Study Abroad — Game Programming

Want to see the world? Why wait?

At Champlain, it's never been easier to embark on a life-changing semester (or two) in remote corners of the globe. All our majors are designed to accommodate a semester studying in a foreign country, and with Champlain Dublin, Champlain Montreal , Exchange Programs, and Third-Party Programs, the possibilities are many for you to explore unique landscapes and exotic 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 through 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. Plus, as you can see below, our Champlain Dublin and Montreal programs allow a seamless transition thanks to built-in curriculums for major-specific classes.

Champlain Abroad Montréal

As a Game Programming major, you have the opportunity to study on our campus in Montréal, Canada, the third largest game development city in the world. Montréal is home to a number of international game development companies, including Eidos Montréal, Warner Bro, Bioware, EA and Ubisoft Montréal — just 96 miles north of our Burlington, Vermont, campus.

Montréal is ranked as one of 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 Montréal, Champlain Abroad Montréal gives you professional, cultural and dynamic experiences:

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

Sample Major Specific Courses Offered in Montréal

Students will work with both OIE and their Program Director, Dean Lawson (dlawson@champlain.edu) to select courses that relate to their major:

EGD 380P: ADVANCED SEMINAR IN GAME PROGRAMMING

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

Fall Courses:

CSI 230: LINUX/UNIX PROGRAMMING

EGP 200: GRAPHICS / GAME ENGINE PROGRAMMING I

EGP 410: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR GAMES

Spring Courses:

EGP 300: GRAPHICS/GAME ENGINE PROGRAMMING II

EGP 310: GAME ARCHITECTURE

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 who have a competitive GPA are eligible to apply for a credit bearing internship in Montréal 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 Montréal for Programming majors can be found through one of our approved third-party provider summer programs. Programmers 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 PROGRAMMERS:

Sophia University | Tokyo, Japan | Through CIEE

Tokyo, the economic, technical, and political hub of the country, 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

Exchange Programs

Champlain College's Exchange Programs allow Burlington undergraduate students to spend a semester immersed in another culture as they live and study at one of our exchange institutions. This is also an excellent opportunity to diversify our Burlington campus as we welcome students from our exchange partners for a semester or full academic year.

Study-Abroad Partner Schools

Scotland, Abertay University

In​ ​Scotland, Champlain students​ ​can choose to study at Abertay University. Abertay​ is a school of about 4,000 students and is well known throughout Europe for their prominent Computer Games programs.

New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

New Zealand is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, and Auckland is ranked third on Mercer's global 2012 Quality of Life Survey. Auckland University of Technology's course offerings fit across majors with a variety of professional, liberal arts and interdisciplinary options that provide students with an understanding of New Zealand culture as well as develop their global perspective.

France, ESC Rennes School of Business in Rennes

In France, Champlain students study at the ESC Rennes School of Business, a college of approximately 450 students that is located a short 10-minute walk from the center of Rennes. Rennes, the capital of Brittany, is regarded as one of the most appealing places to live in all of France-and that's saying a lot. It's also just two hours from both Paris and London.

Netherlands, HES School of Economics and Business

Honoring a tradition in business studies that goes back to 1867, HES School of Economics and Business is one of the largest single-faculty institutions of professional business education in the Netherlands. It offers a wide range of business-oriented programs preparing students for bachelor's and master's degrees.

Morocco, Al Akhawayn University

Inaugurated in 1995 by the late King Hassan II of Morocco and the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Al Akhawayn University redefines the classic American liberal arts educational experience on an architecturally stunning, modern campus amidst the glory of Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains. Some of the features of the school include:

  • Uniquely international common core program for all undergraduate students, providing the basis for a well-rounded, global Moroccan education.
  • Rich academic experience, with courses taught in English and an atmosphere that encourages choice and experimentation in all schools and programs of study.

Third-Party Providers

Champlain also offers students the option to study abroad through pre-approved third-party providers. Past Champlain students who have found a program that meets both major and program requirements have studied in locations such as France, India, Sweden, Costa Rica and Australia. Approved third-party providers include:

Explore the Global Marketplace

"Global Appreciation" has emerged as an essential competency employers seek. Champlain has taken a proactive approach to cultivating this competency by ensuring that international learning is embedded in the College's curriculum.

Additionally, Champlain offers opportunities for every student to engage in a study-abroad experience. To that end, we designed the curriculum of our majors to support a semester of international study. What does this mean to you? You can study in another country, even complete an internship, and still graduate on time.

Living and studying in another country will make you a more culturally aware citizen, and an internationally engaged and cross-culturally sensitive professional.

A World of Options:

    • Champlain College's Dublin Campus attracts students from diverse majors and is the ideal starting point for further exploration of Ireland, Europe and points beyond.

    • Montreal, home to another Champlain Campus, is ranked as one of 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.

    • In addition to our own Champlain Abroad program, students have the following choices available to them:

      • Third-Party Study Abroad: Champlain's Office of International Education will help you through the steps to study in the location you want.
      • International Internships: Some of the approved study-abroad programs offer internship opportunities. If you wish to arrange a "stand alone" international internship (without taking courses at that institution), please contact your Dean about this process. 
      • Exchange Program:  Champlain has a partnership with five international schools. While Burlington students immerse themselves in either New Zealand, Scotland, France, the Netherlands or Morocco, we will welcome students from our exchange partners for a semester or full academic year.
      • Faculty-Led Courses: Champlain also offers faculty-led courses. These courses change year to year, and faculty member will promote these particular offerings on campus. Many entail a semester course that spends a break or a couple weeks in the summer abroad. For more information, contact the Office of International Education.

More Information

Tuition

Tuition covers courses, housing, access to and support from faculty and staff on-site, administrative support from Champlain College, subsidized activities, and weekend tours.

Financial Aid

Upon acceptance, you may qualify for an adjustment to your financial aid package for your semester abroad costs.

For Montreal and Dublin programs, students receive institutional financial aid. For third-party study-abroad programs, only federal aid is available, and students are required to stay enrolled at Champlain College while studying abroad.

Application Deadlines

Montreal & Dublin
Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15

Third Party
Fall: March 15
Spring: October 1

Apply

Montreal & Dublin
champlain.terradotta.com

Third Party
Contact a Study-Abroad Advisor