5 Reasons CultureWorks Students Choose Carleton University

A view of Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada
A view of Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada

Are you hoping to study English in Canada so you can earn your undergraduate degree at a Canadian university?

CultureWorks partners with top Canadian universities in Ontario to help students from around the world access high quality degrees programs.

We ensure ESL students develop the English skills they need to be accepted into these institutions and succeed in their program of choice.

Read on to discover why our partner, Carleton University is the top choice of many ESL students, and to find out if this school could be your perfect post-secondary match!

1. Carleton University Has Many Undergraduate Programs to Choose From

Carleton University offers more than 100 different undergraduate degree programs! There are programs in everything from software engineering to international business, finance, and even aerospace engineering. So no matter your interests, there is sure to be a program at Carleton that will help you reach your career goals.

2. Undergraduate Students at Carleton can Work on Research Projects

Undergraduate students don’t often get the chance to participate in university research projects. But at Carleton, undergraduate students can do their very own research at the Discovery Centre. That means that you can get hands-on experience, explore a topic that you’re passionate about, and work closely with a professor at one of the Canada’s top universities.

3. State-of-the-Art Facilities Help Students Achieve their Academic Potential

At Carleton, you’ll have access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities. You can use the gaming lab to play video games for academic projects, or use the projectors in the learning lab or multimedia room for group projects and presentations.

You can even use one of Carleton’s brand new 3-D printers to produce your own original designs.

4. Students Build Practical Skills With Carleton’s Hands-On Approach

If you decide to study English as a second language for Carleton University, then you’ll build practical English skills that you’ll use for the rest of your education – and throughout your career. Those English communication skills will come in handy when you have to write an essay for class, deliver a presentation, or prepare a business report.

Carleton University also offers great co-op programs in subjects like accounting and mathematics. That means that you can gain real work experience while you earn your degree, strengthening your resume while you make industry connections.

5. ESL Students at Carleton get to Study in the Capital of Canada

CultureWorks students on a skating trip in Ottawa, Canada
CultureWorks students on a skating trip in Ottawa, Canada

Because Carleton is located in Ottawa (the capital of Canada), you won’t be far from historic sites like the Rideau Canal and Parliament Buildings. You can explore these and other destinations through trips with CultureWorks, or with your friends after class and on weekends.

If you’re thinking of attending an esl school in Canada, what better place to choose than the nation’s capital? Not far from major cities like Toronto and Montreal, Carleton University in Ottawa is the ideal place to start your adventure in Canada.

Are you interested in taking English courses for Carleton University? Visit our website to learn how CultureWorks can help you get there!

This Week in the CultureWorks Hotspot: Meet Instructor Vicky Trantza

Vicky Trantza works as an English instructor at the Oshawa CultureWorks campus.
Vicky Trantza works as an English instructor at the Oshawa CultureWorks campus.

Here at CultureWorks, our instructors truly understand what it’s like to travel abroad and experience a new country and culture – and that’s because many of them are world travellers!

This week, we spoke with CultureWorks instructor Vicky Trantza and discovered her favourite Canadian TV show, what hobbies she likes to do outside of teaching English, and what recommendations she has for students just starting their intensive English courses in Canada.

Read on to find out what advice she has about immersing yourself in a new culture, and how you can make the most of your study abroad experience.

1. What’s your favorite Canadian TV show?

Well, this might sound a little cheesy, but I really enjoy watching Just for Laughs Gags, which is funny because I often prefer horror films and psychological thrillers. Just for Laughs Gags makes me laugh, but also makes me realize how openhearted and thoughtful Canadians really are.

2. What idiomatic expression best describes you and why?

That’s a tough question because I think there are several idiomatic expressions that I can relate to. If I’m not “out with the fairies” or have my “head in the clouds”, then I’d say I’m very “down-to-earth”.

What does this mean exactly? Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a very vivid imagination and daydream a lot. My mom would always tell me to get my “head out of the clouds.” However, my imagination helped me to excel in creative writing and the arts, so I think it is a good thing to be a dreamer sometimes.

I also have a very practical and sensible side and I value the simple things in life. So, my “down-to-earth” side balances the dreamy/artsy side of my personality!

3. When you’re not teaching in our English as a second language program, what are you doing? What hobbies do you enjoy the most?

When I am not teaching, I try to spend as much quality time with my family and friends as I can – like doing arts and crafts with my daughter.

I have many hobbies, and most of them are within the arts. I love to draw, paint, create collages and take pictures – and then experiment with my pictures on Photoshop. I also like listening to all kinds of music and exploring the world of natural health, herbalism and meditation.

Finally, when I get the opportunity, I love to travel. I love experiencing new cultures, languages, and foods. Every trip is a new adventure!

4. What advice do you have for CultureWorks students who want to get involved with Canadian culture while they study English in Canada?

I always tell my students to get involved in their school community or on campus. That way, they’ll be in contact with other local and international students.

Volunteering in the community is another excellent way to get involved. For example, when I was studying in Australia, I always got involved in school events and festivities. I also got a part-time job on campus as a coordinator for a holiday program they had for children of faculty members and staff. As a result, I was in contact with members of my local community, and got to learn so much from the experience.

I also recommend students get involved in the community by attending local cultural events. Students should find traditional events and festivities that Canadians go to and plan to go as well. Also, don’t forget to try some Canadian food!

Thank you, Vicky Trantza, for taking the time to sit with us this week and answer our questions! We love the opportunity to showcase our wonderful staff and instructors, and had a wonderful time getting to know you a little better.

