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Pre-College Enrichment

Montreal Pre-College Enrichment - 14 Days

Montreal Pre-College Enrichment
14 Days
$3,999

plus airfare to & from Montreal. Ground transport is available from New York to Montreal for $95.

  • Departure Dates
    July 01 - July 14
  • What's Included
    On the campus of McGill University
    Price Includes

    All lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, recreation & entertainment listed (including day and weekend excursions), application fee, classes, lab fees, Wi-fi in residence, books, use of McGill athletic facilities, airport transfers in designated times, gratuities and taxes.

    Exclusive Classes

    All of our classes are private and exclusive to our students.

    Accommodations

    La Citadelle Residence – McGill University (13 Nights)

    Group Size

    Enrollment may be from 30 to 60 students.

    Certificate of Completion

    A certificate of completion recognizing the hours of class time completed and course level completed will be issued after the program. Our staff is always happy to write letters of recommendation for college admission.

    Similar Program

    If you prefer to come for the three or four weeks of this itinerary, please check out our Pre-College Enrichment: Montreal  – 21 Day  or Pre-College Enrichment: Montreal plus College Preview Week in Boston – 28 Day options.

    Note that while we stay at a McGill University residence and use McGill facilities including the athletics complex, this program is not affiliated with McGill University.

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On the Campus of McGill

Study and live in one of the world’s most international and vibrant cities, Montreal, Canada. Choose from many courses including learning to speak French, study Psychology with McGill’s School of Continuing Studies, learning to cook like a professional chef, and boosting your creativity in our photography course. The exciting city of Montreal is renowned for being a student favorite. This Pre College Enrichment Summer Program prepares you for the academic and personal challenges that come with entering college.

Choose a morning and afternoon course

MORNING COURSE (8 SESSIONS) – 10AM – 12:00PM – CHOOSE ONE

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Cooking
  • Emotional Intelligence & Professional Communication Skills
  • TOEFL Preparation: English for non-native speakers
  • French Language (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Community Service

AFTERNOON COURSES (8 SESSIONS) – 2:00pm – 4:00pm – CHOOSE ONE

  • Montreal Digital Photography Journal
  • Introduction to Modern Art
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Montreal Culture: Behind the Scenes
  • Independent Workout

College Workshops – A Workshops Included In Your Tuition (90 Minutes)

  • Choosing The Right School & College Application Process

La Citadelle - Mcgill University (13 Nights)

  • A previous four-star hotel has been transformed into your summer residence
  • Located in downtown Montreal, your residence is a short walk to classes, athletic facilities, parks and all the excitement the city offers

Stay Active – McGill University Athletics & Recreation Facility

  • You enjoy a complimentary membership to this work out facility. Enjoy a tremendous free weight, strength training and cardio machine work out area, Olympic pool, basketball courts, tennis, squash and more.

Weekend & Day Trips

  • Exciting excursions allow you to experience even more of what Montreal and the surrounding area has to offer.
  • All included in your tuition!
  • Morning Course (8 Sessions) - 10am - 12:00pm

    You will choose a Morning course from the choices listed below. All classes are private and exclusive to 360° Student Travel students only.

    Introduction To Psychology

    This course is designed to give students an introduction to topics in psychology. The course takes an active learning approach, which is fun and makes the concepts come alive. Given the subject matter, students will also discover a lot more about themselves. Topics will include the scientific method, classical and operant conditioning, sensation and perception, emotions, mental illness, prejudice, positive psychology, memory and how to improve relationships. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Cooking

    From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether you’re creating gourmet entrees or delicious desserts, this course is guaranteed to make you salivate. Our expert chef will help you develop technical skills in the kitchen in this hands-on culinary experience where each class will focus on a different theme. You will even get to take away a book full of mouth-watering recipes you will have helped prepare! CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Emotional Intelligence & Professional Communication Skills

    What better way to prepare you for college and a future career than to study and hone your interpersonal and professional communication skills? This course develops your leadership and communication skills and increases your performance. Case studies include conflict management, non-verbal communication, and effective listening through experiential exercises and discussions. You will develop your understanding of emotional Intelligence and use this ability to guide thinking and behavior. Learn how to define personal goals and how to leverage your skills, knowledge and experience to create success in new environments and situations. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    TOEFL Preparation – English For Non-Native Speakers

    Thousands of colleges and universities around the world rely on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores to assist them in admission decisions. Imagine the world of possibilities this test opens up to you! This test will demonstrate you have the English language skills necessary for an academic classroom and our instructors are here to guide you along the process. They will offer you test-taking strategies, help you familiarize yourself with the test, and allow you to practice all sections of the exam. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    French Language (Beginner – Advanced)

    Did you know Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world after Paris? What better place to take on this exciting challenge and learn this beautiful Romance language or simply improve your French language skills? Attention will be given to grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing with the ultimate goal of enhancing your verbal skills. We don’t just want you to know Français; we want you to be able to use it and you will have many opportunities in this incredible city. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Community Service

    This is your chance to give back to the communities in and around Montreal. Projects may include working with children, young people and families, sorting through donations for families in need, as well as serving meals to the homeless. You can make a real difference in the lives of individuals. A certificate of completion recognizing 16 hours of service and a signed letter detailing the projects accomplished will be issued after the trip. Westcoast Connection / 360˚ Student Travel is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    We strive to maintain up-to-date course information on this page and to run these courses. Availability may vary due to full course enrollment, cancellation due to insufficient enrolment, or changes by the teaching institutions.

