Meet our current International Student Ambassadors

Looking for the inside track on studying at Brock University? Want to know what life is like for students outside the classroom? From across the globe, each of our Ambassadors has chosen Brock University to further their studies, and prepare for upcoming careers.

Learn more about them below and why they chose to EXPERIENCE Brock.

Adithya from India

Hometown:
Lagos, Nigeria
Program/ Year of Study
Biochemistry, Second Year
Year Started at Brock
2019
Extracurricular Activities:
Faculty of Math and Science Council
Tamil Students Association
Faculty of Math and Sciences representative on the Brock University Students Administrative Council

Brock is one of the few universities in Canada to offer a co-op option for Biochemistry, providing valuable experience in my field. There’s also a number of volunteer opportunities offered within Brock and the local community.

My most memorable Brock experience would definitely be attending the Steel blade Classic, the biggest hockey game of the year, and witnessing the vibrant community Brock possess. 

I plan on either pursuing a Masters degree in Marine Biology or studying Environmental Law. 

Get involved in extracurricular activities! It’s one of the easiest ways to make new friends and connections. 

Aiden from Vietnam

Hometown:
Hai Phong, Vietnam
Program/ Year of Study
Business Administration, Second Year
Year Started at Brock
2018
Extracurricular Activities:
President of Vietnamese Students Association ( BVSA )
Member of Brock Marketing Association ( BMA )
Volunteer at Brock Open House for Fall & Winter
Volunteer for the JDCC 2020 Competition.

My sister came to Canada to study about 10 years ago, and always shared stories with me about Canada and how she loves the educations system and the career opportunitiesCanada is a great country for international students and provides the opportunity to stay and work after graduate.

My favourite high school teacher graduated from Brock and he would always share stories about the positive experience he had. Brock also offers an excellent Business program, and the opportunity to participate in the JDCC Business Competition, along with small class sizes, and co-op to gain work experience.

Brock also offers more scholarships such as the Brock Scholars Award, reasonable tuition, and affordable accommodations in St. Catharines for a student to live.

My most memorable experience here at Brock so far was the 8 months I spent in Brock’s IELP Program. I had the opportunity to improve my English, get to know Brock, learn about Canadian culture, and meet new people from around the world.

I plan on applying the knowledge that I learn and leverage the relationships that I develop at Brock to build a successful career in Public Relations and Marketing. 

Prepare for the difficulties: One of the most essential things is mentally preparing yourself before coming. Making a mental note of what you hope to gain and experience out of this trip, so you have a sense of direction and purpose. If you know what you’re looking for, and what you’re trying to achieve, you’re going to have a lot more fun during your time here.

Embrace the culture: Culture shock is one of the biggest challenges for international students. I would suggest you take the time to educate yourself and learn about Canadian culture.

Get involved: Keep an eye on Brock International and the Brock Student Union (BUSU), as they have many events and activities you can participate in. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always visit Brock International and meet with an advisor (or any of their staff). They are always happy to help!

Ammaar from Sri Lanka

Hometown:
Matale, Sri Lanka
Program / Year of study:
Economics, Third Year
Year started at Brock:
2018
Extracurricular activities:
President of the Sri Lankan Student Association
Member of the International student Association
Member of the South Asian Association
Badminton intramural

Brock University is one of Canada’s top post secondary institutions. Being a transfer student, Brock accepted most of my transfer credits. Brock serves its community as a cultural, academic and recreational center, bringing excellent facilities to students from around the globe. There is a variety of clubs, intramural athletic options and various extra-curricular activities to stimulate any interest

My favourite memory at Brock thus far was when I collaborated with the Brock Pakistani Association and the Brock Bengali Association to host one of the University’s largest cultural events, which won Best Event of the Year at the Brock University Students’ Union clubs banquet in 2018.

It’s the starting point in my career to pursue a job in the economics field and I would love to do my MBA at Brock once I graduate.

 

  • Make use of all the Brock Resources. 
  • Get involved in the Brock Community, join student clubs and go to all the events organized by Brock. 
  • Go to the international events, that’s a great way to connect with people from diverse cultures. 
  • Try to become a better version of yourselves, study hard and make your family back home proud of what you have become and what you are going to be. 
  • Be friendly and outgoing.

 

Danielle from Barbados

Hometown:
Bridgetown, Barbados
Program/ Year of Study
Biomedical Science, Fifth Year
Year Started at Brock
2016
Extracurricular Activities:
Global Peer Mentor (Brock International Services)
Live4Dance club
Employment while at Brock:
Smart Start assistant for Brock’s Recruitment and Liaisons office. 

When I was applying to Canadian schools, Brock University had the friendliest atmosphere, as well as the program that I felt fit best with my personal goals and interests. 

My first Steel Blade Classic game which I attended in my first year. It was my first time in a hockey arena and watching a game live. The energy of all the Brock students in the building felt electric and hearing the cheers from the thousands of fans is an experience I will never forget. 

