Canada

Named as the number one travel destination for 2017 by Lonely Planet, Canada is an incredible place to take part in an exchange. University of Auckland students have the opportunity to study at ten partner universities in Canada: HEC Montreal, McGill University, McMaster University, Queen’s University, Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta,  University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Toronto, Western University.

Let’s hear what our students have to say…

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On my arrival to Vancouver, I instantly fell in love. It was for sure one of the most beautiful cities I had ever been in and I knew I would enjoy my next six months there.

– Hanna, University of British Columbia

Montreal is a social hub that is constructed of small, unique neighbourhoods each with their own flavour and feel. With flat streets lined with often beautiful two-story apartments, and a metro line running throughout the centre into the outer suburbs, Montreal is incredibly well connected. There are beautiful, exciting cafes and restaurants that seem to pop up everywhere with their own specific style and edge. With a French colonial foundation and a vast student population, the multiplicity of culture within Montreal is brilliant. Each person I encountered seemed to hail from a world completely different to that which I had experienced.

– Luke, McGill University

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I knew when I chose McGill that I wanted a North American experience and Montréal would provide a good opportunity for that, mixed with a European influence. The city certainly met that expectation, giving not just an amazing and diverse place to live but a great opportunity to travel further on the Canadian and East Coast of America.

– Alistair, McGill University

I honestly don’t think that there could have been a better city in Canada to do an exchange. Vancouver is amazing, surrounded by mountains, islands and the sea there is so much to see and do! I think I hiked almost every weekend and only completed around 5 per cent of all the hikes there are in total. Proximity to the West Coast of the USA and also Whistler was so handy for adventures and skiing. There was always something to do like going to the circus or a show, seeing the ice hockey, ice skating for free at university, walking in the harbour, shopping or even visiting the many different suburbs of Vancouver. The geology was incredible, words cannot describe how beautiful this city is and how many camping trips I ended up doing with bears at high risk!

– Amelia, University of British Columbia

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Top Tips:

  • Don’t leave without eating Poutine a Canadian classic
  • Take advantage of club fairs
  • Get involved with exchange clubs
  • Take every opportunity to visit the wilderness
  • Step outside of your comfort zone
  • Embrace new adventures!
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