Program

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.

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Campus Charlevoix (Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière) - CANCELLED
Baie Saint-Paul (QC)

If you love nature, art, culture, eating well, and getting involved in the community, come and learn French in a unique environment. Baie-St-Paul in Charlevoix, is a small town situated on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, an hour from Quebec City and renowned for the beauty of its landscapes and for its whales. In the summer, the community is bustling with arts and francophone music festivals where Explore students can mingle with local residents and with tourists who arrive from all over Quebec, the rest of Canada, and other countries. Enjoy the taste of our region’s cuisine: Chef Patrick prepares delicious meals, using fresh and local products. With our team of dedicated teachers and counselors, you’ll find it is a pleasure to learn French. Welcome vegetarians and vegans!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Nature: Marine mammal Observation and St. Lawrence River excursions
  • Culture: Participation in Festif, a francophone music festival
  • Outdoor: Visit to the Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park

What makes this program special and unique:

  • The opportunity to discover the history of Charlevoix
  • The spectacular landscape with its breathtaking scenery, as well as the warm welcome from francophone locals
  • Staying in a heritage building (former convent)

Guy Paradis
immersion@cegepjonquiere.ca
Web Site: ceccharlevoix.ca
Tel.: 418-542-0352
Toll-free: 1-800-622-0352
Fax: 418-542-3536

Summer Session
Dates: June 29, 2020 — July 30, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $20
Accepts students with children: No
Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup - CANCELLED
Rivière-du-Loup (QC)

The École de français du Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup—where the whole city is your classroom! Passionate teachers use an innovative educational approach to learning French, and specialized monitors share their expertise in afternoon workshops. This dynamic community on the banks of the St. Lawrence River has been warmly welcoming FSL students for over 40 years. Homestay, residence, volunteering, Languages at Work—a unique linguistic and cultural immersion experience awaits you. 

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Whale watching cruise
  • Bic National Park
  • A day at the beach (plage du Lac-de-l’Est)

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Homestay experience (spring) and dynamic residence life (summer)
  • An innovative pedagogical approach — courses based on CEFRL with a task-based approach
  • Specialized facilitators

Audrey Grégoire
ecoledefrancais@cegeprdl.ca
Web Site: ecoledelangues.cegeprdl.ca
Tel.: 418-862-6903 ext. 2417
Toll-free: 1-800-463-8016
Fax: 418-862-4959

Spring Session
Dates: May 10, 2020 — June 12, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: Yes
Summer Session
Dates: June 28, 2020 — July 31, 2020
Admission criteria: 16–17 years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière - CANCELLED BUT ONLINE
Jonquière (QC)

In Jonquière, we have top-notch teaching, abundant activities, and opportunities to use French after class. Choose homestay accommodations or student residence. Meet local and international French speakers in an exceptional learning environment. The Language at Work program (spring session only) offers an opportunity to find work after the program. A convenient and affordable shuttle service from Quebec City makes Jonquière more accessible than ever! Come and Explore adventures in language and culture!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Discover nature’s splendor the majestic fjord, a nature-lover’s DREAM
  • The two-week-long Jonquière music festival AWESOME
  • Organized activities with the local residents – a language learner’s MUST

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Jonquière campus in the heart of the city
  • Art and Media Technology, a state-of-the-art facility for hands-on experience in journalism, radio, and television
  • Host families renowned for their hospitality and cuisine

(Online French for 16–18-year-olds)

From June 29 to July 16, 2020 (1 hr 15 min. per day Monday to Thursday)

•Dynamic, participatory teaching focused on oral communication

•Interactive learning

•Team projects

•Groups of 8 to 10 participants

•Cost: $140

•Limited spaces

https://langues-jonquiere.ca/en/programs-for-youth.html

Contact person: Guy Paradis, GuyParadis@cegepjonquiere.ca

Guy Paradis
immersion@cegepjonquiere.ca
Web Site: www.langues-jonquiere.ca
Tel.: 418-542-0352
Toll-free: 1-800-622-0352
Fax: 418-542-3536

Spring Session
Dates: May 18, 2020 — June 17, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $20
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: June 29, 2020 — July 29, 2020
Admission criteria: 16-18 years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $50
Accepts students with children: No
Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier - CANCELLED
Quebec City (QC)

