photo ? Canadian Tourism Commission, Pierre St-Jacques
Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. It's the ideal place to learn or perfect your French.
Concordia is an English-language university, so English-speakers will feel right at home on campus! And many Montrealers are bilingual (or trilingual).
If English is not your first language, you'll be in good company: about half of Concordians are studying in a language other than their mother tongue.
The city is alive all year and we love to enjoy our beautiful surroundings in all seasons.
FALL — average daily temperature 13°C
walking on the Mountain
WINTER — average daily temperature -4°C
dancing outdoors at Igloofest
SPRING — average daily temperature 10°C
running along the Lachine Canal
SUMMER — average daily temperature 25°C
paddle boarding on the St-Lawrence River
Getting around is easy and inexpensive. Montrealers benefit from an extensive public transit system, including the metro (our subway). A free shuttle bus connects Concordia's two campuses.
Montreal is officially the most bicycle-friendly in North America, with 700 kilometres of bike paths. The public bike sharing system Bixi was born here.
And the city itself is very walkable.
A vibrant cultural scene
The city attracts some of the best acts on the planet to festivals like Osheaga, Just for Laughs, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Nuits d'Afrique (the list goes on). And with its creative energy and low cost of living, Montreal has become a destination for emerging artists from across Canada.
People from around the world call Montreal home, and that diversity of influences makes for an incredibly rich cultural scene, from food and dining to music, cinema and literature. It's a place that will open your eyes — and your mind.
photo ? Frédérique Ménard-Aubin
photo ? Bernard Fougères and Jean-Fran?ois Lejeune
Design and the creative economy
More people in Montreal work in creative jobs than anywhere else in the world after London. UNESCO named us a City of Design and the arts, design and architecture are front and centre in daily life.
Based in Montreal: Cirque du Soleil, les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (right next to the university) and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal put on world-class exhibitions. Concordia also offers artists unparalleled opportunities to reach the public, with the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, FOFA Gallery and VAV Gallery.
Innovation and industry
Art in a cultural nexus. Engineering in an aerospace capital. Tech in a gaming centre. The city is a hub of education and research, and home to four major universities.
Concordia's centres of expertise mirror those of Montreal itself, in preventive health and well-being, aerospace, biotechnology, and smart buildings and cities. Our students benefit from exposure to an extended network of startups, corporations, non-governmental organizations and think tanks.
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