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The Arts and Culture of Montréal


Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Program Description

This program offers courses that satisfy all three areas of Cluster II General Education (HUM, MUS, and ENG). Fulfill your Cluster II requirements by spending a month living in Montreal, exploring its diverse neighborhoods, cultures, and cuisine. Attend concerts, jam sessions, Fringe Festival spoken-word performances, International Fireworks competitions; visit museums and funky neighborhood bars; dine at world-class restaurants; meet young people (including JMU alums) who have made Montreal their home. 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, and Ottawa (staying in the Chateau Laurier, right next to Canada's beautiful Buildings of Parliament). Students do not need to speak French to participate in this study abroad session.

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. The city's gentle acceptance has made it one of the world's most livable locales. Montreal is actually an island in the Saint Lawrence Seaway, and is located approximately 30 miles above the US/Canada border, due north from the intersection of New York state and Vermont. Montreal is easily accessible from the Eastern United States by rail, air, and automobile, though its unique mix of languages and cultures is more reminiscent of western Europe than North America. Montréal is also widely acknowledged as one of the gastronomic capitals of North America; its citizens take their food, and their red wine, very seriously.


Charles Dotas | | Music


Students are housed in double rooms at the Royal Victoria College dormitories on the McGill University campus, located in the heart of downtown Montreal, steps from the excellent metro (subway) system and downtown nightlife and culture. Free wifi is available in each room; full laundry facilities are located in the dorms, and dozens of dining options are located nearby.

Students are provided a daily cash stipend to cover the cost of all meals; many group dinners are also scheduled, paid in full by the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

Passports are required to cross the US-Canada border. Mobile phones on US plans will function in Canada; no AC/DC adaptors are required for phone/laptop chargers, etc.

All ages, undergraduate and graduate, are welcome
(graduate students will register for graduate level course work, organized in advance with Dr. Dotas).

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HUM 251: Modern Perspectives: The Culture of Montreal (3 credits)

ENG 221: Literature, Culture, Ideas (3 credits)

MUS 200: Music in General Culture: Music in America

MUS 440 + MUS 490: Jazz Improvisation II (2 credits) + Special Studies in Music: Jazz Improvisation Laboratory II (1 credit)

MUS 206: Introduction to Global Music (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.