UQ Program: Bachelor of Psychological Science

At the summit, after climbing the First Pyramid mountain in Squamish with a group of 15 exchange students in January.Going on exchange to the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, is definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. I studied there for the first semester of my third year of the Bachelor of Psychological Science. I was able to take psychology electives that are not offered at UQ, and were taught by professors who came from different theoretical orientations, so it was really interesting to view things from an alternate perspective. I also took French 101 for something different and fun. But there is so much more to the exchange experience than just study!

I lived on campus in an apartment-style residence (Gage) and loved it. It was very convenient, close to everything, and I was lucky enough to have 13th-floor views of the campus and sunsets over the ocean. I’d also recommend living in Fairview, townhouses where many exchange students from around the world lived. The closest friends I made were my roommates, and other exchange students. All the exchange students who were there in our semester became quite close – someone started an informal facebook group which worked really well, if anyone made plans they would post it and a group of interested people would always reply.

There are so many things to do in and around Vancouver – exploring the many neighbourhoods, the beaches and mountains, Stanley Park and downtown, weekend trips to Squamish, Vancouver Island, and of course Whistler... the list goes on. Go to Calhoun’s, a 24-hour cafe on Broadway; follow the hockey and get behind the Canucks; get involved in campus life and try something new – I picked up yoga.

Canadian culture is similar to Australia – the people are laid back and very friendly. It was my first time travelling, and first time living out of home, but it was much easier to adjust than I expected. The biggest shock was the weather – it is worth investing in a decent ski/rain jacket and rainboots (gumboots) also come in handy!

Probably the hardest part of the exchange was saying goodbye to everyone I’d met at the end. The whole experience has made me more independent, more curious and keen to explore other cultures of the world. If I can do it, you can too. Trust me, it is worth it!

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