8 Reasons You Should Study in Montreal

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, which is the largest province in Canada. But why else should you study in Montreal, Canada?

1. World-class education
Montreal is home to a dozen universities, 60 colleges and more than 50 vocational training centers; it has courses at every skill level. There are more than 200,000 students in the city, including over 37,000 international students. Montreal was even named the Best Student City in the Americas by QS in 2019.

Montreal has lots of exceptional institutions for students, including:

If you are considering studying in Montreal, please note that these institutions will be available to speak with directly in Colombia this March. See below for more details!

2. Affordable
While Montreal is a large, modern city, it remains very affordable, especially when compared to other major cities in North America and Europe, where housing is twice as affordable as many big cities, like London or New York.

3. Cultural
While affordable, Montreal maintains all of the dynamic culture you would expect from a major metropolitan city, whether that is live music, art galleries, and major sporting events, as well as parks and natural beauty to be discovered. What’s more is that Montreal is home to around 120 festivals each year.

4. International
55% of the population of Montreal is bilingual, especially with regards to English and French, and 20% speak three or more languages. 23% of the city’s population is foreign-born and it has over 120 cultural communities, making it a very open, welcoming place, no matter where you are originally from.

5. Safe
The Economist ranked Montreal as the 14th safest city in the world, and 4th in North America. When studying abroad, safety should be one of the first things you consider, but you wouldn’t have to worry about that too much in Montreal.

6. Excellent location
Montreal has easy access to several major U.S. and Canadian cities such as Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., Toronto and Ottawa.

7. First-rate employment
Like much of Canada, Montreal has an exceptionally strong job market that continues to grow. International students with the right documentation can gain experience in cutting-edge industries including aerospace, visual effects, video games, big data, virtual reality, life sciences, health technologies, and fintech.

8. Freedom to stay
A post-graduation work permit is a popular choice for graduates wanting to stay on in Canada, earn some experience or even stay for good! To be eligible for the permit, you will need a degree, diploma or certificate from a designated educational institution after studying for at least eight months, as well as being a full-time student for the majority of that time. See here to check the eligibility criteria.

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I choose Montréal (Je choisis Montréal) is here to help you if you are curious about Montreal and what it is like to study in Canada. They are not an educational institution but a resource for letting you know about the student experience in Greater Montréal and subsequently supporting you if you decide to live and work in Montréal.


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