EC Partners

EC Montreal Pre-Arrival to First Day


EC Montreal
1610 Saint Catherine Street, Suite 401,
Montreal, Quebec H3H2S2,


+1 514 939 9911 (Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 5:00pm)

Emergency Number

+1 514 947 1030
 If the line is busy, please try again.

Opening Hours
Monday 08:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00
Thursday 08:30 - 16:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


Canada Entry Requirements
Please read the latest entry requirements here:

Online Placement test
It is very important that you take the EC Placement test before you arrive, ideally 2 weeks prior to your start date.
If you are in the English programme , you must activate your MyEC account and take your placement test. You can use the following link to sign in:
and you will need your student reference number (which can be found on your booking confirmation document) and date of birth to setup your account.

If you are in the French programme, you must take the online placement test here:
MS Teams Please make sure you can access your Microsoft Teams account.  You need your EC Username and Password to access your account. If you do not have the EC credentials, contact your agent or
EC Montreal directly.

EC Montreal welcome letter


What is MyEC? 
MyEC is a personalized study tool and powerful learning companion throughout your EC journey. It also offers information about your EC centre, accommodation and information about living in your chosen destination. MyEC is available to English programme students only.

Your Online Placement Test

    • To help us place you in the right level when you start studying with us, you must complete your Online Placement test before you arrive at school. 
    • If you do not complete this test before your first day, you may miss some of the first day activities and/or class time as this test must be completed before you start class. 
    • The Online Placement Test focuses on Reading, Writing and Use of English (Grammar and Vocabulary) and consists of 66 questions. 
    • Your speaking level will be assessed on your first day in school 
    • For the instructions on how to complete your Online Placement Test, please go to

When can I access MyEC? 
You will have access to MyEC as soon as you receive your booking confirmation. Start by logging in here:

What else must I do on MyEC before my arrival? 
  • Complete your Important Personal Details Form
  • Download Microsoft Teams
  • Complete your Needs Analysis Form
  • Complete your placement test  
  • Fill in the pre-arrival survey
  • Access a bank of study materials to start learning before you even leave home

MS Teams
Please make sure you can access your Microsoft Teams account. Your speaking test will be done via Teams. You need your EC Username and Password to access your accout. If you do not have the EC credentials, contact your agent or EC Montreal directly. 


Arrival at Airport

All students under 18 years old must book return airport transfers if arriving and departing between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am 
I want an EC airport transfer, can I arrive at any time? 
If you have booked accommodation with EC you must arrive at the airport between 8 am and 8 pm. Late/early arrivals may be confirmed upon request only.

What information do I need to give to book an airport transfer? 
Please provide your flight number, arrival time, terminal and airport of origin – minimum 2 weeks in advance 

Who will I meet at the airport? 
You will meet an EC transportation representative holding an EC Montreal welcome sign after you exit through the glass doors after customs/ immigration.


What should I do if I cannot find the EC representative?
If you cannot see the EC representative, just call +1 514 947 1030 (from the information desk or a mobile phone). A useful phrase to use: Hi, My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456). I cannot find my EC representative. I am at the information desk.

What should I do if I have missed my flight or my flight is delayed?
You should notify EC by calling +1 514 947 1030 (from the information desk or a mobile phone) to rearrange your transfer time and avoid additional costs. A useful phrase to use: My name is (Maria Angeli). I am from (Italy). My student number is (123456) and my flight has been changed. My new flight number is (1234) arriving at (time). 

What should I do if I haven’t booked an EC transfer?
STM (Société de transport de Montréal) has the 747 Bus line service that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the Montréal-Trudeau airport and the Gare d’autocars de Montréal terminal (Berri-UQAM subway station). The fare is $10 and Wi-Fi service is available on most 747 buses. For more information, click at  . You can also take a taxi to your accommodation.

Arrival at EC Accommodation

What should I expect at my EC accommodation? 
We offer homestay accommodation.

First Sunday Activities

What should I do on the Sunday before school starts?

You will have the option of participating in activities arranged by EC. This is an opportunity to meet other new EC students, relax and be introduced to your new city together. With an EC staff member on hand, you can also ask any questions you may have. We will notify you of the Sunday activity schedule around 2 weeks before you start school.

Your First Day at School

How can I find my way to school?
You can find this information on your EC Accommodation Profile, or feel free to ask your host family or residence. 

What if I haven’t booked EC accommodation? 
You can take the bus and/or subway (called Métro) to Guy Concordia Station on Green line. The school is located 1 minute away.

What time should I arrive?
On your first day, please come to school at 8.15 a.m. for the first day of orientation.

What should I bring with me?
It’s important to bring the following with you on your first day:

  • Visa and passport
  • Proof of health insurance covering length of programme. This is required for you to start lessons
  • Your own notebook, pens, and laptop/ mobile tablet

What will my timetable be?
You will receive your timetable at the school. This will consist of: 

  • Core classes 5 days per week face-to-face
  • Special Focus Classes 2 days, 3 days or 5 days per week face-to-face

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on public holidays? 
Schools do not open on public holidays, so if Monday is a public holiday, your first day at the school will be on Tuesday. Public holidays are listed below

2024 Public holidays on a weekday

01 Jan, 19 Feb, 29 Mar, 20 May, 24 Jun, 01 Jul, 02 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Dec and 26 Dec.

What do I do if public transportation is temporarily unavailable?  
In case of bad weather, public transport strikes etc, please check the EC Montreal Facebook page for any important updates or contact the school by phone or via MS Teams.

While you are in Montreal

  • There are no guarantees when it comes to schedules and regulations. We follow government mandates as well as recommendations. If they ask us to move our classes online until the surge of cases flatten, we must comply.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. We also advise you also carry hand sanitizer for personal use
  • If you develop any of these symptoms: a high temperature, anew, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste or suspect you have the virus you should not come to school. Please contact your center director, director of studies or student services to let them know you are not feeling well so we can support you and help you seek medical attention if necessary.
  • If you have been in contact with someone who is COVID 19positive, we ask that you do not come to school, unless advise otherwise by a medical professional.. 


What will my timetable be?

This is a sample timetable, times may change and are not guaranteed. For more information, please refer to the price list.

General English (20 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri)
Semi-Intensive English (24 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri) & Special Focus Classes (Tue & Thu)

Semi-Intensive English (26 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri) & Special Focus Classes (Mon, Wed & Fri) available in all 30+ schools and adult
schools in Canada and USA
Intensive English (30 lessons/week) : Core Classes (Mon-Fri) & Special Focus Classes (Mon-Fri)

09:00 - 10:30 Core Classes / Niveau
10:30 - 10:45 BREAK
10:45 - 12:15 Core Classes / Niveau
12:15 - 13:00 BREAK
13:00 - 14:30 Special focus lessons
After school Language activities & social events/ free time/ study time

First Day Check list for students:

  • I have received my Microsoft Teams credentials and have successfully logged on.
  • I have taken the English placement test on EC Online or have taken the French placement test online
  • I have scanned a copy of my passport, Study Permit/Visitor visa, proof of medical insurance, proof of vaccination (if available) and have emailed them to
  • I agree to disclosing information regarding my health symptoms to the EC Montreal staff.
  • I agree to be respectful of EC Montreal guidelines and covid-19 safety measures.

    We have created a checklist for you above with everything that needs to be done before your first day at EC Montreal. Please take the time to check off each item to ensure you are ready for your language adventure with EC! If you have any problems, please do nothesitate to contact us at / 514-939-9911 / 514-947-1030 (Airport transfer emergency phone) or via MS Teams Timetable