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Discovering Montreal, Canada
Montreal, Canada
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 06/01/2014** Rolling Admission 05/25/2014 05/31/2014

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Interdisciplinary Courses Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

Discovering Montreal

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Faculty Director:
Dr. Anne L. Birberick & Dr. Melissa Adams-Campbell
 

Program Overview

The primary purpose of this program is to introduce students to the richness of Canadian culture as it is manifested in the beautiful, international city of Montreal. This major metropolitan center enjoys a distinctly French Canadian identity, strong Canadian English influences, and a truly global character as represented by its considerable ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity.

Knowledge of French is not necessary to participate in this program. Classes, lectures, and field trips will be conducted in English. The city of Montreal is bilingual (English and French), so participants will most likely hear French spoken.

This short-term study abroad experience will introduce participants to five areas of Montreal life as a city: (1) art and architecture, (2) government and politics (with attention to history and culture), (3) healthcare, (4) business community, and (5) sport. The program is intended to be both fun and educational with one of the goals being to excite University Honors students early on about the value of study abroad.     

For the complete PDF of the program please click Montreal Honors Program

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Course Offerings

UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT:

ILAS 290 - Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies 3 semester hours

Use of concepts, methods, and objectives of two or more disciplines to explore selected problems and issues. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours when topic varies.

Prerequisite: None

ILAS 399 - Topics in Liberal Arts and Sciences  3 semester hours

Varied honors topics in the Liberal Arts and Sciences that are interdisciplinary in nature or can be fruitfully approached from multiple disciplinary perspectives. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours as the topic varies.

Prerequisite: None 

By completing the selected course – ILAS 290 or ILAS 399 – University Honors students can satisfy the Honors Seminar requirement for Upper Division Honors. 


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Student Life

Participants will reside in twin bedded (double) rooms in residence halls at the Université de Montréal. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily throughout the period of residency (May 26 -  May 31) along with a welcome dinner on May 25 and a farewell dinner on May 31.  Dinners are not included in the program cost.


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Application Information


APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT:  Click Discovering Montreal or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at https://niu.studioabroad.com and search for “Canada” or “Discovering Montreal, Canada” to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program. Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the https://niu.studioabroad.com website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815)753-0700 or niuabroad@niu.edu.

$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the   withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline.    The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  March 28, 2014

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Eligibility

The program is open to undergraduates from any college and major who currently hold freshmen, sophomore or junior status at NIU and are members of the University Honors Program. Eligible students must be in good standing within the University Honors Program.
   
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.  
   
Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
   
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.  


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Program Fees

NIU  PROGRAM  COST:   The program cost pays for the following cost related services:
   
    1)    Single bed accommodations in university residence hall and two meals daily (breakfast and lunch) while the group is in Canada
    2)    Welcome and farewell dinners
    2)    Program-related land transportation in Canada
    4)    Lectures by Université de Montréal faculty experts
    5)    Admission fees to cultural and historical sites visited as part of the daily schedule
    6)    NIU undergraduate credit
    8)    NIU major medical insurance
   
    PROGRAM  COST:  $1,900

All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.

Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.

ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS:  
•    Airfare
•    Most dinners
•    Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $130, including two passport pictures).
•    Passport size photos.
•    Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa for non-U.S. passport holders.
•    $40 Undergraduate application fee for non-NIU undergraduate students.
•    Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
•    Expenses for free-time pursuits and purchases of a personal nature.

Students will not be expected to purchase books for this study abroad course experience.


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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Pamela Rosenberg, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, prosenberg@niu.edu for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after March 28, 2014 will not be refunded the $200 program deposit. 

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after March 28, 2014 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1)    The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2)    NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.  
   
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Canada, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Canada, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.
       
   
    NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ALTER
    OR CANCEL THIS PROGRAM AS MAY BE DEEMED NECESSARY!
   


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Passport/Visa Information

IMPORTANT--All participants are required to possess a valid passport by April 15, 2014. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas. Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the program. After April 15, 2014 applicants may need to request expedited services or apply in person at the Chicago Passport Agency. If applicants are not within the Chicago area, they must apply at the nearest passport agency.) Information on acquiring a U.S. passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s website: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.

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Contact Information

 

QUESTIONS?
Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niu.edu

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