Discover how international scholarships have changed the lives of recipients from the Americas. Find out what they have to say about their experience in Canada and where they are now!
Olds College (Agribusiness and Rural Development, M.Sc.)
Overall, studying and living in Canada was amazing. I experienced the quality of the Canadian college system. I felt safe from the first day that I arrived and admired the stunning Canadian landscape. I would encourage anyone to undertake an exchange in Canada.
McGill University (Applied Physics, PhD)
I attended McGill University as a Graduate Research Trainee, under the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program. The training provided me with hands-on experience in using new technologies and equipment. I gained insights and innovative perspectives on many different research topics in Environmental Health and Nutrition.
University of Regina (Water Resources, PhD)
Under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), I conducted research at the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) with professors that demonstrated incredible academic and human qualities.
Bishop's University (Sociology, BA)
I am not sure that there are enough words to truly describe how amazing my Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) experience at Bishop’s University was. But I will do my best and begin by saying that the university was a dream place to study and to live. The professors were incredible.
University of New Brunswick (Financial Management and Audit, BBA)
I have always seen Canada as the ideal country to study because of its excellent education system, safe environment, stunning scenery and cultural diversity. Thanks to the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship, I had the great opportunity to study for the fall semester at the University of New Brunswick.
University of the Fraser Valley (Business Administration, BBA)
I was awarded an Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship in 2011 and had the chance to study abroad for a semester at the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada. I am thankful for being given the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture that was very inclusive.
Trent University (International Development Studies, BA)
Being part of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program not only gave me the opportunity to study in Canada but also opened my eyes to new horizons and career possibilities. As a student in International Development Studies, I had the chance to learn from recognized faculty members as well as from my classmates, who came from many different countries. This made the classroom the perfect forum to discuss international issues from diverse perspectives and first-hand experiences.
Alma Quintero, Education Outreach Officer, Embassy of Canada in Mexico and Director, Public Affairs, Canada Alumni Network in Mexico (CANIM)
Université Laval (Business Administration, BBA)
Canada is a land of opportunities. It was so for me as a student when I was a part of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) and attended Université Laval in Québec City. ELAP provides the opportunity to participate in a high-level academic environment, to experience the quality of life this great country has to offer, to witness the kindness and openness of the Canadian people. Université Laval offers the possibility to study in both English and French. Coming to Canada allowed me to perfect my English but most importantly to learn French through cultural immersion. This scholarship transformed me as a student in 2012, and forged my current career as a diplomat when posted to Canada in 2015.
Trilce Gervaz, Second Secretary and Chargée d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay in Canada
George Brown College (Social Sciences, college diploma)
My Emerging Leaders of the America’s scholarship has been the most amazing experience. My study exchange in Canada has made me view cultural diversity on a wider prospective. In Jamaica, our motto is “Out of Many, One People” and I have never seen so many different cultures in one place. Imagine being in a class with twenty five students and twenty three different cultures. I was just fascinated by the openness of the cultural diversity in Canada.
University of Ottawa (Epidemiology and Nutrition, PhD)
My ELAP scholarship opened the door for me to study in a world-class academic environment in Canada. It was a unique opportunity that significantly enriched my own learning experience and helped me to develop policies on how to bridge the gap between the lab, field, and society.
York University (Media and Communications, BA)
I learned as I’d never learned before. From the stories of books in the immense libraries, the intimidating skyscrapers towering above me, to the faces of a hundred nations in the people of the city, Toronto proved to be a place that thrilled and amazed me. I learnt boldness, humility and independence that year and the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarship made it all possible. To anyone considering an exchange in Canada, my advice is don’t hesitate.
Athabasca University (Philosophy, M.A.)
My experience in the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program was truly an unforgettable one. Many factors contributed to this amazing experience but especially the balance between quality academics and a rich intercultural student life. Collaborating in research with colleagues from other countries helped fortify my research contribution on an international level and enhanced my motivation to pursue future similar opportunities.
University of Western Ontario (Anthropology, BA)
There is no better way to expand your academic horizons and further develop yourself than through a study abroad experience. Everything I have gained from studying in Canada at The University of Western Ontario (UWO) will prove to be an asset in a globalizing world. This student exchange program forever changed the way I see myself and the world at large.
University of Manitoba (Social Sciences, M.A.)
My Emerging Leaders in the Americas (ELAP) scholarship opened doors for me to conduct research in an up-to-date and friendly environment, with access to modern facilities and technologies. It was an amazing experience that enhanced my academic and professional network. All the teachers and institutions around me were incredibly supportive from the very beginning. I lived the way Canadians do every day; I enjoyed every season, especially the winter: skiing, skating and drinking coffee. It enriched my curriculum and opened a new world of opportunities for me. Canada was my safe and lovely home for 5 months: it provided me with new friends, food, sports, customs and knowledge. I became a better person and professional, and I achieved my goals thanks to it. A piece of my heart stayed there forever.
Dalhousie University (International Development Studies, M.A.)
This scholarship program represents a great opportunity for any student and scholar from Latin America interested in learning more about Canadian culture and values, and for those willing to experience a high-level academic environment, in which the only thing that matters is your personal and professional skills and capabilities, thus not your nationality, political or religious view or color of your skin.
University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus (Genetics, PhD)
My experience in Canada, through the Emerging Leaders in the Americas (ELAP) scholarship, allowed me to visit a prestigious university and work together with renowned researchers and colleagues. During my stay at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus, I was at all times kindly treated and supported by friendly people whom helped me to make my way through the university life.
York University (Political Science, M.A.)
The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) was a fantastic opportunity to visit Canada and get in touch with students worldwide. Studying at one of Canada’s major universities, I found an environment of interdisciplinary cooperation and openness to sharing ideas. The quality of education, research support and access to a very well supported network of libraries made my experience in the country unforgettable. Moreover, the vibrant artistic and cultural expression that I found in Canada occupied the rest of my time, keeping the nostalgia from Brazil far far away.
McGill University (Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc.)
The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program was a fantastic experience that allowed me to get involved with the Canadian way of teaching, working and especially researching. It was a tremendous way to boost my learning experience. I had the chance to meet and work with world class researchers, an invaluable experience that allowed me to enhance my network as well as opened doors for continuing my education and further cooperation between my home and host universities.