Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Douglas College Commerce and Business student earns credits abroad working for Disney

David Denofreo photo 

Born and raised in Ukraine, Anastasiya Shamshyna travelled nearly 9,000 kilometres to enroll in the Commerce and Business Administration Diploma program at Douglas College.

She took another big leap when she decided to take a semester in the United States at the venerable house of mouse, Florida’s Walt Disney World.

Through the Disney International/University of California, Riverside (UCR) program, the Commerce and Business Administration Diploma student earned a Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management from UCR, then spent five months on a paid internship at Walt Disney World.

“It was a valuable experience to work at one of the biggest and most successful companies in the world,” Shamshyna said. “That will help me stand out when I look for a job.”

The Commerce and Business Administration Diploma program introduces students to a variety of subjects in business and academic areas and is also designed to facilitate a smooth transition to a number of universities.

For example, the diploma program at Douglas College satisfies most of the lower division and group requirements of Simon Fraser University’s Bachelor of Business degree program.

The ability to transfer her credits almost seamlessly made the diploma program a perfect fit for Shamshyna, as the intrepid traveller will be transferring to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“Many of the opportunities I’ve enjoyed at Douglas would only be a dream in Ukraine,” Shamshyna said.

Douglas College offers many opportunities for students to earn credits while studying around the world, including field schools, exchanges, work-and-learn programs, degree completion and more. Visit us online for more information.