Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education
Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education

 My exchange was to the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. I was a second year Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education student. Before my exchange I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I chose the U of S due to the affiliation between Human Movements at UQ and the KIN program , meaning that I was more likely to find equivalents for my subjects. The U of S KIN program was phenomenal, I had heard and researched that their programs, courses and professors were excellent and my exchange certainly lived up to expectations.The thing that I enjoyed most about the difference in academic system was that the classes were a lot smaller than UQ. Professors knew your name and would work with you as an individual throughout the entire semester. I took five courses overseas, more than I had ever taken at UQ, which was surprising but manageable.

 

I lived in an off campus international apartment of six girls, within walking distance to the university and nearby shops, which was really convenient. I thoroughly enjoyed where I lived and formed lifelong friendships with people from all around the world. I really enjoyed my living arrangements as I had a fully functioning kitchen, but also had the option to have a food plan at the University. This meant that I could pay for ten meals each week, allowing me to pick and choose when I would cook or eat on campus. This accommodation was very cheap, I chose to stay here and used the saved money to spend on travelling.

 

The accommodation wasn’t the nicest, but the memories of my trip will last a lifetime! Whilst in Canada I was lucky enough to travel all through British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as a cruise up to Alaska. During the Summer I visited a lot of the main attractions in Canada, including Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper. I enjoyed hiking mountains, attending festivals, taking Harely Davidson motorbike rides and the Rocky Mountaineer through the famous Rockies and spotting wildlife including Black Bears and Elk. In the Winter I visited ski villages and went skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snow shoeing and tubing, as well as seeing the breathtaking Northern Lights on more than one occasion.

 

My top travel tip is to save, save, save before you go, the more money you have, the more money you can spend travelling and visiting amazing places. I found Canada to be relatively cheap or the same as Australia, but one thing to keep in mind is that prices often don’t include taxes and if you are eating at a restaurant you must tip! These are things that I kind of forgot about when I was planning, budgeting and shopping, so I spent a lot of extra money. All in all I had an amazing trip to Canada and I would highly recommend a student exchange to anybody. Don’t let the nightmare application process or lack of course equivalents hinder your choice to go overseas. Because when you have just completed a four hour hike with amazing people from all over the world and you are now overlooking Lake Louise, it is all worth it.

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