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Studying in Canada: A Brazilian Perspective

The short and extremely energetic old lady standing in front of the students pushed me out of a state of boredom at the back of the class, intriguing me right away with the sentence “Derrii¨re une langue il y a toujours un langage.“ In her explanation she said, rather simply, …

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Hidden money

Many international students withA work visas are in the dark aboutA filing their income tax and leaveA hard-earned money behind. Going back home after studying abroad canA cause as much anxiety as arriving in Canada.A Friends that we leave behind, moments that weA cannot explain and the longing feeling aboutA …

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So long, Canada

Have you ever heard about Return Syndrome?A The term was coined by Discio Nakagawa, aA Brazilian researcher, to define the frustrationA former immigrants feel once they return to theirA countries of origin. Nakagawa, who died in 2011,A studied the case of Brazilians who returned toA their homeland after a period …

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Home away from home

When Fernanda Campos Ottoni decided to study in Canada, her first accommodation option was a homestay. That is the most common option available to Brazilian students: staying with a local family that welcomes people from all over the world. She chose this option primarily because of the comfort level and …

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Trailblazing the road to university after ESL

Navigating the Canadian post-secondary educational system may prove to be challenging, but a lot of English as a second language (ESL) students decide to stay and pursue a post-secondary degree in Canada after their English studies.A Here are some tips from students Rodrigo Palmeira and Lukas Vilar, as well as …

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Brazil on the academic agenda

The Consulate General of Brazil in Vancouver has organized a series of lectures aimed at informing a wide array of audiences about the country’s current social, political, journalistic, entrepreneurial and artistic situation, from the last week of August to the first week of October. Brazil, the largest country in Latin …

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Searching for bright minds

It is fairly common to find smiley and talkative young Brazilians in Vancouver, mixing English and Portuguese in the parks, clubs, bars, and busy sidewalks of the lower mainland. The city has notably been one of the most popular destinations for ESL (English as a second language) students but now, …

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Language learning after 40

The trend of traveling abroad to learn English has attracted many young adults to Canada; this influx of international students has been growing exponentially since 2011, when the United States changed their regulations, making it much harder for students to apply for a visa. While a lot of people might …

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A program for the Americas

Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business recently announced an MBA program focused on the four major economies in the Americas – Canada, Brazil, USA and Mexico. TheA Executive MBA of the Americas prepares managers and businesspeople for leadership positions in international companies through interactive and hands-on teaching techniques and …

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True romance: more than just a language

After going straight from high school into undergraduate and then graduate degrees, I doubted I would ever pick another textbook again. But here I am, not even finished my master’s and already beginning to learn a totally new language, Portugues. Two years ago I moved from my hometown, Halifax, to …

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