How to incorporate global learning into your U of A experience — without leaving campus

By Susie Muncner

Nov 1, 2019 · 5 min read
I-House Welcome BBQ 2017

As the leaves start to fall and the first snow of the season blows in, many of us can’t help but dream of faraway places. While the U of A offers tons of opportunities for international exchanges and internships, you actually don’t need to leave campus to experience the world. Here are some of my top tips for incorporating some international learning into your degree without venturing far from home.

1. Get involved with University of Alberta International

2. Pursue a Certificate in International Learning

3. Live at or participate in International House Events

Touring Edmonton with new I-House Roommates

International House is a university residence nestled in the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Campus Village. I-House is unique in that it is composed of approximately two thirds international students and one third Canadian students, and is home to a community that organizes and hosts intercultural learning events. These include cultural celebrations, workshops and seminars, and volunteering opportunities. Everyone who intends to live there must submit an application to prove that they will, in some way, positively contribute to the international dynamics of the community. I spent two years living in International House, and my favourite events included the Mongolian New Year Celebration as well as the Caribbean Carnival Celebration. I became neighbours with students from every continent, and this was an incredible way to learn from the global community that lives right here at the U of A!

4. Join and volunteer for a club with an international focus

5. Join a cultural community club

6. Learn a foreign language

You don’t need to go far from the U of A to incorporate meaningful and diverse global experiences into your degree program! We are very fortunate to be a very international university, so even if an experience abroad isn’t for you, you can definitely find an opportunity to learn more about the world around you from close to home!

Susie Muncner is a second year medical student who has participated in international exchanges in France and Malta. When she’s not studying or day-dreaming about her next adventure, she can be found trying out new restaurants or playing ultimate frisbee with friends.


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