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Thompson Rivers University - Kamloops, British Columbia

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International Admissions Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Box 3010 900 McGill Road Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 5N3 Canada   Ph:   1-250-828-5252  Fax:   1-250-371-5513

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Student Details:

Name: Antonina
Country of Origin: Russia
Field of Study: Business Administration (MBA)

 Student Story:

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Study in Canda Experience at TRU

Q: What is your name, which city are you from, and how old are you?
A: My name is Antonina. I am 31. I was born in Vladivostok and moved to Moscow in 2001.

Q: Why did you decide to come to Canada?
A: One of the reasons was that I found cost of studying and living cheaper than in other English-speaking countries. The other reason perhaps even more important was the quality of education in Canada. Also, I perceived that Canada was in a way similar to Russia. People, climate and customs are fairly similar although there are some differences. I fell very comfortable here, almost the same as I would feel in Russia.

Q: What are your goals after you return to Russia?
A: I'm planning to finish the MBA program first and put the skills that I learnt into work. Ideally, I can find a job in Canada and gain some work experience. There is so many opportunities here for me after graduating and who knows if good offer comes from a Canadian-Russian company I can be in both places. I definitely would like to apply my previous education and work experience in international business and law (I'm a graduate from a law school in Russia).

Q: How long are you planning to study here and what are you studying?
A: I am currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at TRU, graduating in December 2006.

Q: Is TRU comparable to universities in Russia? What about the facilities and instructors?
A: First of all, at TRU you can meet the world - people from different countries and from different backgrounds. The education system is different although in both countries it is very demanding. TRU has the advantage of being a very personal university where even though there is almost 10,000 students, you still have a good access to instructors and you receive a great support from the entire university community.
TRU is a modern university with up-to-date library, new facilities that include fitness centre

Q: How do you rate the MBA program that you are presently attending? Is it very demanding and how do you find the entire learning experience?
A: Although that there is always time pressure the advantage is that we can finish the program in 16 months.

Q: How would you best describe the MBA program? Are there any features that make the program distinct, interesting and stimulating?
A: In a nutshell, it is a program that shapes your vision on how to do business internationally. It teaches you how to interact with others. You learn one of the most important things that is how to make a decision and be responsible for it.

Q: What makes the MBA program unique in your opinion from other MBAs programs offered somewhere else?
A: Searching different options, I found that for the same quality I can pay lower price. Also, I was motivated by the fact that TRU has struck to be a very international university and this is what I was looking for.

Q: The location and size of Kamloops is very different from Vladivostok and Moscow, did you have a difficult time to adjust to this new environment?
A: Yes, it was rather a hard adjustment but being busy at school I overcame this quickly.

Q: How do you feel being surrounded by mountains, lakes and rivers?
A: It is a wonderful scenery so peaceful and relaxing that after a day of hard study it feels good to be here. Although Kamloops is a small city it has many facilities that you will find in other cities. In Kamloops and around you can find

Q: What would you like to tell your fellow Russians who consider going to study abroad?
A: You don,t need to be sacared of coming here. Canada is a multicultural nation and are very tolerant and welcoming to others coming here. Especially, in a smaller city like Kamloops.