Showing posts from September, 2017

"Getting ready to go to Australia" tips with Meghan

It's the end of September. There's a chill in the air (finally), and time is ticking. Pretty soon you'll be packing your bags and boarding your flight to Australia!

This pre-departure phase can be stressful for some students, so OzTREKK Admissions Coordinator / Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Meghan Strank has recommendations for all the different stages—from application to arrival.
Before You Go Once we have processed your application your OzTREKK Admissions Officer will send you an email with the application instructions. Keep this email handy; it provides you with the list of documents required for your application—you can even strike documents off when you have sent them in. It will be a good reference to see what you still need and what you have already done!

Best way to get prepared? Attend events! OzTREKK hosts lots of events throughout the year both in person and via webinars. These events are full of information and opportunities to meet other stu…

UQ speech pathology ranked number one in Australia by students

The UQ Speech Pathology program has been ranked number one Australia wide by students for teaching quality and educational experience.

More than 178,000 students from Australian universities and non-university higher-education institutions rated their experiences in the 2016 federal Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) survey.

More than 94% of speech pathology students at UQ were satisfied with the quality of their "entire educational experience" and over 97% were satisfied with the "quality of teaching."

The impressive results continued with students ranking the program number two on the skill development scale (student satisfaction 92.9%), and the learning resources scale (student satisfaction 94.7%).
"I was surprised by the amount of real clinical expertise integrated into the learning environment. Not only does the course offer clinics each semester for the students, but the teachers also use their real clinical experience and expertise to p…

Questions about Australian law schools? Don't miss the OzTREKK Study Law Abroad Webinars!

If you're considering studying law, you know it can be extremely competitive to get into a Canadian law school—and there are very few places available. Not being offered a coveted place often forces some students to rethink their career goals. For others, it just makes them more determined: they begin to look at other options, like studying law abroad.

Australian law schools have made a name for themselves in the world rankings arena, many of them placing in the top 50 in the world—and trust us when we say that means something, because there are hundreds of law schools in the world. But studying law in Australia raises a whole new crop of questions: What are the admissions requirements? Do I need the LSAT? What about the NCA exams? What about articling? What happens when I want to practice in Canada?

To help answer these questions and more, OzTREKK has organised three Study Law Abroad webinars. We know you can't always attend an in-person seminar, so we're bringing an Aus…

How to spot a scholarship scam

As Canadians, we know there are limited university spots available for degrees like medicine, dentistry, and law, and fewer places available for rehabilitation sciences programs like physiotherapy and speech pathology.

So what do students do? While some may give up on their dreams of becoming a doctor, others decide to apply to universities outside Canada, like Australia. If you've considered studying abroad, you know that international student fees don't come cheap, and finding a way to fund your studies can become an insurmountable obstacle. For some, this is a mountain of a deal-breaker. For others, this is merely a tiny molehill.

If you're the latter, you already know about getting a student line of credit. Some major Canadian banks do approve lines of credit for Canadians studying internationally. The drawback to getting a loan is the "paying it back" part.

This is where scholarships come in. Some Australian universities automatically assess you for an inte…

James Cook University's seven in a row for graduate jobs

James Cook University has been awarded top marks for graduate employment for the seventh year in a row—and JCU is the only Queensland university to achieve the distinction for the past seven years.

The authoritative tertiary education guide, the Good Universities Guide, confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand, with the university receiving 5 out of 5 stars for its graduates’ job prospects.

Only three Australian universities achieved the rating over the past seven years. The rating means JCU is in the top 20% of universities whose graduates were employed full-time within four months of graduation.

74.9% of undergraduates from James Cook University find full-time employment within four months of graduating, higher than the national average (69.5%).

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the ratings underline the university’s strong performance in teaching and research.

“Our graduates continue to be in demand and are finding employment quickly.

“We know that our …

Be part of the most established chiropractic program in Australia

Chiropractors have the privilege of being able to positively impact people's lives through the provision of natural and non-invasive healthcare methods. They have a deep understanding of the body's structures and how each interacts to affect our health. Using spinal adjustments, manipulation and other physical means to improve neuromusculoskeletal function, chiropractors can help us live healthy and active lives.

