Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the TRSM + RMIT Study Tour in Toronto

Every year since 2007, the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) has hosted Australian students from RMIT University for a two week study tour. This summer, TRSM and RMIT celebrated the 10th anniversary of the tour, which also coincided with Canada 150!

The tour consisted of lectures, cultural visits, industry site tours, and presentations. Sandra Findlay, an RMIT master’s student in Business Administration reflected on her trip to Toronto:

“This was a once in a lifetime experience. The Ryerson study tour provided me with a unique opportunity to appreciate and evaluate relationships between global and Canadian businesses. The short term course allowed me to research a range of business topics to enhance my degree. Visiting businesses such as the Spirit of York Distillery and the Steam Whistle Brewery, as well as city green spaces including  the Evergreen Brick Works were experiences I never would have organized on my own.

What I liked most about the staff at TRSM was their passion for a diversity of topics relevant to learning. They motivated me to want to work to make a difference for people across many different cultures.”

Evergreen Brickworks

“Visiting and studying in Toronto to experience different teaching styles and ways of learning provided me with an international perspective on my studies and professional knowledge. It allowed me to gain insight into the practical challenges of working in global companies, to increase my professional networks, and to gain confidence in having the conversations that matter in business.”

Spirit of York Distillery, a place of innovation and education

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Jessica Michael, an RMIT master’s student in Information Management also reflected on the study tour:

“The opportunity to live on the Ryerson campus provided me with perspective into life as a North American college student that many of us had only dreamt of! The insight of the TRSM staff gave a truly global view to topics. The pairing of lectures with relevant field trips allowed us to see many of the practical implementations of the theories explored in class.

The friendly and welcoming nature of everyone we met allowed us to celebrate events such as Pride and Canada 150 as locals. The facilities of Ryerson University, and the unique positioning of the campus in downtown Toronto, meant we could experience the city in a way most Australian visitors never have the opportunity to.”

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Scarborough to Sweden – A semester abroad

By Varunan Muthiah, Undergraduate student in Business Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

I remember seeing the posters for the Ryerson exchange program my first week of university. I thought it would be a great experience but didn’t think it would ever happen. Little did I know two years later I’d be on a plane to Sweden for 6 months. I didn’t know much about Sweden when applying but I knew it would be a place that would take me out of my comfort zone. This was going to be the first time I was away from family this long and living on my own. I was excited but also nervous. I had heard great things from a student who went there last year but I was still worried. I didn’t know anyone there and didn’t know if they’d have as many food options compared to Toronto. I knew it would be tough but I was determined to make the most of this experience.

The Jonkoping International Business School had set up a lot of events to show us around the city and events to meet a lot of the other exchange students. There were people from all over the world attending this university so I met a lot of people within the first week.

The university had made the first two weeks really exciting. I realized the majority of the exchange students were living in the same student accommodation as me. This meant I was less than a minute away from all my friends. It made going out super simple and everyone went out together. We had lots of parties and there was a student run club that everyone would go to every Wednesday. By the end of the first month everyone had already become friends and we were planning trips together.

The university also offered great trips to Finland and Norway. These trips were once in a lifetime opportunities. In Norway, I got to climb a glacier, kayak in an almost completely frozen lake and climb a small mountain.

Norway is one the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to and I recommend everyone to go. During the trip to Finland I go to see the Northern lights, ride a reindeer pulled sleigh, go dogsledding, and even tried ice fishing. The experiences were unbelievable but it’s the people who I went with that made these trips so great.

When travelling with friends, you become close with people very quickly. Being in Europe meant flying to another country was super cheap. I flew roundtrip to Italy for $60. Denmark was also very close and I was able to take a train there and back for around $100. I’d suggest using the hopper app, or sky scanner where you can find flights as cheap as 10 euros roundtrip.

Travelling with your new friends is a big part of being on exchange. I suggest you take the opportunity to travel but you won’t always get the chance to meet people from all over the world. I recommend making a good group of friends before setting out on travels. Making international friends means even when you travel after the exchange you have people who will be your personal tour guides in their countries. I’ve been wanting to go back to Europe and travel more but I know it will pale in comparison to the times I had studying abroad.

Doing this exchange was the best decision I’ve ever made and I hope everyone can take advantage of this great opportunity.

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