Rick Hansen

In today’s rapidly changing and increasingly international labour market, employers are increasingly looking for hires with global experience, as they bring global awareness, intercultural skills and connections that help businesses and organizations thrive. Global study and work-integrated learning opportunities are also about personal development; they build character in ways that help shape our view of […]

Paul Davidson

“Any country that wants to succeed in our shifting global economy needs a globally aware workforce. International study that includes experiential learning is one of the best ways to build that awareness. To meet this growing labour force need, Canada needs many more of its bright young students to go abroad.”

Paul Davidson

“In our rapidly changing world, Canadian employers need workers who are culturally aware, resilient, and adaptable—skilled in problem solving, communication and teamwork. These are all competencies gained through international experiences.”

Andrew Lang

“We are developing professional skills and professional cross-cultural competencies with students working in multicultural settings as they advance in their careers.”

Simon Hobeila

“We know the inequities present in society are also present in our mobility programs. But we don’t want the institution to be a hurdle. We want the university to help overcome barriers.”

Ashley Dunlop

“We want to inspire all of our students to see the value of student intercultural exchange and learning.”

Denise Amyot

“In an increasingly globalized world, study and work abroad programs are essential international learning experiences that ensure students are culturally literate, resilient and adaptable. Global Skills Opportunity will equip Canadian students to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace.”

Jazmin Alfaro

“The experience that you feel in and of yourself in being there, … it’s impactful. It’s a different way of understanding that is really true to oneself and I would have never had that had I not [studied] internationally.”

The Right Honourable David Johnston

“The first thing that happens when young Canadians travel abroad is their curiosity becomes enhanced by exposure to differences. The second thing that happens is their judgment becomes better because they don’t accept the first evidence and they don’t come into something with a prejudice. They look for the other side of the story. The […]

Bessma Momani & Jillian Stirk

“Business leaders, universities and governments are all seeking the knowledge and savvy that comes with international experience, an elusive set of characteristics sometimes described as cultural fluency. Businesses want their workforce to be able to communicate, connect, negotiate and understand others in the global marketplace.”