Frequently Asked Questions


Other preference

Choose this option ONLY if you are willing to accept a bursary to ANY institution in the selected regions and for the selected sessions. Be aware that other institutions in the selected regions:

  • may have different start and end dates;
  • may not all offer credits;
  • may not all offer the program Languages at Work;
  • may offer different types of accommodations; and
  • may have higher travel costs.

Once you receive a bursary, you cannot change educational institution or session, except under extraordinary circumstances (e.g., severe illness, death of a relative, etc.). Please note that, as long as you have not yet been awarded a bursary, you can always change your preferences by accessing your profile and making the desired changes to your application details.

Being open to a wider range of institutions and sessions increases your chances of obtaining a bursary. However, you must ensure that you will be able to accept the bursary that is offered to you.

ACCOMMODATIONS - Can I bring my family with me? Can I have someone stay overnight?

You will be staying in a student residence or home-stay that can only accommodate the bursary recipient.

ACCOMMODATIONS - Can I change accommodation during the program?

Generally, no. If you have a major issue, contact the host institution.

ACCOMMODATIONS - Can I share a room in residence or a homestay with a friend if we are both accepted?

Maybe! If you are offered a bursary, the institution will send you a welcome package with more information on lodging, among other things. If you and your friend receive a bursary for the same institution and same session, you could then communicate with the institution to find out how to go about sharing a room or a homestay. Either way, you’ll have a great experience!

ACCOMMODATIONS - What is the difference between a residence and a university apartment?

Residence: One or two participant(s) per dorm-style room, common spaces shared with several other participants.

University apartment: Approximately two to four participants per apartment, shared kitchenette and bathroom within the apartment.

APPLICATIONS - Do you accept late applications?

As long as your application is postmarked on or before February 15, the application will be accepted, even if it is physically received after that date. However, if it is postmarked even one day later, it will not be accepted.

APPLICATIONS - I am a Quebec resident. How do I apply?

To participate in Explore, Quebec residents must use the designated Web site for Quebec applicants to apply for an Explore bursary.

On that Web site, applicants must:

  • register for on-line services (first-time users) to receive their permanent code;
  • select the Your On-line Services menu, go to On-Line Access to Your File, and select Student. Once the required information has been entered, click on Explore forms, then fill out and submit the Bursary application;
  • if required, submit the appendix schedule along with the transmittal slip, which can be printed out from the Required documents section of the on-line application form;
  • monitor the status of their file throughout March and ensure that all information contained in it is accurate.

In mid-March, your file will be transferred to the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). You will receive an e-mail message from CMEC ( once this occurs, explaining how to access your profile on the program’s official Web site (, and be provided with a username. Keep this information in a safe place, as you will need it to monitor your file.

APPLICATIONS - Why are there few or no institutions appearing in the drop-down list of my application?

The choices of institutions that appear on your on-line application are based on the age you have entered in your personal profile page.

  • If no institutions appear in the drop-down list, it is because you do not have the age requirement to participate in Explore (you must be at least 16 years old before or on the first day of the course). If you believe you do meet the age requirement, check your personal profile, as you might have made a mistake in your date of birth (i.e., indicating you were born in 2016 instead of in 2000).
  • If there are just a few institutions appear in the drop-down list, it is because you are only seeing the institutions that accept students your age. Make sure that you did not make a mistake in your date of birth on your personal profile page.
    • Please note that for the 16+, 17+, 18+ and 19+ programs, you must have the required age before or on the first day of the program.

For example, if your 18th birthday is on July 6, you would be able to apply to 18+ programs that start on July 6 or after, but not to those starting on July 5 or before.

  • For the 16-17 and 16-18 year-olds programs, you must have the required age before or on the first day of the program, as well as for the entire duration of the program.

For example, for a 16-17 year old program running from July 3 to August 6, you must be 16 or 17 before or on July 3, and not turn 18 before August 6.

No exemptions can be made on the age criteria.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE - Can I arrive late, leave early, or miss a few days in the middle of the program?

No, you are expected to arrive and leave on the date set by the educational institution. Late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE - Can I be picked up at the airport/train station?

Ask your host institution about arrival arrangements.

BURSARY - Can I attend both the Spring and Summer sessions?

You can only obtain a bursary for one session per year. If you wish to attend a second session, you must pay the full cost of the program as a non-bursary student (approximately $3,000 to $4,000).

Click here for more information on non-bursary students.

BURSARY - Can I receive an Explore bursary more than once?

