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Montreal Gap Year Program for 18+ year olds

2011 Gap Year Program in Montreal, Canada

Age 18+ years old
Course length From 2 weeks to 12 months

2011 - Weekly start dates from Jan 3 to Dec 19

Arrival on Sunday; departure on Saturday

Start dates for beginners

2011 - Jan 17, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9, Jun 6, Jul 4, Aug 1, 29, Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 21, Dec 19

Holidays 2011 - Feb 21, Apr 22, May 23, Jun 24, Jul 1, Sep 5, Oct 10, Nov 11, Dec 23, 26
Levels All levels from beginner to advanced
Class size Maximum 15 students per class

Is this program for you?

The Gap Year Program in Montreal is suited to the student who is looking for a high-quality language immersion program in one of Canada's most 'European' cities! The program is ideal for students who want to combine daily French language classes with afternoons, evenings and weekends that are free to join optional activities and excursions or spend time exploring Montreal on their own, with their host family or with new friends. The program is intended for students who are independent, have some travel experience, are comfortable taking public transit, are used to time away from family and are able to effectively manage and advocate for themselves in new and unfamiliar situations. Please see the About Mature Teen and Gap Year Programs page for more information.


Set on an island in the St. Lawrence River, Montreal is the largest bilingual city in the world, where French and English cultures meet and mingle. Montreal offers visitors a lively nightlife, impressive museums, theatres and concert halls as well as thousands of restaurants and bistros to please every pallette! Montreal is considered by many to be Canada's fashion capital with elegant boutiques and numerous shopping complexes. The city even features an 'underground city' that includes a 30 km network of hotels, apartments, restaurants, cinemas, theatres boutiques and major department stores, all linked together by a clean and efficient metro system.

It has an extremely attractive city centre, ideal for walking, featuring the largest number of 17-19th century buildings in North America. Old Montreal and the Old Port will charm you with cobblestone streets and horsedrawn carriages and, if you want to stay active, you'll be enticed by the over 600 km of bicycle paths that criss-cross this unique island city.  Famous sites include the majestic Notre dame Basilica, Saint Joseph's Oratory, the Place des Arts complex, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Biodome and Olympic Stadium. 

If you want to venture farther afield, the Laurentian Mountains and Mont Tremblant are all easy day trips as are Quebec City and Ottawa, Canada's capital. 

Activities of note include: the Montreal Grand Prix (Jun), the Montreal Jazz Festival (Jun/Jul), the Just for Laughs Festival (Jul), the NHL - Montreal Canadiens (Sep to Apr) and Skiing at Mont Tremblant (Nov to Mar).

French Courses

The program offers an ideal mix of French lessons with ample free time to explore Montreal with new friends. See the schedule page for more information. It also offers the unique opportunity to meet and make friends with students from all over Europe, Latin America and Asia, making this a very popular program for students who are looking for an international experience. Depending on how intensive you want to make your studies, you can choose 20 (standard) or 25 (intensive) or 30 (super-intensive) lessons per week. 

Other Courses ( please contact us for details):


Accommodation is a single room in a homestay and includes 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner). The family may host other students from the same program but the school will ensure that there is a good cultural mix of students in the house.  Accommodation is no more than 45 minutes door-to-door via public transit. Transportation costs to and from the school are the responsibility of the student.

For general information on homestay accommodation please visit our Homestay Q & A page.

Students 18 and over may choose to stay in an independent residence. Please contact us for options and pricing.


All teachers are fully qualified to teach French as a second language.  They plan comprehensive and engaging lessons that integrate speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar into each class.  Materials are relevant and may include current event articles, films, songs, fashion and other pop culture tools.

The following program features are included in the price:


For more information or to book this program please call us toll-free on 1 888 386 1411.