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Classic City Homestay


Homestay for young learners in Montreal offers an effective language course in English, French, or both, combined with the experience of Canadian lifestyle and culture. This programme welcomes students from all over the globe to the world's largest bilingual, bi-cultural city: Montreal.

Classic City Homestay

What's Included

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)

  • Course materials

  • End of Course Certificate

  • Full board

  • Supervised activity programme (per week):
    - 5 half-day activities
    - 2 evening activities
    - 1 full day activity*
    *excluding departure week

  • Return airport transfers

  • Travel pass

  • Medical Insurance

  • Assistance & supervision from the EC Team

  • Max. 15 students per class

Dates available

  • 29 Jun - 10 Aug 2019


  • 13 - 17 years

Emergency Number

  • +1 514 947 1030

What to pack?

    Bathing suit and towelCamera
    Shorts and t-shirt/tank tops (it's hot in July and August)Sport shoes
    Jeans, sport pantsRain clothing
    Dress shoes (comfortable for dancing)Clothes for going out at night (not jeans)
    Sun tan lotionSchool bag
    Sweater/JacketCombination lock for the gym or beach
    Water bottlePrescription drugs
    Hat/CapToothbrush/Toothpaste and other toiletries
    Canadian currency (Banks are not open on the weekend)Dictionary, pens, pencils, erasers, notepad
    Pictures, coins, musical instruments or any other memorabilia to describe your country or show off your talent


Homestay provides students with the opportunity to use English or French in real life situations. Students get a first hand experience in the way Canadians live. Our largest concentration of English/French homestays are in LaSalle, Notre-Dame-de Grace, Rosemont and Ville St-Laurent. In Canada, it's normal that homestay providers go to work during the day. Classic Homestay students are responsible for getting to school and returning to their homestay by themselves, using the travel pass provided.

Travel time from airport

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport: Approx. 20 min

Arrival day


Departure day


Getting to school & activities

  • Journey to school/city centre - approx 40 min by public transport

  • The homestay provider is responsible for showing the student how to get to school on the first day.


Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee (see below).

Hosts serve three meals daily: breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner. They include the four basic food groups: protein (meat, fish, eggs), carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice), dairy products (milk, cheese, etc), fruit and vegetables.


Juice and/or milk, fruit, cereal and/or muffins, toast/bagels


Sandwich (e.g,sliced turkey, cheese, tomato and lettuce), fruit and vegetables (e.g,apple, orange, banana, carrot and celery sticks), juice box, snacks (e.g,pretzels, nuts, crackers)


(Sample Menu)
Pasta, salad, bread and cheese, dessert and/or fruit
Roast chicken and potatoes, cooked vegetables, dessert and/or fruit

Dietary Requirements

Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee.
  • Vegetarian – will be provided at no supplement
  • Halal - will be provided at no supplement
  • Lactose intolerant & Vegan - will be provided at a supplement of CAD $45 per week
  • Celiac & Gluten free -  will be provided at a supplement of CAD $45 per week
EC must be informed of specific dietary requirements at the time of the booking. While EC endeavours to accommodate special requests such as Dietary requirements, this will have to be confirmed at booking stage by the accommodation department.


Optional Student Insurance is now being offered in all destinations.

Students must have proof of adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programmes. This must be acquired prior to their arrival.

Students should always travel to Canada with a proof of insurance document. Insurance can be either private or booked through EC. Further information is provided on request.

EC must be advised upon booking of any medical conditions, allergies or medications that need to be administered to students.


Room Type

Single room


Shared bathroom

Board status
Full board (Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner)

Rooms include

  • Desk/table where students can do their homework (if not in the room, a place for studying will be provided in a common area)
  • Storage space


WiFi is available at the homestay.

What to expect from the accommodation

  • All students will have access to a phone and will be allowed to receive calls. If students would like to make international phone calls, they will be asked to purchase a calling card.


Linen and towels are provided by the homestay provider and are cleaned weekly.


Laundry facilities are available to the student at their homestay. Some families prefer to do the laundry for the student themselves.

Learning centre

Dawson College
4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Course Options:
- General English

20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes

- General French
20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes

- Bilingual Experience
Students on this programme may also choose from the following bilingual options: 
1. General English + French-speaking homestay
2. General French + English-speaking homestay
3. General English and General French courses (students take the first few weeks studying one language, and the following weeks studying another) + a bilingual homestay 
About courses:
  • Classes begin on the second day.
  • Lessons are engaging and designed especially for young learners. Teachers aim to satisfy any interest, with a focus on communication to boost students' confidence when using English/French in practical situations. Conversation classes help to ensure that students improve their language skills as much as possible.
  • The course will help improve English/French language skills by focusing on the key areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. A strong focus is placed on speech and using the language confidently and fluently.
  • Our dedicated and professional teaching staff will provide feedback and support, and help students build confidence to speak English or French.
  • Lessons are always held in the morning
  • Free Wi-Fi is available. Wireless internet is password protected.

Academic Rules

  • Attendance in class is required. If students are sick, they must notify the school immediately.
  • Punctuality is required.
  • All classes begin promptly at 9am.
  • English or French are the only languages spoken at school and in the classes.
  • Students must respect their fellow students' cultural and ethnic background. Intolerance, harassment or discrimination is not tolerated.
  • Food and drink is not permitted in the classroom or in the computer room.
  • Students will be required to pay for any damages.


