UQ Program: Bachelor of Environmental Management

Going on exchange to McGill was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have made with regards to both my studies and life in general. I completed the third year of a Bachelor of Environmental Management at McGill, and I cannot imagine a better place to have spent this time.

Studying during the fall semester enabled me to experience most of what Montreal has to offer; the relaxed outdoors summer lifestyle, the beauty of fall, and all of the fun that winter has to offer. During my semester I whiled away many hours in parks; Parc La Fontaine and Parc Mont Royal are both beautiful and worthy of many visits. The outdoor lifestyle of Montreal amazed me even in the dead of winter where both parks were full of ice skaters and skiers. Apple picking, igloo parties, camping in the Laurentides and summer afternoon picnics are just the tip of the iceberg for activities that I was able to experience whilst in Montreal.

McGill was a fantastic university with skilled lecturers, challenging courses and a fun student life. As I am in environmental management I needed to travel out to the MacDonald campus for some of my courses. While I was a little apprehensive about this journey at the beginning, it was made easy by free shuttle buses and meant that I got to experience both McGill communities.

My top recommendation is to get out and explore the city and all that it has to offer. The Plateau has amazing bars, cafes and delicatessens; cheese and baguette from La Vielle Europe on Boulevard Saint Laurent is a must. Grocery shopping at the Jean Talon farmers markets was always a fun day. The coffee at Café Neve in the Plateau is one of the best in the area. Prowl Saint Denis, Saint Laurent and Mont Royal as there are many hidden gems to be found.

I came to Montreal not knowing what to expect from the proud Quebecois city. I fell in love with it immediately; with the fun loving vibe, great cafes and bars, beautiful scenery and unique culture. While I loved the city, it was the people that I met that made my experience what it was. I cannot put in to words the fantastic friendships I forged whilst on exchange. I found myself wishing that it could go on forever. I would highly recommend anyone considering going to McGill to do it; you will not regret it!

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