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ILSC Junior Camp at McGill

Welcome to the ILSC Junior Camp at McGill!

Here you will find everything you need to enjoy the amazing language and cultural experience ahead of you.

Bookmark this page so you can come back to it later and use the language button to translate to your language.

Before you arrive

Juniors Digital Setup Guide

Set up your ILSC digital account and your personal ILSC Junior Camp email account. 

Visit the Juniors Digital Setup Guide for step-by-step instructions.

ILSC Online English Assessment

At the beginning of June, you will receive an email with a link to complete your ILSC Juniors Online
English Placement Test . The link will be sent to your personal email and your ILSC student email account. The test will assess your English reading, writing, grammar and speaking skills and will take about 60-75 minutes to complete. We use these test results so we can make sure to place you in a General English class appropriate for your level or ensure you meet the level requirements of the Skills Plus option. If after attending your first class at the Junior Camp, you feel that you were placed in a class that does not match your English level, our Academic team will re-assess you and if needed, will move you to a class better suited to your English level.

Technical Requirements:
• Internet connection
• Audio
• Camera and microphone to record videos for the speaking part of the assessment.

Pre-arrival Orientations

We will be holding Junior Camp orientation sessions in 7 different languages. Please visit the Junior Camps Orientations page for more information on the dates and times of these sessions.

When you arrive

Arriving at the Airport

  • If you are coming from an international flight, you will be arriving at the international arrivals’ terminal of the airport.

    If you are coming from a Canadian connecting flight, you will be arriving in the domestic arrivals terminal of the airport.

Airport Pick Up

  • There will be an ILSC Junior Camps staff member waiting for you inside the terminal. The person will be waiting for you with a sign with the ILSC logo and your name. The Junior Camp staff will take you to the McGill residence, where you will have a brief orientation. Your $100 security deposit in cash for the residence will be collected then, and you will receive your key to your room.

    See the Important Information page for the emergency phone number (activated 2 weeks before Start Date)

First Day Information

  • On your first day of camp, Junior Camp staff will accompany you to the ILSC Montreal campus after breakfast for your Welcome Orientation. Bring your water bottle and any school supplies you need for your class.

Life at the Residence

3425 Rue University, Montreal

You will be staying at McGill’s Royal Victoria College, a residence located across the street from the ILSC Montreal downtown campus.

The Residence (Staff and Security)

Student Safety and Care

The Juniors Program staff will be living with you in residence and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to the Juniors Program staff, McGill security staff patrol the residence in the evening for added security.

Meals and Laundry


You will receive 3 meals a day. These are typically hot meals from the Campus One cafeteria, served buffet style. On full day excursions (once per week), you will receive a boxed lunch and restaurant dinner.


Machines located within the residence cost approximately $2 CAD per wash and $2 CAD per dry

Rooms and Bathrooms


You will be living in a single or double room. While most of the rooms are for single accommodation, double accommodation rooms are available and typically reserved for our younger students. Boys and girls live in separate sections of the residence. Bed linens are provided and changed weekly; however, you should bring your own towel.


Large shared bathrooms on each floor featuring showers, sinks and toilets—bathroom amenities are available at a ratio of approximately 1:6 students

Facilities and Internet


The residence features large common spaces and a kitchen with a fridge and kettles.


Wireless Internet is available in all common spaces within Royal Victoria College

Life on Campus

ILSC Montreal Campus

Montreal Campus is located in downtown Montreal at 550 Sherbrook Street W, with great public transport connections and just across the street from McGill’s Royal Victoria College, where the Junior Camps students will stay.

Montreal Campus and Classes

Mobile phones and valuables

Respect your teacher and classmates.
Please turn your cell phone off during class times.

Always keep your valuables with you: your wallet, bag, cell phone, electronic dictionary etc.


We want to help planet earth! So, remember the three R’s:
» Reduce: Bring your own cup or bottle
» Recycle: Use the right recycling bins, for beverage bottle and cartons, food scraps (compost) and paper
» Reuse: Bring your lunch in re-usable containers

Teaching Philosophy

Learning works better when it is student-centred.

