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Critical Global Engagement at Huron: Huron is committed, in its teaching, learning, and research, to critical engagement with the effects of global flows of people, ideas, resources, and capital. We recognize and actively explore how these flows affect  scholarship, community, and community ties, privilege, and the development of sustainable, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial relationship within a globalized world.

Huron students are provided with several opportunities to critically engage in a global world.

  • Huron welcomes over 100 international students from over 30 different countries to live and study alongside Canadian students.
  • Huron students can go on a semester or year long academic exchange, selecting one of 24 universities located in 15 different countries.
  • Huron's exchange partners offer Summer Study Abroad opportunities.
  • Student Support Services recruits several student leaders each year to serve as Peer Guides who help plan academic and cultural activities to assist our international and exchange students with settling into the Huron community.   Click on the links on the left menu or on the items below to find out more
  • Motivated Huron student can also arrange for their own global educational experience using the Letter of Permission process.

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  • United Kingdom - The Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle

  • Spend a semester studying in a fifteenth-century English castle!

    Huron University College has partnered with Queens University in Kingston, Ontario to offer upper year students the opportunity to study at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), which is located at Herstmonceux Castle.

    Students travel to BISC from all over the world. Huron students who have completed at least one full year of undergraduate studies can study in the Fall, Winter, or Summer term. Students travelling in the Fall or Winter term take 5 courses. Courses are available in Arts, Commerce, Cultural Studies, Psychology, International Politics and Humanities.

    Summer at BISC is a 6-week program where students take 3 courses. Courses are available in Engineering, Global Health & Disabilities, Medieval Theatre Studies, and Archaeology.

    Classes are held from Monday - Thursday. Fridays & Saturdays are reserved for experiential learning trips. Students who are taking 5 courses can expect to take 12-15 of these trips during their semester abroad. All trips are covered as part of the course fees you pay.

    Tuition is paid to Queens. Fall & Winter tuition is $18,500CDN. Summer tuition ranges from $4000 - $9000CDN, depending on the program you take. This includes tuition, residence, meals & field trips. Students are responsible for their flights/transportation and any insurance, including health insurance.

    Application deadlines: Fall - July 31; Winter - November 15; Summer - March 15

    Two new programs have just been added! Winter semesters of study in International Politics and Psychology are now available!

    For more information:

    Upper Year Programs
    Admission Requirements
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  • Information for Parents

  • Huron University College's small campus gives us the opportunity to get to know your student in order to help them achieve their academic and post-graduation plans. Not only do we welcome students from over 29 countries, but we also encourage students to consider international experiences to enhance their education. Huron students can go abroad to study, volunteer, or work both through our programs or initiatives they seek out on their own. Parental support is an important part of a students' decision to go abroad and we hope to address any questions and concerns you may have as the parent of an international student or a student considering going abroad.

    Benefits of Global Experience

    Curriculum enhancement: Going on exchange, studying abroad, or participating in Huron in Honduras is an extension of in-class learning. For example, a student studying the Japanese language can increase their mastery of the language by being immersed into it in Japan.
    • Cost-effective: Exchange programs are an affordable way to have a global experience because exchange students pay tuition to Huron (and therefore do not have to pay high international fees). Huron does offer some scholarships and bursaries to help pay for the cost of studying abroad.
    • Personal growth: Students move outside of their "comfort zone" to adapt to different environments and situations. This can result in advances in intellectual and social maturity as well as increased self-confidence. For example, students who participate in Huron in Honduras experience life in rural Honduras where running water and other taken-for-granted conveniences are not readily available thus exposing our students to an experience that is difficult to replicate in a classroom setting or through reading a book.
    • Development of the soft-skills sought by employers: Students acquire many skills abroad that can be developed in their resumes and used in job interviews. Some of these skills include leadership, communication, adaptability, functional ability in another language, empathy and a deeper appreciation for differences and cultural diversity. It also adds an international dimension to the resume and academic record for graduate school.
    • Networking: Grows your son or daughter's professional and personal network through the experience.

  • Prospective Partners

  • Huron University College is always looking to expand relationships with other organizations to open up our campus as well as to send our students to yours.

  • Student Exchange Stories

  • Nicole Pyszka
    Huron Student

    People are always surprised to hear I’m studying Japanese.  I can’t say I blame them; it can be hard enough to keep up with what’s going on around you, much less another country so far away. However, the best way to learn about yourself is to learn about the world around you.  International experiences at Huron have shaped me into the person I am today. 

    In my third year, I went on a one yearlong foreign exchange through Huron University College to Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan.  It’s hard to imagine what a big decision it is to go abroad by yourself for an entire year and it’s even harder to illustrate how amazing it was.  I celebrated Japanese holidays that I hadn’t known existed, and sampled local food that I had never seen before.  Mountains appeared on every horizon and I took the train to school, and bowed to others instead of shaking hands.  I snapped more pictures than I could store, and had the support of my Huron community because my professors would email me to ask how I was doing.  Moreover, I felt challenged more than I ever had before which meant I was able growing in new ways.  I’ve become a braver and more open person, and I’ve learned the importance of living every day as an adventure, no matter where you are.

    However, when you’re a Huron student going abroad isn’t the only way to get globally involved.  Our peer guide program pairs international students with local Huron students for various trips and events.This is a great chance to meet new friends from around the world!

    Language learners practice their developing skills with native speakers, in weekly conversational circles while Huron language professors know you by name and always have their doors open helping students achieve their linguistic goals. 

    Finally, there are many events held celebrating different cultures like French Day.   Sample delicious French pastries and cheeses, or Japan Day, where you can try on a kimono and participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  These types of resources helped me to prepare for my exchange trip, and now I stay involved and practice in everything I’ve learned.  There are some things you can’t learn in a classroom! Exchange trips provide moments that fill in these missing parts.  After all, learning a new language is about connecting with people, so what better way than to join a community who encourages diversity and creates many opportunities for you to learn from each other. 

    Furthermore, Huron University College sees the value of student’s international involvement and embraces this opportunity. 

    In my fourth year, I was honoured to be nominated by my language professors to be one of two students from Ontario chosen to participate in this year’s 2018 Kakehashi Project as a cultural diplomat. Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan, the Kakehashi Project brings students from Canada to Japan for a week to promote mutual understanding and friendship.  I was able to experience so many different parts of Japanese culture, from the busy streets of Tokyo to quiet hot springs, and shrines alongside Japanese university students.  It was a great privilege to be chosen as a participant and I’ll never forget the kindness and generosity shown by the Japanese government in wanting to strengthen the bond of global friendship we share.

             Although Huron is known for its small-sized campus, the amount of resources and support available to students with an interest in international affairs goes beyond London, Ontario – and even Canada. So, when people are surprised by my choice of major, it’s because Japan is unique to our culture.   I am a long way from home – it makes me smile, thanks to Huron, it doesn’t feel far away at all.