If you want to learn French in a francophone community while discovering beautiful Quebec City (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and making friends from around the world, choose Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier. For over 30 years, participants have relied on the dynamism and professionalism of first-rate teachers and motivated activity leaders. You will experience authentic French-Canadian culture, go on unforgettable activities and excursions, and fulfill your thirst for adventure. Come and have the BEST five weeks of your life!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Outdoor activities: rafting, hiking, etc.
  • Explore Québec workshop
  • The talent and monitors shows

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Quebec City region: historic attractions, tourism, events (outdoors, summer festival)
  • Green campus with full services, shopping centres
  • Welcoming and inclusive environment

Luis René Ayala
international@collegegarnier.qc.ca
Web Site: www.garnier-international.com/en/en-francais-a-quebec
Tel.: 418-681-0107 x 305

Summer Session
Dates: July 05, 2020 — August 07, 2020
Admission criteria: 16–17 years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $90
Accepts students with children: No
École d'immersion française, Université Western - CANCELLED
Trois-Pistoles (QC)

Western University’s French Immersion School, located in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, is Canada’s oldest and most renowned French immersion program. We offer degree-credit courses, homestays with local residents, and a vibrant sociocultural program as well as the Languages at Work program. Learn and live French in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Trip to Quebec City
  • Whale-watching excursion
  • Excursions to Mont Albert and Parc du Bic

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Rich, high-quality, well-organized program with an 85-year history
  • Credits transferrable to most postsecondary institutions
  • Whole town is your campus – a living language laboratory.

Kathy Asari
tpistole@uwo.ca
Web Site: frenchimmersion.uwo.ca/EXPLORE/index.html
Tel.: 519-661-3637
Fax: 519-850-2313

Spring Session
Dates: May 11, 2020 — June 12, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: July 06, 2020 — August 07, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
École de français, Cégep de Trois-Rivières - CANCELLED
Trois-Rivières (QC)

Trois-Rivières is an up-and-coming city attractively situated right between Quebec City and Montreal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. This secure and totally francophone port city is proud of its tremendous history and tradition, and its residents (the Trifluviens) are known for their friendliness and open-mindedness. Trois-Rivières is set in a gorgeous landscape and offers a number of attractions. Come and experience the École de français du Cégep de Trois-Rivières!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Weekend in Montreal
  • Camping trip in Quebec City
  • More than 20 different optional activities every day!

What makes this program special and unique:

  • 100 per cent francophone environment 
  • Tons of activities and trips offered
  • Residences are right across the streets!

Geneviève Lemelin
ecole.de.francais@cegeptr.qc.ca
Web Site: ecoledefrancais.ca
Tel.: 819-376-1721 x 2087
Fax: 819-691-1256

Summer Session
Dates: June 30, 2020 — July 31, 2020
Admission criteria: 16–17 years old
Accommodation: University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $40
Accepts students with children: No
Explore à La Pocatière, Campus Saint-Jean, U of A - CANCELLED
La Pocatière (QC)

Are you a student at a Canadian university? Are you functionally fluent in French (NCLC Level 5 or CEFR Level B1, or higher)? Are you planning to teach French, or to teach in French, after you graduate? Are you interested in improving your spoken French and experiencing francophone Canadian culture? Then you’ll love this opportunity to immerse yourself for five weeks in a unilingual French-speaking city on the shore of the St. Lawrence River and work with experienced teachers to expand your command of French!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Cultural activities for future teachers
  • Pedagogical activities for future teachers
  • Discovery day trips in the Kamouraska region

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Exclusively francophone environment
  • French classes based on action and communicative approaches
  • Free activities daily until 10 p.m.

Stéphane Lemelin
explore@ualberta.ca
Web Site: frenchimmersionschool.ca/french-immersion-programs/explore-program,3,12
Tel.: Tel.: 418-292-2001
Fax: Fax: 418-856-5611

Spring Session
Dates: May 11, 2020 — June 12, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $40
Accepts students with children: No
Explore à La Pocatière, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta - CANCELLED
La Pocatière (QC)

Immerse yourself in francophone culture in La Pocatière — a safe and beautiful French-speaking town on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. In the morning, you will study French with dedicated and engaged teachers. In the afternoon, you will attend supervised workshops in dance, theatre, arts, sports, or journalism, or go on exciting outings to Quebec City, Grosse Île, or an Arbraska park. In the evening, you can chat with the friendly locals, go to a festive masquerade ball, or just relax by a campfire on the riverbank. By the time you leave, you will have made remarkable progress in the French language as well as some happy memories and enduring friendships.

