Life as an international student in Ottawa

Life as an international student in Ottawa
Amirreza is an Iranian student and sporty fellow from Tehran. Both of his parents speak English, and his mother in particular wanted him to study the English language in Canada. He lives with his maternal aunt and is enjoying his studies at YPLS, saying that Canada is “good.” Amir does two hours of homework after school, a habit he intends to keep in high school. On the weekends, he likes to visit his family as he has many cousins in Ottawa. He loves sports such as soccer (his favourite), volleyball, and ping pong. What he likes best about Canada is the “kind people.”



Tran is a long way from her home in Hue City, Vietnam. She decided to study English in Canada because it is the “best,” and she has extended family in Ottawa. She says another reason for coming to Ottawa is that it is a city that feels “peaceful and safe.” Tran is enjoying her YPLS studies in Ottawa and devotes several hours per day to homework. She loves to go shopping on the weekend and enjoys playing badminton. She plans to pursue university studies and become a family doctor.



Kai goes by the English name "Mark." The Tianjin native arrived in September to get a jump start on honing his English language skills at YPLS. Mark likes his English-speaking host family and is happy to improve his English outside of the classroom. He helps the family to cook and clean the table and says that after dinner, they "talk a long time." He also likes to hang out with friends on the weekend and go shopping. He finds Canada “different” in its traditions of eating food with a knife and fork instead of using chopsticks but says he “likes” Canadian food. He also appreciates how “in Canada, you can drink any water” directly from the tap. Mark's post-secondary educational pathway is not entirely certain, but might include science or math.

  Nam Anh


Nam Anh is from the city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and is known to his friends by his nickname "Bin." He is “happy” to be in Canada and has been at YPLS since August 2018. He decided to continue on at YPLS in the fall in order to improve his English before beginning in an OCDSB high school in February 2019. He says that both he and his parents did online research and chose the Canadian school system because it is so highly regarded. Since the summer, he says his English has become “better” and that he “sometimes” speaks English at home with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Some of his hobbies include soccer (he plays with his cousin’s friends), basketball, and international video games. Although he still doesn’t know what he will take in university, he says that he is interested in history and IT.

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