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I'm sophomore of English Interpretation and Translation. Now I am spending my 2nd semester at University of British Colombia in Canada majoring in Business. I applied to Global Academics Internship Program in May. It is a kind of Exchanging student program by getting credits while you are studying at UBC. It requires TOEIC or TOEFL grades and transcript of academic course what you have gotten in DGU. After submitting these transcripts, you will be supposed to interview in English.

 This program offers a unique opportunity for international students to take part in academic life at UBC while developing cultural fluency, English language communication skills and practical workplace experience with internship. The most attractive thing what this program has is Internship. It will give us an advantage in seeking and finding a good job when we return to Korea.

In detail, Global Academics Internship Program (GAIP) majoring in business is a five month, full time classes that is intended to be challenging and rewarding. When I audited business lecture first, I was really surprised about different style of lecture taught by professor. Actually, lecture in Canada is really different from in Korea. They focused on participation and volunteering. If we did a good job, we got good feedback from professor. It inspires all students and stimulates each other. It can be very tough for students who are passive. But if you get over it, it is very good for student to experience in western style of lecture, for sure.
As I said before, the most attractive thing that it has is Internship. The internship is designed to provide the student valuable job experience and exposure to workplace practices at a North American firm. This is designed for students interested in studying abroad while gaining experience working in a North American workplace. It is also about building confidence in intercultural communication in academic and professional settings.

As an international student, it is a privilege to experience Canadian culture. Oct 8th was Thanks giving day in Canada. I spent my time on enjoying delicious food and talking with my homestay family. Now I expect Halloween day and Christmas day in Canada. Traveling is also fantastic privilege that you have to enjoy. I went to Rocky Mt. with DGU friends. The view of Rocky Mt. was really fabulous and breathtaking.

It’s been two months since I left Korea. I studied three courses about Business. And there is one course left and there are about 3 weeks left before internship. After 3 weeks, I will work at department of marketing & Business development, in an international software company. I’m really interested in Marketing. So, I bet it will be fantastic experience for me before getting a job in Korea and it will help building confidence by working with many people who are came from various cultures. Now, everything is good and everything is going to be good. I’m happy with my life in Canada ?


Kwon Se-jin  -

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