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Wilfried Laurier University (WLU)

42 reviews
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Theresa
University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Wilfried Laurier University
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
The culture shock only really hits you on your return home
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
A great close-knit university where people thrive on team spirit. With a very strong sports based curriculum, it was easy to meet my university course requirements. Staff and students overall where very accommodating.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Studying abroad is not for everyone but for those that take the challenge, the opportunities are endless. It forces you out of your comfort zone and dares you to experience the unknown. It's a self-learning exercise, uniquely yours through the people and places that come into your life and you emerge more independant, worldly and adventurous.
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Theresa
University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Wilfried Laurier University
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Its frustrating when you cannot enroll in your intended classes at the same time as local students can. Obviously at the time of arrival you are told that the course is now full and you are to go on a waiting list. This becomes problematic if you need specific courses for credit at your home institution, so have a number of different options up your sleave at all times.
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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
Its a challenge to juggle a whole new experience, the people you are continually meeting, work, a social life and on top of it all the academic side. Time management is probably the key. Tutors in general get the picture when you tell them you are international and studies may not neccessarily be your number one priority but its always good to touch base with them and let them know where you are at / how you are coping with the work load.
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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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Rui
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Wilfried Laurier University
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
-On-campus: the Turret club is cool, and you don't pay to get in, and it has lots of room; the big problem is DJ's usually sucked: too much hip-hop and rap, and too many mistakes with the rhythms -on campus: Wilf's pub is an excellent place, lots of room; on monday's they have open-mic night, I used to play with a friend; on tuesdays it gets crowded because everyone wants to go, but it's worth it, you see everybody there -latin music: the Flying Dog on Thursdays; it's a fancy club with older people - Revolutions: big place, nice lights; the techno room is usually good - Evolutions: nice club with two dance floors; depends on the days and events - Phils: dirty and wet, but good for wild parties - Philsie's (or however you spell it): nice place, with lots of girls - Latino Productions: these guys used to make house parties on 200 Sunview Street, they were the wildest of the nights; I think they left the country though...pity - there are many other places you will find for yourself
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Rui
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Wilfried Laurier University
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
- proximity to university, especially when you don't have a car - it allowed me to live with other foreign students - the residence comission organizes lots of events (ski trips, sports, bbqs) - the residence house was big, though a little bit dirty when we checked in - Laurier Place residence is good, because you have lots of room outside for events
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
being international you can both stay at Bricker residence or Laurier Place - bricker is a 10 story building; internationals stay on 9 and 8; it's cool because you have lots of people around you, international and first year; but you can't make much noise and have to come downstairs to the first floor to open the door, it's their policy; the Don's are awesome, especially Bo, but I think she is leaving this year - I stayed at Laurier Place, which are town houses on campus; you have more liberty and room than in Bricker; and it's some bucks cheaper
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Marlies
Fachhochschule Hof, Hof, Germany
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Wilfried Laurier University
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: With a family
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Most of the exchange students lives on campus or close to the university. Since I lived about 30 minutes from the university I had a certain disadvantage in using available facilities such as the library, computer labs, etc. Moreover it was pretty hard to arrange any meetings with university mates since they were all living on campus.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The university provides a couple of appartments in residences on the campus site. Usually you'll share the appartment with up to 3 room mates. Kitchen, bath room, etc. is included. In case the ran out of available appartments, the university staff helps students finding an accomodation.
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Marlies
Fachhochschule Hof, Hof, Germany
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Wilfried Laurier University
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
No. I had no negative experiences at all that could have been avoided by former information.
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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
4
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
They should ask national students to integrate exchange students.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Go there and find out for yourself!
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