International Learning Myths

International learning opportunities can seem confusing and complex when you first start to explore your options – but it doesn’t have to feel that way! Continue reading to see if you hold any of the misconceptions below.

Myth 1: My program doesn’t give me the option to pursue an international learning opportunity

Fact: There are options available for everyone

With the right research and planning, students from any program can pursue an international learning opportunity. For example, if you’re in Engineering and prefer not to go on exchange during the academic year, you can still pursue an internship or summer abroad opportunity. Our programs offer lots of flexibility and program-specific outcomes regardless of your academic program.

Myth 2: International learning is too expensive for me

Fact: Scholarships and bursaries are available.

Western offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to support your international learning experiences. And if you’re going on exchange, you can continue using OSAP, as you will still pay tuition only to Western.

Myth 3: I can’t go on exchange to a non-English speaking country

Fact: Exchanges are available all over the world.

No matter which country you choose, you will be able to find a range of English-language courses offered at our partner institutions. You can work with our office and your academic counselor to ensure that your exchange destination offers the courses you need in English.

Myth 4: Studying abroad will delay my graduation date

Fact: There are ways to study abroad without delaying graduation.

With the right academic planning, you can go on exchange and still graduate in 4 years – many of our students have done just that! Reach out to your academic department to figure out how you can fit your international learning plans into your degree. For example, if you are a BMOS student, you can connect with your academic advisors in the DAN Management department, who can help you figure out how an exchange can fit into your academic journey at Western.

Myth 5: Going on exchange is too difficult

Fact: It is an experience worth having.

International learning can be a profoundly life-changing experience. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself for an extended period of time in a new country, culture, and educational system – so it may be challenging sometimes, but it will also be rewarding in ways that you may not have anticipated. And you will have all the support you need from international learning office and from your exchange institution while studying abroad.

Myth 6: I don’t want to go on exchange, so there aren’t any international learning opportunities suited to me

Fact: There are many options available.

Exchange is just one of many international learning opportunities offered at Western. You have a wealth of options available to you – internships, faculty-led international programs, summer programs, research, field school, impact experience and so much more. It’s a matter of finding the right fit – and our office is here to help you.

Myth 7: It is too dangerous to travel internationally

Fact: There are many ways to travel safely.

Western International has developed 7 safety abroad steps to help students prepare for their international experience. It includes online pre-departure training, travel registry and guidance on insurance. Western has also invested in global medical, safety and security assistance through International SOS; which offers 24/7 support for our students before departure, while abroad and in an emergency.