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In order to qualify for the 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 Explore bursaries.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age on the first day of your course.
  • You must have completed Secondary V in Québec (grade 11 in the rest of Canada) or have begun your post-secondary studies prior to the start of the 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.

Age requirement

Minimum age required by the host institution

It is mandatory to have reached the minimum age stipulated by the host institution by the first day of the session. You also must not have reached your 18th birthday by the end of the session if you wish to enroll in a program for 16- and 17-year-old bursary recipients.

As an example, if you are 16 years old, you will not be able to apply to institutions that offer their program to individuals who are at least 17 years of age, even if you turn 17 during the session. No exceptions will be allowed, even for a day or two.

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 received an Explore Bursary and wish to participate in the program again

You are entitled to apply for a bursary 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 bursary recipients, 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.

You are a vocational training or adult education student

In order to participate in the Explore Program , you must have completed:

  • At least Secondary V or equivalent
  • A full-time minimum 13-week term during the current year

Ask for more information from the academic or guidance counsellor at your school or school board.