  • Afternoon Course (8 Sessions) – 2pm – 4pm

    You will choose an afternoon course from the choices listed below. All classes are private and exclusive to 360° Student Travel students only.

    Montreal Digital Photography Journal

    This course is for anyone who has a passion for photography (no matter what level, we have you covered!) Capture the city of Montreal from behind the lens. This “in-the-field” course allows you to boost your creativity while gaining practical experience. Throughout this course, you will learn an in-depth knowledge of digital cameras (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes) and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing focus and blur) through daily workshops and assignments in different areas of the city. The skills mastered will culminate in an individual photography project to be completed by the end of the course. You must supply your own digital camera for this course. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Introduction To Modern Art

    Are you passionate about art? In this course, students will be introduced to one of the most dynamic periods in the history of art. Each class will consider a selection of modern artists known for their spirit of political revolt and artistic experimentation. Artists to be studied include: Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art and a number of contemporary art galleries in the Belgo building, situated in the heart of downtown Montreal. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Social Media Marketing

    We all use social media in our daily lives but how effective is this tool for marketing? Explore the concepts behind social media marketing as well as the principles of online communication from McGill’s School of Continuing Studies faculty. You will look at the evolution of various social media platforms and evaluate their effectiveness as marketing and communication tools. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Montreal Culture: Behind The Scenes

    This “field trip” elective will take you on journeys around Montreal and will allow you to learn about the French-Canadian culture that makes this city so unique. You will also get to explore the “Place des Festivals”, the historic Old Montreal with its 17th century cobblestone streets, and the city’s Mount Royal Park which was designed by the same designer as New York’s Central Park. In addition, you will uncover the multiple museums and artistic venues Montreal has to offer. On the way, you will also discover the history behind Montreal’s unique culinary experience and indulge in their famous poutine, Schwartz’s smoked meat and Montreal bagels. This beautiful cosmopolitan city will leave you wanting more! CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Independent Workout

    Enjoy the unlimited access to McGill University’s Athletic and Recreation Center and incredible Fitness facility. Plan a work-out regimen including weight training, cardio, swim laps, or play basketball to help you meet your fitness goals. If you commit the results will follow!

  • College Workshop - Included In Your Tuition (90 minutes)

    This interactive workshop will provide you with the tools and resources you need to develop a list of criteria that is integral to the process of choosing appropriate colleges to consider. You will then explore the basic elements of the college application and learn the ins and outs of the Common Application. You will be guided through the development of your academic /co-curricular profile and the key areas included in your college application. You will learn how to craft a high quality application and learn strategies to develop a timeline for completion of applications, supplements and essays.

    WORKSHOP #1 – COLLEGE SELECTION AND APPLICATION

    This interactive workshop will provide you with the tools and resources you need to develop a list of criteria that is integral to the process of choosing appropriate colleges to consider. You will then explore the basic elements of the college application and learn the ins and outs of the Common Application. You will be guided through the development of your academic /co-curricular profile and the key areas included in your college application. You will learn how to craft a high quality application and learn strategies to develop a timeline for completion of applications, supplements and essays.

  • McGill University Athletics and Recreation Center – Complimentary Membership

    You will receive a complimentary membership to this work out facility. Enjoy a tremendous free weight, strength training and cardio machine work out area, Olympic pool, Basketball courts, Tennis courts, Indoor jogging track, Racquetball and Squash courts.  CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THIS INCREDIBLE FACILITY

  • Weekend Excursions & Day Trips - All Included In Your Tuition!

    Local day trips and weekend visits will allow you to experience even more of what Montreal and its surrounding areas have to offer.

    Montreal Exciting Activity Highlights

    International Jazz Festival

    A summer in Montreal is not complete without taking in this premiere event featuring thousands of artists and hundreds of free outdoor performances. Join the rest of the city (and the world!) in the celebration.

    Old Montreal

    Explore the charming cobblestone streets and unique European flare of the city’s most famous landmark: The Old Port. From street performers and beautiful architecture, to local cafes in hidden alleys, you will discover something new on every visit.

    The Food!

    Montreal bagels, smoked meat and their famous poutine! Understand for yourself what all the fuss is about. Everything else is just imitation.