You can receive the bursary more than once, but not in the same year (i.e., you can’t have a bursary to attend a Spring session, then a Summer session immediately following). The bursary draw gives priority to first-time bursary recipients; however past bursary recipients are occasionally awarded a second bursary.

BURSARY - If I receive a bursary for an institution, can I trade it for a different institution or session?

No, you cannot trade your bursary for one in a different institution or session.

Note: if you have an exceptional reason for refusing the bursary (e.g., a severe illness, death of a relative, etc.), contact your provincial/territorial coordinator to discuss being placed back on the waiting list.

BURSARY - If we receive a bursary to attend an Explore institution, can we get the names and contact information of the other students going there?

No. For privacy reasons, we cannot share that information.

BURSARY - Is the bursary paid to me? When will I receive the money?

The bursary is paid directly to the institution and covers your tuition, food, accommodation, and most of your activities.

BURSARY - My friend and I want to do the program together. Can we be placed at the same location?

While it is technically possible that the randomized draw will assign two applicants to the same location, there is no way to guarantee it. However, if two people want to attend the same Explore institution, and one person wins a bursary for that location but the other doesn’t, the other could pay his or her own way to attend the same session, provided the institution accepts non-bursary students.

Click here for more information on non-bursary students. 

BURSARY - What happens if I don’t get a bursary?

Unless you are a non-bursary student, you cannot participate in the Explore program if you do not receive a bursary. Your registration and deposit fees are only paid for if you receive and accept a bursary. If you do not receive a bursary this year, you can apply next year if you are still eligible, and you will still be considered a first-time applicant.

BURSARY - What should I do if I decide not to accept a bursary?

Contact the institution offering it and tell them that you are unable to accept it. You will not be penalized for refusing the bursary. If you meet the eligibility criteria, please apply again next year.

Note: if you have an exceptional reason for refusing the bursary (e.g., a severe illness, death of a relative, etc.), contact your provincial/territorial coordinator to discuss being placed back on the waiting list.

COSTS - What costs might I incur during the program?

The bursary pays for tuition, food, accommodation, and most of the activities.

Participants will need to cover their travel costs, pay a non-refundable registration fee (and possibly a refundable deposit, depending on the institution), and bring some pocket money. For more information, click here.

CREDITS - Do I get credits and whom should I talk to about them?

All Explore institutions issue an official certificate to program participants. However, obtaining a credit depends on whether the Explore institution is offering a credit and whether the educational institution that you will be attending in the following academic year will accept that credit. You can find out by contacting your home institution directly.

The credit is not automatically transferred to your home institution; you are responsible for all inquiries and arrangements regarding credit transfer. You should approach them before you start the Explore program, as most institutions do not approve retroactive credit transfers.

If your home institution agrees to accept a credit from the Explore program, it will then determine that credit’s equivalency (i.e., level and number of credits).

Even if the Explore institution does not offer a credit, you could still bring your Explore diploma, certificate, transcripts, or assessments to your home institution for its consideration.

DOCUMENTS AFTER EXPLORE - I haven’t received my certificate of achievement or grade report for completing the program. What do I do?

Contact the educational institution you attended. Their contact information can be found here.

DOCUMENTS AFTER EXPLORE - I haven’t received my tax slip (T4, T2202A, Relevé 1, Relevé 8, etc.). What do I do?

Contact the educational institution you attended. Their contact information can be found here.

ELIGIBILITY - I am not eligible for the Explore program. Is there any way I can still participate?

Many institutions accept non-bursary students into their Explore programs. This means the students would apply directly to the institution of their choice (if non-bursary students are accepted) and bypass the random draw. These students are required to pay the full cost of the program (approximately $3,000 to $4,000) in order to participate, as well as the travel costs. Since the institutions that accept non-bursary students have different fees, eligibility criteria, and application deadlines, you should contact them directly for more information.


ELIGIBILITY - Is there a maximum age limit?

No, there is no maximum age limit. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you are eligible for the bursary.

Even though you are welcome to submit your application, please note that the accommodations and activities are designed for youth. Most participants are young adults, and activities are designed to meet the needs of that age group.

HELP - What should I do if I need help during the program?

If you find yourself in need of help during the Explore program (or at any other time), Kids Help Phone is a great resource.

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual, and anonymous phone-counselling, Web-counselling, and referral service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide support to young people across the country. The service is completely anonymous and confidential — they don’t trace calls, and they don’t have call display. You don’t even have to tell them your name if you don’t want to.


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