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Opportunities abroad

Reasons to study abroad

  1. Immerse yourself in a new culture
  2. Build confidence in yourself and your future career
  3. Broaden your global perspective
  4. Earn credits that apply at Durham College
  5. Develop intercultural effectiveness and global competence
  6. Become competitive in a globalized workplace
  7. Gain international work experience
  8. Break out of your comfort zone
  9. Meet new friends from around the world
  10. Expand your classroom and experience the world!

International summer programs

International summer programs are short-term, for-credit courses in a select number of countries. These 1-3 week programs allow you to immerse yourself in a local culture while learning with classmates from around the world.

WHERE CAN YOU GO?

Durham College has several partnerships with institutions that offer international summer programs. Options include exploring topics such as international business and entrepreneurship, cyber security, intercultural communication and marketing.

Belgium, UC Leuven Limburg Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology

The Spirit of Europe summer course is offered in the heart of the European Union, in the Meuse–Rhine Euroregion. The course has been designed for students seeking to gain insight in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in Europe. Students participate in an exciting three-week program including lectures, workshops, and excursions that offer many opportunities to get an impression of the cultural differences in Europe.

Ireland, Technological University Dublin – Entrepreneurship and Business

In this two-week summer program, students will have the opportunity to explore the capital city of Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, the Guinness Distillery and visit local industries. The summer program offers an introduction to the concept of starting your own business generally, in Ireland and within the European landscape. The module is taught in an application-oriented fashion employing Socratic questioning, problem-based learning and role-playing as central instructional methodologies.

Ireland, Technological University Dublin – European Selling

In this two-week summer program, students will have the opportunity to explore the capital city of Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, the Guinness Distillery and visit local industries. The summer program offers an introduction to the field of European business and the cultural practices that make Europe an exciting and varied environment in which to conduct sales. Issues covered include understanding the range of markets, the financial implications of selling in and into Europe and entry techniques to market.

Ireland, Technological University Dublin – Cyber Security

In this two-week summer program, students will have the opportunity to explore the capital city of Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, the Guinness Distillery and visit local industries. The summer program offers an introduction to cyber security, covering essential business practices of assessing risk and cyber threats for businesses and the practical application of building a strategic defensive posture to manage risk. Issues covered are awareness, preparedness, resilience, standards and use of automation.

Ireland, Technological University Dublin – Supervising People in Community, Youth & Childcare Settings

In this two-week summer program, students will have the opportunity to explore the capital city of Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, the Guinness Distillery and visit local industries. The summer program offers an introduction to the various issues that arise when supervising staff in settings that are people-oriented such as social care, community and early childhood, in Ireland and with the European landscape.

The Netherlands, Hanze University of Applied Science Intercultural Communication

This summer programs has two aims: a) 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.

Scotland, Robert Gordon University (RGU) – Entrepreneurial Business

In this summer program, students will get a taste of RGU 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 more information, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca

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 to 12 days in length. Faculty members, in cooperation with International Education Office, customize unique learning experiences that aim to bridge the curriculum with the local culture.

WHERE CAN YOU GO?

Durham College has previously supported faculty-led classrooms abroad to Brazil, Peru and Ireland. Future destinations may vary from year to year depending on faculty interests.

Faculty seeking further information on how to develop their own faculty-led classroom abroad should contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca.

Semester abroad  

A semester abroad allows you to study at a Durham College partner institution overseas for a semester without additional tuition fees. You will continue to pay tuition at your home institution (Durham College).

There are two key advantages of a semester abroad:

  • Successful completion of your academic credit abroad is transferrable back to your program at Durham College. You can study abroad with no additional time needed to complete your program.
  • Regular tuition is paid to Durham College and no tuition is paid to the partner institution so you are not subject to international tuition fees.

List of exchange partner institutions

Below is a list of partner institutions that offer semester abroad opportunities.

Country City Institution School Alignment
Belgium Leuven UC Leuven Limburg School of Business, Information Technology & Management
Denmark Randers Dania Academy School of Business, Information Technology & Management

Centre for Food

Germany Ravensburg Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurttemberg School of Business, Information Technology & Management
The Netherlands Groningen Hanze University of Applied Science School of Business, Information Technology & Management

School of Justice & Emergency Services

School of Health & Community Services

To learn more, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca

International work-integrated learning

Durham College is developing international work-integrated learning placements to ensure that students are job-ready for a competitive globalized market. Currently, Durham College International has partnered with EQWIP HUBS, a Canadian non-governmental organization, to provide entrepreneurial youth placement opportunities in several developing countries.

WHERE CAN STUDENTS GO?

Work-integrated learning opportunities may be self-directed. EQWIP HUBS also provides opportunities for work integrated placements in Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal and Tanzania. Placements are typically 3 months in length. In-country support is also provided to assist with accommodations and logistics.

To learn more, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca

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 and allow students to advance their goals of higher education. Pathway options are available for a number of study areas including: business, IT and management, early childhood education, sports management, media, art and design, among many others.

WHERE CAN STUDENTS GO?

Durham College has articulation agreements with the following institutions:

  • Australia – Griffith University
  • Ireland – Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Ireland – Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Ireland – Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • Ireland – Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Scotland – Robert Gordon University
  • United Kingdom – Hartpury College
  • United Kingdom – University of West England

For more information, contact educationabroad@durhamcollege.ca