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Écoles de Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréa
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HEC Montreal (HEC)

HEC Montreal, 3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H3T 2A7, Canada
4.27 / 5 based on 378 reviews.
Founded in 1907 under the leadership of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales now enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence based on the quality of its faculty members and its close links with the business world from which it emerged. The history of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales is entwined with that of Quebec and Canada. It is marked by solid contributions to the development of the nation's economy and the teaching of business. Read more

93% of students recommend
378 reviews
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by Tariq Mahmood, NED University, Karachi, Pakistan
Management Science, Independent
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? It was a very nice experience to live some distance away from the university. Because after all the day's hard work one had to pass through shopping centres and plazas which had a soothing and relaxing effect. This was specially important during winters when everything is covered with snow, staying at a some distance from the university can also avoid boredom.
Personal comments:
There were no housing facilities offered by the university for the international students
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by Jessica, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Business Studies, Independent
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Great nightspots include Cafe Campus on Tuesdays and Balroom on Thursdays. You'll find this is the place that HEC Students go to on these nights. A great brunch spot is L'avenue - going there is a must!
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by lachb, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Linz, Austria
Management Science, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
As my specification was "International Managment" it was very interesting to attend the course "Culture, Organisation et Management", because students from North America, South America and Europe took this course, so we had the chance to discuss the subjects directly with people from other cultures

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
more practical aspects in the courses

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by Pascal, KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux, France
Financial Management, University Agreement
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Personal comments:
Quebec is a bilingual country : in Montreal, everybody speaks (quite) perfectly French and English. Unfortunately, the two communities live quite separated one from each other : quite a pity. Anyway, you can speak English or French, depending on the place you go, and it's great ... In the Unviersity of Montreal, French speaking required (all courses in French). English courses are in McGill Univ. or Concordia.
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by Lindsay, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Business Studies, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
A private grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
Spent more on nightlife because I went out more! (Alcohol is more expensive) Spent more on travel because I travelled more than I usually would, though it is definitely worth it! Housing is very very cheap, almost half my rent in the UK.
Travel, Nightlife, Telephone, Food: was more expensive than at home.
Overall: was the same price as at home.
Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Sometimes it is cheaper to eat out than do grocery shopping. Forget buying a mobile, you will never use it and they are expensive. NOt many students out there have them.
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by Guelnaz, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Marketing and Sales Management, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I was wrong informed by the Canadian Embassy concerning the Visa Requirements - I arrived with a delay. And I wished to know that the courses at HEC Montréal are not so easy as other students told me. A lot to do, but generally ok.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Don't think that the exchange semester at HEC Montréal is only party, and take it easy if some teachers are not so open-minded to understand the difference between a native speaker and an exchange student!


Don't miss the introduction week - it's more easy to find friends and to improve language skills; winter in Canada is really really cold, don't forget the warm clothing. If you if you are still not familiar with the language/life/courses... after some weeks, do not become scared - it takes time. Travel as much as you can, everything is so different to Europe. And become friends with students from other nationalities, it's so much better than spending time with the students from the home country.
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