HEC Montréal Business Language Training Center

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HEC Montréal

Founded in 1907, the École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal, better known today as HEC Montréal, was the first business school established in Canada. HEC Montréal was also the first university business school in North America to be awarded the three most prestigious accreditations in its field: AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA.

Bolstered by this threefold international recognition, the quality of its study programs and its accomplished Faculty, today HEC Montréal ranks amongst the top university business schools worldwide.

HEC Montréal – Facts and Figures*:

  • More than 13,000 students at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels
  • Students hailing from 147 countries worldwide
  • 118 partnerships with universities and major business schools in 38 countries
  • 8 Campus Abroad programs
  • More than 50 research chairs and centres
  • 260 full-time faculty and over 500 part-time faculty members
  • 531 staff members
  • 78 000 graduates since 1907

*As of March 2015

Business Language Training Center

Since its inception in 1990, the Business Language Training Center of HEC Montréal has set out to:

  • evaluate the level of competencies in languages of HEC Montréal’s student body
  • offer credited language courses in keeping with current business practices. Language classes offered (from Beginner to Advanced levels) : French, English, and Spanish; including an introductory course in Business Chinese and Chinese business culture
  • create and disseminate pedagogical material, such as Soigner la présentation d’un travail universitaire, and Présentation des références, des citations et des notices bibliographiques. These teaching and learning tools are continually being developed by our Centre d’aide en français – Rédaction universitaire

Managers and entrepreneurs today have to be, first and foremost, good communicators, knowing how to make themselves effectively understood and to successfully argue and defend their point of view. These are the abilities and skills that the Business Language Training Center at HEC Montréal aims to help the students hone through a wide array of rigorous language courses that all draw from the realities of today’s job market.


Founded in 1642 by the French, today Montreal is considered to be the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. The largest city in Quebec, Montreal is the cultural and business centre of the Province. HEC Montréal campus is situated on the northern slope of the magnificent Mount Royal Park, only a few short minutes away by Métro (subway) from downtown Montreal.

According to the Bristish firm QS, out of the 54 best university cities around the world, in 2012 Montréal ranked 1st in Canada, 2nd in North America as well as 10th the world over.
Source : Best Student Cities in the World 2012 Ranking

Spend a few weeks in the summer studying at HEC Montréal and:

  • discover a city that is “young, vibrant, cosmopolitan, enterprising and tolerant“*
  • experience a city steeped in culture that combines European charm and North American dynamism
  • take part in numerous cultural activities and world renowned festivals
  • share in a rich linguistic and cultural experience with people from around the world

*Magazine Le Nouvel Observateur (France)

This school offers programs in:
  • French

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Summer courses

Summer Course - Business French summer program

Campus or Online Full time 4 weeks July 2017 Canada Montreal

You want to learn or improve your French? This 4-week intensive program is made just for you: Language course focusing on professional French; company visits; rich and varied sociocultural activities. This summer, come and experience what life in Montreal has to offer… [+]

You want to learn or improve your French? This 4-week intensive program is made just for you: Language course focusing on professional French company visits rich and varied sociocultural activities. This summer, come and experience what life in Montreal has to offer… Communicate Participate in a total immersion experience to acquire or refine your writing and speaking skills in Business French, thereby increasing your opportunities in the international job market. Explore Immerse yourself in a program that revolves around the discovery of Montreal, the largest French-speaking city in North America, through a wide variety of cultural activities as well as numerous meetings with key economic players in Montreal and internationally: Hydro-Québec, Cirque Éloize, Radio-Canada, Moment Factory, La TOHU… Share Be part of a Summer School geared towards a wide international student body*, attending a program that promotes intercultural relationships and understanding that will all add up to a memorable experience. *Students, executives, professionnals… Why Study French ? French, a language spoken around the world. French is spoken by more than 200 million people on the 5 continents. Forbes Magazine recently referred to a study conducted by the investment bank Natixis that suggests that by 2050, due to the fastest-growing economies of French-speaking Africa, French could be the most-spoken language in the world, ahead of English and even Mandarin. French brings an added value to your professional career. Mastering French can represent a major asset and will multiply your chances in today’s job market within your country of origin or internationally. French, the other language of international relations. Numerous international organizations use French as their official language: United Nations, European Union, UNESCO, NATO, among others. French, a language for thought and debate. French is a language that enables one to better structure one’s thoughts and put ideas into perspective, two qualities essential in the workplace. Overview of the Business French Summer School This Summer School is designed to address a wide audience (students, executives, professionals, etc.) and does not require any prior specific knowledge in business. HEC Montréal is the only graduate school of management in North America to offer a Business French Summer School. Geared towards not only students but also professionals, this unique immersion program comprises the following aspects: Placement tests, oral and written, administered on Day 1 of the program Levels offered : from total Beginner (Level 1) to Intermediate/Advanced (Level 4) Class size : between 10 to 16 participants on average – Minimum age required : 18* *Except for students admitted in a graduating program of study at HEC Montréal Business French courses in the morning, focusing on the 4 language skills : writing, reading, listening and speaking Credited course* (3 credits). Course Certificate awarded upon successful completion of the program *For all the other participants, the transfer of credits will be subject to approbation of their university of origin if they still hold a student status. Interactive oral communication workshops in the afternoon, focusing on competencies and themes in connection with the business world Seminars and conferences in Marketing and Management on the theme of creativity: Establishing and managing small and medium-sized companies – Urban Marketing – Managing cultural organizations* *These seminars and conferences will be conducted in French and will be open to students in Levels 2 to 4. Participants who were placed at the Beginner level (Level 1) on Day 1 of the program will take part in extra communication workshops instead. Company visits: Prominent Montreal small and medium-sized companies – Socially-responsible companies – Hydro-Québec – Radio-Canada Broadcasting Corporation – Cirque Éloize – Moment Factory multimedia studio – La TOHU Socio-cultural and sports activities in the afternoon, conducted in French by our dynamic team of French-speaking guides Numerous optional activities, all accompanied in the evening by our team of French-speaking guides *Activities subject to change Schedule Breakdown TRAINING AND ACTIVITIES NUMBER OF HOURS Induction Day – Day 1 – Written and oral placement tests 4 Business French course in the morning (Levels 1 to 4, depending on registration) 39 Exams preparation workshops. 6 Interactive oral communication workshops in the afternoon (Levels 1 to 4, depending on registration) 6 Seminars and conferences in Marketing and Management 6 Company visits 20 Guided tour of Old Montreal – Day 1 2,30 Urban field trip to discover neighbourhoods in Montreal 4 Presentation of the photography contest « Montréal, ma réalité » and exhibition 9,30 Charity project with “Love Montréal” organization. This project will be carried out in French. 10 Information session about study programs offered at HEC Montréal 1 Afternoon outing to Parc Exalto, urban acrobatic park 4 Guided visit of Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and art workshop. 2 Closing Ceremony and presentation of Course Certificates 1 Optional activities in the evening, all accompanied and conducted in French ±20 Total Number of Hours 135 [-]


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Business Language Training Center
HEC Montréal
3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine

Montreal, Quebec, H3T 2A7 CA
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