Category Archives: Extra Curricular Activities

Outings and events outside of the regular school schedule

Montreal: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered!

By Hannah Mata (Game Art ’21)

The transition from Burlington to Montreal was easier than I expected; in fact, if you’ve already smoothly made the transition from living at home to living on campus, you’re halfway there! It’s pretty easy to adjust, as the hardest thing for me was really just finding Canadian stores are parallels to familiar stores in the United States. That being said, if you have never made food for yourself or used public transportation, you’re in for a real treat!

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Falling «en amour» with Montreal: A guide to survival French

By Amelia Payne (Game Programming ’21)

Let’s get this straight right off the bat. You DO NOT need to speak French to study in Montreal. Canada is a bilingual country and most people speak both languages. I’ve yet to meet a single person who doesn’t speak flawless English. That said, learning a few French phrases is a great idea because it will enhance your experience. In Montreal, a little French will take you a long way. 

Montreal is an incredibly multicultural city. You’ll hear dozens of different languages being spoken on the streets

I decided to study French before coming to Montreal because I love learning languages but it is not necessary to do so. Once in Montreal, you can take Survival French or just survive without it. 

If you do decide to study in advance, the school has some great online resources. I especially like Mango languages. It has a course on Quebec French and a very laid back approach. You use your Champlain login to get free unlimited access to Mango. 

Montrealers are very laid back but they appreciate it when people make an effort to speak French. They won’t laugh at your American accent. Even if you immediately switch to English, starting a conversation with a few french words will be well received. 

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Managing Mental Health Abroad

Amelia Payne (Game Programming ’21)

Montreal has to be the most beautiful metropolis I’ve ever visited

Studying abroad is one of the most exciting, and amazing experiences you’ll ever have, but it is not always easy, especially if you are living with a mental illness. Moving to a new country is exciting but the highs can often be accompanied by lows. Relearning how to live your life in a new place can be a stressful experience but a few simple steps can help smooth everything go smoothly. 

I am a third-year game programming major studying in Montreal. Last semester I was at Abertay University in Scotland. I have dealt with the stress of moving to a new place, meeting new people and finding a routine while living with depression. I had an amazing time in Scotland and am already loving Montreal. While depression makes many things more difficult, there was no way I was going to let it stop me from fulfilling my dream of studying abroad. 

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A Fun-packed Semester in Montreal

Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (Game Art ’21), takes us on a tour of Montreal by showing us some her favourite outings. From Mount Royal, to the Botanical Gardens, to exploring the city’s metro architecture, our students got up to a lot during their short stay here!

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10 Things You Should Know Before Studying Abroad in Montreal

By John Connelly (Game Programmer ’21)

  •  When it is worth it to take the bus

Montreal’s two main forms of transportation are its public bus and subway system.  If you are studying abroad, you’ll probably invest in a monthly metro pass, as it is the best deal.  This gives you access to both the bus and subway with unlimited fare for that month. That being said, the metro goes right from the student housing at Evo to the academic center, so there is no direct need to ever use the Montreal busses.  Hopefully, at some point of time in Montreal however, you may decide to go out and do things in the city, but chances are that you’ve only ever really taken the metro. I was in a similar boat, and I believe I chose wrong. Whenever I was in a situation where I could either take one bus, or transfer between multiple metros and do a fair bit of walking, I would choose the metro since it is what I was familiar with, and I didn’t trust the reliability of the busses.  While this works, there are ways to further familiarize yourself with the bussing system so you aren’t afraid to use it. Download the Transit app so you are able to keep track of the best bus routes, and don’t be afraid to learn some bus routes as early into the year as possible, so you can get the hang of it before it gets cold. Continue reading

Thank you, Montreal

Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (GART ’21), looks back on her semester in Montreal. From  Chinatown to the Garden of Lights, Old Montreal, various museums, concerts, a weekend trip to Ottawa, to exploring different neighbourhoods and trying as many differents foods as possible, it has been one busy semester!

“Thanks for letting me meet so many new people. From the staff and professors, to people who I’ve known, but haven’t been super close with before, and now I have a whole new group of friends.” Continue reading

A City of Food

By Social Media Ambassador, John Connelly (Game Programming ’21).

Poutine at La Banquise

Montreal is a bustling city, and each day leads to tons of new activities and events to go to.  From live shows, to interactive art exhibits, to our own school hosted events such as botanical light shows and improv sessions.  While all of those activities have been a blast, there is one activity that has me ecstatic no matter the time of day or occasion.  Eating food. Now when I say eating food, I don’t mean waking up and groggily pouring some milk into a bowl of Frosted flakes, I mean going out to experience as many different and unique foods that Montreal has to offer.  There is such a rich culture in Montreal, from Chinatown’s abundant Asian cuisines to Little Italy’s massive farmers market where you can get an astonishing amount of locally produced goods. It would be a shame to come here for a study abroad semester and not try a little bit of everything. Continue reading

What every Champlain student should know before coming to Montreal

Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (GART ’21) sat down with former Assistant Director, Ryan Hipgrave, to get his tips and recommendations for future students after 4 amazing years at Champlain Montreal.

“My favourite memory is definitely the day that my first group was leaving.. I went into the lab and they all stood up and they gave me this gigantic group hug… it was people that I had only known for 4 months but we had become so close.” Continue reading

The Contact Game – DreamHack, GamePlay Space QA & Momentum

By Michael Foti (Game Producer ’21) – Industry Coordinator Fall 2019

Champlain College does a great job of giving us opportunities on campus that allow us to make connections and spread our wings a bit. They give knowledge about real life experiences and examples from industry professionals and I’ve always been thankful for that. In the game industry, we’ve been taught connections can make or break your career. Knowing someone, even just connecting with them on a very basic level, helps your opportunities in the long run.

There is- in my opinion- no better feeling than creating a new relationship that can bring you further in life. So when I had the opportunity to go to multiple conventions and events in Montreal, I took it. While Champlain has events for you to meet many of the game industry’s professionals, it’s a different experience entirely meeting them in a more casual setting.

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A Trip to the Capital

By John Connelly (GPROG ’21)

Opportunities arise frequently for the student body here at Montreal to get together for events, and this time we were lucky enough to go out to Ottawa to see all of the cool sights of Canada outside of Montreal.  On the trip, we got to experience historic sites, museums, government buildings, Ottawan cuisine, and a taste of anglophone Canada.
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