Montreal Encounters | People and Cultures of Canada and Quebec

Summer journée

offered by

School of Modern Languages and Non-Credit Language Courses

About UQAM

UQAM is a dynamic, open, and creative university with an international outreach. Located in the heart of Montreal, Quebec, our university welcomes students from a wide variety of linguistic and cultural communities. Recognized for the high quality of their programs, UQAM’s École de langues (School of Modern Languages) and Formations linguistiques non créditées (Non-Credit Language Courses) invite you to take part in our immersive language learning experience. Make your summer vacation an opportunity to improve your English with experienced language instructors and other language learners!  

Target audience

University students
18 years and up

Levels available

A2 and up

*mandatory placement test

Type of course

A minimum 15 students is required to open the program


August 5 to August 24, 2024


50 hours
3 weeks

Teaching material

Delivered during each class

Bicycle by a fence
Photo by Ali Tawfiq on Unsplash

About This Program

In this program, you will:

1. study English for communication - focus on language used in everyday life, at university and at work, and practice your pronunciation;

2. be introduced to basic French vocabulary and expressions for simple everyday conversations;  

3. discover Canadian and Quebec cultures - explore topics such as Canadian society, Quebec traditions, what it means to be a Montrealer, and why Canada is famous for its nature;   

4. participate in theme-based tasks using English in group activities and team projects;

5. connect in a “buddy” program with your Canadian student peers – practice your conversational English daily.

If you are looking to learnto meet students from Canada, to be inspired by a new culture, and to have fun – this program is for you!

What You'll Learn

You will develop your English communication skills for effective interactions in the following contexts:

  • Everyday conversations
  • Formal Interviews and workplace interactions
  • Discussions and debates
  • Presentations

You will also discover Canadian and Quebec cultures through interactive activities

  • Languages in Canada and Quebec
  • Montreal’s history, community, culture and traditions
  • Indigenous peoples of Canada
  • Society and people of Canada and Quebec
  • The role of nature and environment in Canada and Quebec

Admission requirements

  • Minimum English language requirements: TOEFL ITP 460 / TOEFL iBT 48 / TOEIC 505 / IELTS 4.5
  • No prior knowledge of French is required.
  • This program is designed for adults (18 +) learning a second language.
  • Students must arrive on Saturday, August 3, 2024.
 View from the Kondiaronk belvedere
Photo by Nicolas Abou : view from the Kondiaronk belvedere, "Montreal au coucher de soleil"

August 5 -9

SaturdaySundayMondayTuesday WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Orientation English in the city class Discover Canadian culture class English in the city class Discover Canadian culture class
Arrival in Montreal | Free dayFree day Lunch Lunch Lunch | Montreal bagelLunchLunchTrip to Ottawa, Canada's capital
French in the city classNotre-Dame Basilica
Free time Mount-Royal parkFree time
Preliminary schedule subject to change.


August 12-16

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesday ThursdayFridaySaturday
Discover Canadian culture classEnglish in the city classDiscover Canadian culture class
English in the city class
Discover Canadian culture class

Free dayLunchLunchLunch | Montreal poutine LunchLunchTrip to Quebec city
French in the city classSaint Lawrence RiverFree time Montreal food marketsFree time
Preliminary schedule subject to change.


August 19 - 23

Discover Canadian culture classEnglish in the city classDiscover Canadian culture classEnglish in the city classDiscover Canadian culture class
Free day LunchLunchLunchLunchFarewell receptionDepart Montreal
French in the city classBotanical gardenFree timeMontreal arts sceneFree time
Preliminary schedule subject to change.

 Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Montréal
Photo by Eva Blue on Unsplash

Enrollment Procedures

Registration and payment

Preregistration period: March 25 to May 3, 2024
Registration period : Starting on May 6th (Payment is required upon registration)
Placement test period: to be determined

Placement test

Following your official paid registration, UQAM's Linguistic Assessment Center (Centre d’évaluation des compétences linguistiques [CECL]) will send you an invitation to take a placement test.

Cancellation Policies

Cancellation policy for program fees

  • In the case of cancellation by the student, program fees are refunded as follows:
  • There will be a 70% reimbursement of program fees for a cancellation that is submitted between June 4th and July 9th.
  • There will be a 50% reimbursement of program fees for a cancellation that is submitted between July 10th and August 4th.
  • Starting on August 5th, no reimbursement will be possible.

You will be required to submit your reimbursement request in writing to the e-mail address, detailing the reasons for the cancellation. In addition, you must provide the relevant official document pertaining to the reason for your cancellation:

  • In case of sickness: provide an official letter from a medical practitioner
  • In case of inability to obtain your visa: provide the official letter of refusal
  • In case of a late visa: provide the official document detailing the delay

The amount due to you will be refunded according to the initial payment method you used.

In case of failure to comply with the above policy, no refund will be granted.

Cancellation policy for homestay fees

There will be a 50% reimbursement of homestay fees for cancellations done up to 1 month prior to July 4th. No reimbursement will be made for cancellations on July 5th or later.


Tuition fees: $1,950 (CAD)
(includes registration, placement test, tuition, course materials, three themed lunches and a farewell reception, afternoon activities, weekend excursions, and the OPUS transportation card.)

Accommodation costs: around $1,430 (to be confirmed)

  • Students live with a local host family. The fees include airport transfers, a private room, two students per family and meals.
  • You must arrange your own air travel and have travel and medical insurance.

To find out more about credited English programs, visit the École de langues website.

Discover our other Language immersion programs in the Non-Credit Language Courses department.