International Programs Office

Intensive English Summer STEM Camp


COVID 19 UPDATE March 2021  – As John Abbott College resumes certain activities essential to the operation of the college, the worldwide pandemic remains unstable. This being said, we are currently in discussions with regards to resuming the Academic Immersion Program to International students, start date to be determined.  Please refer back to this page for continued updates. 

Intensive Summer English Immersion
3 Week Program
May – June

This program aims to improve your English-speaking skills by applying your English in-class theory to social activities and real life. This program is offered to students aged 15-17 who wish to enjoy a college campus environment while also feeling safe and supported while exploring Canada’s sights and culture over the course of four weeks. You must have completed at least 10 years of primary and secondary education and possess functional skills in both spoken and written English.

For more information, please contact our campus’ International Office or send an email to

Academics and learning activities

Academics and Learning Activities (Monday to Friday)

John Abbott College is committed to building students’ confidence in English and encouraging them to use their language skills for their intended purpose, communication!

Click here for a sample schedule

  • 45 hours of intensive English language courses
  • Daily STEM activities including robotics, coding and artificial intelligence
  • Classroom activities focus on communication skills (speaking & writing) and comprehension skills (reading & listening)
  • Students will engage in activities that allow them to use their English in everyday situations
  • Day Trip to Quebec City or Ottawa
  • Visits to Montreal cultural locations
  • Weekly learning activities in Montreal (Montreal Science Centre & Laval Cosmodôme)



Homestay is a unique opportunity to live with an English or French speaking family near the College. You will enjoy practicing English and French in the family home and learn firsthand what it means to live in Canada. A furnished bedroom and three meals a day (plus snacks) are provided to you as a part of the homestay program.

Host families are located an average 50-minute bus ride from John Abbott College via Montreal’s clean, comfortable, and efficient public transportation system.

Homestay Families

John Abbott College operates our own homestay program. Living with our multicultural families will give you the chance to experience a real Canadian lifestyle. Your hosts will treat you like a member of their own family. This will allow you to learn useful everyday vocabulary, observe Canadian customs and traditions through sharing family meals, and try new foods.
All homestay families are assessed by John Abbott College and are required to maintain a valid police check for each individual over the age of 18 in the home. Should you require additional support throughout your adjustment, a member of the College staff is available 24/7 to assist with personal matters.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

General information for international students:
  • The temperature in Montreal in the summer can climb up to +35°C without factoring in humidity; make sure to pack suitable clothing
  • Electric appliances in Canada run on 120 volts with a 60-cycle alternating current
  • Here are a list of restrictions at the border upon entering Canada
  • You have been automatically enrolled in John Abbott College’s health insurance policy for international students. Here is a link to the digital Group Insurance Policy to familiarize yourself.
After arrival:
  • Spend time with and get to know your homestay family; they have welcomed you into their home to will treat you as a member of their family
  • You will take part in an orientation session which will give you general and academic orientation, bring you on a tour of our campus and feed you lunch
  • Although you might find yourself feeling homesick, homestay families as well as the services and welcoming community at John Abbott College help students feel supported and as if they are at a home away from home.
  • Advocate for yourself. You will become increasingly comfortable communicating your questions or concerns.

Welcome to Canada

Canada is one of the safest and most prosperous countries in the world. Every year, people from around the globe choose to live, work and study in Canada. The welcoming nature of the Canadian people and their multicultural heritage makes experiencing the culture most enjoyable.

Founded in 1642, Montreal is one of North America’s oldest cities. Montreal is a cosmopolitan, urban centre with an ever-present creative and energetic flair. Often referred to as a festival city due to the numerous and varied festivals that take place in Montreal, students have the chance to experience the best of live music, art, sports, and many more all year long.

Charming Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, home to John Abbott College, is located between two beautiful lakes on the western tip of the island of Montreal. Famous for its’ quaint shops, farmers’ market, and charming restaurant-lined boardwalk, Ste-Anne’s, as it’s known by locals, is the perfect place for students to enjoy the fresh air and scenery for which Canada is famous.

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