I am planning to pursue a Master’s in Immunology or Pathology. 

As an international student, you not only have the opportunity to learn more about Canada, but many places around the world as well through your fellow international peers. Use the time to take in and appreciate all the different cultures that are around you!  

Faryal from Pakistan

Hometown:
Karachi, Pakistan
Program / Year of study:
Media & Communications, First Year
Year started at Brock:
2020

Studying in Canada will not only increase the value of my degree but will also help me in building my interpersonal communication skills, as it offers one of the most diverse environments. Their Media and Communications program is one-of-a-kind and ranks highly both in Canada and around the world. 

My favorite memory of Brock is when I attended one of the first few webinars and the speaker mentioned that Brock is the kind of university which is big enough to accommodate and provide students with every service but small enough that the Professors know the students by their names. And that stuck with me, as throughout my schooling years that was the environment I grew up in. I cannot wait to make more memories at Brock and be a significant part of its clubs and communities. 

I aspire to one day work as a Head of Digital Assets and Content for the Pakistani Cricket Board (PCB), as I have a huge passion for cricket and a strong understanding of its fans. Cricket and multimedia has always been something I have been fond of since a very young age and I cannot imagine a better scenario than making a living out of both my passion and talent.   

Make use of every resource Brock offers. Attend the webinars, participate in competitions as the prizes are always extraordinary and do not miss out on their Smart Start online program. Apply for every scholarship and bursary and Brock will make sure that your transition is as smooth as possible.

Hamed from Iran

Hometown:
Sanandaj, Iran
Program/ Year of Study
Public Health Co-op , Second Year
Year Started at Brock
2019
Extracurricular Activities:
Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+ and Allies LLC
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Mentorship Program
Employment while at Brock:
Peer-to-Peer Sexual Violence Educator
Brock Human Rights and Equity department 

Brock’s emphasis on experiential education encouraged me to choose their unique Public Health program with co-op to maximize my time in university, while gaining hands-on experience in the healthcare field. 

My time in Brock Residence was a very fulfilling and valuable experience that provided me with long-lasting connections and friendships. 

I am working towards my goal of contributing to the Canadian healthcare system by pursuing a master’s degree in Health Administration after graduating from Brock. 

Get involved! Use your first year at Brock to get familiarized with the school and the community. Brock has many opportunities to get closer to your goals that you can learn about through other students who have the same aspirations.

Jiaqi from China

Hometown:
Guangzhou, China
Program/ Year of Study
Master of Business Administration, Second Year
Year Started at Brock
2019

A friend of mine, who studied at Brock, told me about the tremendous support she received from Brock, in both academic life and job hunting.

Social events are my favourite memories of Brock. The most memorable one is the mix and mingle event right after the orientation on the first day of my program. It was so fresh to me as there’s no such thing back in the school life in my home country. I was able to connect with my future classmates, professors, listen to their stories. I felt much more comfortable about the new environment after this event. 

 I want to pursue a career in marketing. 

Come with an open mind, get involved in different events that Brock has to offer, attend social events and meet new people as much as possible. 

Justin from Tanzania

Hometown:
Arusha, Tanzania
Program / Year of study:
Computer Science, First Year
Year started at Brock:
2020

Brock offers extracurricular activities that are simply not available in my home country. Combined with affordable tuition and a diverse campus community, I knew the University was the right choice to further my career. 

I plan to use my experience studying and working in Canada to help my country introduce advancements in the technology sector. 

Kofi from Ghana

Hometown:
Accra, Ghana
Program/ Year of Study
Business Administration, Fifth Year
Year Started at Brock
2018
Extracurricular Activities:
Goodman Group: Venture Development 

The proximity to Niagara Falls and Toronto means you can have the big city experience, while living in a smaller town. It’s the best of both worlds!

Participating in the Culturefest. Sharing details about my culture to other interested students made me feel very proud to be Ghanaian and very grateful to Brock international for giving me the platform. 

Working for a multinational tech company in the marketing and communications department. 

Be open minded, don’t be shy to ask questions and get out of your comfort zone. Don’t get too comfortable and always go beyond what you think your limits are.

Kriti from India

Hometown:
New Delhi, India
Program / Year of study:
Business Administration Co-op, Fourth Year
Year started at Brock:
2017
Extracurricular activities:
Vice President Finance at Brock Women in Business
Chief Operating Officer at Brock Finance and Investment Club

Brock has many different scholarships and bursaries available for students which offer financial assistance. The co-op program at Brock has one of the highest work term placements in Canada and is a great opportunity to get work experience before you graduate. 

Lastly, the stellar reputation of the business program at Goodman School of Business also influenced my decision to choose Brock. 

My most memorable experience at Brock was during my first year living on campus residence. This experience helped me make new friendships and connections that throughout my university life. The events hosted by residence staff were always fun and helped me make friends from diverse backgrounds.