First Day

On the first day, students go to EC Montreal Adult school (1610 St. Catherine Street West, Suite 401) at 08:15 for testing and the first day information session. After evaluation, registration and orientation, students will be taken on a tour of the Montreal campus. Students begin their activities on the first day. The next day, students go directly to the campus.

Students are to bring their passport and their airline ticket to school on the first day.

Maximum Class Size

15 students


All students must attend classes on a daily basis unless they are genuinely indisposed (due to illness, for example).

Educational materials

Educational materials are provided. Students should bring their own notepaper and pens.

View Full Programme & More

Please view the programme for each week here 

Sample Programme

  Morning Afternoon Evening
S Arrivals
S Arrivals Free Afternoon Get to Know your homestay hosts
M Placement Test & Orientation Montreal City Tour Free Evening*
T Themed Lessons Grevin Wax MuseumFree Evening*
W Themed Lessons Ice Skating Tour of Old Montreal
T Themed Lessons Science CentreFree Evening*
F Themed Lessons & Kickboxing Group Dinner
S Free Day
S Full Day excursion to Quebec City
M Themed Lessons Bubble Soccer Free Evening*
T Themed Lessons Pointe-a-CalliereComplement Cirque
W Themed Lessons  WorkoutAfrican Festival
T Themed Lessons  Laser Quest Free Evening*
F Themed Lessons & Jet-boating 
S Departures / Full Day Trip to Quebec City for Students Staying 3+ Weeks

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.

Linked course Indicates linked activity which allows students to practise what they learnt in class that day.
*Students may spend their free evening with their hosts.

  • Lessons take place in the morning
  • Please note: Students are directly supervised by EC staff at the residence, during activities and at school. At other times assistance is always readily available from staff on site and via the emergency number.
  • Any lessons / activities missed will not be made up.

Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • Standard curfew time is 22:00 on weeknights
  • Standard curfew time is 23:00 on weekends

Alcohol consumption

The legal drinking age in Quebec is 18 years. It is illegal for all students attending this course to consume alcohol, have someone buy alcohol on their behalf, or visit bars/clubs.


Using drugs, being under the influence of drugs or possessing drugs is illegal. Under no circumstances should students use, possess or be under the influence of drugs.


The legal age to buy tobacco is 18 years. It is illegal to buy tobacco or have someone buy tobacco on the student's behalf if they are under the legal smoking age.

Pocket money: Suggested spending money/Cost of living

EC does not provide a pocket money service. Parents should ensure their children have sufficient pocket money for the duration of their stay. EC Montreal recommends an average budget of CAD 100 per week. Should students require more pocket money during their stay, parents are asked to transfer funds through an international transfer service.

Customer Complaints

At EC, we endeavour to provide our students with the highest possible level of service. If, however, a student is unsatisfied with any aspect of their programme with EC, we ask that they inform us immediately. Most problems are small and can be quickly resolved by our staff members. During the first week of school, all students are given an initial Course Evaluation form, in which they are asked to evaluate various aspects of their stay. The form also allows students to bring to our attention anything that is not to their satisfaction should they feel unable to speak to us directly. Solutions to any issues will be provided and all necessary parties will be notified when applicable. Students are also requested to complete an online End of Course Evaluation form at the end of their stay so that they have the opportunity to provide EC with general feedback before returning to their home countries.

Accommodation Rules

  • The student must call their homestay by 4:30pm if they are going to be late for dinner, or if they are not going to join their homestay for dinner.
  • No overnight guests.
  • A phone card must be used for all long distance phone calls.
  • Students should lock the door when leaving the homestay.
  • Students must keep their room clean and tidy at all times.
  • Students must advise their homestay hosts of where they are going and at what time they will be home.
  • Homestay hosts set times for students to be home during the week and weekends. Students must obey and respect these times.


Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in immediate expulsion from the programme with no refund. Students' parents will be notified immediately and the student will be sent home at their own expense. Depending on the severity of the situation, breaking any of the above rules may result in a monetary fine, arrest, jail sentence or deportation by the Canadian police.

Course Certificate
Students must attend all lessons and organised activities in order to receive their End of Course Certificate.

False ID
Being in possession of false identification is an act of fraud and is illegal in Canada.

Parent's Permission
Parents/guardians must sign the Young Student Waiver giving emergency details, and their consent and permission for their child to receive medical treatment and attend activities.

Extra Nights
Extra nights may be available at an additional fee; all requests are subject to availability.

Visa Requirements
Students are asked to check with the Canadian embassy whether they require a visa to enter Canada before they submit their application. Further details will be provided on request.

  • At the time of booking, students should specify their language option: English, French, or a combination of both.

EC may, from time to time, make an exception and allow students outside the stated age range to participate in one or more of the Young Learner programmes. For more information, please speak with your EC contact.

Activity Rules

  • Attendance to all pre-paid and afternoon activities is mandatory. Punctuality for all activities is also mandatory. If you are late for an activity that is time dependent, the activity will continue as scheduled. No refund will be issued for missed activities. English and French are the only languages spoken on all activities. Students are to respect their activity leaders, fellow students and their surroundings. Students will be taken outside the Learning Centre for their activity, therefore, it is essential that the students stay with the group at all times and follow all activity instructions carefully. Supervision is provided during all activities.