From Ryerson to the Honda Research Institute: A year as a Software Developer in Japan

By Adam Adair, Undergraduate student in Computer Science, Faculty of Science

I recently began a 12-month position as a Software Developer at the Honda Research Institute in Wako, Japan. The placement is part of the Canada-Japan Co-op program (CJCP), which is hosted in collaboration with the University of British Columbia.

Last semester, while job searching, I was extremely excited to see a posting for the Canada-Japan Co-op program . I believe that an international co-op is an excellent opportunity and Japan is an ideal destination for me personally. Since I am half Japanese, I have always wanted to visit Japan and explore that part of my heritage in order to better understand that side of my background and culture. However, until I received this great opportunity, it has always been financially infeasible.

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5 Things Students Should Know About The Netherlands

 By Nataleah Hunter-Young, PhD student in Communication & Culture

In December 2017, I travelled to the Netherlands to present at the first Art & Activism Conference hosted by Leiden University, located about 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam. The conference was only set to last three days but, seeing as I had never been to the Netherlands before, I tacked on an extra week and a half to the beginning of the trip so that I could explore. If you are travelling to Holland for similar reasons, and can afford to do the same, I would highly recommend it but there are a few things to be aware of before you travel.

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Toronto → Melbourne: Moving from the Fourth Most Livable City in the World to the First

By Tiffany Rioflorido, Undergraduate student in Business Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

Since returning from my exchange at RMIT University in Melbourne, I have constantly been asked the same generic question — How was Australia? I never quite know how to fully summarize my exchange and often find myself struggling to answer the question, so much so that my answers often come out bland and almost unforgiving. “Good” I say, however sometimes on a better day I say, “great.” Other questions such as Did you surf? or What was your favourite memory? are a little easier to answer- yes, I did surf (once), and I have many favourite memories from my exchange to pick from.

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#YesMan

By Kelvin Urbina, Undergraduate student in Chemistry, Faculty of Science

This past summer, I spent four months in London, England participating in an exchange at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the University College London School of Pharmacy. During my time abroad I conducted research to create a drug delivery system to treat bovine mastitis, aka cattle mammary gland infections, in the nano-fabrication and dosage design form laboratory.

Inspired by the Jim Carrey movie Yes Man — about a man who, quite literally, says yes to every option that is presented to him — I spent my summer in London saying yes to opportunities and this attitude brought me nothing but happiness.

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RIEOS: the Ryerson International Exchange Opportunity Scholarship!

Are you a student applying for the 2018/19 academic exchange program? Don’t forget to apply for RIEOS: the Ryerson International Exchange Opportunity Scholarship!

RIEOS  supports student participation in an academic exchange with one of Ryerson’s 75+ partners.

In the 2018/19 academic year, RIEOS will provide 40 students with financial support for their exchange experience.

The deadline to apply is January 31st, 2018

RIEOS Eligibility and Application Guidelines

Per-term Cost Estimates for Ryerson Exchange Destinations

Ryerson International interns tackle common questions about the international exchange program

Sophia Chea (right), a Ryerson International (RI) intern and future exchange student interviews Saura Haggart-Smith (left), another RI intern and  former exchange participant.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

Sophia: Before I applied to go on an exchange, I attended an information session hosted by my faculty specific exchange coordinator. Attending the session made my application process so much easier. As the deadline for the application is near the end of January, I was able to take some time after my exams to complete it.

Next Steps:

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AIESEC Corporate Panel

AIESEC is the world’s largest non-profit youth-run organization. It helps develop global-minded leaders by sending students and graduates abroad through its global volunteer, talent and entrepreneurship  programs.

On November 2nd 2017, AIESEC Ryerson collaborated with Ryerson International to host a corporate panel to discuss the benefits of international experience and how it can impact leadership development.

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Responsible Tourism in Ecuador

By Jacob Dickie and Ima Esin, Undergraduate students from the School of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Community Services

“Having never travelled to South America before, I did not know what to expect from Ecuador. After arriving, I was immediately taken aback by the tiny country’s remarkably diverse natural landscapes, cities, people and cultures.” –  Jacob

Every year, 3rd and 4th year students from Ryerson’s School of  Urban and Regional Planning travel to exciting destinations in Canada and across the world to partake in field research projects. It is part of the School’s objective to provide students with the opportunity to learn about different issues and approaches to planning. This year, Dr. Lawrence Altrows accompanied 20 students to Ecuador to learn about the impacts of the sustainable tourism industry.

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Experiences One Could Only Dream Of

By Genevieve Taylor, Graduate of the School of Business Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

The thought of exploring the world is exciting and exhilarating, it gets your blood pumping and imagination flowing. Traveling to new countries and cities is both eye opening and breathtaking, and yet many don’t realise how emotional and frightening it can also be.

For my last semester of my graduating year I decided to apply to the Ryerson International exchange program and begin the trip of a life time in Lisbon, Portugal.

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My Summer of Science in London, England!

By James Burns, Graduate of the Biology Program, Faculty of Science 

My global experience with Ryerson began last summer after my 3rd Year when I travelled to London, England on a research experience with the Global Science Citizen program through the Faculty of Science. My placement at the University College of London (UCL) School of Pharmacy, UK, found me working with Dr. Shozeb Haider in computational modelling.

When I first arrived I was welcomed with open arms by a fantastic group of post-grad and doctoral students from across Asia and Europe. We found common ground in the School of Pharmacy as our home-away-from-home and a constant environment of high energy, passion, and comradery.

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