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University of Waterloo, and the other Canada school.

Any insight as to these cities where we will be residing with in the next 6 months is greatly appreciated.

I just got back from a trip to Kitchener-Waterloo (two cities, hereby abbreviated K-W), home of the University of Waterloo.

K-W is a relatively small city, around 100,000 - 200,000 people, with a large German population (and, apparently, a damn good Oktoberfest). Overall, the University of Waterloo is highly regarded, but I don't know about these specific fields. (I'm an engineer, and UW is generally, if not rightly, regarded as the best engineering school in Canada.) The campus seemed to be nothing special, clean, fairly well maintained, but not exceptionally historic or attractive.

K-W's about an hour or so from Toronto and all of the amenities there, and, like most -- if not all -- Canadian cities, K-W is fairly clean, safe, and so on.

The good financial thing about Canada is the low dollar, and government funding of education. UW's website lists foreign fees for undergrad programs at just over $6000 CDN per term, or $4000 US.

The bad financial thing is high taxes. Our tax load is higher (not sure how much) than the US, especially in "sin tax" areas. Gas, for example, is about 1.5-2 times more expensive. (If conversions serve, $2 CDN a gallon...) It's similar for alcohol, tobacco, etc.

Also, we've got great healthcare. I was just in the hospital for four days, had all of the basic tests, plus an ultrasound and two echocardiograms. Cost: about $160 for upgrade to a semi-private room.

I really like Canada, and think it's a great country to live in. (If you know the "other Canada school", I can probably give you some basic feedback on them, too.)

Kevin :)
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