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Postular bien informados

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¡Hola, bienvenidos!

En este segundo post conversaremos sobre algunos asuntos muy importantes al momento de postular a OISE. Al ser estudiantes internacionales, es trascendental que hayamos comprendido correctamente información relacionada a los programas y  los costos. Como Vicepresidenta de la asociación de estudiantes internacionales de OISE, he escuchado muchas historias, algunas de las cuales he vivido, sobre lo difícil que pueden ser las primeras semanas si es que no hemos revisado y solicitado toda la información que necesitamos. Por ello, nunca está de más preguntar y repreguntar a los encargados de tu departamento o a la Oficina de Registro sobre cualquier detalle que no te haya quedado claro.

Los Programas

OISE ofrece distintos tipos de programas entre maestrías y doctorados. Dentro de las maestrías se encuentran los distintos Masters of Arts (M.A) y Masters of Education (M.Ed). Además, OISE cuenta con Teaching Certification Degrees (programas que te certifican para ser profesores en Ontario, Canadá), dentro de los que se encuentran el Master of Teaching (M.T) y el Master of Arts Child Studies (MA-CSE). En el nivel doctoral, tenemos a los PhD y a los EdD. Para saber más de lo que ofrece OISE consulta las siguientes páginas en español y en inglés: Prospective International Students y Admissions.

Al momento de postular, debes de tener en cuenta que los M.A y los PhD tiempo completo (full-time) vienen con financiamiento de la Universidad. Los M.Ed., los PhD tiempo parcial y los EdD no, a pesar de que se llevan los mismos cursos durante toda la carrera. Ante ello, debes tomar tus precauciones cuando elijas los programas que quieras estudiar. Además, una diferencia muy MUY IMPORTANTE es que los M.A duran solo un año académico, mientras que los M.Ed. pueden duran un año y medio. Eso quiere decir, que mientras el costo del M.A es de dos semestres académicos, el costo del M.Ed. puede ser hasta de TRES semestres académicos. Más información sobre el M.Ed. aquí: Master of Education.

Los costos

Este tema es muy muy importante. Al ser estudiantes internacionales, los costos que tenemos que pagar por la pensión son tres veces más caros que los estudiantes canadienses. Además, estos costos cambian todos los años, lo cual hace un poco complicado planificar con tiempo nuestros presupuestos.

Hay que tener muchísimo cuidado al entender cuánto duran los semestres académicos en Canadá. En este país, existen 4 semestres: Fall (setiembre a diciembre), Winter (enero a abril), Spring (mayo a junio), y Summer (julio agosto). La buena noticia es que si eres un estudiante de tiempo completo, y quieres llevar cursos en el verano, ya no  tienes que pagarlos. Están incluidos en la pensión del primer año. Yo estoy en el M.Ed en Social Justice Education. Mi programa dura 1.5 años, lo cual implica que llevaré cursos de la siguiente manera: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring y Summer 2016 (esto es opcional), y finalmente Fall 2016. Yo he elegido llevar cursos en el verano para reducir la cantidad de cursos en los semestres del Fall y del Winter. Lo bueno, como ya lo mencioné, es que no tengo que pagar por esos cursos. Lo malo, es que a pesar de que yo termino mis cursos en agosto, aún así tengo que pagar la pensión del siguiente Fall. Esas son las reglas de la universidad, si tu programa es de 1.5 años, y lo acabaste en 1 año, tienes que pagar el medio año que te falta.

ATENCIÓN A ESTA INFORMACIÓN

Este sistema puede ser un poco confuso al momento de realizar los pagos, pues cuando revises la información correspondiente, aparecerán solo por año académico. CUIDADO CON ESTO. Yo, por ejemplo, pagué la totalidad del año académico 2015-2016, y voy a pagar la mitad del año académico 2016-2017. Para tener una noción de los precios y características de los programas, revisa el OISE VIEWBOOK

Para mayor información, contacta a la Oficina de Registro


In English: For a better application process

 

For a better application process

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Hello and welcome!

