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Bursary details

The bursaries, in the amount of $2 200, are awarded by random draw.

Bursaries are considered taxable income and are paid directly to the host educational institution, which will also provide you with the tax slips you need to attach to your tax return or, alternatively, inform you as to how to get them. Bursaries remain taxable even if the recipient is expelled or withdraws from the course.

You need to provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN) in order for the tax slips to be issued. You will lose your bursary if you fail to provide your SIN when you register with your host institutions.

Your bursary covers the cost of the following:

The following items are not covered:

Explore will not voluntarily match you with your friends or spouse in a single course. Since bursaries are only awarded by random draw, the odds are slim of being awarded a program bursary for the same session and location as your friends or spouse.

In addition, the names of other bursary recipients assigned to the same educational institution as you are kept confidential.

Registration package

If you are awarded a bursary, the institution where you will be studying in the spring or summer will provide you with a registration package. The package is usually available online.

The package’s contents and format vary among universities and colleges. In some cases, the package may be a successive series of emails.

The package contains the documents you need to set up your host institution file, as well as essential information with respect to confirming your acceptance of the Explore bursary and preparing for your program. The documents and information include the following:

  • the deadline for responding to the bursary offer you received
  • the official host institution registration form
  • the list of compulsory registration documents
  • other forms you must fill out (e.g. health, host family lodging, spoken language contract)
  • instructions on how to pay your non-refundable registration fees and, as applicable, the security deposit (that may be refunded in accordance with specific terms and conditions)
  • descriptions of optional activities, including any fees and registration procedures
  • information about the online language test, if any
  • available public transportation for travel to your host institution, as well as any special fares that you could benefit from, such as on VIA Rail and Porter Airlines
  • possibilities for greeting or accompanying minor-age students
  • availability of shuttles between the host institution and the closest airport or train station
  • academic materials and personal effects to bring with you
  • address of the school’s Facebook page for bursary recipients
  • information about the host institution and the region

Prior to your arrival, all the information you need should be available in English. If it is not the case, message your host institution.

Tests

Language test

You will take a language test on-site or online (at the discretion of the institution) prior to or at the start of the session.

The purpose of the test is to place you in a group according to your level of understanding of the second language:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Please note that the advanced level is still considered a learning experience and not a skills development program for bilingual individuals. For example, if you are enrolled at a post-secondary anglophone institution, your English-language skills will be too advanced for the program.

Progress tests and final examination

In addition to regular tests you will take during the course, an end-of-course examination will assess your overall progress.

Recognition of acquired competencies

Various schools award credits for completing the Explore Program that may or may not be recognized by the school you attend during the following academic year. You will need to check with the individual school to learn if and how recognition is handled.  

If you plan on having the credits recognized or on applying for an equivalency, make sure to keep all the documentation you may need, which includes:

  • your transcript
  • your specific Program course outline
  • the weekly schedule of courses and compulsory activities
  • the detailed session calendar
  • graded or commented personal assignments
  • proof of participation in optional activities
  • your official program attestation or certificate
  • a portfolio of items you created during the course