Pros and cons of life and study in Canada.
Table of contents.
We pledged every Sunday to tell the life story of a Slavic girl who ventured to go to another country. We publish these stories in the framework of the rubric I WANT changes (link all materials). Today we offer the story of the Ukrainian women’s move to Yuly.
Here could be another story of a man who all his life dreamed of moving to live abroad, and finally happily waving a pen from abroad. But no. My transfer is 7553 kilometers from home & ndash; an excellent proof of the unpredictability of life.
In Canada, my young man and I went for a better education, since the level of the national raised doubts after two months of training. The choice of the object for the move was not obvious. From the first thought & laquo; instead of whether we go somewhere to study & raquo; Before landing on Canadian soil, 9 months passed. By the way, moving to Canada for the sake of studying is the fastest and easiest in terms of documents. But far from budget & hellip;
Expectations & ndash; reality.
We went on a trip without any expectations. We just felt that we would like it there. Perhaps, it is this approach that keeps us from further disappointments. As a result, & ndash; Canada met us very affably. Contrary to popular beliefs about the falsity of Canadian and American people (for 4 years here I have never met with such).
About this tell almost everyone who (not forced to) moved to live abroad, but it is worth, probably once again focus on this attention. They are not afraid to say compliments and wish a good day passers-by; it is not shameful to just smile at an unfamiliar person, this act will not be judged condemnatory. Perhaps, the smile will not be 100% sincere. But I prefer her unreasonable aggression, which often slips in our society. Just because someone did not get enough sleep, he decides to spoil your day. Is the situation familiar? In Canada, I did not observe this.
Something went wrong.
The only thing that did not coincide with the fact that we were told in the agency through which we searched for the university and submitted documents is medicine. According to the stories & ndash; Canadian medicine has no equal in the world.
The first time I needed a doctor was in October 2013. I came to the walk-in clinic (there are such small hospitals where the therapist is taking in. A doctor who can ask any question and if he decides that the problem is serious and you need a narrow-profile specialist, then he will write you a referral to the hospital) and told me what troubles me. I was worried about a number of symptoms, to which the doctor said that he did not know that it could be and sent me to the tests. After 3 days I was called back and told that the situation had not cleared up. Two months after arriving in Ukraine, I decided to find out what it was. The doctor sent me to an ultrasound and tests, then explained the problem and cured. Could you think that our doctors will be more qualified than Canadian doctors?
If there is no insurance (or if the insurance does not cover a lot), medicine will be very expensive. Admission to the dentist costs a minimum of $ 50CAD (but this is a routine examination without interventions), the therapist – $ 75CAD, some tests can cost and $ 1000 CAD.
When you communicate with a doctor, you feel some superficial attitude. You ask questions, and you, passing them by your ears, prescribe for 3 minutes antibiotics. You’ll come again if not & ndash; will write out the others. Here, they are more likely to love & treat, than to cure. Therefore, we are still on the arrival in Ukraine, we go through a survey of proven doctors.
Study in Canada.
I’ll tell you about my studies at York University on the Human Resources Management program. (In college, another university or on another program in YorkU it can be a little different).
Of course, education in Canada and Ukraine varies considerably.
First, here the students make their own schedule. Moreover, here is the credit system, which horrifies the new students from the CIS countries. On a four-year program, the student must earn 120 credits. Profile items are 3 credits each, and they last 1 semester. There are general subjects that must be passed. They usually last 2 semesters and cost 6 or 9 credits, depending on the amount of material.
In our schedule of the University of Kiev there were 11 subjects per semester. And we, by ignorance, almost did not take as much in the Canadian university.
In order to be listed as a full-time student, you need to take a minimum of 4 & ndash; a maximum of 6 subjects. And so, if you are a resident of Canada, you can take at least 1 subject per semester, and work the rest of the time. Thus, you can study here for at least 10 years on one program, doing 1-3 courses per semester.
Library for Canadian Students & ndash; very popular place for spending time. Only new textbooks are used in classes. A maximum of 3 years ago. That is, all the information studied is relevant to date.
Training here is super mobile and technological: in every class there are screens, for viewing slides, or videos from YouTube, at the discretion of the teacher. And students, in the main, take notes on laptops. Also, many classes are offered online. I repeatedly took objects online, and in one of them I had a presentation with a group that I had never seen.
There is no free education. At all. Moreover, international students pay 3 times more expensive than local students.
Local students have the opportunity to take OSAP (in other words, to take some interest from the state, but the debt will still have to be returned after the release).
