FAHS Students explore an 'experience of a lifetime' on student exchanges

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FAHS Students explore an 'experience of a lifetime' on student exchanges

Published on October 24 2013

Sonja Vukovic grew significantly as a person and professional during her exchange in Sweden last year.

Attending Linnaeus University, the fourth-year health sciences student developed adaptability - something she says she now applies to situations she encounters here at home.

It was Sweden’s school system and having to complete one course every four weeks rather than five in a term that helped Vukovic learn how to go with the flow.

But studying abroad also helped her gain new perspective on her major, and, she hopes, useful skills for a career in public health.

“Learning about health in an international classroom setting definitely opened my eyes to different cultural health practices and how people learn differently around the world,” Vukovic said.

Each year, dozens of Brock students like Vukovic travel abroad for school through the Brock University student exchange program.

This year, more than 130 Brock students will head to universities on six continents for one term or a full year to study.

International Services and Programs Abroad is currently holding information sessions through Nov. 12 to let others know about the educational opportunities that exist for them beyond Canada’s borders.

And to mark International Education Week, the department is also hosting a panel of students who have gone on exchanges to share their experiences.

That discussion happens Nov. 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. in TA 307.

Over the past decade, international exchanges have become “an increasingly important part of the global higher education landscape,” said Christina Bosilo, manager of international learning programs.

They also help students become global citizens, she noted.

“Students that study in different academic setting will increase their academic opportunities, strengthen their personal development and enhance their career prospects,” Bosilo said.

“Students will develop their international IQ, become more independent, all while earning credits that transfer back to their Brock degree.”

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