Category Archives: Our Bloggers

Each semester two students are chosen to write blogs on a regular basis about their experiences in Montreal.

Canadian Culture Through Film

By Hannah Mata (Game Art ’21) Immerse Yourself in Canadian Culture by Adam Dionne (Game Art ’21), final project for Canadian Culture Through Film Class. One of the most difficult tasks for me to complete before entering Montreal was picking out my classes, or more specifically, my COR classes. Not knowing who the professors are […]

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Bing a Remote Study Abroad Student

By Julia Broman (Game Art 2021) We’re all in a little bit of a weird situation at the moment. Being stuck inside for most of the time isn’t ideal for most things, and it’s especially not helpful when you’re still in school. It’s even worse when you’re supposed to be studying abroad. So many people […]

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Food Writing, Online? The Quarantine Kitchen

By Amelia Payne (Game Programmer ’21) Food Writing is one of the most popular classes in Montreal. Every week, I was excited to try Canadian foods, and explore culinary history. When the COVID-19 outbreak forced classes to move online I had no idea how food writing would work, but professor Susan Semenak has pulled it […]

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Champlain Abroad: Indiana Edition

By Julia Broman (Game Art ’21) This semester we’ve had the lovely chance to welcome someone from a completely different school into our Champlain Game Studio fold. Cole Swany is from the University of Indiana, and is studying Game Design there, but they don’t have many study abroad opportunities for his major. And so, he […]

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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!

There are a lot of questions people frequently ask, so here are a whole bunch of them answered based on my own experience! Continue reading

Food and Budgeting in Montreal

By Julia Broman (Game Art ’21)

For some, Montreal is the first time when grocery shopping has become a priority. If you’ve never lived on your own before and have had to shop and cook for yourself, the idea of moving to a new city in a different country and having to deal with groceries may seem a little daunting. The goal of this guide is to help those who want a little guidance, or help those who just want to become a little more organized with their monthly spending. This is mostly focused on groceries and recipes, but along with this is a monthly budgeting worksheet that includes various areas of expenses, such as bills, clothing, etc.

Coming to a bustling city such as Montreal, it’s extremely tempting to go and try all of the great restaurants it has to offer. Foods from around the world are available, from tiny family-run businesses to large chains. As much as it’s highly encouraged to try new things, dining out isn’t the best for your wallet in the long run, so it’s important to give yourself a monthly limit (and stick to it). The best way to reduce stress about what and how you’re eating is to plan ahead and budget. Let’s go!

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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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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