Brazilian Students Arriving at Algoma University
LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
August 23rd, 2012 at 12:56pm
"Students will begin with a four-month intensive ESL curriculum," said Joanne Elvy, Director of International Student Recruitment. "From there they will move on to full-time degree studies, and spend the Spring/Summer semester next year in internships at the University research labs, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, as well as-off campus at the Great Lakes Forestry Research Centre and the Ontario Forestry Research Institute."
For Luize, this is her first time leaving her home country. While she has two years of study at an English language school in Brazil to lean on, she admits that effective communication in English is both her top priority, and her number one concern. "I can understand many things, but speaking is where I have difficulty," she says. She is happy to be in Canada, and in Sault Ste. Marie. "In Brazil, in the cities, there are many places that aren't safe," she admits. "I am surprised by how safe it is here. My homestay parents sometimes don't even lock the door...we would never do that where I'm from."
Luize hails from Sao Paolo, Brazil, but attends the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, approximately 400km to the southwest, where she studies Environmental Chemistry. While it is winter in Curitiba, temperatures only get down to around zero degrees Celcius, and Luize has never experienced snow. She is interested in learning all about Canadian culture during her time here in the Sault. "I want to experience Canadian sports, music, food, and really find out what Canadians like to do," she says.
Luize's early arrival is fortuitous; she is now ably to take part in Algoma University's "Summer Study 2012" orientation program for incoming ESL, exchange, and international degree students. The program runs towards the end of August, and is intended to acclimatize students coming from abroad to life in Sault Ste. Marie. Students do a combination of volunteer work in the community, classwork, and team-building exercises at Treetop Adventures.
The other fourteen students in the Science Without Borders program, which will see over 700 students attend 51 institutions across Canada, come from all different parts of Brazil. They will also be the beneficiaries of Luize's experiences before they arrive in the Sault, as the students have formed a Facebook group in order to meet each other before arriving in the city. A former graduate of the Masters of Computer Science in Computer Gaming program from Brazil has also joined the group, as well as local Rotary Exchange student Taylor Foisey, who was on exchange in Brazil last year, and will be attending Algoma University this fall.