In this second post, we will explain some important issues to be taken into consideration before applying to OISE. As international students, it is crucial that we understand correctly all the information regarding what programs OISE offers and all the costs involved. As Vice President of the International Students Association (ISA) of OISE, I have heard many stories, some of which I lived, about how difficult it can be to find information in the webpage for specific details, like for example, tuition fees. Therefore, it never hurts to ask in your department of choice or the Office of the Registrar for a better explanation about important information before applying.

 The programs

OISE offers different types of programs between masters and doctoral degrees. There are different types of masters, like the Masters of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Education (M.Ed). In addition, OISE has a Teaching Certification Degree (certification to become teachers in Ontario, Canada), within which are the Master of Teaching (M. T) and Child Studies Master of Arts (MA-CSE). At the doctoral level, OISE has the PhD program and the EdD program. To learn more about OISE’s programs see the following pages in Spanish and English: Prospective International Students and Admissions

While working on your application, you must keep in mind that the full time M.A. and PhD programs come with funding from the University. The M.Ed., Flextime PhD and EdD do not, although courses are the same to all programs. Thus, you should take precautions when you choose the programs you want to study. In addition, a very important difference is that the M.A lasts only one academic year, while some M.Ed. last a year and a half. That means tuition fees cost for the M.A program is two academic semesters, while tuition fees for t some M.Ed.  programs can be for three academic semesters. More information about the M.Ed. here: Master of Education.

Tuition Fees

This issue is very important. As international students, tuition fees are three times more than Canadian students. Moreover, prices change every year, which makes it difficult to plan ahead and budget.

We must be very careful to understand the length of the semesters in Canada. In this country, there are 4 semesters: fall (September to December), winter (January to April), spring (May-June), and summer (July-August). Good news, if you are a full-time student, you do not have to pay tuition in order to take courses in the spring and summer sessions.

I am in the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education. My program length is 1.5 years, which means that I took courses as follows: fall 2015, winter 2016, spring and summer 2016 (optional), and finally, fall 2016. Even though the courses I am taking in the spring and summer will reduce the number of courses that I need to take in fall 2016, I will still have to pay the full fee for that semester. There is a minimum fee for the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education that I am taking program, and is at least 1.5 years. Even if you finish your degree in 1 year!

ATTENTION TO THIS INFORMATION

This system can be a bit confusing when making payments. This is because payments are presented for academic year, not for the totality of the program. CAREFUL WITH THIS. For example, since I’m a M.Ed. student, I paid tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year, and half of the tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year. For better information about prices and program’s features, check the OISE VIEWBOOK.

If you have any questions, please contact OISE’s Office of the Registrar and Student Services


En Español: Postular bien informados

Los primeros días

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¡Hola, bienvenidos!

Este primer post está dedicado a conversar un poco sobre las primeras semanas en Toronto. Al ser una estudiante internacional, todos me recomendaron que viniera unas semanas antes para adaptarme a la nueva ciudad, al nuevo horario y al nuevo idioma. Sin embargo, por circunstancias de la vida, solo pude conseguir un pasaje para cuatro días antes de las clases. Confesaré que estuve aterrada. No sabía cómo iba a poder organizar toda mi nueva vida en tres días, de tal manera que estuviera lista para el primer día de clases. Como imaginarán, todo fue caos por un tiempo. Y eso me lleva al primer tema, la vivienda.

Vivienda:

Llegar a una casa vacía no es nada fácil. Y las casas no se llenan mágicamente en tres días. Sin embargo gracias al Student Family Housing de la universidad de Toronto tenía a donde llegar. Yo vivo con mi compañero, aunque él llego UN DÍA ANTES DE LAS CLASES, y juntos pudimos instalarnos en nuestra nueva casa. Sin embargo, si vienes solo, la Universidad también tiene una opción para ti. Encuentra toda la información que necesitas para solicitar una residencia en alguno de los lugares que la universidad tiene para ti en  Student Residences. Tú, tu familia y tus mascotas son bienvenidas. Si por alguna razón no tienes una respuesta positiva o tienes que esperar al departamento que te asignaron uno o dos meses después del inicio de clases (a veces sucede), o si quieres vivir en otro sitio que no sea residencia de la Universidad, UofT tiene opciones Off-campus Housing. Siempre estate atento a los plazos para postular, ¡se van volando!

