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Concordia University


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Concordia University is a comprehensive university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The name of the university comes from the motto of the City of Montreal, “Concordia Salus,” which means “well-being through harmony.”

Although the roots of its founding institutions go back more than 160 years, Concordia University was formed on August 24, 1974 through the merger of Loyola College (1896) and Sir George Williams University (1926). At Concordia, you can find an academic path to match your strengths and interests. You’ll tackle big questions, think alongside award-winning professors, put your knowledge to work and experience life in Montreal. In 2012-2013 there were 45,954 Concordia students.

The Country

Canada is a country in North America consisting of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. At 9.98 million square kilometers in total, Canada is the world’s second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the world’s longest land border shared by the same two countries. Canada’s two official languages are English and French. The capital of Canada is Ottawa and the largest city is Toronto. Ethnic groups living in Canada are 76.7% European, 14.2% Asian, 4.3% Aboriginal, 2.9% Black, 1.2 % Latin American, 0.5% Multiracial and 0.3% other. Currency is Canadian dollar.

Canada has around 31,700 large lakes, more than any other country, containing much of the world’s fresh water. There are also fresh-water glaciers in the Canadian Rockies and the Coast Mountains.

The City

Montreal is a truly unique city – safe and clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. It’s easy to see why Lonely Planet chose Montreal as the second happiest place in the world. With four major universities and 12 smaller colleges located on the island – Montreal is an exciting place to live. Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. While the city’s official language is French, Montreal is easy to navigate for both English and French speakers. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal’s strong cultural tradition and adds to the inspiring atmosphere of art, music, literature and innovative technology. From a history of cutting-edge architecture to icons like Leonard Cohen and Mordechai Richler, to storied Old Montreal and the legendary Schwartz’s Deli, the city thrives on art, culture and history.

Student Life

Student life can be amazing. Concordia University offers you a lot of possibilities such as playing sport, volunteer program or to be a part of some student group.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense Comparison

Semester at Concordia University

Semester at ZSEM

Health Insurance


753 EUR


287 EUR

479 EUR


28 EUR

31 EUR


177 EUR

188 EUR





16 EUR

41 EUR


103 EUR

*per month


You have two main housing options: Concordia residence halls and private off campus apartments. Concordia residences hall space is limited; priority is given to first year students from outside Montreal; and an application is required. Fortunately, however, the areas surrounding both of Concordia’s campuses have an abundance of housing options in many price ranges. Most exchange students live in off campus apartments. They arrive a week or two earlier, make arrangements for temporary accommodations and then select an apartment after having visited a few.

Travel opportunities

Places which you need to see:

  • Quebec City – Capital city of Quebec and cultural center.
  • Mont-Tremblant – Skiing, camping, and hiking at this mountain resort town.
  • Gaspé – Small city on the ruggedly beautiful peninsula of the same name.
  • Gatineau-All the advantages of a big city without the inconveniences. Just outside Ottawa,
  • Magog-Popular vacation town on Magog Lake, base for exploring the Eastern Townships
  • Saguenay – Gateway to the North.
  • Sherbrooke – Largest city in the Eastern Townships.
  • Trois-Rivières – Located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City on the St Laurent River.