The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science degree at Macquarie University is the longest-running in Australia, and will prepare you for a rewarding career in one of the largest primary health professions. When you combine it with the Master of Chiropractic, you'll be equipped to work in private practice, chiropractic sports medicine, allied health areas, health insurance assessment, medico-legal advising, work health and safety, rehabilitation and research.
Key Features of the DegreeThis course offers training in a wide range of diagnostic and chiropractic manipulative…

A perfect day spent on the Gold Coast

From 2013–2015 the opportunity and privilege to live in the Gold Coast. I moved to Australia in January 2013 with my fiancé who was completing his law degree at Bond University.

Over the next few years I learned how to adjust to a new city and new surroundings (it took me about three months to feel settled). Once the home sickness feelings went away I began to enjoy being able to go to new restaurants, go on hikes and enjoy the time that I had in this city, which I knew would eventually come to an end.

Over my time in Australia I visited the most beautiful cities, travelled to Asia multiple times, and went to the best music festivals and sporting events. However, in this blog I want to talk about my ideal day in the Gold Coast, the city that I called home. If I was to return and soak everything in again my day would look something like this….

6:15 a.m. – Wake up and get a flat white at one of the independent coffee chains found near the sea wall

The coffee culture in Australia is amazi…

Have a degree? You can get your pharmacy degree in just two years!

Pharmacy degrees are great: you finish high school and then move directly to your professional four-year degree. Another bonus: Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees are recognized internationally, so if you intend to practice in Canada, you would first apply for certification through your provincial regulatory body. Many students have followed this path and are now practicing pharmacists in Canada.

Introducing graduate-entry pharmacy at Monash University If you hold a relevant degree, you may be able to enter into the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), receiving credit for much of the first two years of the program. That means you’ll finish your degree in two years.
What will you study? If you enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) via the graduate-entry pathway, you will complete a pass/fail unit that runs just over four weeks and must be passed in order to receive credit for the first two years of the degree. The unit is run in the summer semester (January - Feb…

Griffith Law School celebrates milestone

Dean of Law Professor Pene Mathew said the school can look back with immense pride as it came together to celebrate at the school’s 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Brisbane’s Victoria Park.

From an inaugural cohort of just 75 students in 1992, Griffith Law School has been recognised as one of Queensland’s most influential law schools while maintaining the university’s unwavering commitment to social justice.

"We had a mere five staff members when we first opened the school in 1992 and our small student intake had access to just the one clinical course which was at the Caxton Community Legal Service.

“Today, our students are exposed to a wide range of clinical courses where they can work with clients and are supervised by lawyers in real world legal situations.”

Ranked in the world top 100 law schools in the latest QS Rankings, Griffith Law School is also recognised as a world leader in the discipline of law in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Rankings).


University of Newcastle stands strong among the world’s best

The University of Newcastle continues to stand strong among the world’s best, ranking in the top 300 universities in the world, in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Now in their 14th year, the THE World University Rankings, evaluate universities worldwide across five key areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. The 2018 THE ranking includes 1,102 of the world’s leading research universities, up from 980 from the previous ranking, and includes 67 universities not previously assessed. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the independent ranking was an excellent achievement that reflected UON’s vision to stand as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, creating a better future for its regions through innovation and impact.

“Our performance in the 2018 THE World University Rankings is recognition of the hard work of our researchers, academics and professional staff in del…

Bond University Orientation with law and OT students

Why do we love our students so much? Because even after they have begun their studies at their Australian university, they are still willing to help new OzTREKKers get settled.

Talk about teamwork—and a testament to how amazing and supportive our students are when it comes to helping others!

On Monday, Sept. 4, our third-semester Bondies recently enjoyed a tour hosted by former OzTREKK students. The new Bond students, who will be studying in the Juris Doctor and Master of Occupational Therapy programs, enjoyed an informative campus tour and lunch at Hotel CBD, Varsity Lakes.

Best wishes to all the new Bond University students, and a big thank you to our former OzTREKK students for helping out with the tour!
Master of Occupational Therapy Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy degree will take just two years full time to complete because of Bond’s unique accelerated three-semesters-a-year structure. The program is the first occupational therapy master’s degree in Australia …

James Cook University buildings clean up

James Cook University’s new, innovative buildings—The Science Place and AITHM, Townsville—have been recognised as the best of their type by the Master Builders North Queensland.

The $80-million Science Place, a state-of-the-art educational science building constructed by Lendlease and opened earlier this year, was judged Project of the Year. The five level, 12,000-square-metre building also won the ‘Educational Facilities over $10m’ category.

