It had never been imagined before that during my S1 period, I could conduct a study exchange in Canada. I was participating in the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) program, which gives students from ASEAN countries the opportunity to study in Canada for one semester at full cost from the Canadian government. The campus where I study in Canada is Okanagan College, located in Kelowna, British Columbia.
At Okanagan College
At Okanagan College, I took the Earth and Environmental Science program. The life of teaching and learning at Okanagan College and ITS is not much different. At Okanagan College, there are many activities outside the class that support the learning process such as short field trips to the Kelowna sewage management and also discussing with expertise in the field of Geographic Information System (GIS). As a student from Indonesia, English is my second language. Sometimes I had a few obstacles when communicating with the Second language, but my friends and professors are very understanding of it and instead helped me in communicating and also in lectures.
International students are usually given the opportunity to explore several natural sites in Canada, one of which is a trip to Banff, Alberta, a province located east of British Columbia. Usually, this activity is carried out at the time of Thanks Giving (mid-autumn). There were also a number of cultural exhibitions from international students held after the midterm exams are over.
Exploring Natural Sites at Banff, Alberta
Kelowna is one of the 3 largest cities in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The city is surrounded by hills and the population density is not too dense, so the atmosphere of learning in this city is very good. I also live with a local family in Kelowna so I can experience the life and culture of Canada firsthand.
This valuable experience cannot be separated from those who helped me. I am thankful to the Geophysical Engineering Department who supported me to take part in this student exchange and also the ITS International Office which mediated me to the Okanagan College and the Government of Canada.
Jan. 13th , 2020
Yolanda Mustika Bohal
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