Explore is a five-week intensive language-immersion program, adapted to your level. You can take the course in the spring or summer.
Participants in Explore receive a bursary that covers tuition fees for the program, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities. The educational institution you will be attending receives the bursary directly. Since it is considered taxable income, you will need to have your personal Social Insurance Number (SIN).
Bursaries are awarded by random draw. Priority is given to first-time applicants, and every effort is made to place you at one of the schools you have chosen.
Participants live in a student residence on campus or with a homestay family whose members speak French.
To be eligible to apply, you must meet all of the following criteria:
• be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
• be at least in Grade 11 (Secondary 5 in Quebec) during the current school year or be at the postsecondary level;
• have been a full-time student for at least one term during the current school year.
NOTE: you must also be at least 16 years old on the first day of the course.
I studied at University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières for 5 weeks during the spring of 2016. It was really the best experience in my life. Thanks to the Explore program, I met many amazing people from all regions of Canada. In addition, I improved my French and better understood Quebec culture. It was an unforgettable experience and I would like to return to Quebec in the future. A big thank you to the teachers and the animators at EIF for this amazing experience!
This July I was able to take part in the Explore program in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I never really intended to go to Winnipeg (it being my last and unintentional choice) but I had a really wonderful experience there! I was able to improve my French A LOT and gain a lot more confidence in my speaking abilities. The people I met here, the teachers, and monitors were all exceptional. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn French/improve their French, as well as those who want to meet new people and take part in a great learning experience. J'adore Explore!
I had the time of my life at the Explore program! Five weeks of eating, learning, and even dreaming in French, all the while forming life-long friendships! My french is much better, and I've learned more about Quebec culture in these five weeks than I ever thought possible. I would highly recommend this to everyone, regardless their level of French!