Edinburgh to Toronto- Reverse Culture Shock

By Shannon Tinning, 4th Year Student in English, Faculty of Arts 

When I was preparing to go on exchange to Edinburgh, Scotland, I was flooded with speeches from relatives and friends, filled with statements such as, “you’re going to have such an amazing time!”, “this will change your life!”, and “you’re literally the luckiest person in the world.” While I was incredibly grateful for the countless words of encouragement to ease my anxiety concerning this massive move across the world, I noticed that no one had discussed how different life would be once I returned home to Canada. 

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Live in Labs – Surviving the Floods

By Michelle Fedorowich, 4th Year student in Social Work, Faculty of Community Services

“I spent the past month predominantly in southern India and survived one of the worst natural disasters in over 300 years to take place in the state of Kerala.”

More than 1 million people in Kerala were displaced into refugee camps, the navy and military in full effect, airports, railways, and roads closed throughout the state because of monsoon rains and landslides, with the death toll surpassing 300. Now that I’m home, settled, and trying to show this jetlag who’s the boss, it’s time to share stories. I will post more photos on Facebook in the coming weeks.

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The Key to Overcoming Challenges Abroad

By: Hana Glaser, Undergraduate Student in Creative Industries

Going to study for a semester abroad has always been one of my dreams. I had pictured myself going to school in a city, making friends with the locals, and learning all about the local culture. Although this was a small part of my experience, I lived a completely different reality that surpassed my expectations.

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Haste Ye Back : Toronto to Edinburgh

By: Maria Bendo, Undergraduate Student in English, Faculty of Arts

From the moment I got back to Canada, I’ve had trouble trying finding words to describe what my exchange was like. I spent the first five months of 2018 studying at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland during the second half of my third year. Strangely, I’ve found myself struggling to answer questions about it. I usually reply with “Oh, it was amazing!” or “Honestly, would go back in a heartbeat,” which are both extremely true, but I’ve never really elaborated upon it. So, I’m going to make an attempt.

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My Experiential Learning Trip to Jamaica

By Katherine Lo                                                                                                  Undergraduate Student in Hospitality and Tourism Management, TRSM

Entering my 4th year as a Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) student at TRSM, I was able to combine formal learning and travel by going on the experiential learning trip to Jamaica this past spring with Dr. Frederic Dimanche’s class (HTT800 – Field Studies in Hospitality and Tourism).  I had the unique opportunity to experience Jamaica with other TRSM students and with RSVP Caribbean Volunteers (our partner in Jamaica), which was the perfect way to discover the island, from its culture and community to its lush landscapes and delicious cuisine.

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From Poutines to Dim Sum – Hong Kong

By Metis Chan                                                                                Undergraduate student in Marketing Management, TRSM 

Looking back all the things that have happened in 2018, I still can’t believe I lived in another country for five months. After months of being back in Toronto, my experience in Hong Kong honestly felt like a dream, a dream I’ll never forget.

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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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GLOW 2017: Schedule & Registration

Global Learning Opportunities Week (GLOW) is a week full of events that highlight study abroad opportunities available to Ryerson students.

We invite you to GLOW with Ryerson International!

View the GLOW 2017 schedule and register for events here 

#LearningAbroad Photo Contest

Are you a Ryerson student with great photos from a global learning activity?

Enter the Canadian Bureau for International Education’Annual Photo Contest for your chance to win $100! 

The deadline for submissions is October 2nd.

Photo credit: Sofia Puente
Location: Chile

Click here for contest details

Getting Involved in the Exchange Community: Join RISExC!

RISExC is a student-run group that helps new Ryerson exchange students settle into life in Toronto. The committee is mostly made up of current Ryerson students who have previously participated in the exchange program. The group plans social events and sightseeing trips in Toronto.

Joining RISExC is not only a great way to become involved in exchange community, it is also an opportunity to draw on your lived experiences to help others feel more comfortable here in Toronto.

Join the RISExC Fall ’17 – Student Group Facebook page.

Interested in taking a leadership role on the committee?
Email us at rihelp@ryerson.ca with the subject line: RISExC Committee Fall’17  and join the RISExC Fall’17 – Organizer Facebook Page.

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