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International Exchange or Study Abroad
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Co-operative Education (AR - Biology students only)
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE or STUDY ABROAD
StFX offers students a wide range of opportunities to participate in Academic Exchange and Study Abroad experiences.
ISAR students have 'gone on' exchange or to study abroad to the following countries: Norway, Australia, England, Ireland, the United States (Arizona), Denmark, and Mexico. These students have majored in Biology, Public Policy and Social Research, and some have been Honours students!
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"the world is out there waiting for you!"
Alex Meeker: BA Aquatic Resources and Public Policy and Social Research
Exchange: Guanajuato, Mexico during the Winter term of 2010
Exchange a positive experience, student says
Alex Meeker is living a long held academic dream.
In January, the third year dean’s list arts student traded in an active life on the StFX campus for a semester in Guanajuato, Mexico investigating water issues while completing a term of academic study in a very dry area of Mexico and learning about sustainability.
Ms. Meeker received funding through the North American Mobility Program that StFX participates in, its theme being “Education for Sustainable Communities.” She is the first StFX student participating in this three-year program, which pays $3,200 per student for travel and living expenses.
“I had always wanted to participate in an exchange program since I started applying for universities back in 2007. Studying abroad just seemed like such an incredible learning experience that I didn't want to pass up,” says Ms. Meeker, a 21-year-old Toronto, ON native who is majoring in interdisciplinary studies in aquatic resources and public policy and social research.
Ms. Meeker arrived in Mexico on January 14 and in addition to taking courses, she is working on a research project concerning the types of programs and curriculum that Guanajuato and Mexico have for youth about water conservation and education.
“This will help give me a more international perspective on issues in my field and when I return to Canada I would like to do a comparative study,” she says. “Additionally, having Spanish as my third language will hopefully open up many doors for me and give me the opportunity to enjoy my future travels.
Read Alex's blog at: www.alexmeekerworldwide.wordpress.com
Samantha Marshall: BSc Honours Biology and Aquatic Resources
Study Abroad: Bodø, Norway during the Winter term of 2010
Student receives fully-funded scholarship to study in Norway
A StFX honours biology and aquatic resources student is one of only two Canadian students awarded a fully-funded scholarship to study in Norway beginning in January 2010.
Samantha Marshall of Tottenham, ON received the Fellowship for Studies in the High North, scholarships for Canadian students to study from January to June, 2010 at Bodø University College (BUC) along the western coast of Norway. The fellowship is offered by the Norwegian government, through the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at BUC. It covers the cost of travel to and from Bodø, Norway, fees for attending BUC, and student housing while in Norway. Marshall will take courses that will go toward her StFX degree.
“It’s quite a privilege when you think about it,” Marshall says. “On top of the personal development you hope to get out of it, it’s a chance to make a lot of connections with researchers and professors, which may open up opportunities in the future.
“It’s an opportunity to study abroad and I want to do my master’s in aquaculture so it’s a chance to try it out before my master’s.”
Marshall says her studies in Norway will really complement what she’s done at StFX.
She has been a dean’s list student, and has conducted independent research on freshwater mussels, a species at risk in Canada, during her aquatic resources work term with the St. Mary’s River Association in Sherbrooke, NS. She’s also volunteered with the Community Aquatic Monitoring Program, and with biology professor Randy Lauff on his owl monitoring project. In September  she spent two weeks aboard a DFO research cruise, counting fish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Quebec.
Read Sam's blog at: http://67degrees.wordpress.com
Service Learning is an innovative way to integrate experiential learning, academic study and community service.
Course Based and Immersion Service Learning are two aspects of the program that provide students with a variety of service learning options.
To learn more about how you can become involved, visit the SERVICE LEARNING website.
CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Co-operative Education Program at StFX is designed to enhance classroom learning through integrated work experience.
Participants in the program - from Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Systems, Biology and Human Nutrition - benefit from; professional development sessions, career and academic counseling, support and assistance to find and secure a work placement, and support on the job.
The staff is dedicated to helping co-op students by providing them with the tools and teachings they need for success in the work force, and by assisting them with the transition when they return to campus.
To learn more about the opportunities, visit the CO-OP website.