Learning works faster when it’s combined with everyday experiences.

People learn best when they are confident, at ease and happy.


All our classes take place on the ILSC Montreal campus. 

Number of lessons: 17 lessons, 15 hours per week

Number of students per class: 16 students maximum

What and how you study

lateness and Absenteeism

You are expected to be on time to classes. Attendance, punctuality and participation are important parts of learning.
Students who come to class every day, on time:
» Learn more English!
» Get the class off to a good start!
Please note: if for any reason you are unable to attend a class or activity, please notify the school IN ADVANCE with a written notice or phone call.


Reading, grammar, vocabulary, and writing are taught in dynamic and interesting ways.
Speaking and listening are practiced through discussion topics that are interesting and relevant to today’s youth.

English/French Only Policy

The English/French Only environment helps you:
» Think in English/French
» Improve your English/French faster
» Learn about other cultures
» Make friends!

Language Levels

Our five-level Junior Camp curriculum is designed to meet the diverse needs of our students, to address the range in language skills and abilities, and to challenge each individual student to progress and excel, based on their level.

Certificates and Skills Plus

Skills Plus Content

Students from a Beginner 4 level are introduced to the world of English theatre and performance arts and improve their English communication skills through acting and scriptwriting.

The Drama and Performance class option is available during weeks 2, 3, and 4 of the program for an additional fee. Skills Plus is taken instead of General English or French. This option requires a minimum level of Beginner 4 and is only available in English.


Students will receive a progress report and an end of course certificate upon completion of the program.

Montreal Campus – 550 Sherbrook Street W, Montreal

Life in Montreal

About the city

European sophistication meets Canadian friendliness in Montréal, the largest French-speaking city in the world outside of Paris. This metropolis of 3.6 million offers culture around the clock in both English and French.
The ILSC–Montréal campus is located downtown close to major transit hubs, parks, shopping and more, and if you’re passionate about the arts, film, food, and fashion, you’ll fall in love with this city as soon as you arrive.

Public Transport and Phones

Public Transport is a great way to explore Montreal. Click on the images for more information.

Note: Fares are current as of July 1, 2023 and are subject to change. Additional fares may apply depending on zone and the destinations you are travelling between. For more information on fares, please see the website below:


The commuter train provides a convenient public transportation option for travelling into the city from around the Montréal metropolitan region.



Monthly pass

$97 – $263

Ten tickets

$32.50 – $79

One ticket

$3.75 – $9.25

Reload your OPUS transport card

Click the link to learn how to add money to your OPUS transport card – 

Bus and Metro


This is the best way to get around Montréal. The STM includes both buses and subway trains (the Metro system).

Monthly pass $97
Weekly pass (Mon.–Fri.) $30
Ten tickets $32.50
Two tickets $7.00
One ticket $3.75

*Must purchase a rechargeable OPUS card: $9.75 (Opus card is $6 plus one ticket is $3.75)


The meter starts at $4.10 and the km price is $2.05.
Tax is included in the price, but it is always polite to tip the driver.
If the sign on top of the taxi is not lit, it is already occupied.



We use the app WhatsApp to communicate with students on their mobile phones.
An international SIM card can lower your roaming and international calling expenses while you are in Canada.
You can use your current mobile phone and by changing the SIM card, you will get a local phone number and data plan!
A SIM card, can cost from $9-$19/week or $35-$55/ month, depending on the plan. For more information, please visit

If you would like to purchase a SIM card, please let us know on your first day of class and one of the Junior Program staff will help you.

Telephone Use in Montreal

There are four area codes within Montréal. The city of Montréal uses (514) and (438) and areas outside of Montreal (450 and 873).
You must always dial the area code, along with the number.
If you are making a long-distance call, you must always dial 011 + the country code (011-55 +, or 011-886+, etc.) followed by the phone number.
911 is the Emergency number that can be dialed for FREE from any telephone. 1-800 numbers or 1-888 numbers are free.

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