Summer Program Participants (l-r) Kenya Cummins & Julia Lenoard in Old Montreal
I had always wanted to study abroad, so when I got the opportunity to attend Champlain College’s Montreal Summer Culture Program I immediately took the chance. I had traveled many times to cities both in and outside the United States before; I had even traveled to Montreal in the past for weekend trips. I always thought that Montreal was similar to other major North American cities. But after living in the city for over a month, my opinion of the city has changed; Montreal does not fall into the typical mold of the US or Canadian city. Its bilingualism and mix of cultures offers residents and visitors a one-of-a-kind living situation. Anyone who tells you that Montreal is more similar to the United States than different is wrong, but you can only learn that from spending a good amount of time here. Montreal is a valid and excellent study abroad option; you get to experience a different language being spoken around you while being in a truly foreign place. The culture of Montreal, and Canada in general, is also unique because there is not an emphasis on assimilation of “different” groups; each ethnicity found here is fully represented, whether that be through food or art. Continue reading →
By Ryan Hipgrave (Assistant Director, Montreal Campus)
Ask any Montrealer, and they’ll tell you that the best time to be in this city is the summer. During those sunny months, the streets of North America’s largest French-speaking metropolis pulsate with the vibes of festivals, concerts, outdoor restaurants, and the millions of tourists flitting about our many antique cobblestone roads.
Given all that is exciting about Montreal in the summertime, it makes perfect sense that Champlain College would offer two different, immersive study abroad opportunities in the capital of French-Canadian identity. From May 25th to June 30th, 2018, students are invited to descend on Champlain’s Montreal Campus to participate in one of two exceptional for-credit programs! Through both the Summer Culture and Summer Filmmaking programs, students will engage with the city on meaningful levels as they focus their projects on the unfamiliar territory in which they find themselves. Continue reading →
Colton Orr (GART ’18) spent his spring semester interning at Tuque Games in Montreal and had the opportunity to continue at Tuque throughout the summer. Colton tell us about both his experiences!
On the last day of finals, during the fall of my Junior year, I was offered a position as a character artist at Tuque Games. I had my heart set on working at the studio during the following summer and when I was given the opportunity to start working a semester early, there were many obstacles. Nevertheless, Champlain’s faculty in both Burlington and Montreal went above and beyond to help me get a work visa and arrange my classes to make the internship a reality.
The skills I have learned and the people I have met because of working at Tuque are invaluable to my career. My internship threw me into the production pipeline on day one and since then I have been creating assets for our newest game that is set to release later this year.
Shane Beucler (GART ’18) spent this summer in Montreal interning at Norsfell, an indie company that builds replayable multiplayer experiences for fanatics all over the world. Shane tells us about his experience at Norsfell, which is located at GamePlay Space, a collaborative space shared with other indie studios.
“My summer internship was great! I learned a lot about working on a team in the industry as well as the marketing behind mobile games and Norsfell even told me that they’d be very happy to have me back after I graduate. Norsfell will be working with me a bit before I graduate and will be contacting me about potential job openings a few months before. Continue reading →