Student Report of Studying in Canada

This picture shows Leia Hermesdorf. They are standing in front of a big brick building, wearing a beanie and smiling into the camera. The sky takes up a lot of the picture. It is very blue with only minimal clouds.
This picture shows the campus of the University of Manitoba. The sun is setting and the focal point of the picture is a mansion-like building with. The sky is blue with no clouds.
This picture shows part of the Exchange District in Manitoba. You can see some higher buildings with a lot of windows and part of a busy street and red lights. The sky is blue with some clouds but it is sunny.

My name is Leia (yes, like Leia Organa in Star Wars) Hermesdorf. I'm majoring in English, and I'll be starting my sixth semester at the University of Trier in April. I'm currently studying as an exchange student at the University of Manitoba (UofM), Canada. UofM is located in Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba and the birthplace of the Métis Nation. Winnipeg is located within Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota.

Winnipeg, or "Winterpeg" as it's also called, is the coldest city in Canada, though we had a mild winter this year with 'only' - 25°C (with the wind chill, it feels more like - 35/40°C). One of the winter's highlights is definitely ice skating at the Forks, the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and its Nestaweya River Trail! Ice skating on the frozen rivers is an essential part of winter here and offers a great meeting place for Winnipeggers.

The Exchange district (nicknamed the "Chicago of the North") is a National Historic Site of Canada and an arts and cultural hub. On "First Fridays" (every month), art galleries and museums (like the Manitoba Museum) are open late and for free if you are interested in seeing more of Winnipeg's incredible arts scene! If you want to enjoy its film and music scene, I recommend checking out the Dave Barber Cinematheque, a small cinema showing independent films, and getting concert tickets at the Centennial Concert Hall (both offer student passes).

For my studies here at UofM, I arrived in early September and will stay until the end of April so that I can do the entire academic year. I've been taking a mix of classes since, and thanks to Ms. Ebbert-Hübner, I was pretty free to decide what I wanted to do to receive my required credits. So, I ended up taking classes in gender studies, film studies, linguistics, and literature. Last term, my favourite classes included "Film History," "Asian North American Feminisms," and "Language and Gender," whereas this term, I'm really enjoying "Creative Writing" and "Mediating the Mystical" (film again). It took a while for me to get used to my life as a student here (for example, having these classes two to three times a week and a different workload), but I'm enjoying my time here! Besides great classes, UofM offers many extracurricular opportunities and social clubs! I've met some amazing people by joining the Rainbow Pride Club, the climbing community, and the UM Student Writers (a group that a friend of mine only recently started!).

If you rent a car or find a friend here who owns one, you should definitely explore Canada's Prairies and Manitoba's rural spaces, including Lake Winnipeg, Hecla Island, Spruce Woods Provincial Park (sand dunes!), and Whiteshell Provincial Park. Gimli, a community on the west side of Lake Winnipeg, is known for its beach (as you can see in the picture), harbour, and Icelandic heritage.


Text and pictures provided by Leia Hermesdorf. 

Study in Canada

If you're interested in studying in Canada, there are two options to choose from depending on your degree programme. Please visit the website of the International Office if you're interested in working abroad or doing research. 

For further information specifically for students of the English department, visit the Anglistik website. 


Academic Year at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg 

Students of all disciplines who have completed at least three semesters of study at the start of the programme may apply. 


Toronto Metropolitan University (Ryerson University), Toronto 

Students of Educational Science in their bachelor's may apply for one or two terms at the School of Child and Youth Care at the TMU. 


Direct Applications via the DAAD

If you're interested in studying at a university in Canada that is not currently partnered with the University of Trier, check out your options here


More information...

Check the website of the International Office and talk to the advisors for your specific degree programme.