My Passionate Arts life at Athabasca University
I always loved studying languages, and English was a language that draws my interest to pursue my graduate course on that. I searched around 4 to 5 colleges on the internet and have applied to 4 for the same. But I got an admission at Athabasca University to pursue my dream course. I just paid the onetime fee of $115 and applied through the online portal.
My course in this university puts emphasis on a variety of literary works, countries, and historical periods. It did actually improve my critical thinking, my skills in interpretation, and writing. I really gained a different exposure and learned the importance of the English language in this present world. Along with that, I realized its spread in both the language and in literature.
I was required to submit my TOEFL or IELTS scores. My passion for language and literature helped me get through the examination of TOEFL and secure a decent score of 90 which made my admission into the college a lot easier.
I was required to pay around $13,000 as my tuition fee for B.A. English per year. I lived off-campus which cost me another $15,200 per year. Including all the other expenses and fees, it cost me around 14,000 per year. The college also offers various scholarships for the International students as well as local students.
I have opted for off-campus accommodation which added to my expenses due to the daily commute. It cost me $12,800 per year for off-campus living. My miscellaneous expenses were somewhere around $150.
My course work at the university and the amount of exposure to the knowledge that I have gained provided me to get quite good job opportunities. Even though there were not many companies that had visited the University for the Placements, I got into placement drive away and managed to get it.
I was provided with a lot of on-campus jobs and internship opportunities for the students. my university and the Alberta Government's Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of women jointly offered an internship called The Historical Resources Intern Program (HRIP). This benefitted a lot to me to pursue my course as well.
The college offers and conducts different events which were beneficial to the students to connect with various people and experience different cultures. These events also increase our exposure to the working environment we have to adapt to once we graduate. Along with different leadership, orientation, and management events, the college also conducts art galleries, theatre and arts performances, community talks, etc., for the betterment of the students.
Monthly Expense : $200 - $500