La diferencia entre la residencia para familias y para personas solas está en el amoblado. Los Family Housing vienen vacíos. Si es que viajas con todas tus cosas, ten en cuenta que debes separar un espacio para el parqueo y un elevador para poder mudarte sin problemas. Si vienes con nada, como mi compañero y yo, hay muchas salidas buenas y baratas para armar la casa. La primera, y la que puede ser una gran salvación, se encuentra en el mismo Family Housing.

La universidad se ha encargado de hacer los Family Housing una linda comunidad. Así, en el tercer piso de la residencia en 30 Charles Street West, hay un Free Store. Este espacio está constituido por donaciones de los inquilinos del edificio. Ahí puedes encontrar ropa, algunos electrodomésticos, utensilios de cocina y libros. Es completamente gratis. Por otro lado, los inquilinos del Family Housing tenemos la posibilidad de colgar en el primero piso de nuestros edificios anuncios con las cosas que estamos vendiendo. Agosto, diciembre y setiembre son meses en donde mucha gente se va del edificio y mucha gente nueva viene. Así que si vienes sin nada, no te alarmes, mucha gente estará vendiendo sus muebles, camas, electrodomésticos, mueble para bebés, etc. Gracias a este sistema yo conseguí mi sofá-cama, mi cama, mi mesa de comer, dos libreros y unas lámparas muy bonitas, casi nuevas y muy baratas. Para todo lo demás que te falte en casa puedes ir al Dollar Store y a IKEA. Son tiendas que siempre te sacan de apuros y con buenos precios.

El segundo tema es uno fundamental, sobre todo si vienes de países ricos en gastronomías como el mío, la comida.

La comida

¿Qué comer en Toronto? Esta ciudad es fascinante y multicultural. Aquí puedes encontrar comida de muchas partes del mundo, lo cual hace que también haya ingredientes de todo el mundo. Si cocinas, hay varios mercados y supermercados con buenos precios a los que puedes ir. Yo prefiero el Kensington Market. Es fascinante. Hay ingredientes frescos y baratos, restaurantes y tiendas de todo el mundo, música, arte, tiendas de ropa vintage, etc. El Kensington Market se encuentra al lado del barrio chino, en el centro de la ciudad.

El tercer tema está enfocado en el apoyo institucional que recibirás de la universidad al llegar a Toronto.

La Universidad

U of T tiene CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE y OISE tiene OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR AND STUDENT SERVICES, oficinas a las que te puedes acercar y aprender todo lo que la universidad tiene preparada para los estudiantes internacionales. También, puedes contactarte con la International Student Association (ISA) de OISE para cualquier consulta. Sus datos son los siguientes:

  • Location: 252 Bloor Street West, Room 8-107
  • Telephone: 416-926-4733
  • E-mail: oiseisa@utoronto.ca

A pesar de que puede ser difícil adaptarse a un nuevo país, especialmente si el inglés es tu segunda lengua, la comunidad de OISE está equipada para ayudarte con la transición.


English version: The first days

The first days!

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The first entry of the blog is about my first weeks in Toronto. As an international student, everybody back in Peru recommended me to come to Toronto a few weeks before the beginning of classes, in order to adapt to the new city and the new language. However, for different reasons, I bought a ticket just four days before classes. I must confess, I was terrified. I did not know how to organize my new life in the short three days, in order to be ready for the first day of school. As you might imagine, everything was chaotic for a while. And that brings me to the first subject of this entry: housing!

