Program

Where to Explore?

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)
Campus Charlevoix (Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière)
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: July 02, 2019 — August 01, 2019
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
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:

  • Aerial park and ziplining day excursion to Forêt de Maître Corbeau
  • Overnight trip to Quebec City
  • Whale-watching excursion on the St. Lawrence River

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

Teresa Foord
ecoledefrancais@cegeprdl.ca
Web Site: ecoledelangues.cegeprdl.ca
Tel.: 418-862-6903 ext. 2381
Toll-free: 1-800-463-8016
Fax: 418-862-4959

Spring Session
Dates: May 12, 2019 — June 15, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: Yes
Summer Session
Dates: June 30, 2019 — August 03, 2019
Admission criteria: 16–17 years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $60
Accepts students with children: No
Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière
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

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 15, 2019 — June 14, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence, Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $20
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: July 02, 2019 — August 01, 2019
Admission criteria: 16-18 years old
Accommodation: Residence, Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $20
Accepts students with children: No
Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier
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:

  • Rafting
  • Explore Québec Workshop
  • Talent and Monitors show

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Quebec City region: historic attractions, tourism, events (outdoors, summer festival)
  • Green campus with full services, shopping centres
  • Veteran leaders, experienced instructors

Luis René Ayala
international@collegegarnier.qc.ca
Web Site: garnier-international.com/french-summer-program/overview/
Tel.: 418-681-0107 x 305

Summer Session
Dates: June 30, 2019 — August 02, 2019
Admission criteria: 16–17 years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $70
Accepts students with children: No
École d'immersion française, Université Western
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.

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

Spring Session
Dates: May 13, 2019 — June 12, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: July 08, 2019 — August 07, 2019
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
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:

  • Trip to La Mauricie National Park
  • A weekend in Quebec City
  • Over 25 tourist and cultural excursions within Quebec!

What makes this program special and unique:

  • 100 per cent francophone milieu
  • Free access to sports facilities
  • Inclusive program that welcomes First Nation and Inuit students

Geneviève Lemelin
ecole.de.francais@cegeptr.qc.ca
Web Site: www.frenchimmersionprogram.ca
Tel.: 819-376-1721 x2195
Fax: 819-691-1256

Summer Session
Dates: July 02, 2019 — August 02, 2019
Admission criteria: 16–17 years old
Accommodation: Residence, University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $40
Accepts students with children: No
Explore à La Pocatière, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta
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:

  • Trip 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: July 01, 2019 — August 02, 2019
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
Gaspé (QC)

Explore à Gaspé, été 2019! 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:

  • The outdoor activities and the contact with the community
  • A chance to talk to people in the community as part of directed or free-time activities

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

Summer Session
Dates: July 01, 2019 — August 01, 2019
Admission criteria: 16–17 years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $50
Accepts students with children: No
Université de Montréal
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:

  • Trip to Quebec City
  • Botanical gardens visit
  • Improv show

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Cosmopolitan urban setting
  • For-credit university program
  • Huge variety of sociocultural activities

Johnathan Grégoire
infolang@fep.umontreal.ca
Web Site: ecoledelangues.umontreal.ca/en/programs/french-as-a-second-language/explore-bursary/
Tel.: 514-343-6179
Toll-free: 1-800-363-8876
Fax: 514-343-5984

Summer Session
Dates: July 01, 2019 — August 02, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke (QC)

Nestled in the Eastern Townships, the Université de Sherbrooke offers a language immersion program to develop oral and written communication skills while discovering Quebec and francophone culture.  Advanced students take part in volunteer activities.

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Canada Day, lake, canoe and pedal boat, pool, BBQ, bonfire , music (free event)
  • Canoe camping in Mauricie
  • École d’été de français talent show

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Wide range of sociocultural and outdoor activities
  • University program leads to credits
  • Inclusive and safe environment to learn French and Quebec's culture

Marie-Maude Cayouette
eef@USherbrooke.ca
Web Site: eefsherbrooke.com
Tel.: 819-821-7940
Toll-free: 1-800-267-8337 x 67940
Fax: 819-821-7285

Spring Session
Dates: June 16, 2019 — July 20, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $20
Accepts students with children: No
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
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 encounters.

The activities preferred by participants:

  • Period costume day
  • The excursion 
  • The video gaming workshop 

What makes this program special and unique:

  • Completely Francophone home-stays
  • Experiential small-group teaching approach
  • University-level courses (French teachers with master’s degrees
  • Experiences, encounters, adventure

Solange Moreau
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 14, 2019 — June 14, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence, Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $50
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: July 03, 2019 — August 02, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence, Host Family
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $50
Accepts students with children: No
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
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

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: May 21, 2019 — June 20, 2019
Admission criteria: 19+ years old
Accommodation: University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
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:

  • Quebec-themed event  with folk music
  • Field trip to La Mauricie National Park
  • Trip to Quebec City

What makes this program special and unique:

  • The expertise and experience of EIF teachers is well known
  • Children can come along during the summer session
  • Completely francophone city

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

Spring Session
Dates: May 13, 2019 — June 14, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $50
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: July 01, 2019 — August 02, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: University Apartment
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Refundable deposit: $50
Accepts students with children: No
Université Laval
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)

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 13, 2019 — June 14, 2019
Admission criteria: 18+ years old
Accommodation: Residence
Non-refundable registration fee: $275
Accepts students with children: No
Summer Session
Dates: July 08, 2019 — August 09, 2019
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.