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Bishop’s University gets top marks from international students

If you are a small university in Canada with a proud tradition of student success, how do you get that message out to people around the world?

It can be a challenge for a small university in Canada to become known for exactly what it is – a great undergraduate opportunity to excel and distinguish oneself in their first degree. 

Last year in India and Bangladesh and this year again in Bangladesh, Bishop’s University has travelled to South Asia to meet students, parents and school counsellors to get the word out. 

“Bishop’s is excited to visit countries in South Asia to raise the profile of Canada and of Bishop’s,” reports Jackie Belleau, Recruitment Office Coordinator. 

“We are pleased to be welcoming new students from those countries this year.”

And what will these new students find when they take their places in residence and start their classes at Bishop’s?

Nestled in the safe, friendly, culturally diverse city of Sherbrooke, an hour-and-a-half from Montreal, Bishop’s is an English university offering programs to approximately 2,500 students in Business, Education, Natural Science, Social Sciences and the Humanities with a primary focus on high quality teaching and the liberal education of undergraduate students.

Preparing for success: 

The value of liberal education

A liberal education empowers individuals to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. 

It prepares students for success in their future careers and in life. 

A Bishop’s degree means students acquire a marketable, job-ready specialization in one area and also develop strong intellectual and practical skills such as written and interpersonal communication and analytical problem-solving skills.

Bishop’s University Principal, Michael Goldbloom describes the benefits. 

“Employers worldwide consistently express a preference for students who can communicate effectively, think critically and bring creative solutions to the table. A Bishop’s education is a solid foundation that will serve you well in the ever-changing global job market.”

Studying Business Administration at the Williams School of Business at Bishop’s means a hands-on, experiential business education. 

Business students enrolled in the co-op program receive much valued experience in their placements and a competitive salary. 

Placement opportunities can occur in Canada or around the world – it’s up to the student to make the most of the opportunity.

Studying science at Bishop’s leads students to research and work in cutting-edge fields like Health Science, Environmental and Forensic Science, Robotics, Astrophysics, or Computing and Game Development. 

In fact, 80 per cent of Honours Science students at Bishop’s continue to graduate school, 20 per cent to professional programs such as Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy.

Bishop’s also offers several unique opportunities in Humanities and Social Sciences, including programs in Drama, Arts Administration (Music, Fine Arts or Drama in combination with Business studies), Environmental Studies and Geography, and Sports Studies.

An international experience

“Students come to Bishop’s from over 50 countries all around the world. Students not only make friends with Canadians, but with students from all continents, making the Bishop’s experience truly international,” says Scott Duguay, Bishop’s Director of Enrolment Management.

Great research informs first-rate teaching at Bishop’s. Professors choose to teach at Bishop’s because they are as committed to teaching as they are to research. 

Many undergraduate students get involved in research initiatives – an opportunity unheard of at larger universities. An opportunity enhanced by average class sizes of less than 30 students.

Many of Bishop’s students choose to stay on-campus during their studies. Residence is guaranteed for first year students who meet the application deadline. Athletics, recreation and intramural sports are a big part of Bishop’s culture. 

All Bishop’s students automatically receive a membership to the sports centre. Students are encouraged to participate in the 100-plus clubs and societies on campus.

At Bishop’s students are encouraged to explore and expand on their interests both inside and outside the classroom. Why? Because, as  Duguay points out, “joining a club is a great way to gain social confidence, experiment with the big ideas you are brushing up against in the classroom, and contribute to the community and campus life.”

And that is a great story to tell, as they continue their travels through South Asia and around the world. 

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Posted: Dec 4, 2013

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