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McGill Summer Institute for the Study of Montreal




QCST 336: Quebec Summer Studies Institute (6 Credits)

June 1 to July 10, 2015

For the course syllabus, please click here.

Improve your French, discover Montreal and experience the Quebec way of life!

The McGill Summer Institute for the Study of Montreal offers an extraordinary opportunity to enhance your French communication skills and discover Quebec's vibrant culture in the largest French-speaking city in North America.

Click here or on the video below to see what students have to say about their experience with the Quebec Summer Studies Institute:


Through a multidisciplinary historical approach, this 6 week intensive course brings together leading scholars in anthropology, history, political science and literary studies as well as cultural figures, opinion makers and public intellectuals for an integrated course in French language and Quebec history.

In order to create an ideal learning environment, only 25 students will be selected. Classes will be held Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendance is mandatory for all sessions.


  • Discover important elements of Quebec history and culture by interacting with well-known scholars and public figures;
  • improve your French oral and written communication skills;
  • develop your critical mind by listening, reading, debating and doing your academic assignments in French and
  • take advantage of a small-class setting with the presence and expertise of two professors (one for the language component and one for the history component).


Interested candidates must have an intermediate level of French corresponding to either: TFI: 2, Compétence de base en français Test de français international [PDF]. or DELF 2 A5 - A6 (CIEP); B2, Autonomie (European Council), or equivalent.

This course is not open to students who are currently admitted or registered in a Major or Minor in Quebec Studies at McGill, or to students who completed high school or CEGEP in Quebec.

The course is open to Special and Visiting students (including international students) and current McGill Students.


Registration ends May 27, 2015.

Applicants must fill out an admission package, as well as complete mandatory written and oral French tests.

The written test must be received by May 16, 2015. Due to the limited number of places available, completing the written test early is encouraged.

Students who have successfully completed the written test will be scheduled for a 25 minute phone interview seven (7) days after the submission of their written test.

Students will be informed of their status 10 days after they have submitted all the necessary documents.

Find out how to apply


Fees for this 6-credit course are listed here [PDF]

Contact us

If you have questions regarding the program and its content, please contact Mr. Stephan Gervais:

Email: stephan [dot] gervais [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Telephone: (514) 398-3960