Exchange programs between Kwantlen and other educational institutes are not new.
Kwantlen fashion students have been on exchanges to
Students hoping to go on exchange need to submit an application for review by faculty and administrators.
This spring there are five students on exchange, says Lam – three to
Previously there was an opportunity for the interior-design students to travel abroad under the CODE Mobility Exchange Program, which involved six institutions from
“It’s a life-changing experience for most of the students,” says Lam. “It’s personality building, an eye-opener to something else other than what’s here.”
Two fashion-design students from Kwantlen who recently returned from an exchange with
Katherine Chu, 25, and Melissa Kwan, 26, both travelled to
Learning fashion in
The two travellers agree a mix of having a clean slate with their new friends, mingling in a foreign culture and learning from a different perspective made it a wonderful experience.
“Oh, and our Pasila family,” adds Kwan with a reminiscent smile. The name Pasila comes from the neighbourhood they lived in, she explains. They were 12 students from all over the world who came together as a family.
“She’s wearing the shirt right now,”
“Now that I’ve lived in a different country and I survived, I know I can go anywhere else and live there, too,” says Kwan.
The exchange has made her realize there’s more out there, says