Study Abroad — Game Design

Want to see the world? Why wait?

Champlain makes it easy to embark on a life-changing semester (or two) in distant areas of the globe. All our majors are designed to accommodate a semester studying in a foreign country. With Champlain Abroad Dublin, Champlain Abroad Montreal, exchange programs, and third-party programs, the possibilities are nearly limitless for exploring unique landscapes and different cultures. 

In addition to taking classes and living in a new place, studying abroad is an opportunity to confront your own assumptions, meet new people, embrace curiosity, and gain a richer understanding of the world by truly realizing what it means to see from a global perspective. Our Office of International Education will work with you to ensure all credits transfer and fulfill requirements for your major.

Champlain Abroad Montreal

As a Game Design major, you have the opportunity to study on our campus in Montreal, Canada, the third-largest game development city in the world. Montreal is home to a number of international game development companies, including Eidos Montréal, Warner Bro, Bioware, EA and Ubisoft Montreal—just 90 miles north of our Burlington, Vermont, campus.

Montreal is ranked as the world's "hippest" cities by The New York Times. Our program is known for cutting-edge academics and internship placements in a city famous for its innovative economy. Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, Champlain Abroad  gives you outstanding professional, cultural, and dynamic experiences:

  • Experience game industry professionals in your classroom as your instructors
  • Attend the Montreal International Game Summit and multiple Game Jams
  • Attend monthly meetings of the International Game Developers Association - Montreal Chapter
  • Visit a variety of companies, from Triple A Studios to startups and Game Incubators
  • See why Montreal is one of UNESCO’s seven designated Cities of Design
Sample Courses*

Sample Major Specific Courses Offered in Montreal

EGD 380B: ADVANCED SEMINAR IN GAME DESIGN

SCI 155: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (With Lab - 4 Credits)

SAP 390: INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE (6 Credits)**

Fall Courses:

EGD 300: GAME TECHNOLOGY II

EGD 310: INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING (Elective)

EGD 312: APPLIED LUDOLOGY

EGP 200: GRAPHICS / GAME ENGINE PROGRAMMING (For Programming minors)

Spring Courses:

EGD 340: GAME SYSTEMS AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN

EGP 310: GAME ARCHITECTURE (For Programming Minors)

EGD 320: GAME PRODUCTION II

Sample Core 330 Courses

Students will select two culture courses that meet COR 330 requirements, such as:

ART 330A: CANADIAN CULTURE THROUGH MUSIC

MGT 335: INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL TOPICS IN BUSINESS: MONTREAL

CCM 301: MONTREAL EMERGING MEDIA AND INNOVATION

COR 310: GLOBAL STUDIES I: THE GLOBAL CONDITION (Spring Only)

COR 320: GLOBAL STUDIES II: HUMAN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Spring Only)

FLM 281: CANADIAN CULTURE THROUGH FILM

HIS 415: CANADIAN - AMERICAN RELATIONS

LAN 110: FRENCH I

SWK 230: LGBTQ MONTREAL

WRT 236: FOOD WRITING IN MONTREAL

* Full course listings available at www.champlain.edu/champlain-abroad

** Students with a competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for a credit bearing internship in Montreal at a company or organization related to their field of study. Please contact OIE for more information about these opportunities: oie@champlain.edu.

Summer Programs

Study abroad destinations in addition to Montreal for Game Design majors can be found through one of our approved third-party provider summer programs. Game Designers can complete Core 330 requirements over the summer and still stay on track with their program requirements.

The following SUMMER PROGRAM is a good fit for GAME DESIGNERS:

Sophia University | Tokyo, Japan | Through CIEE

Tokyo, the economic, technical, and political hub of Japan, is truly one of the world’s most vibrant and fascinating capitals. With homestay options, language training, and exceptional cross-cultural activities, you can pursue your academic interests while immersing yourself in a challenging and enriching international experience.

Sample Core 330 Courses

Contemporary Japanese Society

Japanese Language

Japanese Pop Culture

Japanese Business and Management