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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!

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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 MEGA-fun weekend at MIGS

By Michael Foti (Game Producer ’21), Montreal Industry Coordinator

I’ve never been to a conference before. Sure, I’ve been to career fairs and Comicons, but never have I ever been to a large conference revolving around game developers, their games and companies. This lead to a whole new event that I wasn’t ready for, but pushed myself into having one of the best experiences I’ve had while starting in the game industry. Continue reading

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

Faculty Profile: Noe Sardet

By John Connelly (Game Programmer ’21)

When I was given the opportunity to interview a member of our Montreal Campus faculty, I lept at the chance to interview Noé Sardet, our Emerging Media teacher.  Our Emerging Media class, for those who don’t know, is a class which teaching students how to interact and explore the new and upcoming media available in Montreal, and potentially create them in the future.  It is a very hands on class which leaves a lot of creativity in the hands of the students, with each project focusing on a completely different element of media to explore. Continue reading

Experiencing Emerging Media

By Abby Scott (MRKT ’20)

One of the trends I’ve noticed while being in Montreal is that teachers will go out of their way to bring the class into the community of Montreal. All of my classes have had outings into the city to museums, cinemas, walking tours, and more. As someone who finds it really hard for concentrate on one thing for a really long time these types of classes really help me stay
focused and understand the content we are given to learn.

One class that has had a lot of these outings has been CCM 301: Emerging Media and Innovation. Earlier in the semester the class went to the PHI Center for an exhibition with a variety of virtual reality art pieces. Manic, one of the more popular VR pieces, is actually based on a documentary movie of the same title. It was filmed and directed by Kalina Bertin, a Montreal artist who later in the semester was kind enough to come talk to us at the academic
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A Foot in the Door: Company Visits

By Emmett Friedrichs (GDES ’20)

Among the many off-campus activities I participated in this semester, there are none that I enjoyed more than the company visits. While many of our visits are simply tours of the establishment, some are more personal. Even the tours opened up untold secrets of the game industry, and new possibilities for networking. This all packaged into a single trip in which we explore the city of Montreal just a little bit more. Parties set up by companies/studios or events and conventions such as MEGA or MIGS allow even more networking and communication through direct conversations. Continue reading

A College Student’s Guide To Chinatown – Rian Atherton

By Rian Atherton (California Lutheran University ’18)

In order to talk about Chinatown, you have to first delve into the History and the customs of the people living there. Now you don’t have to be an expert on Chinatown but you should at least familiarize yourself with some of these basics. One of the most important things you need to realize if you are visiting Chinatown is that everything here is a bit different. Like all immigrant areas, the people here have brought some of their customs and traditions from overseas. First and foremost of these is that the elderly take priority sometimes you may be in a shop and you may be first and an old Chinese man or woman will walk in and a slew of rapid-fire Cantonese will fire out faster than a bullet train. Don’t be offended but you are no longer the priority, it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the fact that they probably have known each other for decades and the Chinese have a deference for the elderly that western countries lack.  That being said, it is worth the wait because the food in Chinatown is absolutely divine.

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