University: Saint Mary’s University
Continent: North America
Field of study: International Business Administration
Study type: semester abroad
Impressed by a documentary about Canada, I had the idea of spending my semester abroad in this country. Looking back, it was the best decision I could have ever made! I had a great time in Canada. Check iamaccepted.com to see Brazil higher education.
The application process was very easy thanks to MicroEdu’s help. I received the University’s application form from MicroEdu and instructions on how to complete the documents. After just two weeks I received the confirmation from the university.
I then received an information brochure from MicroEdu with information on what to do when and how and helpful tips.
Saint Mary’s University is a relatively small university, but it offers everything you need
On campus you will find a library with private and group rooms, the fitness center and football field, the writing center, the atrium, and some on-site dining options.
The staff and professors at the university are very helpful, no matter what problem you have. I had to write some papers and enlisted the help of the Writing Center. The staff there will give you tips on how to write a paper, what to look out for when writing, read your texts and give you feedback.
An absolute must for every student. The orientation week was a total highlight! The university put together a motley program that included excursions, campus and city tours, introductory games and evening events. The orientation week offers every student the opportunity to make initial contacts and get to know the new environment.
I had to take four courses abroad. I already chose four courses from home. In the end, I only took one course from my preselection and swapped the other courses on site. This is not a problem in the first few weeks as long as there are still places available in other courses.
I took Human Resource Economics, Labor Economics, Human Resource Management and Ethical Responsibility of Organizations courses .
Basically, I can recommend all four courses, my favorite subjects were Ethical Responsibility of Organizations and Labor Economics. In both subjects I dealt with current problems and got to know different theories.
I got to know a new way of studying in Canada. I know from my home university that you only have an exam in each subject at the end of a semester, which then counts 100 percent.
It was a little different at SMU. Here the final grade is made up of many different components, such as participation, in-class questions, mid-term, papers and exams. You have to get used to this kind of proof of achievement first, but I personally liked it much better, even if you have to do something for the university all the time.
I decided in advance to stay with a host family and therefore chose off-campus. I think everyone has to make that decision for themselves. In general, I was very happy with my decision. I was lucky that my accommodation included food. Don’t underestimate the cost of food in Canada.
A beautiful little cozy town right on the Atlantic. The city offers cafes, bars, shops, a waterfront promenade and various parks. You can get everywhere by bus (you can get the bus ticket through the tuition fees ).
The city is certainly not THE city in Canada, but a city where you can feel very comfortable. The local people also contribute to this. I am still impressed by the nice and helpful nature of the local people. You just have to feel comfortable there
With a car you have the opportunity to visit many destinations around Halifax. Halifax is pretty much in the middle of Nova Scotia, so you can really explore a lot of Nova Scotia.
Possible goals are:
- Peggy’s Cove (the university also offers trips to Peggy’s Cove)
- Mahone Bay
- Cabot Trail
- Cape Breton
- Kejimkujik National Park
I had a wonderful time during my semester abroad. If you have the opportunity to do a semester abroad, then pack your things and take this opportunity! I personally highly recommend SMU and the City of Halifax.