    Biodome & Planetarium

    Both located in and around the 1976 Olympic Stadium, immerse yourself in these two institutions that are part of Montreal’s Space for Life. The Biodome actually allows you to walk through exquisite recreations of some of America’s most beautiful and diverse ecosystems. Then visit the brand-new Planetarium whose innovative technology has you experiencing the universe like never before.

    Saint-Laurent & Sainte-Catherine

    Each with its own personality, discover what makes these streets famous Montreal destinations. From one-of-a-kind shops and funky cafes with street-side terraces, to multi-level street art murals, there’s something for everyone!

    Mount Royal

    The heart and pride of Montreal, Mount Royal comes alive during the summer: the weekly “tam tams”, hiking and biking trails, street vendors, and food trucks. Choose to sunbathe, enjoy picnic lunch, or join a beach volleyball game.

    International Fireworks Competition

    The Montreal skyline is ablaze throughout the summer as teams from around the world contend for top prize in the largest pyrotechnics competition of its kind. The “pyromusical” shows are some of the city’s most attended events.

    McGill University Campus Tour

    Founded in 1821, McGill has developed an international reputation for excellence and is rated 21st in the QS World University Rankings in 2014. The public research institution offers degrees and diplomas in over 300 field of study.

    Other fun activities include ice skating, indoor rock climbing, and more!

    Mont-Tremblant Exciting Activity Highlights

    Luge Ride

    Regardless of your experience or thrill boundaries you are sure to love this gravity adventure ride imported straight from New Zealand! You will reach speed and thrills as you pass through the curves and enjoy the scenery of the Mont Tremblant Resort on your descent.

    Tremblant Village

    In the Laurentian Mountains, this modern mountain village is a mirror of its west coast affiliate, Whistler Blackcomb and offers shops, luxury accommodations, and amazing restaurants. No wonder it has been voted Best Ski Resort in eastern North America for 12 years from Ski magazine. Make sure to sample some delicious crepes or “beaver tails”.

    International Blues Festival

    Over 150 outstanding Jazz and Blues artists gather in Mont-Tremblant each summer for this exciting festival. Enjoy concerts at indoor and outdoor venues in this charming and picturesque village.

    Beach Club

    Chill on the sands of the Montreal Beach Club. Take a dip, work on your tan or grab a bite to eat – however you choose to spend your time you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

La Citadelle – McGill University Residence

Forget your idea of a typical dorm; this hotel-like residence will blow you away! Your summer residence is La Citadelle, the most modern residence at McGill University. And what a location! The McGill campus sits at the foot of Mount Royal, tucked in between downtown Montreal on one side and leafy-green woods and trails on the other. In the heart of downtown Montreal, you are steps away from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and surrounded by chic cafés, boutiques, and parks. Each room has individual twin beds, AC, private bathrooms and Wi-Fi. The residence provides 24-hour security, a laundry room and is a short walking distance to all the classes and campus athletic facilities.

*Note that while we stay at a McGill University residence and use McGill facilities including the athletics complex, this program is not affiliated with McGill University.

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Safety and supervision, our #1 priority – no ifs, ands, or buts about it!

At Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our front line leaders, it is our single biggest priority! Safety procedures, equipment – we’ve got it covered. All Trip Leaders and Directors are certified in First Aid and CPR. We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.

Arrive Montreal, Canada

As a participant on our Pre-College Enrichment: Montreal program, you may fly to Montreal and be greeted upon arrival and enjoy complimentary transfer (for flights in designated times) from the airport to our downtown residence or you have the option of ground transport from New York for an additional $95. For those requiring, we are happy to assist you with arranging flights to and from the program. If you prefer, you may be dropped off directly at our McGill residence and meet your staff there.

For the 14-day program return from Montreal for flights in designated times, we provide airport transfer and our leaders help you to check-in and remain in the airport until flights have departed. You may also arrange to be picked up at the McGill residence if you prefer.

Trustworthy Staff – Leaders Worth Following

Once you are on your program, you will have sensitive leaders that are caring, approachable and always there for you. Your Program Director and Program Leaders are people with incredible backgrounds including teachers, guitar players, IRONMAN triathletes, SCUBA divers, volunteers, and so much more.

Every staff member takes part in and must complete our extensive training weekends that review our philosophy and procedures to provide a well-supervised and fun-filled program.

Our Program Directors, the individuals responsible for overseeing each itinerary, take on the roles of teachers, coaches, camp counselors, mentors, concierges, and hosts. They’ve been trained to provide individual attention and create an all-inclusive family atmosphere (our EACH & EVERY philosophy). There’s a definite art to building dynamic groups, and we’ve worked hard to master it!  We want you smiling on day one right through to a teary goodbye at your farewell banquet.

Our leaders are non-smokers. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Summer Leaders section.

