What is Explore?

Discover another region of Canada while learning French. Explore offers you five weeks to make discoveries, meet new people, and exchange ideas in a stimulating environment for learning your second language. Experience something new. Discover your country and your personal capabilities!

Knowing a second language is essential — and French can help you get around almost anywhere in the world. So why not seize this opportunity to increase your chances of having the best possible future?

Explore is a five-week intensive language-learning course. You can take the course in the spring or summer, whichever you prefer. You can also take a job for the rest of the summer, if you wish.*

Participants in Explore receive a $2,200 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation. The educational institution you will be attending receives the bursary directly.

Explore offers courses adapted to your level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), as well as many activities that allow you to meet with others from across the country who wish to improve their French. Some schools may give credits or equivalences for Explore, so check with the institution to which you wish to transfer your credits or where you wish to obtain equivalences.

*By the way, need a job? Languages at Work is a component of Young Canada Works (YCW), which offers a number of summer job placements for graduating Explore participants. Such a placement gives you the opportunity to use your second language at work after you have finished Explore. For more information, contact YCW at 1-800-267-5173 or

Some useful facts


  • Participants live in a student residence on campus or with a homestay family whose members speak French.
  • The program does not cover the registration fee (a non-refundable $225 to be paid only if you are selected), travel costs to your course location, and spending money while you are there. The bursary is paid directly to the educational institution where you are placed.
  • Bursaries are awarded by random selection, based on provincial and territorial allotments and institutional quotas. Every effort is made to accommodate first-time applicants. We will attempt to place you at one of the schools you have chosen, but you may be asked to go to a school that you did not indicate on your application form.

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Explore is «diversity», «opportunity» and «Exploration».


Marie-Émeline Pierre Louis – Glendon College ESL

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