Where to Explore?

Attention: Due to CoVID-19, please note that all 2020 spring and summer sessions have been cancelled.

There are over 20 institutions across Canada that offer Explore! Discover their particular histories and communities. Each location has a different set of activities and workshops, as well as a unique community to welcome you to town.

Please note that each institution may have different start/end dates and age restrictions, and some offer credits and Languages at Work. Some locations even offer home-stays with local families as a way of immersing program participants even more deeply in the language. Canada has an amazing history and heritage to be explored — which adventure will you choose?

Some institutions may require you to arrive a day earlier and/or leave a day later than the listed program dates. Please confirm your exact arrival and departure dates with your assigned institution before making any travel arrangements.

If you are not eligible for the funding provided by the Explore program (or if you miss the program deadline) and still wish to participate, most institutions accept participants who can cover their own expenses. Please contact the institution directly for more information.

Please note that these are FSL (French-as-a-second-language) institutions only. Click here to see the ESL (English-as-a-second-language) institutions.


Click on the province of your choice or make your selection based on institutions' requirements.



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Collège Boréal – Sudbury - CANCELLED
Sudbury (ON)

Come and Explore the “Land of the Voyageurs.” Listen to the tales of adventure and spirit of the Sudbury Region, with its rich cultural history. Come and experience “la joie de vivre”! In Collège Boréal’s Explore program, you’ll discover new regions, live the French language, and have a blast doing it by participating in activities and creating your own French cultural traditions. Come and “Explore” Boréal – Sudbury… a celebration of pride and tradition!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • St-Jean Baptiste Festival
  • Outing on the great lakes
  • Excursions to Science North and Dynamic Earth, two of Ontario’s most popular tourist attractions

What makes this program special and unique:

  • High-quality program that fosters intensive learning
  • Dedicated and engaging professors provide an enjoyable learning experience, against the backdrop of Ontario’s most beautiful cities and landscapes
  • Access to lakes, nature trails, and science centres

Julie Nadeau
Web Site:
Tel.: 705-560-6673, ext. 2808
Toll-free: 1-800-361-6673

Spring Session
Dates: May 04, 2020 — June 05, 2020
Admission criteria: 17+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $100
Accepts students with children: No
Collège La Cité - CANCELLED
Ottawa (ON)

At Explore La Cité, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the distinctive francophone culture of downtown Ottawa. In an authentic setting, they have a chance to challenge their language skills, meet other like-minded students, and develop a collaborative digital class journal to chronicle their linguistic journey. In order to give you the ultimate experience of the National Capital, we will celebrate the National Holiday in the heart of the Downtown.  Located near Gatineau, Quebec’s fourth largest city, you can enjoy great outdoor festivals and concerts during the summer.

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Excursion to Gatineau Park
  • Celebrate Canada Day in the heart of Capital National
  • Museum visits

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Stay in Canada's Capital and discover all the city has to offer
  • Balance between bustling downtown and quiet nature
  • Diverse participants

Caroline Picard
Web Site:
Tel.: 613-742-2483, etc. 2204
Toll-free: 1-800-267-2483, etc. 2204

Summer Session
Dates: June 30, 2020 — July 31, 2020
Admission criteria: 19+ years old
Accommodation: University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $100
Accepts students with children: No
Glendon Campus of York University - CANCELLED
Toronto (ON)

Benefit from everything a large university has to offer in Canada’s economic capital in the safety of a tight knit community. You will develop your language skills in and out of the classroom on two university campuses and in the city. You will apply your language skills, expand your vocabulary and learn important life skills by participating in interactive workshops on financial literacy, leadership, urban geography, biology and a wide range of topics in the social sciences. You will also get to meet and interact with students from around the world. You will leave the program armed with confidence, language resources and lifelong friends. Glendon’s Explore Program is for all language levels.
Please note that our Explore students will be housed at York University’s Founders College for Spring and Summer 2020, but they will be spending ‘Fun Fridays at Glendon’.

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Niagara Falls
  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • Toronto Blue Jays

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Small campus, big experience
  • Steps away from everything Toronto has to offer
  • The people! Our community is known for its welcoming nature.

Katie Ablett
Web Site:
Tel.: 416-487-6708

Spring Session
Dates: May 18, 2020 — June 19, 2020
Admission criteria: 19+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $100
Accepts students with children: No


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