I can't help but get a chuckle out of the signs I see around campus. The humor is much appreciated as I study !
I had been thinking about the University exchange program for years – ever since I started studying in my mid 30’s. I began studying in my mid-30s because I had worked in retail for 15-20 years and was, simply said, over it. Studying has been fantastic and if I could afford it I would love to be a professional student.
As for the going overseas part, the recent passing of my sister in law pushed me into making the decision and to not procrastinate about it but to just do it. I decided on the University of Lethbridge, a Liberal Arts University in Alberta, Canada. The University has around 8,000 students, with less than 1,000 living on campus. I’m lucky enough to be one of them.
I arrived in Lethbridge a week before I could move into my accommodation; as such I stayed in a “homestay” which was a fantastic introduction into the Canadian lifestyle. I stayed with a family which had 3 kids, the oldest 2 working and studying at the University. They were able to give me lots of hints. While I was staying in the homestay I dropped in to the International Office to finally meet the staff. They were and have been a fantastic help. Diane from the International Office was able to pick me up from the homestay location and helped me move into the on-campus accommodation
As far as the studies at University of Lethbridge, the Fall session runs from early September until late December, with the Spring session staring early January and going until mid April. I’m studying 3 subject this seesion and hopefully 4 next session.
From my experience, the information for each subject is presented via textbooks and 2.5 hours of face to face time per week. There are no “lectures” or a “study guide” as such. The face-to-face time is divided into two 1 hour and 15 minutes classes per subject per week. Each class covers roughly a chapter in the text book. This can mean a lot of study, but really is comparable to the time requirements of SCU, just set out in a different structure.