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Wilfried Laurier University (WLU)

42 reviews
4.27 / 5 based on 42 reviews
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Marlies
Fachhochschule Hof, Hof, Germany
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Wilfried Laurier 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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
At the beginning I had some problems undestanding everything. Nevertheless, since I lived with a Canadian family I coped quickly with the language problem.
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Marlies
Fachhochschule Hof, Hof, Germany
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Wilfried Laurier University
2.5/5
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
Food was somewhat more expensive especially if you ate other stuff than fast food. Within the same city calling someone was pretty cheap / almost for free. Travelling results in larger expenditures than in Germany since the distances you travel are in no relation of what we are used to. However, national flights therefore are less expensive than in Germany.
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Travel, Food, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
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
The system of tuition fees at the university seemed pretty complex. Until now I don't have a clue how they calculate it. I had to spend more on fees than I expected. Also books required for class are quite expensive. However there is good access to second hand books.
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Marlies
Fachhochschule Hof, Hof, Germany
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Wilfried Laurier University
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Get in touch with the teacher before registering for a course. Usually he can provide you with some helpful information on what's the class all about, the prerequisites you need to fulfill, etc.
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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
Everything was all right. Can't complain. Way to go!
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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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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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Marlies
Fachhochschule Hof, Hof, Germany
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Wilfried Laurier University
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
There are a lot of nice pubs on campus site. The other university in town, the University of waterloo, is somewhat bigger than WLU and thus you shouldn't miss to go to their pubs as well. Best places to go (since they have also fair prices) are close to both campus sites.
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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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