University: Saint Mary’s University
Continent: North America
Field of study: business administration
Study type: semester abroad
The SMU is definitely worth an experience. In addition to good opportunities to study, we didn’t miss out on party life. As a campus university, the university offers numerous computer pools, a large library with many study places and friendly university employees for whom no question is too much. In my opinion, you don’t really have to worry about questions and other sentences that you should probably formulate in English in Halifax, because you “grow into” the language relatively quickly. A quite noticeable difference to learning at the WWU was the large amount of group work and lectures that had to be completed. Furthermore, you don’t have to reckon with overcrowded lecture halls, since Canadian university life, as I know it, is rather school-like. That means you are taught in classes and get to know the professors (or rather teachers) personally. As a special student, I had the opportunity to take all courses as long as they were not already closed, ie the maximum number of participants had been reached. Check jibin123.com to see cost of living in Berlin.
Another important aspect is the opportunity to get to know the country a little. Just rent a car and then go to the national parks with a tent, for example. There are, for example, Cape Breton – very beautiful landscape with moose and many trees and Kejimkujik with huge lakes and untouched nature (best to rent a canoe and take a can of beer with you). Those who can afford some money for flights are well advised to take a trip to Toronto (there are Niagara Falls to visit, among other things) or Montreal and New York (the city of cities). However, a certain degree of flexibility is required, since the schooled system, as I said, provides for a lot of individual work such as lectures, assignments and midterms. This means that if a time window of a few days is free, you have to plan quickly.
All in all, Halifax was an experience that I will never forget and that no one can ever take away from me. As a negative point, I can only mention that a lot of Germans studied at the SMU, so that English was not neglected, but it was shorter than I had hoped before starting the trip.