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Canada vs. Germany. Outline Choosing a program How to apply? / prerequisites Where do you stay? How to get to university? – transportation Credit system.

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1 Canada vs. Germany

2 Outline Choosing a program How to apply? / prerequisites Where do you stay? How to get to university? – transportation Credit system Homework, exams, grades Parties Sports and recreation Travelling Working during university

3 Choosing a Program Canada Germany University vs. Technical College Arts, Science, Engineering Second entry programs: Medicine, pharmacy, law (all have entry exams) education, business (no entry exam) Traditional vs. co-op voluntary University vs. University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) No second entry programs Possibility of doing a „Duales Studium“ Internship sometimes mandatory

4 How to Apply / Prerequisites Canada Germany Apply directly to the university and specify study focus Admission based on high school marks and sometimes volunteering experience Admission requirements often between 65% to 80% Apply to the university, companies or the lottery (ZVS) Admission based on marks Sometimes volunteering, work experience, experience abroad and language skills required Sometimes tests Admisison requirements vary greatly between programs Generally have to finish Gymnasium (Abitur or FOS) to study at university

5 Where do you stay? Canada Germany Student residences ($600 to $700 per month including $2300 for food for 8 months) Sharing a house ($350 to $700 depending how many people you share with) Bachelor´s suite ($750 to $1200) Living with the parents (not very common) Flat shares (€150 to €500) Student residences (€200 to €400) (Single) apartment (350-…€) Living with the parents Living with your partner

6 How to get to University - Transportation Canada Germany Car (~50% of students) Buses Light Rail Transit (LRT) Small towns don´t have public transportation Bike (very common) Buses Trams Trains Metro (bigger cities) Car Mitfahrgelegenheit (according to Lion…)

7 Credit system Canada Germany Usually 3 credits per course Most degrees are 4 years, 120 credits Normal school semesters are fall (Sept. to Dec.) and winter (Jan. to Apr.) Summer term (May to Aug). 3 to 10 credits, usually 5 credits per course Three year bachelor: 180 credits Three and a half year bachelor: 210 credits University: Winter term: Oct. to March Summer term: Apr. to August FH: Winter term: Sept. to Feb. Summer term: March to July

8 Homework, exams, grades Canada Germany Strongly depends on the course, everything from weekly assignments to no assignments at all Usually 1 or 2 midterms and a final worth 30% to 70% of the class mark Class grades: A, B, C, D, F (+/-) Grade Point Average (GPA) 0.0 to 4.0 FH: lot of homework, presentations and papers U: hardly any homework Just a final exam (50% to 100%) Written and oral exams Class grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (+/- 0.3)

9 Parties Canada Germany In student residences House parties Clubs (Country, modern) Bars (Whyte ave) Clubs and bars Student clubs (during the week, especially Wednesday) „WG“-parties (flat-share parties) „Vorglühen“ (pre-drinking) Barbecues, outdoor drinking

10 Sports and Recreation Canada Germany Intramural sports Sports clubs On the streets Main sports: Soccer, Ice hockey, lacrosse University sports Private clubs and gyms Main sports: soccer, biking, volleyball, swimming and dancing

11 Travelling Canada Germany Ski trips Caribbean vacations (1 or 2 weeks) Backpacking Europe Las Vegas (21st birthday) City trips (also international, e.g. Prague) Backpacking „Alpen und Ostsee“ (alps and baltic sea) Cheap airlines to different destinations

12 Financial support Canada Germany Scholarships (several scholarships necessary to be covered) Parents (loan) Student grant from the government (with interest rate) Not very common to study full time and work (science and arts sometimes do) Many study part time and work part time Work during the summer term to save money for the year BAföG (half stipend half loan, no interest rate) Student jobs (10-20 h/ per week) and summer jobs Parents HiWi/ studentische Hilfskraft Scholarships and foundations (not very common but if you have one you usually receive a lot of money)

13 Thanks for your attention


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