Native name: Montréal
Country: Canada
  1. French
  2. English
Global city cat.: GaWC Beta Global Cities
Population (city): 1,741,296 (2014) world: 56
Population (metro): 4,027,121 (2014)


There are four large universities in Montreal: two mostly anglophone and two almost completely francophone. All four offer a very wide range of degrees and programs, including – among countless other disciplines – programs in languages and linguistics.

  • McGill University
  • Concordia University
  • Université de Montréal (UdM)
  • Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Main Neighborhoods

The island of Montreal is divided into 19 boroughs (arrondissements) and 15 "breakaway" municipalities. The boroughs are often further sub-divided into neighbourhoods. Below we list the most prominent ones:

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Language Study in Montreal

Montreal is reasonably popular with foreigners (especially Americans, Latin Americans, and Asians) as a language study destination. Though the city is officially French-speaking, English is both widely spoken and widely taught. Anecdotally, teachers of French seem to be from a mix of backgrounds (French, Québecois, North African, etc), but regardless of their origin, the language they teach in the classroom is almost always standard French.

Studying other languages (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, German, etc) is also possible through both university programs and private school courses, but these are nowhere near as common in the city and whatever immersion advantage may exist for French and English is completely lost for other languages.

Practical Info For Visitors

Map of Montreal

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