Do I pay the tuition fees at uWaterloo or at the host university?
Fees are paid to the University of Waterloo, so you will still be a Waterloo student.
What happens to my OSAP if I go on exchange?
Students going on an exchange and currently receiving OSAP funding remain eligible for it and will continue receiving this financial assistance, provided the application deadlines listed on the web are followed.
Can I take only half a course load while in Germany?
Students are encouraged to take at least three courses per term. Whether you take a full course load or a half, you must pay the fees for a full course load.
Can I take more than five courses?
In order to take more than five courses, you will need to fill out a petition form from the Registrar's Office.
Note: Be sure to speak to your academic advisor about the courses you wish to choose.
Will the courses that I take be valid towards my program graduation requisites?
You should check the list of courses offered by the host university, choose the courses that are most related to your program of study, and then schedule an appointment with the Exchange Program Coordinator to review these courses and make sure they are appropriate.
Can I afford to go on exchange?
In the past, students have been given 200 € a month that they can spend as they choose, such as paying the rent or going on extra trips. Plus, those on OSAP will continue to receive it while in Germany. Plus, there are scholarships for students going on exchange that you might qualify for!
Note: Fill out this handy budget guide (docx) to help you plan your expenses.
Is my German good enough?
Remember, you are not going to Germany because your German is perfect, but to improve your German! If you would have the minimum level of GER 201 behind you by the time you leave, then you should think about applying!
Won’t it be hard to settle in to a foreign country and won’t I miss my friends and family?
Sure, at first. It’s a new experience and you may notice a lot of differences at the beginning. Homesickness is also normal. However, most students find that it does not take long to settle in. In order to help you get a good start, there is a tandem partner program in Bamberg and a buddy program in Mannheim that you can take advantage of. Sometimes life-long friendships develop with your tandem partner and with those you meet while in Germany!
Will I have time to travel and see other countries?
Of course! Our most recent exchange students who were in Germany for just one semester went to Italy (just 10 hours away), Switzerland (7 hours away), and even Greece, not to mention the several day and weekend trips! We encourage you to see as much of Europe as you can while you are there! Ask a past exchange student about their adventures, and how they made the most out of their time there!
Can I afford to travel on a tight budget?
There are lots of ways you can travel on a budget while in Germany. There are train ticket packages you can purchase before you go. One student visited four countries in three months for $500 with this ticket. The International Students Office frequently arranges subsidized trips. One of the trips offered was a trip from Bamberg (in the south) to Berlin for a whole weekend for just 60 €, which included transportation, hotel, and meals! Flights within Europe can also be very inexpensive. Imagine paying just 100 € to fly to Dublin from Frankfurt!