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YMCA Montreal

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Quick facts:

  • Ideal location in Montreal
  • Possibility to combine 6 months of English classes with 6 months of university modules
  • Attractive prices in a nonprofit, public school.

The YMCA International Language School is located in downtown Montréal and welcomes over 4800 students each year. The school offers language summer camps for teenagers (9-17 years old) and for adults, in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Arab, and Mandarin.

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International Language School of the YMCA. Montreal-Canada.
École internationale de langues du YMCA. Montréal-Canada.

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Learning English in Montreal

For 50 years, the YMCA International Language School has been offering English learning programs through intensive pathways (25h/week), semi-intensive pathways (15h/week) or evening classes.

The diverse range of programs caters to all needs and objectives: from young adults on a working holiday visa and prospective university students to international professionals seeking to improve their language skills.

Examples of courses:

+For daily life: conversation classes, pronunciation, reading and writing, creative speak, and more.

+To prepare for university entry: TOEFL and IELTS training

+For the work place: TOEIC, Business English and English at Work (how to succeed in a job interview, prepare a CV and a cover letter)


Gap Year: English classes and academic modules

The Gap Year program combines a semester of Intensive English language classes at YMCA International Language School with academic modules in a Canadian University. Students can choose between two institutions: LaSalle College in Montreal, Québec ; or Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario.

LaSalle College is one of the largest bilingual colleges in North America. It offers over 60 programs including arts, fashion, and professional makeup. It also has a partnership with the famous Cirque du Soleil.

Loyalist College is a community college where all teachings are delivered in English. It offers various programs including business, marketing, and media.

This program is ideal for those seeking to improve their English while living a university experience in Canada. It is also a great way to explore subjects and interests before moving on to further studies.

University Pathway

This program is designed for students who wish to join a Canadian University but who do not meet the English language entry requirements. YMCA International Language School helps them to reach a satisfactory level and provides a smooth transition to university. Students not only attend English language classes but also benefit from academic preparation classes which include: note taking, essay writing techniques, exam preparation, and analytical thinking.

Attractive Prices

YMCA International Language School offers very attractive prices: from $187 CAD per week for semi-intensive courses and about $280 CAD for intensive programs.

Students benefit from a free Wi-Fi connection throughout the building and have free access to the Fitness and Sports Center at YMCA.

For more information on this school, the application process and the programs, contact a Study Experience advisor.

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