After graduating from Brock, I plan to pursue a career in the financial service industry in Canada and obtaining my CFA designation. 

My tip for international students is to GET INVOLVED! Brock has more than 100 clubshosts a variety of events and offers various volunteer opportunities.

Getting involved helps you step out of your comfort one and develop a lot of transferable skills while having fun.

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Ana from Trinidad and Tobago

Hometown:
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Program / Year of study:
Bachelor of Kinesiology, Fourth Year
Year started at Brock:
2017
Extracurricular activities:
Sustainability Lead for Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games
Brock Eco Society
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Mentorship Program
Big Questions club
Employment while at Brock:
Student Assistant in Student Accounts and Financial Aid

Having gone to a Canadian school my entire life, it seemed like the most logical choice to study in Canada, especially with family and friends already living here. Compared to other schools in Ontario, Brock has superior scholarships for international students. Once I started looking, I fell in love with the program because of the practical nature of Brock’s Kinesiology program. Once I visited the campus I was sold on Brock; the campus was very inviting and featured a beautiful natural landscape as the perfect backdrop to complete my studies.

My most memorable Brock experience was being a trip leader for Brock’s Basecamp program. It was an amazing leadership role and has allowed me to create and maintain countless connections with other Brock students. It is something I will remember fondly for years to come. 

I plan on using my Brock degree as a steppingstone for graduate school. I am planning on pursuing a career in either Osteopathy or Physiotherapy after I graduate.

Make use of all the Brock Resources. Get involved in the Brock Community, join student clubs and go to all the events organized by Brock International Services. It’s a great way to connect with people from diverse cultures.

Marcelo from Brazil

Hometown:
Indaiatuba, Brazil
Program/ Year of Study
Bachelor of Science – Biotechnology, Fifth Year
Year Started at Brock
2016
Extracurricular Activities:
Captain of Brock Men’s Volleyball Team (2016-2020) 
Employment while at Brock:
Retail Supervisor at General Brock – Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU). 

I had a friend here who told me about the great environment and community spirit we feel as being part of Brock. Due to its medium-size nature, I was told that we don’t feel as if we were just numbers at Brock – it is easier to make connections with professors, community, and employers in the area.  Also, I was given a unique opportunity to be part of a developing project – the relaunch of Brock Men`s Volleyball Team.

The Home Opener Game of Brock’s Volleyball team in 2016/17, where the tickets were sold out before the game even started. It was completely unexpected for a new team. Singing the Canadian National Anthem and looking at all those people supporting us gave me goosebumps, reminding me of the long path I had to go through until finally being given green light to come here. 

Pursue graduate studies in molecular biology and possibly work in the research and development of new medicines. 

Be ready to feel more than welcomed. You will actually feel embraced by this community. Be ready to have a closer relationship to your professors than you usually have elsewhere. Be ready to join great events and visit beautiful places. Be ready to grow as a person, study hard to achieve your goals and certainly, be ready to have the best years in your life. 

Santiago from Colombia

Hometown:
Bogotá, Colombia
Program / Year of study:
Bachelor of Game Programming, Fourth Year
Year started at Brock:
2017
Extracurricular activities:
Vice President of the Brock Eco Society

Brock offers programs no other University or College has, with focused courses that have a practical application behind every theoretical approach. They also have great opportunities in all fields to increase your experience and broaden your curriculum for future employment. But above all, Brock is home for me, it’s where I’ve made some incredible friendships and the best place to start my journey in Canada.   

My first orientation day. I got to meet the people with whom I’d share this learning experience during the coming four years. I was surprised to find that my program had students from all over the world. Three years in, all of that excitement and wonder still stands, as I find new ways to push the envelope with new teams and new challenges.  

My main goal is to seek employment, I think it will be very valuable for me to gain work experience right off the bat. Once I have a better idea of how the game industry works, and how I want to grow as a professional, I would like to continue my studies through a Master’s program. 

Get involved! Make it a goal to enroll in a club or extracurricular. It’ll help you make connections and get to know some new friends. Also keep an eye out for the different events and workshops posted in Experience BU. It can help you build on existing skills, or learn new skills altogether!  

Interested in becoming an Ambassador for the 2021/22 academic year?

Selected students will have their tuition fees cut from the international rate to the domestic rate — a reduction (or value) up to $28,000 CAD for Fall and Winter terms.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants cannot hold Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status in Canada
  • Must be registered in full-time undergraduate or graduate studies for the 2020/21 academic year
    • Not open to ESL, Bridging, Certificate or ISP programs
  • Student can apply at time of admission or any year starting in Year 1 of Undergraduate or Graduate studies.
  • Students who intend to enroll in a co-op work term in the Fall/Winter academic terms are not eligible
  • Must be in good academic standing and pay international tuition fees to qualify as an international student at Brock University.

For any questions regarding the application, please contact central@brocku.ca.

check back Winter 2021 for application details