Champlain College of Vermont opens a study-abroad campus on Sherbrooke street in Montréal



    
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    MONTREAL, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Champlain College of Vermont has
established a study-abroad campus at 525 Sherbrooke Street East in Montréal,
Québec, in the heart of the city. Starting this month, students from the
Vermont campus can choose to spend a full academic semester in Montréal taking
Champlain College of Vermont courses.
    Champlain's study-abroad site is believed to be the first American campus
in Montréal. Thirty Champlain students are enrolled in eight courses there
this fall; the courses are identical to those offered on campus in Burlington,
which is a 90-minute drive to the south. In the future, students from other
American colleges will be able to apply to study at the study-abroad site.
    The College has contracted with l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
to offer student housing in a UQAM residence hall on rue Saint Urbain. The
University offers Champlain students the opportunity to live with francophone
students from Québec and Canada, as well as a variety of other countries.
    Champlain College of Vermont has also hired several Canadians to teach
courses and coordinate academic and student activities in Montréal. The
College is celebrating its new academic center with a grand opening event on
September 28.
    "With our new campus in Montréal, Champlain students can make the most of
the many international business, multicultural and learning opportunities that
are available in Greater Montréal," said Champlain College President David F.
Finney. "The Montréal campus is another way for our students to
internationalize their educational experience." In addition to study-abroad
programs at partner colleges in Europe and a host of international internship
offerings, Champlain also operates a satellite campus in Mumbai, India.
    "Champlain College's decision to open a campus in Montréal specializing
primarily in multimedia, graphic design and video games fits perfectly with
our success@montréal economic development strategy," explained Alan DeSousa,
member of the Executive Committee of the City of Montréal, responsible for
sustainable development and economic development. "The decision is proof that
Montréal's talent and creativity are increasingly recognized and sought after.
It provides added leverage for boosting Montréal's ability to attract and
retain talent in this field, while at the same time training an increasing
number of specialists capable of meeting the growing manpower needs of world
leaders in the industry who are established in Montréal."
    Montréal International provided assistance to the College in all the key
stages of its set-up project. "Champlain College's establishment is a
testament to Greater Montréal's international reputation as a leading
education centre, and will contribute to its success in the knowledge
economy," stated Pierre Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Montréal
International. "Foreign students are a considerable resource for Montréal
and," he added, "they represent the vitality and development of our dynamic
metropolis. I am convinced that they will become excellent ambassadors for our
city."
    Champlain College of Vermont courses offered in Montréal include: Modern
Canadian Social History, Critical Thinking, Game Development Senior Team
Project, Game Engine I, 3-D Animation, Social Responsibility in Media
Communication, Conversational French, and a required Québec cultural immersion
course focusing on fine arts. Students pay the same tuition and residence hall
rates as they would in Vermont.
    The Montréal campus is open to students in all of Champlain's academic
programs. Students in the College's Electronic Game and Interactive
Development and Multimedia and Graphic Design programs may be particularly
attracted to the experience since Montréal is one of "gaming's global hot
spots," according to WIRED Magazine. Québec is home to more than 50 electronic
game-related companies and development studios, including Ubisoft, A2M and
Electronic Arts.
    Students in Champlain's Business programs will study in a province that
is among Vermont's most important trading partners. In 2005, Vermont exported
nearly $1.7 billion in goods and services to Québec, accounting for roughly 80
percent of all the state's exports to Canada-Vermont's largest trading
partner. In addition, Vermont was the eighth largest exporter of goods
worldwide into Québec in 2005.

    About Champlain College

    Founded in 1878 in Burlington, Vermont, Champlain College is a private,
baccalaureate institution that offers professionally focused programs balanced
by an interdisciplinary core curriculum. The College is a leader in educating
students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global
citizens. U.S.News America's Best Colleges ranks Champlain College in the top
tier of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the northeastern region of the
United States.
    www.champlain.edu

    About Montréal International

    Montréal International is the result of a private-public partnership
whose mission is to contribute to the economic development of Metropolitan
Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates include
attracting foreign investment, international organizations and strategic
workers, as well as supporting the development of competitive clusters in
high-technology sectors. Montréal International is financed by the private
sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the Ville de Montréal and
the Governments of Québec and Canada.
    www.montrealinternational.com




For further information:

For further information: Kris Surette, Champlain College of Vermont,
(802) 865-6432, surette@champlain.edu; Céline Clément, Montréal International,
(514) 987-9390, celine.clement@montrealinternational.com


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