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By Diyyinah Jamora, 2015-2016 Killam Fellow from the  University of Ottawa to the University of Maine

I come from Canada, born in Vancouver and studying in Ottawa. Just this August, I packed up my things and moved to a new university and a new home to call my own for the next four months: Maine. I had never been to New England or even seen the Atlantic Ocean prior to living in Orono. Looking at a map of the United States you would think, “so basically it’s Canada.” But I quickly learned that living in a small town in Maine is incredibly different than back home, and studying at an American college is a very different educational experience. read more

By Cheryl A. Camillo, 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to the University of Regina

In reflecting upon International Education Week (IEW), I came to understand that a Fulbright fellowship is a lifelong journey. The exchange experience does not start when one arrives in the host country, or even when one begins the Fulbright application, rather it starts when one first realizes the benefits of international exchange, which can happen as soon as one recognizes a difference between countries or their cultures. read more

By Justin Park, Fulbright 2015-2016 student from University of California-Los Angeles to Concordia University.

What is it about international education that challenges us to see the world in a different way? It is not only about recognizing the difference in language, culture and society, as we can be well conscious of it while being at home. It’s not just about checking off the places we have been wanting to visit. It has much more meaningful and deeper value to us as students.

As a Fulbright student in Montreal, I am given the opportunity to study my passion and interests in a brand new environment. One might think, how can Canada be that different from the United States? Speculations like these are all assumptions that we hold until they shatter in the light of new perspectives and thoughts following our arrival to a new place. Personally I see it as a first-hand opportunity to study immigration in a global context, to observe the naturalization process for African immigrants in a setting that is unique for its own immigration history and policy, and attempt to understand the thought process of immigrants to Canada. It may be possible to study this phenomenon without leaving the U.S. since the ever-developing technology allows us access to information at our fingertips. read more

By Allison Turner, 2015-2016 Fulbright Student from Purdue University at the University of Waterloo

I’ve been in Canada for two and a half months. I’ve been in graduate school for two of those months. What have I learned after all of that international education-ing(?). This: if you want to feel alive, go study abroad…but be prepared for quite a ride.

In the first few weeks of my program, I felt lonely and frustrated. I’m used to a packed schedule, but graduate school started off very slowly. I only take one course this semester, and the remainder of my work involves the solitary tasks of reading and writing. I had lots of questions, but I felt silly asking them. Most of my classmates enjoyed the company of a friend close by; I struggled to keep in touch with old friends and mentors, who were a nation away. read more

By Bailey Anderson, 2015-16 Killam Fellow, University of Texas – Austin to Memorial University of Newfoundland

International education has been an important aspect of my life since, as an insecure 16 year old, I decided to go to Argentina for a year as a Rotary Youth Ambassador. My experience there taught me more about myself, the world, and my own background than any amount of time in my small home town could have. It taught me to search for the value in every experience and every person and that fear of failure is one of the worst reasons to let life slip you by. read more

By Dr. Lomax Boyd, Fulbright Scholar 2015-2016

The studio of the National Film Board of Canada is one of the last places you might expect to find an American biologist.

Having spent years in a laboratory, my outlook on the world was solidly scientific. I had gone through the gauntlet of scientific training, published a respectable paper, and was set for the next step in a traditional scientific career. But what was once a side interest while in graduate school—producing intimate, visceral documentary films about science—had morphed into a fully fledged passion. The problem, however, was that no one funded that kind of passion! Or so I thought. read more

Are you ready to start your journey?