Judge John Galloway called it “…the pinnacle of cutting-edge campus design.” Professor Marcus Lane, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at JCU, said the award was an important recognition for the builders and architects.

“But also for those members of the JCU community who conceived the project, successfully sought resources for its construction, and oversaw the detailed design. And now, the best part: they get to use this magnificent facility to create new scientific knowledge and make it available to north Queenslanders," he s…

A new student’s guide to activities in Sydney, Australia

Calling all University of Sydney and Macquarie University  students—no wait—all of you who are heading to Australia to study!

Getting into the pre-departure phase of your "Study in Australia" journey can be slightly overwhelming: accepting your offer, getting a visa, booking your flight, finding accommodation—all of these things are currently at the forefront of your mind.

What comes next? Well, usually it's concern about finding your way around campus, getting settled in classes, and making new friends. But OzTREKK's John Graham reminds us that there is a lot more to "study in Australia" than just studying.

While this blog is targeted to everyone headed to Sydney, New South Wales, it's also for anyone keen to take advantage of their school breaks, and we've had many OzTREKK students write to us about their Australian travel adventures! Here, John outlines a few of his favourite places in Sydney that you should check out:
Beach: Palm Beach Palm Be…

Bond cements its position as Australia's #1 for Student Experience

Would you like to study at a university where the professors know you by name, where class sizes are small, and where you are encouraged to focus on life after graduation? Then let us introduce you to Bond University!

For the twelfth year in a row, Bond has received more 5-star ratings for Student Experience than any other university in Australia in the latest edition of The Good Universities Guide.

Bond received the highest award of 5-stars for all six Student Experience measures—Overall, Teaching Quality, Learner Engagement, Learning Resources, Student Support and Skills Development—as well as 5-stars for Student:Staff Ratio and Student Retention. In addition to the institutional rankings, this year The Good Universities Guide has introduced rankings by field of study.

Bond received several 5-star ratings across various metrics for every field of study that is taught at the university, demonstrating that Bond University provides an exceptional experience for all of its students.


UQ marine scientists expose planetary emergency in new Netflix doc

A new Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral, has hit the world’s small screens.

The University of Queensland’s Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was the chief scientific adviser on the documentary, which starkly records and reveals the impact of climate change on the world’s coral reefs. 

Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jeff Orlowski’s film follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists on the epic ocean adventure. Professor Hoegh-Guldberg plays a starring role in the documentary along with UQ marine scientists Dr Pim Bongaerts, Dr Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero, Professor Justin Marshall, and other world-renowned coral reef experts.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said the documentary was a powerful way to reveal the impact climate change is having on our reefs.

“This is as much about the emotional side of reef losses as it is about the compelling science behind this planetary emergency,” he said.

For the past three years, Jeff and his team have followed the work of The Ocean Agency, revealing the g…

What's so great about the Macquarie University Hospital?

Just three weeks ago we announced the new Doctor of Medicine program being offered at Macquarie University. The addition of the Macquarie MD now means that OzTREKK students now have eight medical programs to choose from!

The Macquarie MD aims to provide students with a high-quality and innovative learning experience. With a small annual intake of 60 (40 domestic and 20 international), students will have access to impressive facilities and medical educators, researchers and clinicians.
What's so great about the Macquarie University Hospital? A hospital is a hospital, right? Well, not quite. Let us explain.

 Along with the amazing—and paid for—clinical year in Hyderabad, India, MD students will also spend much of their time at the Macquarie University Hospital, which is Australia's most technologically advanced private hospital on a university campus.

The hospital is co-located with the Australian School of Advanced Medicine and also houses medical services for students and sta…

Monash law students shine at awards night

Monash Law School students Sophie Tversky and Hannah McDonald were finalists in the Law Student Of The Year category at the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.

And a huge win for barrister William Lye, a Monash law graduate and chief examiner of contracts in the Monash JD. William won the national Barrister of the Year award, as well as the prize of prizes—the Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award.

Culminating in a glitzy 700-person event in Sydney, the Australian Law Awards recognise the innovative work of firms and individuals in various practice areas, as well as the outstanding achievements of students.

"It was wonderful to be able to celebrate and meet those in the industry who are driving change and positive impact within our profession," Sophie said. "It was fantastic to represent Monash University."

