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[Study Abroad | Student Stories] Great Time with Wonderful People and Nature
Mar 14, 2017
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[Study Abroad | Student Stories] Great Time with Wonderful People and Nature
 
I went to HEC Montreal, which is located in Montreal, Canada, in Spring 2016 Semester. There were a lot of exchange students, and I was really thankful to local students and professors for their consideration and respect.  
 
 
At HEC Montreal, students must take at least 4 courses each semester. Also, they are allowed to register for a maximum of 5 courses. Since the official language of Montreal is French, most courses are taught in French. Some courses are conducted in English and Spanish. Exchange students can register for one additional language course each semester.

Each class meets for three hours, once a week for 12 weeks. So, students must study on their own if they want to keep up with classes. For each course, I spent 3 hours on preparing for upcoming classes and 9 hours on reviewing the previous study materials every week. Here are the courses I took at HEC Montreal:

International Management
The professor passes out case analysis of global companies each week. International students team up to share other countries’ information and prepare for presentations.

Ethic and Regulation in the Investment Industry

This is a Finance course which allows students to come up with the best outcomes considering real issues in Quebec, Canada. Students have the opportunity to learn about the actual laws in Quebec and figure out which regulations can solve financial issues.
 
International Economic Environment
In this course, students can analyze global economic development and environment using a financial report. They can also analyze how each continent adapts to an international environment.
 
The Welcome Week is a program designed for exchange students at HEC Montreal. There are events where students can taste traditional food in Quebec and experience winter sports, such as snow tubing and skating. The price for the program is about 250 CAD.
 
In addition, there is an on-campus club called “HEChange” which assists exchange students. When students have problems on their study or school life, they can easily ask for a help. Montreal is located in the southeast side of Canada and is close to Toronto and New York. So, students can travel to eastern Canada and United States conveniently. Also, Canada is one of the easiest countries to travel to Cuba. Although I was not able to visit Cuba because I had a temporary residence visa, most of my friends went to Cuba.
 
The things that I remember the most are the fresh air, blue sky, and wonderful locals. The five months I spent at HEC Montreal was a short period of time, but it has become the most precious time of my life.

Tong Yan Yan (Business, ‘13)