The Experience of an International Exchange

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

The Experience of an International Exchange

Diversifying your degree, what does this really mean? Well it can involve completing a minor, volunteering for local charities, or a part-time job. These are all great opportunities to help build your resume, however there are a number of experiences yet to be discovered.

Adam Stevens is a fourth year Physical Education student, back at Brock from international exchange at University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. His experience in Finland lasted 4 months, gaining 2.5 credits towards his degree at Brock . Upon returning, his advice for Brock students considering an exchange was, “Get involved, opportunities are out there. It’s in your hands to find that unbelievable experience. It’s one that no student could ever regret”.

He arrived at his decision to travel to Finland , as it was a destination he wouldn’t choose to visit without an opportunity attached- and an exchange was just the ticket. The decision was between Finland and Australia, and since his exchange, has decided to apply to Griffith University in Australia for Teachers College.

The University of Jyvaskyla’s campus had a unique atmosphere with a campus spread out in nature, and students biking to every class. Surrounded by an endless supply of lakes and scenery, it provided a vastly different view of the confines of a university campus. The scenery around was not the only thing that was different, opinions and perspectives in the classroom also differed from teaching style to theoretical opinions. The international experience provided Adam with a word-wide perspective on Physical Education.

Experience new culture, new people and new places, diversity for your degree with an international exchange. It’s something to think about for next year, talk to your academic advisor or contact international services for more information.