Economist, I have developed an understanding and a sensitivity to causes related to economic and social development. Now I have the honour of working as an analyst in strategic planning in a Canadian company integrated in its community and determined to reduce the impact of agriculture and horticulture on the environment.

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Benjamin Nzojibwami from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2014-2015)

Beijing Normal University (Mandarin language studies)

Benjamin Nzojibwami

My goal of living and studying in China was made possible by the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program. It gave me the opportunity to fully immerse myself into a culture and a language that I loved. While in Beijing, I was able to enroll in a full-time Chinese language program at Beijing Normal University (BNU).

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Qingguo Li from Canada – Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Awardee (2015-2016)

Zhejiang University (Visiting professor in Mechatronic Engineering)

Qingguo Li

The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program allowed me to visit Zhejiang University in Hangzhou for ten months. As a visiting Canadian professor, I carried out research in the field of biomechanics and rehabilitation, which is relatively new in China…Thanks to the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program, a long-term international collaboration has been established and will benefit both the Canadian and Chinese universities.

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Guillermo Candiz from Canada – Foreign Government Awards (FGA) - Mexico (2015-2016)

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Geography, PhD)

Guillermo Candiz

Thanks to the Foreign Government Awards Program – Mexico, I had the opportunity to complete my fieldwork in Mexico as part of my doctoral studies in geography at Université Laval. During the fieldwork, I was able to interact with colleagues and professors at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

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Dr. Jennifer Stinson from Canada – Flaherty Visiting Professorship (2015)

NUI Galway (Visiting Professor in Pediatrics, Chronic Disease Self-Management, and Digital Health Technologies)

Dr. Jennifer Stinson

The James M. Flaherty Visiting Professorship was critical in my developing collaborations with the Pain Research Lab in the Department of Psychology at NUI Galway to culturally adapt an online self-management program, developed in Canada, for youth with arthritis.

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Catherine Tatarniuk from Canada – Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) – New Zealand Awardee (2011-2014)

University of Canterbury (Geotechnical Engineering, PhD Degree)

Catherine Tatarniuk

I was residing in Christchurch, New Zealand during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, and as a graduate student, I had the opportunity to form part of a research team investigating infrastructure after the earthquakes. As a geotechnical engineer, this first-hand experience was priceless, and has helped fortify my knowledge in this area and shape my career.

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Zenon Czenze from Canada – Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) – New Zealand Awardee (2014-2016)

University of Auckland (Biology, PhD)

Zenon Czenze

The depth and quality of my research is directly linked to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). Being a full-time student in New Zealand affords me the opportunity to examine seasonal changes in native species. I study populations of New Zealand lesser short-tailed bats across the country from subtropical and temperate climates to examine differences in diet and energy use.

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Paul Brennan from Canada – Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program Awardee (1973-1975)

Beijing Univeristy (Modern History of China, Master's Degree)

Paul Brennan

Without my participation in the CCSEP I would not be in the position that I have now as VP for International Partnerships for Colleges and Institutes Canada. And in this position I will always hire someone who has an international study or work experience before someone with equal qualifications who does not. International and inter-cultural competencies are becoming essential in our globally linked world, and studying and living in THE emerging power of the current globe is one of the best ways of acquiring those, and of thus launching your career full of ongoing challenges and impact.

Frédérick McDuff-Rousseau from Canada – Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program Awardee (2014)

Tianjin University (History, Master's Degree)

Frédérick McDuff-Rousseau

Being a recipient of the Canada-China Scholar’s Exchange Program scholarship was an extraordinary opportunity for me. Not only was I able to go live and study Chinese in Tianjin for a year, but I was also able to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.

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Jean-Marc Turk from Canada – Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program Awardee (2014-2015)

Beijing Language and Culture University (Intensive Mandarin course)

Jean-Marc Turk

The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program allowed me to live a life changing experience, where I not only acquired Mandarin language skills, but also grew both professionally and personally. I had the opportunity to be immersed in Chinese culture and to Beijing’s vibrant, international and cosmopolitan student population. This international experience and newly acquired language skills will definitely be an asset as I look for an internationally oriented career.