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Eligibility

In order to qualify for the main Explore program, you need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Student visa holders are not eligible for the program.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age on the first day of your Explore course.
  • You must have been a full-time student for at least one session of the current academic year at an educational institution that is recognized by the Ministère.

In order to qualify for the Explore Youth Initiative, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Student visa holders are not eligible for the program.
  • You must be at least 13 years of age on the first day of your Explore course.
  • You must have been a full-time student during the current school year at an educational institution that is recognized by the Ministère.

Age requirement

Minimum age required by the host institution

Minimum and maximum age equirements for the entire duration of the session at the host school are strictly enforced.

For example, if you are 17 years old when the session begins but turn 18 during the course, you will not be eligible for schools that offer the program to students who are 16 and/or 17 years of age. Similarly, if you are 16, you will not qualify at schools that offer the program to students who are 17 years of age or older even if you turn 17 during the session. No exceptions will be made, not even for a single day.

Legal age

Each province sets its own rules regarding legal age requirements. Please pay special attention to local rules that apply to tobacco and alcohol consumption.

You have already participated to the Explore program and wish to participate again

You are entitled to apply every year as long as you meet the following criteria:

Please note, however, that priority is given to individuals who have not yet participated in the program.

The Languages at Work Program

You are not allowed to work during your participation in the Explore Program, but once your immersion course ends, you may continue to perfect your second language skills while working in the Languages at Work program. Designed for Explore participants, this program, offered by a limited number of institutions, provides on-site summer employment opportunities once the five-week immersion course ends. Please bring your résumé with you.