Exchange is a unique aspect of Student Life in the Queen's Commerce Program. With over 100 partner schools in more than 35 countries, the most challenging part is deciding where to go!
Tia Peric in Belgium
- Wake up and go for a quick run by the lake in my town, Louvain-la-Neuve.
- Return to my “kot” (Belgian name for student residence) for a quick breakfast and to get my books.
- Attend my first class of the day: Knowledge Management. Today the class is going on a field trip to McKinsey’s Knowledge Centre for the Benelux area (located near the University campus) to hear from knowledge management experts.
- Return home for lunch with my roommates. We practice speaking French together while making sandwiches.
- Attend my second class of the day: European Business. We have a discussion on the structure of EU Parliament and its impact on business in the region.
- Take the train to Brussels to meet friends visiting from France. I give them a tour of the historic Grand Place and we visit the EU Parliamentarium, where I am able to see my European Business lecture in action!
- Stop for a quick Belgian beverage and “frites” at the famous Délirium Café before saying goodbye to my friends and taking the train home to Louvain-la-Neuve.
Jake Dancyger in Singapore
- Wake up and get ready for class.
- Head over to a nearby hawker centre and stroll over to the usual chicken rice stall where they already know my order (only $4.00 SGD!)
- Head on the MRT (light rail public transportation system) to travel to Singapore Management University (SMU) campus in downtown Singapore for my first class, Controversies in Art, at noon.
- The prof brings in a couple of speakers who are artists involved in more controversial new age art in Singapore.
- Take a mid-day swim break on our rooftop pool. Do a few laps and then hang out with some exchange friends on the patio.
- My next class is Bank Financing and Credit Management, so I head across campus to the business building.
- The prof likes to get a “Canadian perspective”, so he calls on me regularly for my banking insights.
- Meet back with a few other friends at the hawker center and have Vietnamese pho for dinner.
- Get together with my Negotiations for Managers group (comprised of two Singaporeans, a British student, and a Dutch student) to prepare for a presentation.
- Venture down to Clark Quay where most of Singapore’s expats like to hang out. Spend the evening sitting on Read Bridge, talking with exchange students and tourists from all over the world.