Champlain College creates a study-abroad campus in Montreal


first_imgChamplain College has leased property on Rue Sherbrooke in Montreal, Quebec, to operate a study-abroad campus in the heart of the city. Starting in Fall 2007, students can choose to spend a full academic semester in Montreal taking Champlain College courses.Champlain’s campus is believed to be the first American campus in Montreal. Ten Champlain College courses will be offered there this fall–the same courses that are offered on campus in Burlington. Students will pay the same tuition and residence hall rates as they would in Vermont.Study-abroad applications for fall have been streaming in and the College is now working with an architect to renovate the brownstone building that will house Champlain’s academic center. The College also contracted with L’Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) to offer student housing in a UQAM residence hall on Rue St. Urbain. This is a francophone university that offers Champlain students the opportunity to live with students from Quebec and Canada, as well as a variety of other countries.”With our new campus in Montreal, Champlain students can make the most of the many international business, multicultural and learning opportunities that are available in that major metropolitan center,” said Champlain College president David F. Finney. “The Montreal campus is another way for our students to internationalize their educational experience.” In addition to study-abroad programs at partner colleges in Europe and a host of international internship offerings, Champlain also operates a satellite campus in Mumbai, India.Home to 1.5 million people, Montreal is one of the largest French-speaking metropolitan areas in the world. It is the second largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec.Champlain College courses offered in Montreal include: Modern Canadian Social History, Creativity and Conceptual Development, Critical Thinking, Practical Game Design, Animating Characters in 3-D, Game Development Senior Team Project, Social Responsibility in Media, Conversational French, and a required Quebec cultural immersion course.Nearly 30 students are expected to spend the fall 2007 semester in Montreal. In the future, students from other colleges will be able to apply to study at Champlain College in Montreal.The Montreal campus is open to students in all academic programs. Students in Champlain’s Electronic Game and Interactive Development and Multimedia and Graphic Design programs may be particularly attracted to the experience since Montreal is one of “gaming’s global hot spots,” according to WIRED Magazine. Quebec is home to more than 50 electronic game-related companies and development studios, including Ubisoft, A2M and Electronic Arts.Students in Champlain’s Business programs can study in a province that is among Vermont’s most important trading partners. In 2005, Vermont exported nearly $1.7 billion in goods and services to Quebec, accounting for roughly 80 percent of all the state’s exports to Canada – Vermont’s largest trading partner. In addition, Vermont was the eighth largest exporter of goods worldwide into Québec in 2005.last_img