Schedule & Activities
Two weekend trips are part of the optional extracurricular activities at Champlain's Montreal campus, one to Ottawa (Canada's capital) and one to Quebec City (Quebec's provincial capital).
Our local faculty and guest speakers bring their cultural perspective and professional expertise to the course content, challenging students to understand the material through a new global lens. Many of our courses have an embedded experiential component that takes the students outside the classroom and connects them to the places and culture related to the course content.
COURSE RELATED EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
The following is a partial list of some of the co-curricular activities that have been offered in Montreal:
ART 220 CANADIAN CULTURE THROUGH THE FINE ARTS
This course is designed to introduce students to Canadian culture through an exploration of its fine arts. Much of the course includes beyond the classroom explorations of Canada's historical landmarks such as the McCord Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Museum of History & Archeology (Pointe a Calliere), the Inuit Gallery 'Le Chariot' and the St Joseph Oratory.
LITERATURE, CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH AND HISTORY COURSES
Students taking any of the Canadian literature, history or conversational French courses enjoy first-hand the hockey passion synonymous with living in Montreal by visiting the AMC Forum (The Hockey Legacy), and experiencing the bilingual atmosphere of one of Montreal's major hockey arenas while attending Montreal Junior's ice hockey games. The students may attend one or more theatrical performances that expand their understanding of universal and local issues at the Centaur Theater. They also visit cultural landmarks of Montreal (the Main, the Plateau, Westmount, the Point, etc.) and important sites including the great religious symbols of Quebec culture (St-Joseph Oratory, Notre Dame Basilica, etc.).
ALL BUSINESS COURSES
Business students in Montreal will have opportunities to explore the business perspective of the United States' largest trading partners by meeting industry professionals and touring some of the following companies: the Port of Montreal ( third largest port in North America); the Simard Warehouse (leader in the Canadian Transportation and Warehousing Industry); the Canadian National Railway Yard (students meet and ride along side CN personnel); Conterm Containers (students learn first-hand how containers are handled, repaired, stacked and stored within a closed system); Hunt Refrigeration (a full-service climate controlled container-care company). Spring semester students may also visit the Quebec Ice Hotel (redesigned and rebuilt in its entirety each year in Quebec City).
ALL GAME MAJORS
Game students have the opportunity to join (at a student rate) and attend the Montreal Chapter of the IGDA Meetings (International Game Developer Associations), where they will meet industry professionals. Students often visit Eidos, EA/Bioware, A2M, Ubisoft, and Space & Dreams where they may tour the facilities and often have an opportunity to speak with one of the company's creative producers. Game students may also visit the NAD Center- National Animation and Design Centre, one of Canada's major training centers for new technologies and new media. The NAD Center was the first in the country to open video game training and the first in the world to teach Softimage software's, and offers innovative and comprehensive training programs.
During the fall semester our Game students attend the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS), an annual event for game development specialists from all over the world. The conference is hosted by world-renowned experts in programming, visual arts, game design, audio design, production and business.
Depending on availability, spring semester students may get to participate in the Global Jam. Founded in 2008, this event seeks to broaden the outreach of IGDA while giving an opportunity to create games in the world's largest Game Jam to date.
GRAPHIC DESIGN MAJORS: DUALITY, DESIGN AND DISSENT
Graphic design students have the opportunity to visit and attend workshops at the Canadian Center of Architecture (CCA), an international research center and museum based on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. The Graffiti Café can take our students on a cultural urban tour of Montreal's graffiti art in various parts of the city. Through this tour, students learn where the artists came from and what experiences and ideas inspired their work. At the Museum Pointe a Callière students take the unusual underground route covering six centuries of history from the time when Natives camped to present day through the permanent exhibit, "Where Montreal Was Born." Montreal provides our students with limitless opportunities to explore the arts as you can see in the introductory video on the Quartier des Spectacles.
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
This lab science course allows students to explore global environment issues by using three unique Montreal locations as their lab.
- Mount Royal Park, which occupies part of the mountain lying in the midst of Montreal Island, provides students with a view of the highest spot in the city. Students will learn about various landmarks, rocks, soil types and trees on the mountain and discuss the evolution of the mountain over time and the forestry in Quebec over time.
