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Important

  • The application deadline for initial draw is February 15, 2019.
  • The file of eligible applicants will be transferred to the CMEC in late February 2019.
  • The initial draw will be held in early March 2019.
  • Additional draws will be held by individual institutions until all of their available spots have been filled.

Program description

The Explore program makes it possible for students to benefit from an immersion experience and improve their knowledge of one of Canada’s two official languages: French or English. The five-week spring or summer program makes it possible for participants to learn their second language at an accredited educational institution while discovering a region of Québec or the rest of Canada.

Explore is not a skills development program for bilingual students. For example, if you are enrolled at a post-secondary anglophone institution, your English-language skills will be too advanced for the program. 

Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage as part of the Official Languages Support Programs, Explore is offered throughout Canada under the aegis of provincial and territorial ministries of education and coordinated nationally by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). In Québec, the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur administers the Explore Program.

The random draw is conducted by the CMEC. The date of the initial draw will be posted on the official Explore website and Facebook page. Additional weekly draws are held by participating educational institutions until such time as all places declined by recipients have been reassigned to other candidates.

Every year, more than 3000 Québec students receive a financial contribution, enabling them to take part in the program.

NEW FOR 2019–THE YOUTH INITIATIVE!

Explore now includes a Youth Initiative component for young people of between 13 and 15 years of age. The initiative starts in the summer of 2019.

The goal of this three-week immersion program is to foster learning one of Canada’s two official languages: French or English. This new component will be offered in July or August at selected Canadian educational institutions. The list of participating schools will be available on the Explore website at www.myexplore.ca, in the “Youth Initiative” tab.

The financial contribution in the amount of $2000 is paid directly to host schools and is used to cover the cost of participating in the Youth Initiative, such as accommodations, meals and the course itself. Participants need only pay registration fees of $275 to the host school and cover the cost of transportation.

In all, some 500 youngsters of between 13 and 15 years of age will be able to take part in the first Youth Initiative, which is an integral part of Explore. The selection will take place by random draw in the spring of 2019.