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Are you looking for a spring or summer program to learn French? Do you want to discover another region of Canada and meet new people? Go Explore!



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Explore offers a bit of everything! If you like fun workshops and organized activities…

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Some of the participants’ favourite activities are centred around fun workshops or organized activities. For example, participants at Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière attend organized activities with local residents, and Université de Montréal organizes fun language workshops and themed evening events. Université du Québec à Montréal students go on a photo safari to discover Montreal, while those at Université de Saint-Boniface attend a multimedia workshop where participants print their own 3-D projects.

Past participants’ three favourite activities have been added to the Where to Explore page to highlight what makes each program special and unique. Check out that page before selecting your three preferred study locations in order to choose institutions that offer the activities best suited to your interests rather than choosing institutions based solely on their location.

Note: These activities can be optional or mandatory and may or may not be subject to fees.




Explore offers a bit of everything! If you like trips and outings…

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Some of the participants’ favourite activities are centred around trips and outings. For example, students at the University of Victoria visit Butchart Gardens, and students at La Cité universitaire francophone, Université de Regina, go on a boat cruise to Percé. Participants at Université Saint-Boniface spend a day exploring a corner of Manitoba, while students at La Cité collégiale get an authentic sugar-shack experience. Students at École d’immersion française, Université Western, Cégep Rivière-du-Loup, Université Laval, and Université Sainte-Anne go whale watching, while students at Glendon College go to a Toronto Blue Jays game and take a trip to Niagara Falls. École d’immersion française, Université Western, Cégep Rivière-du-Loup, École de français, Cégep de Trois-Rivières, and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières take participants on a trip to Quebec City. Students at Collège Saint-Charles Garnier go to Montmorency Falls, while those at Université du Québec à Montréal visit French-Canadian historical sites along the Saint Lawrence River. Participants at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières go on a field trip to La Mauricie National Park, and participants at Université Sainte-Anne visit Grand Pré, Port Royal, and Mavillette Beach Provincial Park. Students at Université de Moncton go on an excursion to Hopewell Rocks and a lobster-fishing cruise on the Bay of Fundy.

Past participants’ three favourite activities have been added to the Where to Explore page to highlight what makes each program special and unique. Check out that page before selecting your three preferred study locations in order to choose institutions that offer the activities best suited to your interests rather than choosing institutions based solely on their location.

Note: These activities can be optional or mandatory and may or may not be subject to fees.




Explore offers a bit of everything! If you like museums and learning centres…

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Some of the participants’ favourite activities are centred around visits to museums and learning centres. For example, students at Université Saint-Boniface visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Those at the University of Saskatchewan take a tour of the Canadian Light Source facility, as well as the U. of S. Observatory and the Diefenbaker Canada Centre. Collège Boréal organizes an outing to Science North, while La Cité collégiale organizes trips to Parliament and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as weekly visits to some of Canada’s top museums.

Past participants’ three favourite activities have been added to the Where to Explore page to highlight what makes each program special and unique. Check out that page before selecting your three preferred study locations in order to choose institutions that offer the activities best suited to your interests rather than choosing institutions based solely on their location.

Note: These activities can be optional or mandatory and may or may not be subject to fees.

 




Explore offers a bit of everything! If you like sports and outdoor activities…

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Some of the participants’ favourite activities are centred around sports and outdoor activities. For example, participants at the University of Victoria, La Cité universitaire francophone, Université de Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, and Université de Sherbrooke go on a fun camping weekend. Explore à La Pocatière participants at Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, and those at Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier can go to the Village Vacances Valcartier. Students at La Cité universitaire francophone, Université de Regina, go canyoning, while the University of Saskatchewan recreates The Amazing Race show at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Participants at École d’immersion française, Université Western, go on excursions to Mont Albert and Parc du Bic, while those at Glendon College go to Canada’s Wonderland amusement park. Cégep Rivière-du-Loup organizes an outing to an aerial park where participants get to try ziplining. Students at Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière explore a fjord, while those at Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier go rafting. Université de Sherbrooke organizes a Canada Day celebration that includes canoe trips, pedal boats, swimming, a campfire, music, and a barbecue. Participants at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi go for a fantastic hike along the fjord and spend a day in the woods doing activities like canoeing. Université Laval also organizes canoeing on the river in La Haute-Saint-Charles, while participants at Université de Moncton get to go to TreeGO aerial adventures.

Past participants’ three favourite activities have been added to the Where to Explore page to highlight what makes each program special and unique. Check out that page before selecting your three preferred study locations in order to choose institutions that offer the activities best suited to your interests rather than choosing institutions based solely on their location.

Note: These activities can be optional or mandatory and may or may not be subject to fees.




Explore offers a bit of everything! If you like music, culture, and celebrations…

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Some of the participants’ favourite activities are centred around music, culture, celebrations, banquets, and themed weeks. For example, participants at Université Laval form friendships at an evening banquet, while students at Collège Boréal celebrate “La fête de la Saint-Jean” and attend a First Nation powwow. There is a two-week-long music festival at Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière, and a week of themed activities around Indigenous culture at École de français, Cégep de Trois-Rivières. At both Université de Sherbrooke and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, students are invited to showcase their performance skills in a talent show. Participants at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières can attend a Quebec-themed event with folk music, while those at the University of Victoria can try African drumming.

