University: Saint Mary’s University
Continent: North America
Field of study: business administration
Study type: Summer Sessions
Organization of the stay
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There are many ways to live in Halifax. I lived in the Rice Residence dorm right on campus. For $500 per month you get a large single room in a 3-person shared flat with a kitchen and bathroom. Perfect for self-sufficiency and to quickly get in touch with other students. It’s not that busy during the summer sessions, so it wasn’t a problem to get the accommodation I wanted.
At the university, in the halls of residence and on campus, things are very international. At the SMU you will find students from almost every country. Of course, this mix makes the whole thing extremely interesting. Multiculturalism works really well here!
The university itself is super nice. During the summer sessions there is not as much going on as usual, and you can enjoy your study time there comfortably and quietly in summer temperatures.
There are also no organizational problems, no matter what concern you have, you get very competent and friendly help everywhere.
It is recommended not to take more than 2 courses per session. I only took one course myself, so I had enough time to enjoy them all. When choosing a course, you should be quick when the enrollment period begins, as some courses are already full 20 – 30 seconds after the start of registration!
The lectures are always 3 hours. However, most professors usually take a short break, so this is not a problem. The course itself is more like at school, there is homework and independence is not very important. Anyone who has made friends with it after a short time will have no problems passing or get very good grades.
In addition to studying, there are of course many ways to spend your free time. During the day you can spend time with friends at the waterfront or in Point Pleasent Park, in the evening numerous beautiful farts and lots of discos and clubs invite you to a nice evening. Wednesdays are Student Nights at the Dome (free entry and cheap drinks), and Saturdays Club Palace has everything pretty cheap.
The university is in a very good location and you can reach almost everything on foot (clubs, park, supermarket, etc.). If you like it more comfortable, you can also take a cheap taxi or bus.
Anyone who goes to Canada should have a big wallet. Especially when the Canadian dollar exchange rate is bad, it can quickly become expensive. Food, alcohol, cigarettes and clothes are sometimes 2-3 times as expensive as in Germany (of course there are exceptions here too). You can save money if you are self-sufficient and take advantage of offers from restaurants, pubs and discos.
- Use the SMU pick-up service and let us pick you up at the airport (saves money).
- 3-person shared flat (single room) in the Rice Residence dormitory with kitchen.
- Register for courses immediately after the start of the registration period.
- Find out about offers from restaurants, pubs and clubs.
- Plan a good cash cushion.
- Take one or both summer sessions (winter in Halifax is pretty damn cold, better enjoy it in the summer).
Anyone who decides to spend some time at SMU will have a great and unforgettable time there. I would do it again in a heartbeat!