UQ Program: Bachelor of Arts

The University of British Columbia was a great choice of university for exchange. It boasts large numbers of exchange students from all over the world and it makes for an interesting and diverse classroom and social experience. UBC does a lot for its exchange and international students, with lecturers happily giving you a bit of a hand wherever they can. For me, the classes were quite different from those back home. Instead of my usual 2-day week I had classes 5 days a week. However, this was made so much easier by how great the lectures were and the awesome students I got to share my time with. 

This difference of study worked really well for me in terms of learning and I feel as if I’ve come away a better student. In classes I met some lifelong friends who made studying for midterm and final exams a breeze.

In terms of seeing Vancouver I’d recommend getting off campus as much as possible. Stanley Park is a must see and I’d suggest hiring a bike and riding around for the day. Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Whistler and Granville Island stand out as unforgettable sites.

I lived off campus with a home stay family while in Vancouver and as a consequence made a lot more Canadian friends. Because of this I was invited to a real Canadian Thanksgiving dinner – family, turkey, pumpkin pie and all. I also got to dress up and go trick or treating for Halloween with my home stay brother and sister! If you can afford it, and feel like being more independent I’d urge you to consider this alternative. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella and make the extra room for some gumboots in your suitcase as they’re incredibly expensive in Vancouver and be prepared to have the sun become a rarity by mid-October. 

Overall, let yourself be open to different experiences and people because there’s a lot to learn and enjoy from doing so.

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