University: Thompson Rivers University
Continent: North America
Field of study: Sports, linguistics and cultural studies, history
Study type: semester abroad
All in all, I can say that Kamloops is really worth going to. But of course it depends on what your expectations are. With around 80,000 inhabitants, Kamloops doesn’t have as much to offer in some areas (especially/e.g. going out in the evenings) as most German university towns. It also happened that some German students got bored after a while. But I think that it is perfectly fine for a period of one or two semesters. Check mcat-test-centers.com to see Universidad De Belgrano University of Belgrano.
In terms of landscape, however, the region is the greatest for me! Whether it’s the way to Vancouver (which also takes a few hours), Vancouver itself, a drive to the Canadian Rockies, or simply the area itself with its countless lakes and mountains – nature is breathtaking…
As far as the study conditions are concerned, I was thrilled, since I’m only used to overcrowded seminars and rather anonymous studying in Germany (at least in Münster). Everything was very informal, everyone was helpful and the courses were relatively small – around 25 students.
I decided to live with a host family and it turned out to be the right decision for me. Now, of course, I can only have been lucky with my family, but actually everything was right. I had and still have a very good relationship with them and have been able to learn a lot from them, both linguistically and culturally.
Of course there was. It’s easy to connect with students, whether local or foreign. There are also plenty of leisure activities – in winter, of course, especially the ski area, which is nearby.
Linguistically, it contributed a lot. Not only through the courses, in which one learns academic English, of course also through everyday small talk or deeper conversations. A plus for me was that I was also able to have courses credited to me.
Well, the tuition fees aren’t a cakewalk, of course, especially since we’re not (yet) used to them. But if I compare it with the American ones, it’s okay. The cost of living is roughly the same as in Germany, even if alcohol and cigarettes are significantly more expensive (who cares;-))
So, make a wise decision – whatever it looks like! But Kamloops is a very good choice; I really enjoyed it and can only recommend it.