The budget is based on the current exchange rate between the US and Canadian Dollar: $1 = 0.96 CAD
This budget is an estimate only, any of these costs are subject to change.
The budget covers the following expenses:
Grant from our school: $750
Final cost for the student: from $1,750 to $2,500
Academically, prerequisites for the three-week program are at least two semesters of French in our program or the equivalent thereof (to be approved by the instructor). The students will get three credit hours per level based on his or her level at the beginning and at the end of their stay. The variable number of credit hours earned would be an extra incentive for the students to work by themselves and progress in the French language. With 69 hours of class, they will complete in academic setting 3450 minutes. Mandatory presence at the various extra-curricular activities will amount the remaining 1050 minutes (17.5 hours) in order to meet the total of 4500 minutes required by the Policy Handbook for an up to six-hour-credit. Students who will apply for French 305 will have to cover a reading list in francophone literature. Academic credit will be given for two classes chosen in the following list and depending on the level of the students:
Fren/305 (francophone literature).
Students are required to attend all the orientation meetings (3) called by the department before their departure for Montreal. Assessment of the summer course is pertinent to the standards of oral, listening, reading, and writing performances according to the proficiency standards used by MSSU. In addition, the student will be tested by our program at their return.
The program of the Universite du Quebec a Montreal consists in three weeks of total immersion with classes from 9:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 15:30 for a total of 69 hours. The students will take a placement test after their arrival and will follow the classes that match their level in French. After the three weeks of class, the Universite du Quebec a Montreal guarantees in writing that the student will jump at least one level. The different levels they consider are as followed:
They correspond to the ACTFL level, novice, intermediate, and advanced with beginner and elementary corresponding to the novice level, pre-intermediate being an in-between level somewhere between novice and intermediate, intermediate and intermediate superior corresponding to ACTFL intermediate levels and finally advanced corresponding to ACTFL advanced.
The Summer Program of the University of Montreal offers accommodation in dormitories with a roommate and three meals a day. Three times a week the students will be able to attend conversation workshops and once a week the students will go on a guided fieldtrip. There are 4 fieldtrips scheduled for August. The dates will be given to the students at their arrival:
Guided tour of the Old-Montreal
Guided tour of the Biosphere (a museum dedicated to water and the environment)
Guided tour of the Mille Carre Dore (historic district of Montreal with many old mansions and an interesting architecture)
Musee McCord (the museum offers a large collection of paintings, traditional costumes and hosts throughout the years many exhibits.
Every Friday, the University organizes linguistic picnics in the company of the instructors for the students. On top of that, Montreal is a great city for shopping with a large center and one of the
largest underground malls in the world.
One of the largest music festival of French-speaking singers, "the FrancoFolies", takes places in Montreal from July 30th to August 9th. The students would have the opportunity to listen to the music. Les FrancoFolies de Montreal is a large annual festival located in downtown Montreal, Quebec, featuring over 1,000 French-language performers from all over the world, as well as attracting over 500,000 visitors. Currently in its 20th year, the FrancoFolies festival is the largest musical extravaganza in the French-speaking world. The festival runs from late July to early August. This is a
lively and animates festival that young people will certainly enjoy. One extra-field trip will be taking the student over a free weekend to the historical city of Quebec.
Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec) are the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.