Bilateral school exchange between Montreal's Collège international des Marcellines and 4 high schools in Bavaria


Mr. Curio, Director of the Montreal office of the State of Bavaria, speaks to the numerous listeners - former and current pupils at Collège international des Marcellines - © State of Bavaria Quebec Office

As a French teacher at the Benedictine Gymnasium in Schäftlarn, South of Munich, Mr. Herbert Jank is also in charge of the relationships with France and Quebec within the Bavarian Association of Catholic Schools. In Winter and Spring 2013, Mr. Jank's project of a bilateral exchange with Montreal's Collège international des Marcellines, which has been offering German as a foreign language to its pupils for 5 years, became concrete.

In February, Schäftlarn, Maria-Stern high school in Augsburg, as well as Maria-Ward high schools in Munich and Augsburg welcomed 60 pupils from Montreal for a forthight's immersion: The students lived in the host families, partly went to school with them, and for the rest had a chance to tour Munich, its most important monuments, the surroundings and the Alps.

On February 27th, all participants, teachers and school directors were invited to an official reception at the Benedictine Gymnasium Schäftlarn, jointly organized by Mr. Jank, the Bavarian State Chancellery, and the General Delegation of Quebec in Munich

The Marcellines' students in turn hosted their 60 Bavarian correspondents' stay in Montreal in April. On this occasion, a reception was held at the Collège's premises, to underline the exceptional scale of this bilateral exchange, considering the high count of participants as well as the duration of the stays abroad.

The State of Bavaria Quebec Office is proud to see that the greatest school exchange between Quebec and Germany is taking place in Bavaria, with interesting future perspectives.