It’s that time of year again…
Students are about to head back to school after the summer break.
But for a large group of university students, it marks the start of life in Canada.
Mark Giunta reports.
“I thought why not? Let’s try Canada.”
Vazgen Minasyan has travelled more than 8000 kilometres to get here.
He’s from Armenia.
And now he’s completing his Masters in applied modelling and quantitative methods at Trent University.
“Studying in international environment has its benefits. You meet people from different countries and different backgrounds. Not only do you learn from your professors, but your classmates.”
Helen Liddell is here from England.
She’s studying English Literature.
“Every year we do an exchange program for our third year. I had a choice of universities in Australia, American and Canada. I chose here because I want to be near Toronto and explore.”
Minasyan and Liddell are part of a group of around 250 international students who will begin their studies at Trent next week.
Of those students, more than 180 will spend the weekend at Trent International Camp at Camp Timberlane in Haliburton.
Michael Eamon – interim director of Trent International:
“So these students come from all over the world. They’re nervous and scared. This is a great way to build a community. A great way to build support.”
The students will enjoy a Canadian experience at camp.
It runs until Sunday.
After that … it will be orientation week at Trent and the start of the new semester.