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YMCA International Language School


Fifty Years of Quality Language Training in Montréal

Since 1965, the YMCA International Language School has provided top-notch language education in English and French, among other languages. The school’s history and affiliation with the YMCA association guarantees quality; its accreditation by Languages Canada is further testament to its high standard of education.

Located in the bilingual city of Montréal, the YMCA International Language School provides the perfect setting for students to take in the vibrant and multicultural city life while sharpening their language skills.

Language Education for All Ages

The YMCA International Language School welcomes learners of all ages. Adult programs are offered year-round and foster learning in a fun and supportive setting. In the summer, young learners can attend a language day camp, which combines English or French language classes with sports and recreation. This is a perfect option for families, as parents can take adult language courses while their children are at camp.

Adults can choose from different course formats to boost their language skills. The semi-intensive course focuses on conversation and grammar. The intensive course allows students to build on the semi-intensive coursework with specialized courses in areas such as Conversation; Pronunciation; Reading & Writing; Business English; Business French; or test preparation for the IELTS, TOEFL, TCFQ, or TFI exams.

For university-bound students, the Pathway to College program eases the transition to a three-year institution. With the Gap Year program, students spend one semester building their language skills at the YMCA, followed by a semester at a college. Their partner institutions are LaSalle College in Montréal; Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario; and Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles in eastern Quebec.

Customized Group Learning

Groups from Latin America return year after year for unique group programs with accommodation, activities, and customized learning options. “We had a group of doctors who wanted to have specific courses regarding vocabulary of their work, so we created a program for them,” explained Coordinator of Foreign Student Services, Julie Boulanger. Other specialized programs offer a Teacher Refresher Course for ESL teachers from Latin America.  

Going Above and Beyond

The YMCA’s Foreign Service team maintains a close relationship with students and ensures a positive experience by helping them before their arrival in Montréal (from their registration to the organization of their stay) as well as providing support and assistance during their stay with issues such as medical insurance, accommodation, and culture shock.

Outside the classroom, the YMCA organizes weekly extracurricular activities and cultural weekend trips. Students also enjoy free access to the YMCA’s exclusive sports program and facilities. “We’re much more than a language school,” concluded Ms. Boulanger. “When international students come to study English at the YMCA, they are part of a small community.”

The YMCA team often attends student fairs in many Latin American countries. 

Student Testimonials:

“I have enjoyed both my teachers, especially Michelle C. who is an excellent teacher in every way. I have found everyone at the Y most generous and thoughtful, which usually means that someone in command knows what he is doing. By everyone, I mean you (foreign student counsellors), for starters, then all the teachers, then the students, the people who run the health club, Sophie down at the little café in the lobby. Thank you for your cordial response to my presence at the Y. I hadn’t realized that there was an afternoon Conversation class. I am glad I took it because it made all the difference in my usage of the grammar Michelle taught in the morning. Now I must find a way to continue practicing what I learned.”
Christine (USA), October 2015
“I want to thank everybody at the YMCA International Language School for giving special attention to my requests and for giving me the opportunity to improve my English and gain more confidence. I also want to spread the word that the YMCA has excellent English teachers.”
Maria Eugenia (Mexico), October 2015

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