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  • Locations: Montreal, Canada
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 05/10/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/28/2017 06/03/2017

** 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
Housing Options: Dormitory Language of Instruction: English
Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:

Discovering Montreal



Faculty Director:
Professor 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.     

To download a complete description of the program please click:  Montreal Honors Program 2017 2.pdf

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Course Offerings


ILAS 290 - Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies                3 semester hours
Description:  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
Description:  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 a single room in residence halls at the Université de Montréal. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily throughout the period of residency (May 28 – June 3) along with a welcome dinner on May 28 and a farewell dinner on June 3.  Other dinners are not included in the program cost. 

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Application Information

APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT:  Click here 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, Non-NIU 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 website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or

$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.

IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be changed to inactive.
    A minimum of ten students is required in order to operate the program.  Upon acceptance into the program, applicants must change their status to “Committed” and complete all post-decisions items on the Study Abroad Portal in order to be considered an active participant in the program.


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The program is open to undergraduates from any college are members of the University Honors Program. Eligible students must be in good standing with 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 course requirements.  
Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Office of Student Conduct, 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

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
  3. 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. International Student I.D. Card (ISIC)
  7. NIU undergraduate credit
  8. NIU Student Medical Insurance
PROGRAM  COST:  $2,320*
*This amount represents the total in charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program.  Please note that the following charges will post individually on your MyNIU account:
•    Study Abroad Program Charge
•    Study Abroad Administrative Fee
•    NIU Student Medical Insurance
•    NIU Academic Program Enhancement Fee

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.

•    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

FINANCIAL AID: As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, applicants 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.
 Please contact Tim Condon, the International Affairs Business Manager, at (815) 753-0700 or for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after March 10, 2017 will not be refunded the $100 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 $100 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after March 10, 2016 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; and
  3. The program still has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
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.

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Passport/Visa Information

--IMPORTANT--All participants are required to possess a valid passport by April 1, 2017. 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 application to the program. Expedited services can be requested 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:  Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.
VISA: A visa is not required for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada.  Non-U.S. passport holders may need a visa for entry to Canada and are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas as well as consulting with the NIU International Student and Faculty Office regarding re-entry to the U.S.

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Contact Information

Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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