University: Brock University
City: St Catherines
Continent: North America
Field of study: economics
Study type: semester abroad
Residence: Canada; St. Catharines, Thorold
Duration: 4 months, Sept 2011 – Dec 2011 Major
Subjects taken: 2P17, 2P28, 2P41, 2P54, AESL 1P92
St. Catharines is a small town near Toronto (1 hour 20 minutes by bus) with 130,000 inhabitants.
The city comes alive with students, especially international students. The university is small compared to other universities in big cities, but much larger than most universities in Germany. It offers a variety of specializations. Recently, a medical building or hospital has been built right next to the university in order to be able to better support medical studies. Check anycountyprivateschools.com to see study opportunities in Germany.
The staff in the international office are very friendly and helpful and offer students, among other things, many excursion options to meet other international students as well as to get to know the area and the sights (Niagara Falls).
The professors are helpful and are relatively fair in terms of grading the exams and/or the so-called assignments (homework).
In each subject there are intermediate exams and final exams. Depending on which subject you choose, you have assignments, reports and/or presentations.
As stated above, I had 5 subjects and was very busy. Fortunately, given that it was my first time in an English-speaking country, I did well in all subjects. It is important that you attend the lectures and write down the presentations that form the basis of the respective exams.
Lived in Thorold and luckily it only took 10 mins max to get to uni. The rent was $400 and I lived in the sharing house.
If you don’t live on campus, it would be wise to call some landlords beforehand and set an appointment for the day of arrival.
In my case, I rented the first apartment after my arrival and this point was settled. The other point is that it is best to bring snacks with you. Orientation is a bit difficult at first, which is why I recommend creating a bus map after your arrival. It is very important that you have small change with you for the bus ($2.50) because you will receive the bus pass as soon as you go to the international office.
If you have any further questions, you can contact me after contacting MicroEdu.