For INCOMING Exchange Program Students.
Bishop's University, founded in 1843, is an institution whose primary concern is to offer quality education to undergraduate students in the humanities, education, social sciences, natural sciences, and business administration. Our academic programs are broadly-based and stress the interrelationships of disciplines in addition to their specializations. Emphasis is placed on personal contact between faculty and students through small classes and frequent use of seminars and laboratories.
The residential aspect and small size encourage an informal atmosphere in academic, social, cultural and sporting situations. Students enjoy facilities such as: a theatre which offers various dramatic productions, concerts and films; an art gallery with frequent exhibitions; a sports complex with tennis and squash courts, indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, weight training room, martial arts space and dance studio. Annual full-time enrolment at Bishop's is around 1900 students. Students come from all Canadian provinces, as well as from several foreign countries. The language of instruction at Bishop's is English.
The location of Bishop's University combines the advantages of being close to several major cities with being in one of the most beautiful rural areas of Canada. Bishop's is only five minutes from Sherbrooke, a predominantly French-speaking city of more than 100,000 people. For those of all backgrounds, our bilingual environment offers a truly enriching opportunity. Montreal is less than two-hours away and can be reached by car or bus. Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec City, New York and Boston are within a half day's drive. Lennoxville is located just north of the American border states of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The beauty of the Eastern Townships of Quebec, with its mountains, rivers, and lakes, invites residents and tourists alike to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including downhill/cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.
Settled in 1819, Lennoxville took its name from Charles Lennox, Duke of Richmond, who was then Governor General. The town's full-time population of some 4,000 residents is augmented for nine months of the year by the 3,000 university and college students who come to study and live in Lennoxville. Much of Lennoxville's personality and many of its characteristics have been shaped by students from around the world who have come here to study for over 150 years. Lennoxville is proud of its small-town, co-operative community spirit which brings together people from many nationalities. There are three banks, a large grocery store, a variety of restaurants and shops.
With the change of seasons in southern Quebec, you will need a variety of clothing for warmer weather (September & April), as well as cooler fall (October & November) and winter temperatures (December through March). You will need boots, gloves/mittens, hats, scarves, and jackets/coats for the rain and snow. Sherbrooke has several large department stores and the main mall has many shops offering a selection of styles and prices from which to choose. Bishop's students in general dress casually: T-shirts, pants, jeans, and sweaters for both men and women.