Over a dozen countries and a thousand experiences

February 4, 2020


You just came back from winter break, so it’s hard to think about going away. But there are just so many opportunities for students to take part of their education out of the country and gain valuable insights into the world we live in.

Over the summer, several students shared their incredible experiences as part of study tours and exchange programs — here are just some of the places they travelled to in 2019.

In Ukraine, MacEwan students volunteered at a summer camp for orphaned children and youth, shared their expertise to help establish Model UN delegations at two universities and learned alongside nursing students at the Ternopil State Medical University.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing students in HLST 400: Global Health Perspectives had the unique opportunity to learn about how global health challenges in Canada are also challenges in Ukraine, Scotland and beyond, and to create greater awareness and understanding of those issues.


I would walk 500 miles… Arts and Cultural Management students walked over 25,000 steps per day in Scotland as they immersed themselves in the country’s history and explored how that history has influenced its arts and culture industry, while students in the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (pictured on the left) journeyed through Ireland (and parts of Scotland) to understand how Ireland’s history continues to impact children and families, as well as the social care system that supports them.

Understanding the social systems of another country (relating that back to her own practice in Canada) was the draw for a student in the Bachelor of Social Work who took part in the program’s first international practicum experience in the social work system in Dresden, Germany.

I know I’ll forget some of the small moments, but I want to make sure I remember the feeling I had while I was in Germany. To appreciate that things can be done differently and to carry that perspective forward with me.
—Kass Green, Bachelor of Social Work

Students in School of Business programs spread out all around the globe, from Central Europe, where they gained an appreciation for the complexity of globalization, to Japan and Hong Kong for a first-hand look at business and culture. Both of these study tours introduced students to business owners and gave them a fresh outlook on international career opportunities.

IMGLR_WITW_VietnamGood morning, Vietnam… Students in the Travel program (pictured on the right) ventured through Vietnam to explore a tourism destination growing in popularity and meet with representatives of the local tourism and travel community as a way to kick-start their careers and come away with experiential knowledge they can provide future clients.

Meeting new people is a big part of going on study tours as well as attending international conferences. The three Bachelor of Child and Youth Care students who attended the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) Biennial Conference got a life-changing experience when they met with members of Isibindi, a community-based care and protection intervention option for children in South Africa.

Meanwhile in Cambodia, students took part in the first ever cultural study tour offered by the Department of Music. The students worked with a local charity to repaint a school, refurbish desks and share music with children.

There is so much to see in the world, and I find the best way to explore is with other people who also love to explore. This study tour offered me exactly that.
—Curtis Ward, Bachelor of Music

Faculty members also took part in opportunities to go abroad. Assistant Professor Neill Fitzpatrick taught a condensed version of one of his Bachelor of Communication Studies courses at a university in Guadalajara, Mexico, while Bachelor of Music faculty members and alumni went to Prague to record with the city’s philharmonic orchestra.

This is only a small selection of the places our students have been and places you can go. If you have questions about a particular destination, be sure to contact Education Abroad.


Student wearing Canada toque standing in front of Church of the savior of blood

The world is your classroom

New perspectives. International networks. Lifelong friendships. When you study abroad, the skills you learn and the people you meet open doors to a whole new world.


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