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Wilfried Laurier University (WLU)

42 reviews
4.27 / 5 based on 42 reviews
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Theresa
University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Wilfried Laurier University
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
There was the novelty of an australian accent but otherwise no language barriers
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Theresa
University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Wilfried Laurier University
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Because of the convinience factor. The opportunities were at my doorstep
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Travel, Telephone, Nightlife, Housing, Food, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
The VIA rail- Canada's major train line gives student's a reduced rate of up to 40% with an STA card. If your visa allows it and you can manage it, work where possible it gives you an added opportunity to meet new people!
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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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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
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Mel's Dinner across the road open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday Night. Cheap food with daily specials, they serve breakfast all day long. Halloween is a big event on campus, EVERYONE dresses for the occation and their are dozens of parties.
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Theresa
University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Wilfried Laurier University
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Provided it was walking distance from campus it would still allow me to be "close enough" but also giving me some distance should I choose.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
It was shared accommodation between two universities so there were a good mix of people. There were a lot of exchange students which proved a great place to meet new people who are all int the same boat.
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