Are you interested in enrolling in an ESL school in Canada?

Visit CultureWorks to explore our programs and ask your questions to our friendly staff!

What Should You Pack to Study English in Canada?

CultureWorks students need warm clothes for winter adventures
CultureWorks students need warm clothes for winter adventures.

With four different seasons and a wide choice of outdoor activities, packing for a long stay in Canada can be a real challenge!

While each students will have slightly different things they will need to bring, here are a few essentials that should be at the top of every list.

ESL Students Should Pack Essential Documents

Living and studying in another country involves some paperwork. To ensure that your travel to Canada goes smoothly, make sure to pack your:

  • passport
  • student visa
  • one or two other pieces of identification
  • important medical documents like prescriptions

Pack these items along with other documents that might be required by your school. It’s a good idea to make two photocopies of your documents. Leave one set of copies at home and keep another with you, separate from the originals. That way if anything goes missing you’ll be able to get replacements sooner. Unsure about what documents you need?

Contact CultureWorks with your questions. We’ll let you know exactly what documents you need.

Pack Clothes for all Weather & Outdoor Fun

Temperatures in Canada vary a lot depending on the season. While the summer heat might rise to 32 degrees Celsius, there could be winter days that fall as low as -32 Celsius!

If you’re arriving in Canada now, just before the fall season, it’s a good idea to have some sweaters and a light jacket ready to layer over your t-shirts and shorts for cooler morning and evenings.

If you study English in Canada at CultureWorks, you’ll be getting involved in many outdoor activities, like swimming, hiking, and skiing. So, it’s also a good idea to bring along some athletic clothes you can move and play and feel comfortable in.

Don’t want to pack a heavy coat and snow boots? Don’t worry, you can always purchase extra clothes once you arrive in Canada – either in a store, or online.

ESL Students Can Pack Snacks that Remind them of Home

Some ESL students like to pack a few foods that remind them of home, like a favourite candy or some spices to cook a dish just like mom does. That’s a great idea – but just make sure to check the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website first, to make sure the foods you want to pack are allowed into Canada.

CultureWorks students make and share foods from their home countries
CultureWorks students make and share foods from their home countries

Bring an Adapter for your Electronics

It’s a good idea to pack your laptop or tablet (and of course, smartphone) to use in your English as a second language program in Canada. You can use them to write assignments, read articles in English, and stay in touch with family and friends back home through apps like Skype, Whatsaap and WeChat.

English As A Second Language

Just make sure that you bring an adapter that works with Canadian outlets. Canadian electrical outlets operate at 60Hz and 110 to 120 volts and use a two or three-pin plug.

What other items will YOU bring to start your intensive English program in Canada?

What to Look for in a University-Prep ESL Program

CultureWorks students at the London campus
CultureWorks students at the London campus

Whether you’re travelling from halfway around the world or live right here in Canada, finding an ESL program to prepare for university can be a challenging process.

You need to improve your English language skills, learn strategies to succeed in your degree program, and take care of practical details – like submitting your university application and finding a place to live. Plus, you want a program that prepares your quickly!

Want to make sure you choose the right ESL university-prep program? Make sure your top choice has these six characteristics.

1. Look for ESL Programs Located on the Campus of your Chosen University

Choose an English as a second language program that is partnered with your chosen university – and based right on campus. This way, you’ll get comfortable at the university much faster, and may even be able to use some of the campus resources. Studying English on the campus of your future school will make transitioning to university much smoother.

2. Choose an ESL Program that Helps you Apply for University

Figuring out the university application process can be difficult. The best ESL programs will submit the paperwork for you. For example, when students enroll in CultureWorks, they can get conditional acceptance into one of our partner universities. CultureWorks staff takes care of the whole process.

Once you have successfully completed the CultureWorks ESL program, you are automatically accepted into your chosen university!

3. Find an ESL Program with a Friendly atmosphere

CultureWorks students have fun during the London campus end of term celebration
CultureWorks students have fun during the London campus end of term celebration

Signing up for an intensive English program in Canada can feel intimidating. You might be moving away from home for the first time, and have worries about feeling lonely in a new country and culture.

The best ESL programs make sure students have fun and have opportunities to make friends. CultureWorks organizes many events on campus and in the community so students can relax and enjoy time between classes.

4. Look for Experienced ESL Instructors who really Care

A caring instructor can make all the difference in an ESL university-prep program. The best teachers take the time to answer your questions, but they also make class enjoyable and help you build your confidence.

Instead of using rote learning and memorization, experienced ESL teachers help students build advanced research, writing and presentation skills so they are ready for the challenges of university.

5. Choose an ESL Program that Immerses You in Canadian Culture

CultureWorks students visit famous Canadian sites like Niagara Falls
CultureWorks students visit famous Canadian sites like Niagara Falls

Understanding Canadian culture and making local friends is an important part of learning English and preparing for university in Canada. Look for an ESL program that offers activities, trips, and social events in the local community.

6. Find an ESL Program with Special Electives for Your Degree

The best university-prep ESL programs helps students learn the technical English they will need in their chosen degree program.

For example, if you’re taking English courses for King’s College at CultureWorks, you can choose special classes like Business and Management and Engineering and Technology. You will learn the English vocabulary you need to succeed in these study areas when you move on to university.

Want to learn more about the CultureWorks university-prep ESL program? Visit us online for more information and to apply!