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Killam Fellow shares Canadian experience

Kwame Babukar

December 31, 2013

Originally posted: December 2013

I’ve had a terrific experience in Canada. It started with a weekend long orientation hosted by Fulbright Canada in Ottawa. We got to tour the Parliament building and the Supreme Court. Later we also went to the museum and played a game of hockey. Fulbright Canada took care of everything. After I returned from Ottawa, I started my exchange. On campus, I met Canadians as well as other exchange and international students. I participated in activities on campus and throughout the city including bowling, dodgeball, thanksgiving dinner (October in Canada), visited an Ontario farm, and helped organize a flash-freeze mob against conflict minerals. I also learned more about Canadian history, the issues Canadians face, Canada’s relationship with the rest of the world, multiculturalism in Canada, and Canadian media. My semester in Canada has been a truly worthwhile experience.

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Killam provides a cash award of $5,000 U.S. per semester ($10,000 for a full academic year), an all expense paid three day orientation in Ottawa, and a three day all expense paid seminar in Washington. The Canadian Studies Center is a partner institution with the Killam Foundation enabling up to two full academic year fellowships annually for U.W. students. For more information on the Killam Fellowship contact the Center at