Past participants’ three favourite activities have been added to the Where to Explore page to highlight what makes each program special and unique. Check out that page before selecting your three preferred study locations in order to choose institutions that offer the activities best suited to your interests rather than choosing institutions based solely on their location.

Note: These activities can be optional or mandatory and may or may not be subject to fees.




Nine ways that Explore changed my life

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1.    Living on my own
I expected to attend classes, workshops, and activities and improve my French. However, I did not expect to do my own laundry, cook, empty my own trash, clean my own apartment, and go grocery shopping! It was my first time away from home, and although I missed home at first, I really enjoyed the freedom and living like a grown-up!

2.    Learning much more than just a language
It’s not just a language, but a culture and way of living. Learning French in the heart of rural Quebec gave me an understanding that had eluded me before.

3.    How much my confidence would grow
I used to be shy in general, and twice as shy when I needed to speak French! At Explore, we were continually encouraged to step out of our comfort zone. I gained confidence in my French and in myself generally. I blossomed like a flower in the sunshine!

4.    Making friends from around the world
I knew that Explore was a program funded by Canadian Heritage for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. I expected to meet many fellow Canadians, but I ended up making friends from around the world! Now I can travel to other countries and have friends to visit there!

5.    How much it would change my future
Through Explore, I learned not only a new language and culture, but about health issues as well (from the many debates and workshops I signed up for) and have since changed my major from economics to health studies. (I even take some of my classes in French!) For me, Explore was not only five weeks of adventure and fun, but also a starting point for many more opportunities to come!

6.    How annoying my family and friends would find me
I can’t stop talking about Explore! All my sentences start with “One time, at Explore….” I’m having major Explore withdrawal symptoms!

7.    How it would turn out to be the hardest thing I’d ever done
Not only was leaving home to go to Explore very hard, but leaving Explore was even harder!

8.    How supportive everyone was
The teachers, monitors, staff, and your peers all really want you to succeed!

9.    How much Explore would change me
Through Explore, I was able to reinvent myself and discover a part of me that I never knew existed. I found out a lot about my own personality. I was able to “be someone else” and try new things. Since I came back, my parents have told me I’ve gained 10 years in maturity!




Registration is now open!

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The registration period has begun. This means that between now and February 15, 2017, you may submit an application to the Explore program either by:

• Clicking on the “Sign up / Sign in” link at the top of this page;
• Clicking on “Click here to apply!” under the Apply tab; or
• Clicking on “Click here to apply!” button on the right-hand side of this page.
    o If you are a Quebec resident, click here to be redirected to the Quebec application portal.

Click here to read the eight easy steps to applying!

You can choose up to three institutions you would prefer to attend. You can also indicate whether you’re willing to go to other provinces if your top three choices are not available; if so, you could receive a bursary to another institution that is not one of your top three choices. 

For example, if you choose three Quebec institutions that offer credits (because that is important to you), but indicate that you are also willing to go elsewhere in Quebec, you might get a bursary for a Quebec institution that doesn’t offer credits.

Once you receive a bursary, you have the option to accept or decline it. However, you cannot exchange it for another session or institution, defer it to another year, or transfer it to a friend. And except in very exceptional circumstances, you cannot decline a bursary and then go back on the waiting list.

So, when deciding where you want to study, be sure that you can accept a bursary to any institution you’ve listed on your application. And be aware that you can change your choices right up until you receive a bursary, i.e., after you have submitted your application, after the deadline, and even after the pan-Canadian draw (as long as you are on the waiting list).

If you have any questions, you can always reach us using the contact form below or by calling 1-877-866-4242.

Best of luck!




The bursary draw was held on April 6!

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Sign in to your profile now and verify your status.  

If your status is “Bursary Recipient”, congratulations, you have received a bursary! Although this is very exciting news, please do not contact the educational institution you have been assigned to just yet. You will be hearing from them in the week to come.

If your status is “Wait List”, do not despair, there is still hope! Starting in mid-April, draws will be taking place twice a week until all of the places have been filled. Should your status change, you will receive an e-mail notification; however, be sure to sign in to your profile often to verify any status changes.




The bursary draw is coming up!

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We’re getting ready for the draw! It might take some time to make sure that everything is perfect before launching the pan-Canadian lottery.

Once we know the exact date of the draw, we’ll announce it on our social media, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest information!

After the draw, you’ll receive an e-mail letting you know that your status has changed. You will have to log in to your www.myexplore.ca account.

If your status is “Bursary recipient,” congratulations, you’ve obtained a bursary! The institution will be contacting you shortly with more details.

If your status is “Waiting List” don’t despair! There will be smaller draws every week until all the places have been filled, so keep checking your inbox!

If you have not obtained a bursary, you can change your choice of institutions by accessing your profile.

Fingers crossed!




Changing your choice of institutions

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As the deadline is coming up, we want to remind you that you can always change your choice of institutions — even after you have applied and submitted your documents — by accessing your profile. Make sure you save your changes, and there will be no need to let us know that you have made changes or to print another Declaration, as your changes are automatically registered in your profile.

You can also change your choices after the deadline, and you can even change them after the bursary draw (as long as you have not yet been awarded a bursary).

Best of luck!