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Trips to Quebec City and Grosse-Île
  • Outing to the Village Vacances Valcartier
  • Beluga whales tour

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Exclusively francophone environment
  • French classes based on action and communicative approaches.
  • Free activities daily until 10 p.m. 

Stéphane Lemelin
explore@ualberta.ca
Web Site: frenchimmersionschool.ca/french-immersion-programs/explore-program,3,12
Tel.: 418-292-2001
Fax: 418-856-5611

Summer Session
Dates: June 29, 2020 — July 31, 2020
Admission criteria: 16-17 years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $40
Accepts students with children: No
La Cité universitaire francophone, Université de Regina - CANCELLED
Gaspé (QC)

Explore à Gaspé, été 2020! Focused on developing oral communication skills through authentic conversational situations, the La Cité universitaire francophone’s unique program makes full use of the magnificent natural surroundings of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles in order to make learning French an active and stimulating experience. Imagine sailing, hiking, and camping in French! Come learn French and have outdoor fun in beautiful Gaspésie!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Camping
  • Canyoning
  • Activities with the community

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Outdoor programming
  • Group size class and activity, around 14 students
  • Interaction with the francophone community

Abdoulaye Yoh
cite@uregina.ca
Web Site: lacite.uregina.ca/en/uni/services/travel/explore
Tel.: 306-585-4828
Toll-free: 1-866-214-8097
Fax: 306-585-5183

Summer Session
Dates: June 28, 2020 — July 30, 2020
Admission criteria: 16–17 years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $50
Accepts students with children: No
Université de Montréal - CANCELLED
Montreal (QC)

The École de langues team invites you to experience a stimulating language environment with a decidedly urban flavour. You can learn French at the largest French-speaking university in North America while discovering the vibrant city life of Montréal and Quebec’s francophone culture. Our program is especially designed to offer you a complete learning package. In our credit courses (for a total of six university credits), you will develop a range of French-language skills, particularly your ability to communicate orally. Dynamic workshops and a variety of activities will offer you plenty of chances to practise your newly acquired language skills. This summer, take advantage of an unforgettable language-learning opportunity with our well-qualified language instructors and our highly motivated activity leaders.

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Fireworks
  • Trip to Quebec City
  • Dancing at Mount Royal

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Credited program
  • 15% of students’ final grade is based on participation in social/cultural activities
  • Cosmopolitan urban setting

Johnathan Grégoire
infolang@fep.umontreal.ca
Web Site: ecoledelangues.umontreal.ca/en/linguistic-stays/explore-bursary/
Tel.: 514-343-6179
Toll-free: 1-800-363-8876

Summer Session
Dates: July 01, 2020 — August 01, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi - CANCELLED BUT ONLINE
Chicoutimi (QC)

The Explore program in the Saguenay region offers an unforgettable experience in a charming small country town, with enthusiastic, dynamic, and dedicated teachers and monitors. The learning process, which focuses on spoken French in small groups, can be tailored to each person’s needs. Learn French in a completely Francophone setting and immerse yourself in our many enjoyable cultural events, activities, and many other amazing features to discover. Welcome to Chicouti-life!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Many outdoor activities and trips (hiking, whale watching, etc.) 
  • Le Chicou-café, a charming place to gather with friends
  • Our Vintage day, where real musicians play folklore music

What makes this program special and unique:

  • The importance of the local culture in a completely francophone community
  • The welcoming Chicouti-families who help provide a full French immersion
  • University-level courses (French teachers with master’s degrees)

Fall session: Short French language learning program (spoken and written) for non-French speakers (12 credits) (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) – 100% online

• French classes primarily focused on oral communication
• Experienced, highly qualified teachers
• Small groups (no more than 12 students)
• University credits (may be transferable)
• Classes on Quebec culture
• Social and cultural activities
• Dynamic and experienced activity leaders
• Competitively priced

http://elf.uqac.ca/english/dates-and-costs/fall/

Guylaine Malaison
elf@uqac.ca
Web Site: elf.uqac.ca
Tel.: 418-545-5036
Toll-free: 1-888-545-5036
Fax: 418-545-5353

