North American Studies Consortium and Exchange Program

UVM welcomes first Canadian exchange student participant...

Canadian exchange student Veronica Ficon


My name is Veronica Ficon and I had the opportunity to participate in the North American Mobility Program at UVM this past fall term. As a North American and Global Studies major at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario Canada I thought that spending a semester at the University of Vermont would be an excellent way of learning more about the United States and gaining a different perspective on Canadian history, politics, and identity. The program also consisted of classes conducted via Adobe Connect (Skype) with the other schools in Canada, the U.S and Mexico involved in this program. The classes via Adobe Connect were also great because I was able to talk to students from Mexico and learn about policies in their country along with the different cultures and identities within Mexican society. Besides academics as an exchange student I got the opportunity to become friends with people from all over the world and learn about their lives and cultures. Burlington itself was an exciting city that had lots of fun outdoor activities to participate in and a rich local history that proved very helpful in my independent research project. I chose to research and identify the types of integration occurring between Vermont and Quebec and the historical information I found about relations between the two was invaluable. One of the best aspects of the exchange was being able to learn about the local history of where you are staying and apply that knowledge to what you know about North America.  My exchange through the North American Mobility Program offered me the chance to learn about Canada, the U.S and Mexico in a way that would not have been possible in a classroom at my home University.