- The Biodome explores the recreation of some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas (Tropical Forest, Laurentian Forest, St. Lawrence Marine, Ecosystem and the Polar Worlds).
- The Biosphere exhibits and guides the students' understanding of major environmental issues, including those related to water, air, climate change, sustainable development and responsible consumption.
Students visit the capital of Quebec, the second largest city in the province after Montréal, and it retains a mostly French flavor.
The city's most noticeable landmark is the looming Château Frontenac, a grand hotel in its heyday and a part of a chain of Canadian Pacific hotels that helped the railroad link together Canada's vast landscape. Just outside the walls of the Upper Town are the Plains of Abraham, where a French defeat in a pivotal battle of the Seven Years' War decided the fate of New France and influenced the later creation of Canada. The historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Each semester the students tour the historic Chateau Frontenac and Old Quebec, one of the oldest and only fortified walled cities north of Mexico. They may visit the Museum of Civilization, the Capital Observatory, and/or the Plains of Abraham.
Students can also visit Canada's capital city, Ottawa and experience a bit of English Canada. Ottawa is the fourth-largest urban area in Canada and many people think of it as the ideal capital city-beautiful, green, cosmopolitan and full of cultural offerings.
Students take part in a guided tour of the Royal Canadian Mint and the Museum of Civilization. Explore Parliament Hill, home to the House of Commons, the Library of Parliament, the Hall of Honor, the Senate and the impressive Peace Tower.
Students who choose to visit the Canadian Nature Museum explore the world of insects, prehistoric dinosaurs and the changing face of the earth. Students may also discover the military history by exploring the Canadian War Museum.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
No matter which semester, Montreal abounds with unlimited activities, festivals and events. Montreal enhances our students' personal and professional interests. Throughout the year, it is the home of various film festivals from the Montreal World Film Festival to the Montreal 60 Second Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival. Students interested in playing a more active role in their entertainment can attend Improvisation Nights at Theatre Ste Catherine and take part in scoring spontaneously created the scenes by the local performers. Performers with lowest scores are eliminated until there is only one "survivor." Even more engaging is the CBC Experience which offers a TV news workshop where students assume the functions of reporters, anchormen and technicians. Working as a team, they produce the equivalent of a Canadian evening news program. Along with the cultural enriching experiences described above, students may also participate in fun activities offered throughout Montreal such as a fast-paced laser tag game in the multi-level arena of Montreal's LaserQuest.
During the Fall Semester, students will enjoy the drumming vibes and laid back atmosphere of the Mont Royal Tam Tams and the end of summer in the parks and outdoor cafes. They may also experience a variety of Halloween events from the annual midnight showing of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, or the Extreme Halloween Labyrinth at the Old Port. Many students also participate in a Ghost Walk Tour of Old Montreal or attend any number of costume contests and related events. From mid-September to November students will experience the wonders of the Chinese Lantern Festival at the Botanical Garden. Over 700 lanterns are designed in Montreal and handcrafted by skillful artists from Shanghai.
During the Spring Semester, students can take part in a plethora of winter related festivals and activities. One of the major winter festivals is Montreal's Igloofest where a kingdom of igloos takes over the Old Port and people dance outside to the music of Piknic Electronik. The other major winter festival is the Montreal High Lights Festival: original and impressive, this multidisciplinary event features stilt walkers, musicians and acrobats blending with digital arts, dance, projections and fire-handling. Our Montreal students actually share the festivities of St. Patrick's Day with our Dublin students as they enjoy the St. Patrick's Parade which has been held every year since 1824; this parade is the oldest St. Patrick's Day parade in Canada. No circumstance, from snowstorms to wartime to economic depression, has stopped the parade from marching on. Finally, skiers can still get on a hill as there are several places to ski in the region; prices range from $35-$60 per day (plus gear and bus transportation). Some of the most well known ski areas are: Mont Tremblant, Owl's Head, Mont Ste-Anne, Mont St. Sauveur.