Before I came across MicroEDU, I tried to organize the semester abroad on my own. First you do a little research on the internet until the vast amounts of information force you to seek some help. After a friend recommended MicroEDU to me, I got in touch with them immediately. The information provided was great and the contact was also flawless. I always received a qualified answer to questions. The only sticking point for me was the limited selection of universities through MicroEDU in Canada. After my own research and the information from MicroEDU, I quickly realized that my choice will be Capilano University. After the decision has been made, the necessary forms and information on choosing a course will be sent to you immediately. After you have selected the right courses, you send the documents back.
In addition to the enrollment process, I started looking for an apartment on my own via www.craigslist.com. Capilano University does not offer student dormitories, only a “Bell Accommodation” service is provided. I would like to advise against this at this point, the accommodations are overpriced, the service horrible and there were problems on site, with friends of mine, too.
Back to craigslist: In the beginning it was very difficult for me to cope with the abundance of offers. After I had sent a few e-mails and waited in vain for answers, I had no choice but to just start calling. After just a few phone calls, I noticed that looking for an apartment on site would have been a lot easier. Nevertheless, after a long search, I found a very cheap apartment near the university. I paid $ 550 for a room, which was a real bargain! So if you have the time and nerve, I recommend looking for an apartment via craigslist. In addition, it is not wrong to start looking for an apartment on site and to bridge the time in a hostel.
With around 7,500 students, according to Jibin123, Capilano University is certainly a somewhat smaller university. The university in North Vancouver can be reached with 3 different bus routes. The campus is divided into individual separate buildings and also offers a large sports hall. In addition to a subway and Tim Hortons, the cafeteria also offers smaller food stands, where the average price is between 8-10 dollars. The necessary textbooks can be bought directly in the university’s bookstore, prices range from 60-200 dollars. In itself, the campus makes a very well-kept and natural impression, you could even assume that you are right in nature. Lectures / lessons take place in small classrooms, as we know them from high school. The size is limited to 20-30 students. Classes are also taught in the classic style as known from university entrance qualifications, the teacher / professor stands in front and interacts as much as possible with his students. Surprisingly, group work and presentations were often the order of the day.
Studying at Capilano University
As already mentioned in advance, classes are held in small classrooms. In my courses “ Professional Selling ”, “ Leadership in Teams ”, “ Cross-cultural Business ” and “ Organizational Behavior”“Group work was the order of the day. The weekly workload can also be very high compared to Germany. Regular term papers and presentations are part of the grading, halfway through there is an intermediate examination, which also makes up 15-20% of the final grade. However, the final exam is only weighted with 20-25% of the final grade. Constant learning and dealing with the matter is therefore a prerequisite from the outset. The advantage here is that you can steadily improve your grade during the semester and not everything depends on a final exam.
To my surprise, the spoken English in the lectures was very understandable and simple. Before I came to Canada, I would have classified my English skills in the middle of the field. You had it in school all the time, but never really used it. After just a few weeks I could see the first successes and having a fluent conversation was no longer a problem at all.
Semester abroad costs
The biggest cost of the semester abroad for me was the tuition fees, which cost around 7,000 CAD for 4 courses. I paid 900 euros for the flight, but it also included a 6-day stopover in New York. Textbooks cost 60-200 CAD, which is a huge difference to Germany! At the end of the semester, these can be sold again for around 50-60% of the purchase price.
Basically, the food prices are the same as in Germany, few things are more expensive. What might also be interesting for many are the alcohol prices in Canada. For a bottle of vodka you can pay 25 CAD and for a six-pack of beer 12-14 CAD. In total, I’ve spent about $ 12,000-15,000. I would like to recommend to everyone here not to pay too much attention to the money! Just have a good time:).