Master in Pharmacy Practice – University of Alberta
I am from Chile and I did my Master’s studies in Pharmacy Practice. I wanted to pursue grad studies in an English-speaking country. I love nature, and Canada has some of the most stunning lakes and forests. Also, Canada is well-known for being a multicultural country that offers high-quality education, so I thought it was an excellent place to be.
1. Why the University of Alberta?
I wanted to study abroad to expand my vision about pharmacy practice and gain tools to do research in the future to contribute to my home country’s health development. When I started looking at different options, I found Dr. Hughes’s research area (sexual health), and I think she was not only a great match but also working with someone I looked up to.
2. Did you receive any scholarships to help fund your studies?
Yes, I am sponsored by my country (Becas Chile). It is a competitive scholarship, and you apply once you are already accepted in the program.
3. What was your favourite thing about the University?
My favourite thing about the UofA and my faculty are the facilities we have to study and do our research, and the friendly environment I have felt anywhere I go.
4. How was your experience as an International Student?
It has been the best experience of my life, the best decision I could ever make. I love how multicultural Canada is. I have met people from all over the world, and that is such an enriching experience. I have grown as a professional, but also I have matured.
5. How was student life like on and off-campus?
On campus, you have a lot to do, it is super green and we have amazing libraries to study and work. There are so many student groups that there is something different to do every day. Edmonton is a beautiful place, it is not a crowded city, and I enjoy that, people are friendly and polite. You can get around quickly in the city by bus, walking, riding a bike. There are so many places to try different food and the parks where you can chill on a summer evening. I love Edmonton’s nature, and it looks different in all seasons. I love running, so I have enjoyed the city a lot.
6. Any advice for future candidates that would like to come to Canada to do their graduate studies?
Pursue your goals, and you will find the way. I found it essential to recognize what I was looking for, as grad studies are like a full-time job, you have to enjoy what you are doing, your area of research. Embrace the challenges, and you will have satisfaction at the end. Canada is a beautiful country, and it has several high-quality universities where to study. It depends on the province, but do not be afraid of winter, it has its beauty.