Yes, it is forbidden to write off anywhere. But, if in our educational institutions it is formal, then in here & ndash; on practice. In the event that someone is caught for copying, the work is canceled. In the most severe cases, the case is brought to the university administration, the issue of expulsion is raised, with a personal record and a ban on enrolling in colleges and universities in North America and Europe for the next 5 years.
You always know perfectly well what you get an appreciation for. Up to the percentage of this estimate. At the beginning of the semester, the teacher sends a document with information about the subject to the mail: what will be the subject, on which day we will pass this or that chapter, will there be group tasks on this day that need to be performed in the class, what is the final evaluation for this subject (eg 5% visit, 15% group presentation, 35% mid-term examination, 45% final examination OR 15% attendance and active participation in the discussion, etc.).
If one day you woke up and realized that life is perishable, and your chosen specialty is & ndash; this is not what you want to do, there is a way out. Here you can change direction. If you change the program to another similar one, then your completed subjects will be counted to you. Also, for those who find it difficult to define a specialty, but already want to start learning, there is a program like Undecided Major & ndash; this is when you take items from several different specialties for the first year of study, and at its end make a decision.
If your craving for knowledge is stronger than you & ndash; training in Canada is also for you. There is an opportunity to study in the summer. Courses are available in the summer semester, and there are many such workaholics. For example, if you are an international student, rent an apartment and are not going to fly home for a vacation, you can spend the summer profitably.
There is everything for your self-expression. Each student has the right to open a club for interests or join an existing one. For active participation in the life of the university, hours are added, which in the future will play an important role in the consideration of your resume by the employer. There are clubs of musicians; people belonging to the same ethnic group; citizens of a country; vegetarians; lovers of Harry Potter, desktop and online games; Well, you understand & ndash; the list is infinitely long.
Not learning one. Leisure in Toronto.
Our leisure options depend on the time of the year. Except for this winter. The winters here are quite severe: with snowstorms, frosts, strong, blowing through the winds, and icy rains. Therefore, we practically do not go on the street. In winter, we often go to the movies, by the way, watching movies in the original is a pleasure! We also spend the evenings with friends, arranging noisy gatherings, playing board games, poker, chatting heart to heart.
Sometimes we go out to all you can eat sushi & ndash; this is when you pay a fixed price and can order as much as you like. But you have to eat everything you ordered, or you’ll have to pay extra for what’s left.
There is practically no spring, as such. Usually it’s winter before mid-April, and it’s already getting hot in early May. In the middle of May we go to the BBQ in the park. Many city parks are equipped with small braziers and tables, which anyone can use. With you you need to bring coals, and everything you need for a picnic. In the summer we are very fond of going to provincial parks. We several times were in Algonquin Provincial Park (2 hours from Toronto), and last summer we discovered the Bruce Peninsula National Park. We like to go to Niagara Falls, several times we visited the capital and Montreal.
In the beginning of autumn we like to visit farms to pick apples, berries and pumpkins ourselves.
And still had time to visit New York, to which to go 8 hours by car, and in Los Angeles & ndash; 5 hours fly.
How does the Ukrainian feel in Canada.
It’s amazing, but from the very first day, despite the fact that there’s ALL different, we did not feel like strangers. Most likely because all the emigrants here. Everyone came here once. And if not they, then their parents or grandparents. In this regard, you can always start a conversation with questions: & laquo; How long have you been in Canada? & Raquo; and & laquo; Where are you from? & raquo ;.
It’s hard to talk about culture, because Canada & ndash; it is a multicultural country. There are representatives of all countries of the world, therefore it is easy to get in touch with the culture of each people. For example, for 3,5 years of study I met students from Kenya, South Africa, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, China, Korea, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Australia, Nigeria Italy, Romania, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Moldova, India, Pakistan, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Poland and Germany. And this is not a complete list. You can imagine how many stories about the coloring of other nationalities I heard.
My personal purchases.
With the move, we were given the opportunity to compare life in Ukraine here. Over these 3.5 years, I have become much more open, always positive. I began to be interested in something that I did not attach any importance to before. I learned to appreciate everything I have and enjoy every day! During this time, I, of course, significantly improved my language skills. Now I speak and understand English fluently. Here society accepts any people: with all their shortcomings, with cultural characteristics & ndash; this taught me to respect the ‘other & raquo; people, to be more tolerant and understanding.
In June, my young man and I plan to play a wedding. On the subtleties of preparation, differences from weddings in Ukraine, and personal experience I am going to write in my profile in Instagram (@julia_suleymanova).
A year later I graduated from the university. Now the worries will become “more mature & raquo ;: we plan to start actively developing our IT business, get a residence permit, and then citizenship.
Pros and cons of life and study in Canada.