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Stephen Poquiz - Canada

Course: Juris Doctor
Institute: University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Australia, especially Sydney, was a country that I have always wanted to travel to.  I wanted to experience firsthand what it was like to be a student in such a beautiful country. Given that Australia's status as a Commonwealth Nation, I knew that my education would translate well all over the world, especially in Canada. That being said, I could not resist the breathtaking scenery, the vibrant culture and of course, the hot weather!

I knew that I wanted to study at a university that was internationally and locally renowned. This is why I picked the Juris Doctor, a three year program for mature students, at the University of New South Wales. The University was very flexible and accommodating in terms of semester start dates. I was able to accelerate and complete my program in two and a half years.

The benefits of studying in Australia were immense. The opportunity to submerge myself in Australian culture had forever changed my outlook on the world from a personal and professional perspective. My experience allowed me to witness the impact of globalisation and see firsthand how intertwined commerce/business all over the world.

I am currently working at a great law firm in the heart of downtown Toronto and I have my experience in Australia to thank for that. Because of my experience, I am now able to practice law in not one, but two countries. Australia has given my resume an international, well rounded appearance something I feel many companies, large and small, look highly upon today.

Sydney is a city that I will always hold close to my heart because of the time that I had I spent there. I have made lifelong friends from all over the world who, like me, had decided to study abroad in Australia as well. My time in Sydney was reflective of the city itself, a new energy and new experiences that pushed me to mature more than anything or anywhere else.

The city was hard to part from, but thanks to the education I received and the opportunities that have opened to me; I am confident that Sydney will always be in my future.

If you are reading this and are considering studying in Australia, I would say do it! You will not regret it.

Last updated: Friday, 3 June 2016 9:16:40 AM

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