Interested in taking your studies global? We'll help you get there.
RDP Abroad offers students the opportunity to engage in intercultural and international experiences.
There are many reasons why you should consider participating in a global experience:
- Develop intercultural competencies
- Expand your global connections
- Gain academic recognition for your participation in Abroad experiences
- Immerse yourself in a new culture
- Learn a new language
- Stand out to employers
- Travel and have fun
Global Skills Opportunity Funding
Global Skills Opportunity is a national outbound student mobility program that is expected to enable more than 16,000 Canadian college and undergraduate-level university students to acquire the global skills employers want and the national economy needs.
This program is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and is administered jointly by Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada.
While open to all Canadian post-secondary students, the national program targets groups for whom international experiences have traditionally been less accessible — specifically Indigenous students, students from low-income backgrounds and those with disabilities. It also aims to diversify destination countries where Canadian students can pursue international learning.
Students have an opportunity through the RDP Abroad Biology and Practical Nursing experiences to apply for Global Skills Opportunity funding. Eligible students based on available funding qualify for $5,000 to cover experience expenses. Students that identify as part of the target groups may be eligible for a maximum of $10,000 to cover experience expenses.
Canada - Germany Exchange (EUF + RDP)
Europa-Universitat Flensburg (Flensburg, Germany) and Red Deer Polytechnic have established a mutually beneficial student exchange agreement that supports one or two students each year to study at the other higher education institution. One student may study for one year, or two students may each study for one semester, annually from each institution. Both institutions are committed to a collaborative partnership that supports student success.
In partnership with CREMA and Turtle Trax, Red Deer Polytechnic is excited to offer volunteer experiences for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences to apply their learning at a turtle sanctuary in Costa Rica.
- Immerse yourself in nature and coastal communities of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula.
- Engage in protection and conservation activities, including direct work with the sea turtle conservation program and community connections.
- Develop valuable knowledge and skills throughout the three-week experience.
Practical Nurse Experience
This project is funded by Global Skills Opportunity, the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program.
Make a world of difference and join our study abroad experience! The RDP Abroad Practical Nursing Experience will provide students an opportunity to develop their skills abroad, supporting local communities and organizations on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia.
Students attending this experience will develop general health promotion and educational material for local communities that meet localized individual needs. Through collaboration with local partners, students will be immersed in a rewarding, cultural educational experience. Learn more.