Learning across borders provides students with 21st century skills and abilities needed to thrive and compete in today’s global economy. International study also helps build a more innovative, inclusive and prosperous Canada. Here at UniversityWorks, students and recent grads from across Canada talk about their global research and study experiences, and how those opportunities are helping to shape the rest of their lives.

Today’s companies are global

Heather Galt, vp of talent initiatives and executive in residence at Communitech, argues that today’s workers have to be citizens of the world and urges young people to get that international experience in order to break down barriers and find commonalities with other cultures.

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Quick Facts


97% of universities offer study-abroad opportunities

Global experiences include academic coursework, field schools, research, internships and co-ops.

Only 3% of students study abroad

Far too few Canadian undergrads (about 25,000 a year) take advantage of international experiences.

70% see cost as barrier

Most students surveyed say they would be more likely to study abroad if it was more affordable.

9/10 see career benefit

Almost 90% of grads who had a study-abroad experience say it contributed to their career advancement.

A competitive edge

More than 80% of employers consider grads with cross-cultural and global competencies as assets to their companies.

2/3 say Canada at risk

Many employers say Canada is at risk of being left behind unless young Canadians learn to think more globally.


Bringing international experiences to the workplace

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