Our Corbett Scholars share a lot of the experiences that many students do while abroad – but they also have unique and exciting ones that are all their own.
The Corbett British Columbia-Washington International Exchange Program is special because it asks participants to consider the Canada-U.S. relationship in everything they do. During their year abroad, they will encounter some of the nuances that define this close political and cultural relationship. They will learn about the specific features of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem, study the differences between Canadian and American policies on healthcare, education, climate and more, and will see in action the shared values and cultural touchstones that are unique to our region.
As they do these things, we have asked them to share with us. Keep up with their experiences by watching this news space!
Growing up in beautiful Vancouver, BC, the United States was always a bit of a puzzle to me. On the one hand, its proximity and similarity to Canada, coupled with our frequent visits, made it familiar. On the other, popular culture and news media would often convince me I actually knew very little. Close, yet
To the aspiring, intelligent, and passionate Huskies who will soon be joining the community of Thunderbirds, I am here to offer some tips to help you survive the first week at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Course Registration Faculties (departments): When you submit your exchange application you have to report your major and will
On May 20, 2019, newly-awarded 2019-2020 Corbett scholars and outgoing 2018-2019 scholars gathered along with Gary and Consuelo Corbett and University of Washington administrators. Current scholars shared highlights of their experiences and new students were able to meet and thank the Corbetts in person. Every year, Consuelo Corbett gifts a journal to each student so
In my second term at the University of British Columbia (UBC), I took an intensive modern Chinese literature course for Chinese heritage speakers. I only signed up for it because I couldn’t get into a discrete mathematical modeling class that was full, and literature wasn’t even on my radar to consider until I took the
Understanding differences and similarities in the Pacific Northwest region is a key part of the Corbett program. Even with cities as similar as Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle, there are subtle differences that future Corbett scholars might want to prepare for when moving from one city to another. I have lived in all three cities, and
It takes time to learn to navigate a new city, from the basics of layout to cultural nuances. And there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the process: no one would argue that Venice is not best seen from a gondola, or Amsterdam from a bike saddle. My home city of Vancouver may be best discovered
The first half of our exchange to UW from UBC came too quickly, but Parsa, Julia, Leo and I were warmly welcomed to Western Washington University (WWU) for a presentation on our exchange and Canadian/U.S. relationship at CANADA WEEK. Parsa, Leo and I hastily hopped into the UW rental car midday, eating our lunch as
On March 4, the four current Corbett scholars from Canada visited Western Washington University as part of CANADA WEEK. Julia, Amy, Leo and Parsa created and presented an engaging talk about their experiences as exchange students in the United States so far, and shared how their sense of Canadian identity has evolved. They explored how
My time in Victoria began around six months ago and each day has been nothing short of remarkable. Having studied computer science at both the University of Washington and the University of Victoria, I can confidently say that UVic’s computer science program is undeniably quality by anyone’s standards. I have taken a wide variety of
Hello! My name is Sam Warkentin, and I am currently on my year-long exchange to the University of Victoria (UVic) from the University of Washington. Leading up to this experience, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I had traveled to other countries before but never lived in one for an extended period of time. In