Today’s students have multiple options when it comes to earning a degree, and many are turning to accredited online degree programs that offer flexibility and outstanding faculty support.

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Technology has helped ensure that today’s international students are not restricted to their home country when it comes to earning a degree. In fact, for years Canadian students have turned to Walden University’s online degree programs for international students. At Walden, students can choose from a variety of online undergraduate degrees, online master’s degree programs, and online doctoral programs. Here are a few notable accomplishments from some of Walden’s Canadian students:

Dr. Elizabeth Moxley-Paquette launched the Wasdell Academy for Innovative Learning in Ontario, Canada, in 2002, in response to the needs of her firstborn son, Vincent. He had struggled in a traditional school, and, although he had been recognized as gifted, he’d also been identified as delayed in language learning, which meant he could fall behind. The Wasdell Academy was designed to offer innovative education that would address his needs—and ultimately, those of many other local children.

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At the academy, Dr. Moxley-Paquette developed a series of innovative brain exercises and psycho-educational tests to expand students’ neuroplasticity—and the program worked, particularly for Vincent. He went on to graduate from the academy two years ahead of schedule and is now on track to complete college early and enter medical school.

As Dr. Moxley-Paquette was earning her online PhD from Walden University, she was able to tie her passion for innovative learning to her dissertation. The research Dr. Moxley-Paquette conducted fueled her work at the academy. “Walden has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to move forward professionally with new research findings,” she says.

In recognition of her commitment as a scholar-practitioner, the online PhD in Psychology student was awarded Walden University’s 2014 Harold L. Hodgkinson Award for her dissertation, Testing a Structural Equation Model of Language-Based Cognitive Fitness. This award is bestowed annually upon a Walden student whose dissertation is judged as meeting the university’s highest standards of academic excellence.

Dr. Peter Njenga earned an online PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (now PhD in Management) from Walden and is currently the president of the Dr. Njenga Foundation of Sustainable HIV/AIDS Projects, a nonprofit organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His organization, which supports Canadians and Kenyans, held a series of successful fundraisers to benefit the nonprofit, including:

  • An event to support an orphanage in Kenya.
  • A blood donation drive.
  • A drive to collect books and computers for students in Kenya.

These events have certainly paid off. The foundation ultimately completed construction on an orphanage in Kenya and distributed 150 care packages of food, clothing, and blankets throughout Vancouver’s east side.

Social change is at the heart of Walden University’s mission and, as such, the university offers the Commitment to Social Change Scholarship. To qualify for the Commitment to Social Change Scholarship, online degree program applicants must demonstrate the capacity to effect positive social change—which, by definition, results in the improvement of human and social conditions. Walden is proud to have Canadian student Devin Rubadeau among its recipients.

Recipient: Devin Rubadeau
Title: Professional Sailing Coach, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Program: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Social Change Goal
: Help youth and the disabled to realize their potential through sporting events by mentoring, teaching, supporting, and caring for athletes.

Social Change Achievements Included:

  • Assisting in the development of new coaches across western Canada in all sports as well as sailing and windsurfing.

  • Volunteering thousands of hours to help athletes reach their potential, including initiating programs for low-income families.

  • Serving as the Canadian Yachting Association’s coach development representative.

  • Serving as sailing director of the Central Okanagan Sailing Association.

Dr. Satoko Nguyen, a PhD in Human Services graduate, coauthored “Fear as a Predictor of Life Satisfaction for Older Adults in Retirement in Canada” in Educational Gerontology (Vol. 39, Issue 10). By polling 190 Canadian retirees, the authors found that men most feared the loss of their partners, while women most feared mortal disease. The lowest-rated fear was loss of retirement income for men and loss of earning power for women. Dr. Nguyen is a teacher at the Sundai Michigan International Academy in Novi, Michigan and a Japanese–English medical, chemical patent, and article translator for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Canadian students who choose Walden for their online learning needs will find a number of benefits designed just for international students. Some of the most popular include the following:

  • Financial assistance for Canadian students to help defray the expense that comes with earning a degree.

  • The International Student Advising Team, which provides international students with personalized attention and includes library and research support, fundamental skills support, technical support, and more.

  • A supportive admissions team and an enrollment process that is designed specifically for international students help make the transition into the Walden community easy. Many students also benefit from Walden’s international degree evaluation in which transcripts are assessed to determine their academic equivalency to a U.S. degree.

Completing an accredited online degree program—especially from an established institution like Walden University—can be great for your résumé, creating new opportunities for you professionally and personally.

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