Study Abroad Update – OurWarwick

Study Abroad Update

Meredith Whiting | Global Sustainable Development and Sociology Contact Meredith

Hey everyone! With only two months to go before the move out to Canada, thought I’d give everyone a quick update.

My visa application is getting going now. With all the forms to fill in, and supplementary info to provide, it’s getting complicated to keep track of things. I think I have most of it ready now, just waiting for student finance to confirm my maintenance loan so I have enough to live on out there. Visa processing will need to start soon, to ensure I am allowed to study at Queen’s when I arrive. This permit should last until my expected date of study ends, around the end of April. I’m hoping this gives me enough time to travel around at the end of the year, seeing places I wouldn’t have the opportunity to during term time.

Module choices have been happening too this week. It’s been a good opportunity to expand what I’ve been learning on this year and also trying new subjects. I’ve been trying to strike a balance between my degree here at Warwick and studying something new, so hoping I achieve that and use the opportunity for new lectures as much as I can. I can take up to 10 half year modules, or 30 credits, where each half year modules is worth 3.0 and a full year is 6.0. I’ve been advised to take 8 modules to match a usual course load at Warwick, especially as modules in Canada seem to be more assessment heavy than here.

I’ve also managed to get accommodation sorted, so need to start looking for flights. Planning ahead is difficult when I’m unsure exactly what time is best to leave and when I have my room from, but overall I think I will be leaving around the 20th August, leaving opportunities to settle down without too much time to just sit there and get homesick. Queen’s has an orientation schedule specifically for exchange and transfer students, aside from the freshman (first year) orientation. This should allow me the opportunity to take part and meet people in my situation, and acclimatise to living abroad before studying starts.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m getting quite excited but nervous about the prospect of moving abroad! This is the biggest move I’ll have undertaken, as my trip to university from home is only 4 miles. Wilkes I’m not exactly scared about what lies ahead, I’m definitely a little apprehensive – although that won’t stop me going forwards with it all and embracing the challenges!

Meredith Whiting | Global Sustainable Development and Sociology Contact Meredith

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