Education Abroad

Expand Your Classroom, Experience the World

For college graduates, intercultural effectiveness is considered an asset to adapt, compete, and thrive in an increasingly globalized world. For students who are passionate about travel, curious about the world, and looking to gain international experience, Durham College International offers five unique Education Abroad opportunities:

  1. International Summer Schools
  2. Faculty-Led Classrooms Abroad
  3. Semester Abroad
  4. International Work-Integrated Learning
  5. International Degree Completion.

These opportunities provide both short-term and long-term options in several countries.

1) International Summer Schools

International Summer Schools offer short-term, for-credit courses in a select number of countries. These 1-3 week programs allow students to immerse themselves in a local culture while learning with classmates from around the world.  

For more information, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit the International Education Office, SSB 210.

Where Can Students Go?

Durham College has several partnerships with institutions that offer International Summer Schools. These options include exploring culinary and culture in Peru, international business in Belgium, entrepreneurship in Scotland and intercultural communication, global health and gerontology in the Netherlands.

 Financial Support

Students interested in Education Abroad opportunities may be eligible for travel bursaries up to $1500.  

Signature Programs  

Belgium - Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology, UC Leuven Limberg

The Spirit of Europe Summer Course will be offered in the heart of the European Union, in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. The course has been designed for international students seeking to gain insight in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology in Europe. Students participate in an exciting three-week program of lectures, workshops, and excursions that offer many opportunities to get an impression of the cultural differences in Europe. For inquiries, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit the International Education Office, SSB 210.

Netherlands - Intercultural Communication, Hanze University

The Intercultural Communication course has two aims: First, to increase students’ awareness of the importance and complexity of intercultural issues in international communication. Second, to give students the opportunity to practice skills that allow for cross-cultural communication. There will be exercises and reflections on concepts such as culture shock, cultural values and intercultural competence that draw on the work of important authorities in the field. The focus will be on the relevance of this research to different aspects of international communication. Students will become aware of their own cultural background and share insights with classmates in exercises and presentations. For inquiries, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit the International Education Office, SSB 210.

Peru – Gastronomy Program, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL)

Peru is one of the top culinary destinations in the world! Students will have the opportunity to master traditional Peruvian cuisine techniques, use and apply traditional Peruvian ingredients and learn traditional Peruvian baking and dessert recipes. Furthermore, students will explore the Mina Market, downtown Lima, and take part in the Mistura Culinary Festival. For inquiries, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit the International Education Office, SSB 210.

 Scotland – Entrepreneurial Business, Robert Gordon University

In this two week Entrepreneurial Business Program, students will get a taste of RGU, Aberdeen’s and Scottish culture as a whole. Based in Aberdeen and Edzell there will be trips to other parts of Scotland including the capital of Edinburgh and a trip to picturesque Dunnottar Castle. Teaching for the program will be based at RGU’s Garthdee campus and will feature topics including marketing, creative business and new product development. For inquiries, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit the International Education Office, SSB 210.

 2) Faculty-Led Classrooms Abroad

A Faculty-Led Classroom Abroad involves students travelling with a faculty member to another country. These for-credit programs are typically 10-12 days in length. Faculty members, in cooperation with Durham College International, customize unique learning experiences that aim to bridge the curriculum with the local culture. Program details and sample itineraries are coming soon.  

Faculty seeking further information on how to develop their own Faculty-Led Classroom Abroad can contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit the International Education Office, SSB 210.

Where Can Students Go?

Durham College has previously supported Faculty-Led Classrooms Abroad to Brazil and Ireland. Future destinations may vary from year to year depending on faculty interests.

Financial Support

Students interested in Education Abroad opportunities may be eligible for travel bursaries up to $1500.

3) Semester Abroad  

A Semester Abroad involves partner institutions establishing a reciprocal agreement that enables students to continue to pay tuition at their home institution while studying at a host partner institution. The typical duration of an exchange is one semester. There are two key advantages of this program: 1) successful completion of academic credit abroad is transferrable, and 2) regular tuition is paid to Durham College (hence, students are not subject to international tuition costs).

