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Concordia University

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4.22 / 5 based on 118 reviews
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oguillon
Institut d'Études Politiques, Strasbourg, France
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Concordia University
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
If you're a french speaking student who wants to really improve his english forget it. There are far too many french people and you cannot really do without them, more, nearly all the students in Concordia speak also french. However the courses will permit you to practice english.
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oguillon
Institut d'Études Politiques, Strasbourg, France
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Concordia University
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
I would say that life in Montreal is a bit cheaper than in most european countries. Going out is less expensive and you will surely spare money with the appartement.
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone, Nightlife, Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
You will fastely see that Concordia likes your money. You'll have to pay for everything you ask them. It is because Canadian Universities lack money since the governement is decreasing its grants. Bank services are also a bit more expensive than in Europe.
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oguillon
Institut d'Études Politiques, Strasbourg, France
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Concordia University
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I chose lots of courses on local politics. I think it was a good decision, I learned a lot. Courses are taught in a very different way than in Europe. It's more like a discussion on the material red at home. Forget the magistral courses !
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Exams are quite easier than in Europe but you will have papers to write in nearly all the courses. I believe this is interisting.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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oguillon
Institut d'Études Politiques, Strasbourg, France
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Concordia University
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
It was a deception for me to see there where so many french people in Montreal and in Concordia.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I know all the universities in Montreal quite well. I would say that Concordia distinguishes itself by it's multicultural aspect, most of the students are immigrants or children of immigrants. This diversity is also true concerning their age. This makes this university a really diverse one very representative of the reality of Montreal. I liked Montreal a lot. It's not the nicest city in the world but life there is really enjoyable. A proof of this ? I am back there, studying in HEC. Convinced ? Don't hesitate to contact me for questions.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
There are interesting cities to see : Quebec city (very, very nice : try to visit it for the carnaval in February), Boston, New York, Toronto and Ottawa. Quebec is also a nice province : I advice you to go to the whales in Tadoussac and to visit Gapésie. Finally I will make a myth fall : the Niagara falls are not worth it, so sad but it's better to go to Las Vegas to see planet Hollywood and Casinos....
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oguillon
Institut d'Études Politiques, Strasbourg, France
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Concordia University
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Travel, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
There are lot's of places to go : - Café Campus : best disco - Deux Pierrots : a traditional dico with quebecer songs. - Lots of restaurants from everywhere in the world. I like the "soup and noodles" : very cheap asians restaurants.
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oguillon
Institut d'Études Politiques, Strasbourg, France
Political Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Concordia University
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Appartements are quite inexpensive in Montreal even if prices are increasing a lot every year. If you want to meet people and spare money, choose a shared appartements, they are very popular here.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I would advice you not to live in the students' rooms offered by Concordia because of three reasons : you will have to share them, they are quite expensive (in comparison with the appartements) and you'll have to leave near Loyola Campus (lost, very far from downtown and the other campus of Concordia)
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