First steps

Welcome to my blog! My name is Matthew. I’m an Irish-French ruffian constantly searching for new life experiences and laughs.  Originally from Dublin, I spent most of my life growing up in the French Alps before moving to Glasgow for University.  I spent two years studying Business and Management there and am currently doing my junior honours year abroad in Montreal, Canada. Hopefully by reading through this blog, I’ll shed some light on what it’s like to live over here and you’ll learn from my many, many mistakes!



The Canadian Dream

Today will be a serious blog, I’m saving all the fun stuff for next time 😉

Let’s talk about the exchange application process to start out. A word of advice here, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Go to all the events and talks organised by the Uni that you can. While these do start early in the year, go and soak up all the information that you can. Before you know it you will be writing up your application and will thank your stars you know all the procedures. Not only is everything presented consciously and clearly in these talks, but you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have early in the process, before it becomes a problem. This means your application will be one step ahead of the rest. You will also be able to get in contact with other students who have been through the exchange process and can direct you to all the right sources (shortcuts galore: we’re students, we’re lazy). Give yourself the best chance you can, your year abroad is worth it. 😉



Now, I’m about to say something obvious but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. Get a head start on your application. Whether you write it out a month early or the night before it will take exactly the same amount of time.  Give yourself that extra time to iron out any problems and present your best self. This has the added bonus of making the application stress-free (and means you can sit back and relax while everyone scrambles around last minute).  Another thing you should do is to start compiling an exchange folder with all your important documents. It will save you hours of time down the line searching for this or that page. I personally recommend a hard copy version for general use and an electronic backup version for e-mails and emergencies.

Once your December deadline is passed all you need to do is wait for the response. It should arrive sometime in February. An important thing to note is that you have 24 hours to accept your offer once it is sent out to you. Don’t worry too much about this, though I know a fair few people who checked their e-mail every few minutes during the response period. That’s everything for the Glasgow side of the application.  Next time I’ll go into depth on the UQAM side of things and give you some tips for the best chance of success.  I’ll also be posting an edit of my first month in Canada and a typical day in the life


A taste of things to come

If you have any questions with regards to Montreal or exchange in general, drop me an e-mail at !

L’Irlandais a Montreal,


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