About us

About us

City of Montréal

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Founded in 1642 by the French, today Montréal is considered to be the second largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. It is the largest city in Quebec and the province’s cultural and business capital. HEC Montréal’s campus is situated on the northern slope of the magnificent Mount Royal Park, only a few minutes metro (subway) ride from downtown Montréal.

Montreal tops the list of the world’s best places to learn French, according to a recent ranking that puts the Canadian metropolis ahead of any city in France or any other French-speaking destination.

(Ranking based on data from Duolingo and compiled by Holidu search engine. MTL Blog, July 21, 2023)

Spend a few weeks in the winter studying at HEC Montréal and:

  • discover a city that is “young, vibrant, cosmopolitan, enterprising, and tolerant”*
  • experience a city steeped in culture that combines European charm and North American energy
  • share in a rich linguistic and cultural experience with people from around the world.

* Magazine Le Nouvel Observateur (France)

Montreal in pictures

HEC Montréal

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Founded in 1907, the École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal, better known today as HEC Montréal, was the first business school established in Canada. HEC Montréal was also the first university business school in North America to be awarded the three most prestigious accreditations in its field: AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA. Fewer than 1% of all business schools around the world hold the three international accreditations. Bolstered by this threefold international recognition, its quality academic programs, and its accomplished faculty, today HEC Montréal ranks amongst the top university business schools worldwide.

In 2017, Montréal was named the world’s best student city for international students by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings.

Our accreditations

Business Language Training Centre (CFLA)

Since its inception in 1990, the Business Language Training Centre of HEC Montréal has set out to:

  • evaluate the language proficiency of HEC Montréal’s student body
  • offer credited language courses that reflect business culture and the business sector; language classes offered (from Beginner to Advanced levels): French, English, and Spanish, and an introductory course in Business Chinese and Chinese business culture
  • create and distribute learning material.

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