Athena never imagined she would be studying abroad, but two years ago she started exploring her options. After doing some research, Athena decided that Canada’s reputation made it the right fit for her studies. But she wasn’t sure of one thing – how she would get there.
When Athena’s mom noticed an ad for ApplyBoard on social media, they booked a meeting with one of our international recruitment managers to discuss their options. After working with ApplyBoard and our recruitment partner, Athena came to Canada to spend grade 11 at a Kitchener, Ontario high school in Waterloo Region.
23% of this region’s residents are immigrants, making it a multicultural hub with one of the top ten largest immigrant communities in Canada. Athena cited the country’s multiculturalism as a major factor in her decision to study there.
“Canada is so multicultural and welcoming, which helped me settle down easier and feel more comfortable living here as an international student.”
Waterloo Region is commonly referred to as the “Silicon Valley of the north” due to its high volume of tech companies and startups. Incubators like Communitech and Velocity help foster a community of innovation, and prominent institutions like the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Centre for International Governance Innovation call the region home. (Fun fact: ApplyBoard’s home office is in Kitchener!)
Waterloo Region is also home to three of Canada’s major colleges and universities, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College. Today, Athena is studying psychology in a co-op program at the University of Waterloo.
From selecting and applying to schools, to figuring out forms and logistics on the ground, we were able to support Athena in her pursuit to study abroad every step of the way.
We met Athena to hear about her journey to Canada and how ApplyBoard was there to help! Watch the video to learn more about how you can study abroad:
ApplyBoard is here to help you study abroad, step by step. Talk to a recruiter about getting your applications started today at www.applyboard.com.