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The application period for spring and summer 2018 is over.

  • Bursary application deadline (1st draw): February 15, 2018
  • Transfer of applications to the CMEC: End of February 2018
  • Bursary draws: Beginning of March 2018


  • Bursary application deadline (supplementary draws): April 30, 2018
  • Transfer of applications to the CMEC: Mid-May
  • Bursary supplementary draws: To be determined

Program description

Explore offers bursary opportunities to graduating secondary school students and college and university students who want to experience a second-language immersion program in English or French. 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 for bursaries 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 bursaries declined by recipients have been reassigned to other candidates.

More than 3 000 bursaries are awarded to Québec students each year.