Open your world and gain U of R course credits

By Costa Maragos Posted: April 6, 2016 6:00 a.m.

The Study Abroad team at UR International (l-r)  Rachel Gover, Livia Castellanos, Executive Director of UR International, Martha Mathuran, Werner  Beylefeld and Janean Hodgson.
The Study Abroad team at UR International (l-r) Rachel Gover, Livia Castellanos, Executive Director of UR International, Martha Mathuran, Werner Beylefeld and Janean Hodgson. Photo by Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography.

The Study Abroad team at UR International is holding an information session, Wednesday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for students interested in applying for the QEII Scholarship worth up to $18,000. It’s available to graduate students to study at partner universities in Commonwealth countries.
 
This information session is part of a campaign by UR International Study Abroad to encourage you to ‘open your world.’

Countless opportunities exist for students to study abroad.

“Students might not be aware of the incredible opportunities that exist out there through the U of R,” says Martha Mathurin, Manager of UR International Study Abroad. “Thanks to our collaborations with institutions around the world, we now have a network of more than 450 Universities in 70 countries.

Students in Peru
U of R students shown on an international study tour in Machu Picchu, Peru in May 2015. The tour was co-led by Dr. Mark Anderson, Professor of History at Luther College and Dr. Carmen Robertson, Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department.

Such close ties with these institutions means students have the opportunity to travel abroad and gain academic credits that are recognized by the University of Regina.”

So, if you’re a student, what part of the world do you want to see? In China for example, you have eight institutions to choose from located in different parts of the country. There are also fantastic study opportunities elsewhere in Asia including India, Japan and South Korea.

The doors are also open in Europe where collaborative agreements exist with dozens of institutions spread over 15 countries.  

If sunny destinations are more to your liking, there are student opportunities in Mexico from Monterrey to Mexico City and Guadalajara to Cancun. Further south, there are study abroad opportunities in Central and South America as well as Australia.

Closer to home we have an agreement with Universite Laval in Quebec.

The list of countries and institutions are available here.

“For students, getting there is as simple as deciding where they want to go, applying online and then after they are accepted, they can apply for funding either through scholarship or our program that helps with some of the travel costs.” says Mathurin.

One of those programs is the undergraduate and graduate UR International

Experience Travel Funds help students cover $1,000 of tuition costs.

"My exchange was such an amazing experience, in part, because I was able to go to another country and take courses that aren’t offered here at the University of Regina – classes that I still got credit for toward my degree, which allowed me to graduate on time,” says Janean Hodgson who is now an administrative assistant at UR International’s Study Abroad office.

“I'm so incredibly thankful that the U of R allows students like me the opportunity to add further value to their academic and personal university experience."
 
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

Opportunities also exist to travel to commonwealth countries. The University of Regina is one of 34 Canadian universities selected to manage projects that will offer Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships to graduate students for study abroad opportunities with our Commonwealth partners.

From 2015-2018, the $1 million Scholarship program that is creating opportunities for 40 University of Regina graduate students to study at partner universities in Commonwealth countries. 

International Study Tours

Faculty members are also encouraged to look at international study tours. Faculty that have taken students abroad say it’s a memorable experience.  

“Studying abroad transforms students in a way that is simply not possible without travel, in particularly international travel,” says Dr Mark Anderson, Professor of History at Luther College, who has co-led student study trips to Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.

Another trip to South America is planned for the spring of 2017.

“Instead of reading or listening to a lecture about a foreign land, students learn what it smells like, what it tastes like, what it sounds like," says Anderson.

For more information on Study Abroad programs please visit here.

Event:    Study Abroad Open House & learn about the QEII Scholarship
Where:   College West 128 (Across from the book store)
Time:     11 a.m. - 2 p.m.