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Université du Québec (Montréal, Québec, Canada)

Montreal

Requirements: Students must be a citizen of the country of the home institution and have a good to excellent academic record there. Also, students are expected to have a solid hold on French, unless they are following a program of studies in the language.

Financial Responsibilities: Students are responsible for transportation costs to and from the host institution, incidentals (such as materials for class, books, etc.), health insurance at the host institution, room and board, and any extra expenses. Tuition is paid to the home institution and scholarships for tuition still apply.

Room and Board: Established in the late 1960s and early 1970s, UQ is an expansive university system with ten different campuses available on which to study. The campus population ranges from 42,000 students at UQ at Montréal (UQAM) to 3,000 at Rouyn-Noranda. Some of these campuses provide on-campus housing, and all have off-campus housing available nearby. The campuses provide cafeterias for student's use.

Classes: The Université du Québec offers over 500 undergraduate and graduate programs, including arts, education, language, literature and communications, science, management, social sciences, and humanities, to name a few. UQAM is on a semester schedule.

About Montréal: The average temperature for Montréal from October to January is between 55°F and 5°F, which is about the same as Ohio's. Canada is considered one of the safest countries to live in, with an excellent public transportation system in the more populated areas. The country offers hundreds of national parks and opportunities for outdoor activities abound. The campus of UQAM is in the heart of the Latin Quarter of Montréal, which means international students get the dual advantage of studying with natural French speakers and absorbing some of Montréal's most vibrant cultural atmosphere. Canada is bilingual, with each province choosing its official language. The official language of the province of Québec is French. Canada has its own currency and the exchange rate is usually in favor of the United States dollar. American citizens enter the country with a passport, but students staying longer than 180 days need a student visa.

Visit the official Université du Québec website at http://www.uquebec.ca.