Ms. Jane Collins
Manager, International Exchange
|Office: BEC 288|
Since 1992, Jane has been coordinating the international exchange program for the Gustavson School of Business which includes finalizing exchange agreements, maintaining partner university relations and managing the process for incoming and outgoing exchange students.
- Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service (2009) - Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
- Canadian Bureau of International Education’s Internationalization Service Award (2003)
- Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service (2003) - Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
A Day in the Life: Jane Collins
Jane Collins' office walls are a scrapbook of touristy photos from around the globe. The photos aren't of her, but of the smiling UVic Business students she's sent on international exchange.
Collins is the International Programs Exchange Coordinator for the Gustavson School of Business. For 20 years she's helped build the program to now include 72 partnership schools in 35 countries. She primarily works with incoming and outgoing students to ensure their exchange experiences are transformative and exhilarating.
Her globetrotting started at 16 years old. After grade 11, she went on a Rotary Exchange to Finland for a year—a brave ambition for a girl who self-admittedly lived a sheltered childhood in Qualicum Beach. This experience broadened her global perspective and built her confidence.
"I still know what it's like to land in that country and be so homesick," says Collins. "I didn't speak Finnish. My first family didn't speak English. But, in hindsight I'm lucky. It was hard, but anything of value is hard." Read the complete profile.