Housing:

Coming to an empty house is not easy. Especially because houses are not filled magically in three days, no matter how hard you try. However, thanks to Student Family Housing at the University of Toronto I had a place to live. I now live with my partner, who arrived a day before school. Nevertheless, if you come alone, the University has an option for you. One can find all the information needed to apply for a University residence in Student Residences. You, your family and your pets are welcome! If for some reason you do not get a positive response from Student Residences or have to wait for the apartment that you been assigned for one or two months after the beginning of classes (sometimes happens), or if you want to live anywhere else other than a university residence, there are Off-campus Housing options. Always be aware of deadlines to apply!

The difference between residences for families and for single occupants is that the former is not furnished, while the latter is. The apartments at Family Housing are empty. If you travel with all your stuff, keep in mind that you must contact the Student Family Housing for parking and elevator information. If you come with nothing, as my partner and I did, there are good and inexpensive ways to furnish your house.

The first, and most amazing one it is located at Family Housing. The university has been responsible for making the Family Housing a really nice community. On the third floor of the residence at 30 Charles Street West, there is a Free Store. This space is made up of donations from tenants in the building, where you can find clothes, some appliances, cookware, and books—for free. On the other hand, Family Housing tenants are able to post advertisements on the first floor. August, December, and September are months where many people move in and out of the building. So if you come with nothing, do not panic, many people will be selling their furniture, bedding, appliances, and furniture for their children, etc. Under this trading system, I bought my sofa bed, bed, dining table, two bookcases and a very nice, almost new, and very cheap lamp. For everything else you are missing at home, you can go to the Dollar Store or IKEA. The second subject is an essential one, especially if you come from countries with great cuisines: food!

Food

What and where to eat in Toronto, a fascinating and multicultural city? You can easily find food and ingredients from around the world. If you cook, there are several markets and supermarkets with good prices where you can shop, like No Frills. I prefer Kensington Market, where you can find fresh and inexpensive ingredients, and restaurants from around the world. More than just delicious food, you can buy some music, art, vintage clothing, etc. Kensington Market is located next to Chinatown, in the Downtown Toronto. The third subject focuses on the institutional support you will receive from the university when you arrived in Toronto.

The University

For more information consult the CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE and OISE’s OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR AND STUDENT SERVICES. In both offices, you can learn all programs, activities, and events for international students. Although it can be difficult to adjust to a new country, especially if English is not your first language, the OISE community is equipped to help you with the transition.

You can also contact the International Student Association (ISA) of OISE for any inquiries. The information about ISA is as follows:

– Location: 252 Bloor Street West, Room 8-107

– Telephone: 416-926-4733

– E-mail: oiseisa@utoronto.ca


Versión en Español: Los primeros días

 

 

So…Now What?

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by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student

In 6 days, I will be graduating with my fellow MT classmates and walking away with my Master’s Degree at U of T. This moment was a long time coming but its finally here.

And with this momentous occasion comes this response from most people: “Congratulations! So, now what?”

Since I finished classes I have been working some contract jobs, getting certified and applying to schools. I wanted to share some of my experiences with you guys to give you an idea of what “f-unemployment” looks like.

Contract Jobs

In April, I worked with EQAO to score the OSSLT. I made a profile in February and they messaged me in March to score the upcoming OSSLT. I wanted to score the short writing and long writing sections but the short writing times interfered with the last day of class and the Research Celebration. So I scored the long writing section for 7 days. It’s 7 days straight with Sundays off. The coordinators asked if people wanted to stay an extra couple of days on the Sunday and/or Wednesday after the session finished.

I would definitely score for the EQAO again. You do have to sit and score booklets for long hours but you are allowed to take as many breaks as you like. I would often go to the washroom or refill my water bottle whenever I needed a break. Also the pay was great. They pay you $250 per day and also cover your expenses to travel to and from the convention centre. To see the full breakdown, click here: http://www.eqao.com/en/about_eqao/work_with_eqao/Pages/finance-procedure-onsite-paper-scoring.aspx

Since February, I have been proctoring with University of Toronto Schools (UTS). I have been doing odd contests or exams for them but in May I was one of the proctors for their AP Exams. I loved working for UTS and with my fellow proctors. It was a great experience that helped me build relationships with new teachers, students and proctors.