The Social Experience

Our Pre-College Enrichment Programs are designed to give you a taste of the excitement and independence you will experience in college. Just like in college, you will be part of a large group of students, live in a residence, be assigned a roommate, and have your choice of classes. And like in college, you will enjoy a warm, family environment within your residence where you enjoy many opportunities to socialize with other students within your residence and classes. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. We are extremely skilled at this. We take great care in crafting an environment that simulates and prepares you for life as a college student, both academically and socially.

Typical Weekday Schedule

8:00 AM – Wake up
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Breakfast
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Course
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Afternoon Course
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Students Choice (Sports, Fitness Center, City Exploring, Free Time)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Dinner
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Evening Activities (Group or Several Options)
11:15 PM – Curfew

Note the schedule above is “typical”, your personal schedule and lunch time may vary based on your course choices.

A Taste Of The College Life

Talk about an incredible summer. This program is the perfect balance of study, cultural immersion, college preparation and touring highlights. You will have the unique opportunity to study while living in the heart of Montreal. While staying in a college residence, working out at the gym, going to class, and utilizing public transportation, you will get a true taste of the college experience.

Today’s Travelers, Tomorrow’s Leaders

As you travel to new places and experience different cultures, your journey may challenge your ideas and preconceived notions. We recognize this and strive to provide an environment where you are free to question and learn. This is nurtured by our leaders’ open and non-judgmental guidance.

Our experience lends itself to trying new things and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. While living, working and learning together, you are afforded the chance to interact with very different communities. Everybody grows in their social acceptance of others. Your perception will change as your understanding of and empathy for others grows. Whereas prior to your travels, you may have held stereotypes for some communities, your new first-hand experience will enable you to see we often share more in common with others than we may have known.

Value & Over The Top Service

There really is a difference in how different summer programs operate! Motivated students going away with qualified leaders is a given. But what sets us apart is the depth of our qualified personnel that allow us to perform with the greatest consistency at the highest level.

Your Program Director and Program Leaders are with you throughout your program. They have daily contact with one of our two 24-hour Communication Centers and are in regular contact with our Company Directors. Our Company Directors are the most seasoned veterans who each oversee specific programs providing support to trip staff and to assist with any situations that may arise. Our Company Directors alternate between traveling to visit programs and being reached in the office. Program visits enable us to provide ongoing support and development to our Program Directors, allows trip staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching trip goals, helps us to identify any challenging areas for improvement while it still has relevance to your summer rather than as a mention on your end-of-summer survey, and helps us to identify the future Directors from the current crop of all-star summer staff.  These visits are by Company Directors along with our Regional Supervisors, who are former Program Directors with further experience out in the field. Collectively our planning and management team is an incredible resource with 390+ summers of combined teen travel experience. This way we can lend a hand wherever and whenever a little extra effort is called for. Last year we had 189 scheduled supervisory program visits to make sure all was running well, provide ongoing support to our staff in the field, and have fun! This investment in depth of personnel is unrivaled in teen travel and is a critical element to achieving consistent, excellent program quality and surpassing client expectations!

Included in the trip tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast & dinner daily, lunches as indicated on your specific program, gratuities, taxes, land transportation, accommodations, and fanatical customer service from our full-time team and summer Communication Centers. This can add up to tremendous value!

Food & Meals

A big part of your Pre-College Enrichment program’s success depends on how well you eat. We are proud of the fact that year after year we are complimented for our quality, quantity and choice of food! Enjoy a delicious breakfast with a healthy variety of hot and cold choices. For lunch, you enjoy the choice of eating in smaller groups and choosing from local cafes and small restaurants. For dinners, either the whole group goes to the same restaurant or we divide into smaller groups with staff to sample quainter places with a variety of cuisines. Food options are varied and plentiful. Montreal is known for its diverse and reputable food scene. Get ready to indulge from famous Montreal smoked meat and bagels to poutine and Beaver Tail pastries.

We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive personal experience in this area.

Getting Around

Students may use public transit on some days, in small groups with other students while in communication with our staff. In the evenings, students are with staff on any public transportation. We want to make sure we’re giving you guidance and support at all times.

On some excursions you’ll ride in a charted deluxe, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver.

Laundry

You only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in our packing list as we have the opportunity to do laundry at your convenience in our residence hall.

Keeping In Touch Over The Summer – 24/7 Peace Of Mind.

While you’re out having the summer of your life, your parents should feel like they are in on the action as well.  We post updates to our blog and Facebook page and e-mail photos approximately once a week so those at home can be in on the fun. Parents also have access to our dedicated office Trip Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any trip operator could possibly be via smartphones with e-mail and text. The goal is uncompromising safety and peace of mind, day after day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Participants may bring their personal cell phones.

We Deliver – 99% Approval Rating!

In last summer’s surveys, 99% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!