Feb. 4th,2019, CUD: University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) representative Freya Qi made a return visit to Canadian University Dubai to speak with students interested in transferring to one of Canada’s most easterly Provinces.
Freya is UPEI’s International Recruiter and Advisor and is an Alumna of the University, now working in UPEI’s Recruitment, Advising and International Student Office.
In an entertaining presentation Freya outlined UPEI’s range of programs in Business, Arts, Education, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Science and Sustainable Design Engineering. She also showed images of the 140 acre campus, which is set in a friendly and safe environment within walking distance of Downtown.
She described the island-wide hiking and biking trail bordering the campus and shared details of student housing options convenient to the campus. Students can choose from a variety of on and off campus accommodation and catering facilities.
Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province; it attracts one million visitors a year and is known for its beaches, golf courses and food.
UPEI is a non-denominational university established in 1969 by the amalgamation of Prince of Wales College and St. Dunstan's University. The university combines teaching excellence with research innovation, steeped in the traditions of over 200 years of higher education.
One of the key features of UPEI is its small class sizes. With a student population of 4,600 it is one of the smallest universities in Canada but is ranked in the top 10. Over 1,200 of its students come from overseas and the University hosts nationalities from over 80 countries.
Freya spoke about how, as a student moving to Prince Edward Island from China, she was given a warm welcome and how she now thinks of PEI as her home. She assured CUD students that they would have the same experience with an accommodation option of Home Placement in their early years, a great benefit for students moving to a different country and hoping to settle in quickly.
Plans are now well advanced for the development of a dual degree combining environmental studies, and climate change. Students from both CUD and UPEI can complete this program either in Dubai or in Canada. The proposed launch date is Fall 2019.