UTM Across Canada

Introducing...

Go Across Canada

At nearly 10,000 square kilometres there's a lot of land to explore in Canada. UTM Across Canada provides you with the opportunity to travel with a group of UTM students and staff to various provinces and explore the diversity of Canada first hand. The program allows you to take your learning outside the classroom and immerse yourself in what is geographically, historically, and culturally significant in specific regions in Canada.

Why Canada?

The IEC has chosen Canada as the location for travel experiences in order to:

  • Provide international students with a way to participate in a travel opportunity that does not require extra travel documentation or visas;
  • Prepare international students with an introduction to what life in Canada might be like and a deeper understanding of the country where they may one day call home;
  • Offer a way for domestic students to understand more about their own country;
  • Respond to your requests; in the Fall 2016 IEC survey, 33% of respondents told us they wanted to travel across the country and learn more about Canada.

UTM Across Canada has the following learning outcomes:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to explore the diversity of Canada. Each region has its own distinct personality and unique features and we want you to experience this;
  • Assist students in exploring and appreciating the physical landscape of Canada;
  • Arrange for hands-on opportunities to understand the social and cultural nuiances that have helped to shape each region;
  • Offer an engaging outside-the-classroom learning experience that will help students draw connections from regions across Canada to their own local communities;
  • Design an affordable travel experience that assists students in developing their global awareness levels and intercultural competencies.

The Experiences

At present, the following opportunities are available:

  • Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island (June 24-July 2, 2017)
  • Quebec & Ottawa (October 7-15, 2017)

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island

  • Explore Acadian and Celtic history and see its roots in the culture of the Maritimes;
  • Visit National and Provincial historic sites and parks including the Cabot Trail and Bay of Fundy;
  • Step back in time through the Halifax Historic Properties and museums;
  • Hike on gorgeous red sand beaches and through sleepy coastal towns;
  • Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in Charlottetown, PEI; the birthplace of Canadian Confederation.

A more detailed itinerary for this experience can be found here

Quebec & Ottawa

  • Split your time between Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City exploring the culture and language of French Canada;
  • Ottawa focus: Canadian Parliament and government, National museums and galleries, and Canada's 150th Celebrations;
  • Montreal focus: Canadian sport history, Old Town culture, Montreal's 375th birthday celebrations;
  • Quebec City focus: French Canadian heritage and culture, food culture, and Old Town history.

A more detailed itinerary for this experience can be found here

APPLICATION PERIOD: MARCH 8 to APRIL 5, 2017.

Be sure to check back often as information continues to become available for UTM Across Canada experiences.