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Registration is now open!

The registration period has begun. This means that between now and February 28, 2016, you may submit an application to the Explore program either by: • Clicking on the “Sign up / Sign in” link at the top of this page;
• Clicking on “Click here to apply!” under the Apply tab; or
• Clicking on “Click here to apply!” button on the right-hand side of this page.
    o If you are a Quebec resident, click here to be redirected to the Quebec application portal. Click here to read the eight easy steps to applying! You can choose up to three institutions you would prefer to attend...

Summer blog

The Explore team at CMEC sincerely hopes that everyone had a wonderful time at one of the 56 Explore sessions offered across Canada! The things you have learned are invaluable, the memories you made will prove unforgettable, and the friendships you have made will last a lifetime. We hope that you not only learned about, engaged with, and experienced a new language and culture, but that you gained confidence and discovered new aspects of yourself. For many participants, Explore is not only five weeks of learning and adventures, but also a starting point for many more opportunities throughout their lifetime...

Non-bursary students

Did you just hear about the Explore program and wish to apply after the deadline has passed?

Unfortunately, the application portal is closed, and it’s too late to apply for an Explore bursary this year.

But there is an alternative: you could apply to the program as a non-bursary student. This means you would apply directly to the institution of your choice (make sure they accept non-bursary students) and bypass the random lottery draw. However, as a non-bursary student, you would have to cover the tuition/accommodation costs (between $3,000 and $4,000) as well as your travel costs...

The bursary draw was held on April 1!

The bursary draw was held on April 1. Sign in to your profile now and verify your status.   If your status is “Bursary Recipient”, congratulations, you have received a bursary! Although this is very exciting news, please do not contact the educational institution you have been assigned to just yet. You will be hearing from them in the week to come. If your status is “Wait List”, do not despair, there is still hope! Starting in mid-April, draws will be taking place twice a week until all of the places have been filled. Should your status change, you will receive an e-mail...

The bursary draw is coming up!

We’re getting ready for the draw! It might take some time to make sure that everything is perfect before launching the pan-Canadian lottery. Once we know the exact date of the draw, we’ll announce it on our social media, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest information! After the draw, you’ll receive an e-mail letting you know that your status has changed. You will have to log in to your www.myexplore.ca account. If your status is “Bursary recipient,” congratulations, you’ve obtained a bursary! The institution will be contacting you shortly with more details. If your status is “Waiting List” don’t...

Changing your choice of institutions (for non-Quebec residents)

As the deadline is coming up, we want to remind you that you can always change your choice of institutions — even after you have applied and submitted your documents — by accessing your profile. Make sure you save your changes, and there will be no need to let us know that you have made changes or to print another Declaration, as your changes are automatically registered in your profile. You can also change your choices after the deadline, and you can even change them after the bursary draw (as long as you have not yet been awarded a bursary). Best of...

Is your application ready for the draw?

To be eligible for the bursary draw coming up in late March or early April, you not only have to apply on-line, you must submit your supporting documents to the coordinator of your home province/territory as well. To make sure that your documents have been received and your name has been included in the draw, check your profile on-line. It should say: "Eligible for lottery." If you sent in your documents recently, but your status has not yet been updated, wait a week or two and check again (your status can even be updated after the deadline). The last day to mail...

Explore extracurricular activities, week 5!

Continuing the series from earlier this week, here are a few activities that some institutions offered last year in their fifth week of Explore. These are both ESL and FSL institutions, and the featured activities may or not have been free. Brock University took Explore participants to Canada’s Wonderland, the country’s largest theme park, with 16 roller coasters and a 20-acre water park. Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier held a kermesse, which is a type of fair or festival that originated in medieval times in the Low Countries (Holland, Belgium, Flanders) and northern France and included feasting, dancing, and sports. Meanwhile, students at l’École de...

Explore extracurricular activities, week 4!

Continuing the series from earlier this week, here are a few activities that some institutions offered last year in their fourth week of Explore. These are both ESL and FSL institutions, and the featured activities may or may not have been free. Students at Campus Ottawa (Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière) experienced an exhilarating rafting trip on the Ottawa river, while Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup took Explore participants on an excursion to Tadoussac to watch the whales! Collège Boréal au Nipissing had a bowling competition, while students at Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier’s Victoria campus took a day trip to Vancouver. York University’s Glendon College enhanced...

Explore extracurricular activities, week 3!

Continuing the series from earlier this week, here are a few of the activities that some institutions offered last year in their third week of Explore. These are both ESL and FSL institutions, and the featured activities may or may not have been free. Students at York University’s Glendon College swallowed their fear of heights and went up the CN Tower, Toronto’s landmark 553.33-metre-high tower featuring a glass floor and a revolving restaurant with panoramic views. Up until 2010, it was the world’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest tower. It was also declared one of the Seven Wonders of...

Explore extracurricular activities, week 2!

Continuing the series from earlier this week, here are a few of the activities that some institutions offered last year in their second week of Explore. These are both ESL and FSL institutions, and the featured activities may or may not have been free. Bishop’s University students took a 3.5-hour drive to visit the beautiful capital of Canada. Ottawa is Canada’s fourth largest city, with approximately 900,000 inhabitants. It is known for its history and multiculturalism, as well as having one of Canada’s most highly educated citizenry. Students at Campus Ottawa (Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière) had a lot of fun...

Is your application ready for the draw?

Is your application ready for the draw? To be eligible for the bursary draw coming up in late March or early April, you not only have to apply on-line, you must submit your supporting documents to the coordinator of your home province/territory as well. To make sure that your documents have been received and your name has been included in the draw, check your profile on-line. It should say: “Eligible for lottery.” If you sent in your documents recently, but your status has not yet been updated, wait a week or two and check again (your status can even be updated after...

Explore extracurricular activities!

Are you wondering what kind of extracurricular activities you’ll get to enjoy while you’re in the Explore program? Every week for the next five weeks, we will feature a few Explore institutions (both ESL and FSL) and describe one of their weekly activities (free or not) from last year. This is what some of the institutions did during their first week of Explore: Bishop’s University held a luau (a traditional Hawaiian party or feast). Luaus usually include entertainment, such as traditional Hawaiian music and hula dancing. There can be graduation luaus, wedding luaus, and birthday luaus. So much fun! Brock University students...

Questions?

We would be happy to answer your questions about Explore. Tell us how to contact you and we’ll be in touch.