Getting Certified

One of the certifications I have been working on is my OCT. I started my application and filled in my information in January. In April, I submitted my university transcripts and I finally paid my application and annual fees in May. Now the last steps are a copy of identification like your passport or birth certificate and an original police check. Please make sure you don’t make the same mistake as I do! Because on my passport I have my First, Middle and Last name, OCT wants to have your First, Middle and Last name on the police check as well. I didn’t have my middle name on my police check and they didn’t accept it. So I have to resubmit another one and then I will be OCT certified!

Applying to Schools

Finally, I have been applying to various school boards and private schools. It is a little stressful because there are not a lot of jobs available. So whatever jobs are out there, I am applying for!! A little tip for those of you who are applying to the TDSB. When you open up your application, it is saved on their data base for two days and if you did not submit it after two days it gets deleted. So make sure you get the application in as soon as possible!

With everything being said, I am hopeful for what is next in life. I am stressed that there are minimal jobs out there but I know that I will eventually find a supply job or permanent job! Thank you for following my OISE adventure for the past few years! I have been so blessed to have met some of you and shared my experience with everyone on the blog-o-sphere! Good luck with your OISE adventure!

Are you curious about the OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

Putting My Research into Practice

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 by Caitlin
Master of Teaching student

A good amount of my time, in the MT Program, was spent working on my research paper. Each student had to research a topic, gather existing literature and interview teachers to formulate findings. When we first started first year, I thought we would be slowly get our research paper started and I would have a concrete theme within the first month…Well that did not happen! My professor, Angela MacDonald, decided to start the first day with a roundtable discussion of our potential topics. She gave us 5 minutes to talk to our elbow partners to practice our pitch and iron out our wording. Let me tell you I was not expecting this round table at all! I was expecting a small ice breaker to get to know my classmates and we would talk about the syllabus. It was kind of frightening but also magical to hear from my classmates what their interests were and where they thought they were going with their research project. I remember raising my hand to speak, and felt all eyes on me. I looked down at my notes and kind of spoke into my paper so I could get the moment over with. I distinctly remember saying:

My research project will focus on children’s rights in the classroom..I think.

I was not confident in myself at all when I proposed my pitch. I remember looking up from my paper and everyone was just staring at me. I was afraid someone was going to ask me a question that I wouldn’t be able to answer and I would have looked like an idiot. But to my surprise, my peers were actually interested and supportive with their responses. They said they couldn’t wait to read my work and some even said they had teachers I could contact.

From that moment, I knew that I couldn’t hold back my passion and enthusiasm for the topic. If I was going to research something, it had to be meaningful, impactful and something that will drive me to change the way I teach. If I was going forward with this topic, I had to commit 100% to it.

And commit I did. Even though there were 2 1/2 full time courses that focused on the Research Paper, I spent most of my time working on it. I was either collecting new data or refining the work that I had submitted. It took a lot of time and effort to receive this happy message on Pepper.

I cannot tell you how satisfying it was to receive this message! All my hard work was finally submitted but as I think about it more, the research has not stopped. The submission of my research paper is not the end of this passion I have for children’s rights. Learning from my participants and this whole research paper process, I have found myself yearning to learn more about Children’s Rights and how children are actually receiving the information.

When I was in my last practicum, I did a couple of lessons on Children’s Rights when we were learning about the Air and Water unit. I wanted students to be socially responsible for their own actions, and their school’s actions. In order to do that, I emphasized the need for everyone to do their part to benefit the lives of children and people around the world. To read more about what I did in my Grade 2 classroom, click here: http://wordpress.oise.utoronto.ca/ambassadors/2016/05/09/bringing-social-…to-the-classroom/

My overall message of the research paper is you make the most of it. So you can either

A) Complete the requirements and put it away forever

or B) Have it change the way you teach and approach your pedagogy. If you wrote about it for 2 years, you definitely have acquired knowledge about this topic that can and will change how you teach. The most powerful tool is to teach. Why not teach in a meaningful and transcending way?

Are you curious about the OISE student experience? Contact me:

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca