“A year abroad is worth doing – especially in Canada. The decision to come here is one I am not regretting. Look into coming to Canada – the stereotype of friendliness holds true!”
Edward is a 3rd year arts student from the town of Egham in South East England, majoring in Political Sciences and History. He has chosen to study abroad for a year at UAlberta. Edward decided to study abroad to get international experience that is important for his future career path in the diplomatic service in England. When looking for a University to study at, Edward wanted something different than the European style of his home university, Royal Holloway. At UAlberta, Edward is taking elective courses where he can “learn for the sake of learning”. His favourite class is Middle Eastern Studies, where the professor adapts his lectures to current events. UAlberta professors make lectures even greater learning experiences!
Above: The Tory Building, where many Faculty of Arts classes are held
Outside of lecture, Edward is involved with the National Model UN Society. He was recently elected as the UAlberta Delegate Development Representative and trains other students to go to Model UN conferences.
Edward likes to study in the Rutherford library on North Campus. This library has all the research materials he needs for his classes, as well as has secluded spots for quiet study. When Edward is taking a break from his studies, he spends time with friends in the Business atrium, which is a large space between the Business and Tory buildings that has a coffee shop and lots of seating areas. There are a lot of places around campus for students to spend time at!
Above: (Left) The Business Atrium. (Right) The reading room in Rutherford Library, also known to students as the "Harry Potter Room"
He also likes going to ‘Steeps Tea’ on Whyte Avenue, which is a popular tea shop that many UAlberta students like to spend time at. Whyte Avenue is one of Edward’s favourite places in Edmonton, as it has more character than large shopping malls. Whyte Avenue is a flavor of what Edmonton is all about!
Above: A small part of Whyte Ave, a popular Edmonton destination.
Edward is living in Lister Centre residence. His dorm room is in the ‘Schaffer” tower, which has private rooms. As an international student, Edward finds living residence fantastic because floors are fun like a social group. He says it is like friendship is “provided” right from the start and makes settling in much easier. Residence is a great place to meet new people!
Above: Lister Centre residence. Schaffer tower is on the far right.
The fondest memory of Edmonton for Edward so far is going to Jasper for the weekend with some other British and Australian international students. He had a great experience spending time in the mountains. When they got back to Edmonton, he realized he had missed Edmonton. This was the moment that studying in Edmonton ‘clicked’ for Edward and he knew he had adjusted to life at UAlberta.
Above: The Edmonton River Valley. Photo taken from Louise McKinney Park.
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Written by: Caitlin Chalmers