Study in Toronto
I stayed in Toronto for a week in an area called Little Italy. Given that my blog thus far has focused in on universities that I have visited, I thought it would make sense to talk about the cities I stay in, as in the previous Study in Montreal blog post. Toronto is an incredibly diverse city and has been recognised as the most multicultural city on the planet: over 140 languages are spoken in the 6ix (Drake named Toronto The 6ix - it’s kind of stuck with me). It is estimated that over half of Toronto's residents were born outside Canada, and despite its complex makeup, it feels like Torontonians generally get along. There is an appreciation of each other and one’s own cultural heritage. Almost everybody I have spoken to has their story of being 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation immigrant.
I was really lucky with the weather in Toronto and the time of year I visited. There was Pride, Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and the World famous International Jazz festival. There was certainly enough going on to keep you entertained! Although, talking to the locals this seemed normal. On another note the standard of restaurants and coffee shops was very impressive and could certainly compete with places like London and my all time favourite city Melbourne.
There was certainly a fresh international buzz about Toronto. Perhaps it is the influx of flush new residents from across the globe. The city feels like it is waking up to its own greatness, I almost sensed the residents didn’t really know just how great Toronto is. There’s a modesty about the place which not only grew on me and makes the place feel affectionate.
Universities in Toronto include:
The University of Toronto or otherwise known as U of T
U of T was founded in 1827, and has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation. I didn’t get a guided tour of the campus but I decided to walk the campus on my own. It didn’t take me long before I sensed U of T was an outstanding institution which promoted critical thinking and innovation. Around the campus there are questions posed everywhere such as “How will we solve the transit problems of the 21st century?”, “How will detecting Autism earlier change lives”? or “What if your heartbeat was your password?”. I certainly need that, the amount of passwords I forget is unbelievable! This of course is very telling as to what the internal culture of the university is like a) it’s OK to ask questions and b) there are no boundaries, the more profound the question the better. I was super impressed by U of T and also sad to not get an organised tour sorted out. I will next time! I would encourage you to view their website here - a truly World renowned university with incredible campus facilities.
Picture below is a shot from my unguided tour of the campus.
I sadly didn’t get the time to visit York but I will visit next time!
York is made up of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School, Schulich School of Business, and Faculty of Science. There main campus is north of the city. You can check their website out here. Toronto is also home to OCAD University, George Brown College, Centennial College, and Seneca College. Which are all noteworthy education establishments and well worth checking out.
Ryerson University deserved an individual blog post given that I had spent the day on campus! You can read my blog here.
I fell in love with Toronto, so I’ll be back sometime in the near future!
So my top 3 reasons why you should consider Toronto:
1) International exposure. Toronto is an incredibly diverse city rich in culture and has been recognised as the most multicultural city on the planet: over 140 languages are spoken. Your international experience begins in the classroom and is enriched in the city.
2) Talent. Everybody has their talent in Toronto. No matter where you are in the city there is always a live show, music being played, food being sampled, drinks to be drunk, sports to watch, places to go see and new friends to make. If you don't feel like the talented type like me then there's something for you to always see or do!
3) Toronto is home to some fantastic employers and with almost all institutions offering Co-Op programmes as part of their degree, you’ll get the opportunity to work for some great companies and gain valuable experience.
Thank you Toronto for being so nice! I’ll make every effort to be back next year!
International Education Week is a platform that aims to connect UK Students with universities outside the UK. It is the first official week dedicated to studying overseas. Look out for our event dates in the 2017/18 academic year.
Some pictures of my time in Toronto below!
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