More than 130,000 students come to study in Canada every year. Canada is considered to be a peaceful, safe and orderly country to live and study. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries. Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards.
The various religions found in Germany have played a significant role in defining where the country is today in terms of its ethnic makeup, culture, social and economic structures, and history. In modern-day Germany, the “Gundgesetz”, Germany’s Constitution, guarantees “freedom of faith and religion and declares that no one may be discriminated due to their faith or religious opinions.
Although large campuses are typical of German universities, university housing is not the norm. Studying abroad in Germany, you will most likely end up living in the surrounding area where availability will be much more open to you. This does not, however, put any kind of stopper on the social aspect of university. German towns are teeming with students, with regular events and discounts found throughout the country.
If you do stay in Studentenwerke (university housing) in Germany, you will generally be in a room in a shared student apartment, whilst some Halls of Residence offer full apartments for families. The majority of studentenwerke have websites with all the information you will need.
Traveling through Germany you will quickly notice that the food changes as much as the landscape itself. Every region has got its own specialties that encompass a wide variety of seafood, poultry, vegetable and meat and of course cakes in all styles. Beside the traditional way of cooking, which is mostly very substantial, healthy and balanced diet is capturing German kitchens.
The first few days in Germany, a country with a different culture and customs will be full of new impressions and many unanswered questions. All institutions arrange parties for first-semester students and semester opening parties that are excellent opportunities for getting into contact with fellow students.