What to expect

Your daily routine

A typical day consists of a few hours in the classroom, laboratory or exclusive locations within the university, interspersed with fascinating cultural activities. The curriculum includes:

  • stimulating themed workshops to help you discover our rich and wide-ranging fields of study
  • innovative language courses in English, Spanish, French (for non-francophones) and even in Mandarin

Themed workshops

Throughout the Summer Immersion Program, you will have the opportunity to fine-tune certain subjects that are already important to you, but also to discover new areas of study through thematic workshops. During the two weeks on the university campus, you will attend 10 of the workshops listed below. While the Leadership Workshop will be mandatory for all, you will be asked to select your favourites among the other choices. The academic world is calling… it’s time to go for it!

Architecture

Practice space design by learning 3D modeling on Sketchup software. And discover the tools and techniques essential to the development of a 3D model.

Artificial Intelligence (machine learning)

Take your first steps into the exciting world of artificial intelligence. Discover some key applications such as image and speech recognition, image generation and meta-learning. Interact with an artificial neural system and witness live demonstrations.

Astrophysics

Explore the universe of exoplanets – the planets orbiting a star (other than the sun) that predict the presence of extraterrestrial life. In this interactive workshop, you will discover the different kinds of galaxies that populate our universe and take part in a citizen science project.

Creative writing

Refine your editorial style through team or individual creative exercises. Analyze short excerpts from novels, plays and news to develop and reproduce new writing mechanisms. You will also discover contemporary Quebec authors who are currently enjoying a surge in popularity.

Chemistry

Here’s your chance to experiment with mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry. Working in Dr. Pierre Chaurand’s laboratory, you will develop your knowledge of analytical chemistry, participate in an experiment on the different proteins in your saliva and compare results with other participants.

Computer science: Introduction to programming

Get a broad overview of the disciplines and challenges of computer science before you learn about computer programming and its basic tools. Practice the Python language through hands-on work at the beginner to intermediate level.

Criminal law

Familiarize yourself with legal studies at the University of Montreal, including law as an academic discipline, as well as the Canadian criminal justice system. This is a preliminary introduction to the science of law followed by an interactive, team-based advocacy exercise on a given factual situation.

Criminology

Explore the many facets of criminology through the study of serial killers such as Ted Bundy, Francis Heaulme and Stewart Wilken. Through discussions and group sessions, you will be tasked with analyzing their psychological profile, and biological and social background, in an effort to learn more about the pathologies of these infamous killers.

Digital communications

Discover the challenges and myriad of career possibilities available in digital communications. This workshop will present ideas and tips on communication strategies, community management and writing for the Web.

DNA and molecular biology

Experiment with the extraction of DNA from a banana, then study the agarose gel electrophoresis of this molecule and observe impressive phenomena using fluorescence microscopy.

Film

Give free rein to your creative side by collaborating in the adaptation of a short film. In this workshop, you’ll learn more about the various professions involved in producing a film.

Game development

Consider the design of a board game, from the narrative scenario to the gameplay and its mechanics. These are the kinds of insights you will explore in this workshop as you analyze the basic principles of the game and the mechanics frequently used in their creation.

Health

Visit the Faculty of Nursing’s Simulation Centre featuring the robotic mannequins and virtual reality applications used to train nurses and get a glimpse into the reality of today’s healthcare professionals.

Immunology

Dive into the heart of scientific research with the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC). In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to visit laboratories and technology platforms to learn more about cancer research. You will also participate in several hands-on workshops including DNA extraction and observe model organisms such as the worm or fruit fly.

Industrial Design

Find inspiration in Montreal’s impressive history of design. Starting with a theme picked by your team, you will progress through the different stages of creating a layout. Then, you’ll sketch out your project and test your dexterity to bring your ideas to a real model.

Journalism

Experience real journalism - far from the fake news that permeates today’s world. In this workshop, you will gain insights on the basics of the trade, learning how to produce quality information, regardless of the field. On the agenda: discussions, exercises and practical work that will teach you how to write an article based on a press release or field interview. 

International studies

Delve into the field of international studies through four main axes: politics, economics, history and law. You will also be given the opportunity to participate in a United Nations diplomatic simulation where each of the participants will represent a country.

Law

Discover law and its relation to new technologies as you learn about the daily lives of the practitioners of this field through diverse, interactive workshops: artificial intelligence, electronic evidence and stories about the shining stars of the world wide web. If you believe law is not relevant, you better fasten your seatbelt!

Leadership

This workshop will help you prepare for academic success through teamwork: knowing yourself and others, as well as developing a critical eye.

Neurosciences

Discover how humans collect and process stimuli from their environment using their senses and how they transform that into information which can be interpreted by their brain. Familiarize yourself with investigative techniques such as electroencephalogram used to assess the brain’s activity level and reflex evaluation.

Public speaking

Learn to organize your ideas in order to deliver a short and lively message while managing your stage fright and finding your voice as a speaker.  The UdeM debate team will help you understand the aspects of effective communication, develop smart preparation skills and, ultimately, speak with confidence.

Political science

Become more aware of the reality that refugees and asylum seekers face when leaving their countries of origin in the hopes of a better future. Explore the different roles associated with the immigration process and learn more about the Asian systems around the world.

Responsible artificial intelligence (ethical)

Anticipate the ethical issues that could arise in the coming years with the massive introduction of artificial intelligence in several sectors of society such as health, the justice system and education.

Social work

Discover the connection between regaining control over one’s life or the empowerment of abused women and social intervention strategies. And explore Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition (2007) which was made popular by a master’s student who made it her research topic.

Video creation

Develop video, audio and animation skills for broadcast on various digital media: internet, mobile phones and social networks. Includes introduction to Adobe’s Premiere Pro and After Effects software.

Video games

Immerse yourself in the world of retro video games from the 90’s – a time marked by the console war between SEGA and Nintendo. Learn about the great ideas and theories of video games during this era, test some of the highlights from that time period and see how they’ve influenced today’s games.


Language courses

Take advantage of your Canadian cousins' language skills to learn how to speak French just like them. You’re guaranteed to leave Quebec more "fluent" than you were when you arrived. For those who know Molière better than Shakespeare, English, Spanish and even Mandarin courses will also be on the program. 

Prior to their arrival, participants will take an online placement test in order to be assigned to groups matching their level of language proficiency. To stimulate their interest in the classroom, teachers will use a conversational, cultural framework, in which students will participate in simulations of everyday occurrences, have conversations on current events, or talk about the emerging Canadian music scene, among other things.