For more information, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit us in the International Education Office, SSB 210.

Where Can Students Go?

Durham College International is developing exchange agreements with partner institutions in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Peru, and the Netherlands.

Financial Support

Students interested in Education Abroad opportunities may be eligible for travel bursaries up to $1500.

Students may also be eligible for OSAP funding. See: https://www.ontario.ca/page/study-abroad

4) International Work-Integrated Learning

Durham College is developing international work-integrated learning placements to ensure that students are world-ready for a competitive job market. Currently DC International is partnering with EQWIP HUBS, a Canadian non-governmental organization, to provide entrepreneurial youth placement opportunities in several developing countries. In addition, DC International is partnering with the School of Health and Community Services to provide Early Childhood Education placements in China.

For more information, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit the International Education Office, SSB 210.

Where Can Students Go?

Work-integrated learning opportunities may involve gaining teaching experience in kindergarten classrooms in China or an opportunity to support youth programming in Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal, and Tanzania with EQWIP HUBS.  

Work Integrated Learning Placements in 5 Easy Steps

Step One

Review the Eligibility & Selection Process for DC students interested in education abroad opportunities.

Step Two

Research different work integrated learning opportunities abroad that may be of interest to you. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, email educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca and make an appointment with the International Education Abroad Assistant. If you need help with your resume and cover letter you may also contact Career Development.

Step Three

Book an appointment with the International Education Abroad Assistant to complete the Request for Student Travel Outside Ontario form and an Education Abroad Application form. The Request for Student Travel Outside Ontario form will need to be approved by your Dean, the Dean of International, the Vice-President Academic and the President. before being reviewed by the Office of Insurance and Risk Management.

The International Education Abroad Assistant will work with the various offices to see that your Request for Student Travel Outside Ontario form is processed.

Note that prospective students will also participate in a formal interview.

Step Four

Once the Request for Student Travel Outside Ontario form has been approved, submit the Education Abroad Application form to the International Education Abroad Assistant in order to apply for a travel bursary. The International Education Abroad Assistant will also register you in a mandatory pre-departure training session.

Tip: Completing a work integrated learning placement abroad may require a visa. Apply for a visa at least two months in advance. For more info, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadians/international-experience-canada.html

Step Five

Consider taking the general elective course entitled “Exploring Culture in a Globalized World” to help complement your international experience.

Signature Programs

EQWIP HUBS

EQWIP HUBS offers youth livelihood work integrated placements in Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal and Tanzania. Placements are typically three-months. In-country support is also provided to assist with accommodations and logistics. For more information, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit the International Education Office, SSB 210.

Financial Support

Students interested in Education Abroad opportunities may be eligible for travel bursaries up to $1500.

5) International Degree Completion

Turn your Durham College diploma into a degree through a pathway to one of our several partner institutions abroad.  These partnerships recognize the importance of DC credentials allowing students to advance their goals of higher education.  Pathway options are available for a number of study areas including: Business, IT, & Management, Early Childhood Education, Sports Management, Media Arts & Design, among many others.

For more information, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca or visit the International Education Office, SSB 210.

Where Can Students Go?

Durham College is developing several agreements with a number of international partner institutions including:

Australia - Griffith University

Belgium - UC Leuven- Limburg

Denmark - Dania Academy University of Applied Sciences

Germany - Baden- Wurttemberg Cooperative State University

Ireland - Limerick Institute of Technology

Ireland - Institute of Technology, Carlow

Ireland - Institute of Technology, Sligo

Ireland - Institute of Technology, Tralee

Netherlands - Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Peru - Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola S.A

Scotland - Robert Gordon University

United Kingdom - University of Derby

United Kingdom - Hartpury College

United Kingdom - University of West England

Financial Support

The Centre for Food offers a scholarship to support students exploring international diploma to degree pathways.