Spring Session
Dates: May 19, 2020 — June 19, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Host Family, University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $60
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: July 06, 2020 — August 07, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence, Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $60
Accepts students with children: No
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) - CANCELLED BUT ONLINE
Montreal (QC)

Experiencing UQAM's FSL immersion means mixing fun with learning the French language and discovering the warmth and culture of Quebec. Participants take part in various educational activities designed to boost and strengthen language skills, notably theatre and pronunciation workshops. Homework, while part of the Explore adventure, feel a lot lighter when you get to go on field trips to discover the heart and soul of Quebec’s cities. Our high-added-value conferences on Quebec songs and legends are worth the trip!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Group presentations are opportunities to work on language skills
  • Outdoor activities in two Montreal parks
  • Exploration of Quebec's French historical sites on the banks of the St. Lawrence River

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Multi-level activities
  • Specialized workshops that focus on conversation
  • Group outings in parks and public markets are conducive to spontaneous French conversation

Non-accredited language training at UQAM

Distance learning

Shape your future, improve your French! Do you want to learn or improve French to speak it more fluently, while discovering certain cultural aspects of Montreal?”

http://langues-immersion.uqam.ca/en/our-programs/online-course.html

Contact person: Danielle Paquette, paquette.danielle@uqam.ca

Danielle Paquette
explore@uqam.ca
Web Site: langues-immersion.uqam.ca/fr/nos-programmes/programme-explore-pour-etudiants-canadiens.html
Tel.: 514-987-3000, ext. 6109
Fax: 514-987-4349

Spring Session
Dates: June 22, 2020 — July 24, 2020
Admission criteria: 19+ years old
Accommodation: University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières - CANCELLED
Trois-Rivières (QC)

The École internationale de français has been offering outstanding language courses since 1974.   In a totally francophone city, improve your written and oral skills to communicate efficiently in French. Participate in dynamic cultural activities, workshops and field trips, including visits to Quebec City and Montreal. Enjoy our modern facilities: Wi-Fi campus, cycling path, olympic pool, indoor and outdoor jogging tracks, modern gym, library, student café, etc.  Bring your child along!

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Trip to Quebec City
  • Trip to Montreal
  • Sugar shack outing

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Immersion program in a francophone environment
  • The expertise and experience of EIF teachers
  • Children can come along during the summer session

Daniel Lavoie
eif@uqtr.ca
Web Site: www.uqtr.ca/eif
Tel.: 819-376-5124
Toll-free: 1-888-343-8645
Fax: 819-376-5166

Spring Session
Dates: May 10, 2020 — June 12, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $50
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: June 28, 2020 — July 31, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $50
Accepts students with children: Yes
Université Laval - CANCELLED BUT ONLINE
Quebec City (QC)

This summer, sign up for French as a foreign language credit courses at Université Laval’s École de langues. This unique program is delivered by a team of experienced instructors and motivated group leaders, and alternates between classroom and sociocultural activities to create lively interaction among participants. Our campus is located in beautiful Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an inspiring and stimulating place to study.

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Hiking in different national and provincial parks.
  • Evenings of canoeing on the Saint-Charles River.
  • Visiting museums and historical sites.

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Intensive university program offering academic credits
  • A wide variety of activities that can be purchased online before arrival
  • A state-of-the-arts sports centre (largest in Eastern Canada)

Online intensive French program (5-week), from July 6 to August 9 

Our online program offers courses for intermediate and advanced learners and includes sociocultural activities that reinforce language learning and practice, while also providing an introduction to Quebec’s unique culture. Our real-time online classes encompass team work, individual learning activities, and multimedia lab practice.  

https://www.flsh.ulaval.ca/en/ecole-langues/academics/french-second-foreign-language/intensive-courses-5-week

Contact person: Jean-Francois Faucher, Jean-Francois.Faucher@elul.ulaval.ca

Jean-François Faucher
exp@elul.ulaval.ca
Web Site: www.elul.ulaval.ca/en/our-courses/french-as-a-foreign-language/intensive-courses/boursiers-explore/bursary-recipients/
Tel.: 418-656-2321
Toll-free: 1-877-606-1122 x 2321

Spring Session
Dates: May 11, 2020 — June 12, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: July 06, 2020 — August 07, 2020
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No

Questions?

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