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20 Days | 19 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Sue Dillard Jun 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Mary, unless it's changed since last summer, there's no wifi in the rooms, and the connection on campus is blocked out for security. At least, that was my experience with my hybrid phone.
Susan Bodell Jun 27, 2014 at 01:30 PM

I went with the May 25 group, and first let me say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would highly recommend that you bring a fan, or plan to buy one as soon as you arrive. My room faced west, and the afternoon sun made it hot in there. I would imagine that being there in July is even hotter, and of course there is no A/C in the dorms. Also, my RJ45 cable that I bought at Radio Shack and brought with me worked fine for my laptop in my room, and I also brought my iPad, which I used in the classroom/dining room building, which has wifi. I found the wifi a bit temperamental at times. I'd be happy to answer your questions about what to bring, etc.

Mary Finnance Jun 25, 2014 at 02:21 PM

Did anyone ever find an answer to what is needed for WIFI. I will be attending on July 6, and plan to bring my IPAd, but also an older laptop for internet in the room. Is the connection found in our individual rooms, and what exactly is required to hook up to cable in the room. I researched RJ45, but still confused.
Patricia Newman Jun 25, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Your iPad will work iin the classrooms and the library, but not in the residence. You need an RJ45 cable (ethernet cable for your room. You can buy an RJ-55 cable at Business Depot in in the campus bookstore when you arrive. I was really glad to be able to use my laptop in my room in the evening, although there are computer rooms available if you decide not to bring your laptop. I am still telling everyone I know about the great time I had in the May Trois Rivière program.
Mary Finnance Jun 26, 2014 at 02:39 PM

Thank you that is very helpful, and I really appreciate you letting me know that you had a great time. I am beginning to really look forward to the program now. If you think of anything else I might find helpful, it would always be appreciated. Thank you,
Susan Willen Jun 27, 2014 at 01:00 PM

If you want to use your iPad in the dorm room, I recommend the HooToo Tripmate travel router which I bought from amazon for about $40. It converts the wired internet to Wifi and worked great for me. You'll still need the ethernet cable. I was in the May/June group this year. You will have a great time!

Susan Willen May 12, 2014 at 05:19 PM

Is anyone else planning to take the Orleans Express bus from Montreal to Trois Rivieres on Sunday, May 25? It would be nice to meet up and travel together.

Joyce White Apr 29, 2014 at 09:56 AM

I did the Road Scholar program three years ago during that time frame and we didn't share any activities with any other group. The University does a very good job of catering to our needs as a Road Scholar group. The course for teachers must be at a high level of French, while the Road Scholar program caters to all levels.
kcc Moo Apr 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Thank you, Joyce. The teachers/ professionals program is offered at the intermediate and advanced levels. I applied for it for this year, but I like to try the Road Scholars program next year.

kcc Moo Apr 29, 2014 at 07:15 AM

Hello, I wonder if anyone here attended the French course offered in July for teachers/ professionals. It is a 3-week course offered in July at the same time the Road Scholars course is offered.
Just wondering if it is the same. More/ less difficult. Any shared activities? Thanks.
Lynn Biscott Apr 29, 2014 at 08:50 AM

What is the other course you're referring to? Can you provide a link to the info?
kcc Moo Apr 29, 2014 at 09:49 AM

This is the link. On the same page you can connect to all other French programs offered by the university, as well as the dates and costs of these programs. Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières - EIF - Anglais

Alice Jones Apr 28, 2014 at 02:40 PM

P. S. Is the free parking lot really ten minutes away? Can we unload in front of our residence and then park up there? Or is there any alternative?
Joyce White Apr 29, 2014 at 05:01 AM

I'm sure we can unload close to the residence. When I was there three years ago I parked in the lot in front of the dorm. I don't remember an expensive fee then.

Alice Jones Apr 28, 2014 at 02:39 PM

I was just reading through the comments about getting around, cars, etc, and wonder if we who come by car could take turns picking up not-so-hardy walkers -- either to and from classrooms or into town or sight-seeing?
Joyce White Apr 29, 2014 at 04:58 AM

I would be happy to take folks to town or shopping for groceries if I'm going. I'm not planning to drive to class as there is no parking and the building is just across from the residence.
Alice Jones May 12, 2014 at 10:58 PM


Premium Email Subscriber Apr 26, 2014 at 09:25 PM

I just posted that question about WiFi availability, and I registered with my name and e-mail address. I don't understand why this specific post appeared under "Primium..etc.". Does anyone know why?! Alex
Olwen Harris Apr 26, 2014 at 09:26 PM

Oops... about the cable they mention and see how to adapt it for an iPad.
Olwen Harris Apr 26, 2014 at 09:33 PM

Why? Because I touched the Go button on my iPad before I was finished answering your question!

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