"To win the 'best of the best' was just amazing,'' William said.

"This was a significant honour because I get to set an example for o…

OzTREKK scholarship up for grabs!

So, you've applied to an Australian university through OzTREKK. Have you applied for the OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarship yet? The application deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Why are you inspired to study in Australia? Who are you? How do you contribute to your community? Applicants must submit a video explaining why they should be considered.

We encourage you to be creative and tell us about yourself!

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (or any other platform that can be accessed by OzTREKK via a link). It must not require log-in or a password.

The video must be no more than 2 minutes in length.

 Applicants may also submit a max. 1-page personal statement that explains your community leadership; however, this is not mandatory. Applicants, please submit video link (and letter, if desired) to by 5 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Applications close:November 8, 2017*

2018 Winner announced:December 2017 (date to be fi…

What is the difference between occupational therapy and physiotherapy?

There is often confusion between physiotherapy and occupational therapy. There are significant differences between the two professions, but also many areas where they overlap.

Physiotherapy (or physical therapy) is a health care profession with a focus on assessing, improving and restoring physical function.Occupational therapy also looks at physical function, but extends this to consider how this affects your ability to engage in occupation such as daily activities, leisure and work. Occupational therapy also addresses the range of requirements for the patient including their mental and emotional well-being. Occupational therapists also have the knowledge and training to work with people with a mental illness or emotional problems such as depression and/or stress. Occupational therapists are also trained in adapting the environment or prescribing special equipment to help people reach their full potential.

OTs often work alongside physiotherapists, as part of a team of health professi…

Come meet Australian universities this September

In just a few weeks, we will be hosting our yearly Fall Study in Australia Fairs. Come chat with OzTREKK and Australian universities!
Don't be shy—ask questions! If you haven't considered studying in Australia, let us show you why you should. Studying medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, physiotherapy or other professional degrees abroad is a big step, and many students can feel overwhelmed with their options. Discover the educational opportunities available in Australia and find out how to make it all work for you!

Beginning Sept. 18 at Wilfrid Laurier University, OzTREKK and our Australian university partners will be travelling across Canada to Canadian university campuses to help students learn more about their study options. Join us at an OzTREKK Fall Study in Australia Fair—and find out how you can make your career dreams become reality.

Wilfrid Laurier University
Venue: Concourse
Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Guelph University
Venue: Uni Centre Courty…

James Cook University ranked among top 2% of the world’s universities

The authoritative Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published recently by the Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has ranked JCU in the top 301–400 group of universities.

James Cook University’s standing as a world-class research university has been reaffirmed, with new data confirming JCU is among the top 2% of the world’s universities.

JCU has been ranked in the world’s top 400 universities since 2010. Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Cocklin said that despite JCU’s size, the university performs very strongly when compared to its peers around the world.

“UNESCO identifies around 18,000 higher-education institutions around the globe, and to be listed among the top 400 is a very significant achievement.” Professor Cocklin said for a regional university to achieve such a result is a tribute to the efforts of its academics.

“We are a highly competitive, research-intensive university, and this ranking is a great credit to …

Griffith MD application and scholarship deadlines for 2018 intake

It's getting close to that time of year when applications for the 2018 intake are wrapping up. If you've applied to Griffith Medical School, please note applications will be closing officially on Sept. 29, 2017—or sooner if they've filled the program. You are encouraged to have all your app documents to OzTREKK as soon as possible in order to meet this deadline. Oh, and don't forget to apply for the scholarship. :-)
Griffith University Medical School MD program Griffith MD students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the new Gold Coast University Hospital. Students will also develop an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning, and learn how to be resourceful in seeking information and adapting to new technologies.

The Doctor of Medicine program at Griffi…

University of Melbourne joins FutureLearn

The University of Melbourne has joined FutureLearn, a platform offering free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

Announcing the new partnership, Professor Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Melbourne, said “We are excited to be joining FutureLearn. We believe our partnership with MOOC platform FutureLearn will provide opportunities for a new group of learners to experience our high-quality educational offerings.”

The establishment of the new partnership will expand the reach of the university’s open online learning programs, which have enjoyed considerable success since the Melbourne began its partnership with Coursera five years ago. Mark Lester, Director of Partnership Development at FutureLearn, warmly welcomed the University of Melbourne.

"We are delighted to bring to our global community of learners the opportunity to study together on courses from a world-leading university such as the University…