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The Arts and Culture of Montréal


Montréal, Canada

Program Description

This program offers courses that satisfy all three areas of Cluster II General Education (GHUM, GMUS, and GENG). Satisfy your Gen Ed Cluster II requirements by spending a month living in Montreal, exploring its diverse neighborhoods and cultures. Attend concerts, jam sessions, Fringe Festival spoken-word performances, visit museums, dine at world-class restaurants. Musicians can study with professional Montreal musicians and attend performances at Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, the world's largest jazz, blues, and world music festival, all in the heart of downtown Montreal. Students do not need to play a musical instrument to participate in this session. The program also travels to Quebec City (staying in the world famous Chateau Frontenac) to participate in Quebec's annual Independence Day festivities, La Fete Nationale.

Location Description

Montréal is the only French-speaking metropolis in North America and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, but it's a tolerant place that over the years has made room for millions of immigrants who speak dozens of languages. Today about 15% of the 3.1 million people who live in the metropolitan area claim English as their mother tongue, and another 15% claim a language that's neither English nor French. The city's gentle acceptance has made it one of the world's most livable cities.


Charles Dotas | | Music


Accommodations will be provided for through residence halls/dormitories, with two meals per day included in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

Only passports are needed to cross into Canada from the US.

Cell phones should function normally in Canada.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • JMU Short-Term Application Form

  • Attend an interview with the program director prior to the application deadline: Dr. Charles Dotas  |  |  Music

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.


Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


MUS 440: Jazz Improvisation II (2 credits)

MUS 490: Special Studies in Music: Jazz Improvisation Laboratory II (1 credit)

GHUM 251: Modern Perspectives: The Arts and Culture of Montreal (3 credits)

GENG 221: Literature/Culture/Ideas: Montreal (3 credits)

GMUS 200: Music in General Culture: Montreal

MUS 356M: History of Jazz (3 credits)