Take part in French language study and work programs

  • Explore (ages 13 to 15)
  • Explore 16+
  • Destination Clic
  • Odyssey

If you’re a secondary or post-secondary student, you can apply to 1 of these programs. You’ll improve your French, travel and meet new people in a francophone community in Canada.


  1. Explore (ages 13 to 15)

    Explore for students aged 13 to 15 is a 3-week French-immersion program. The program takes place in different locations during the summer.

    Students with any skill level in French can take part. Participants are placed in classes adapted to their language level.

    You’ll improve your French through diverse activities in a francophone community. You’ll also interact with people from different parts of Canada.

    During a typical day, you’ll have some classroom instruction and workshops such as:

    • photography;
    • theatre;
    • cooking; and
    • rock climbing.

    You’ll also enjoy cultural, social and outdoor activities such as:

    • field trips; and
    • visits to important cultural landmarks.

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    Eligibility

    To qualify, you must:

    • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. (People studying in Canada on a student visa are not eligible);
    • be a secondary or post-secondary student studying French as a 2nd language;
    • be 13, 14 or 15 years old by the time your Explore (ages 13 to 15) course begins; and
    • have been a full-time student for at least 1 term during the current school year.

    Costs

    The program provides funding that covers:

    • tuition;
    • instructional materials;
    • meals;
    • accommodation; and
    • most activities.

    These expenses are not covered:

    • registration fees;
    • travel expenses;
    • some optional activities; and
    • pocket money.

    Explore program travel bursary

    To offset some of your travel expenses you can apply to get the Explore program travel bursary.

    For more information and how to apply

    Visit the Explore program website.


  2. Explore 16+

    Explore 16+ is a 5-week French-immersion program. The program takes place in different locations during the summer and spring breaks.

    Students with any skill level in French can take part. Participants are placed in classes adapted to their language level.

    Secondary students can earn credits for graduation. Post-secondary students may get credit recognition depending on their institution.

    A typical day will depend on the chosen location and institution. You can expect classes and workshops adapted to your language level in the mornings. Workshops might include, among other topics:

    • theatre;
    • baking;
    • arts;
    • radio;
    • journalism; and
    • photography.

    You will spend afternoons doing things such as:

    • visiting the area;
    • outdoor activities;
    • sports; and
    • social activities.

    You can also expect some free time.

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    Eligibility

    To qualify, you must:

    • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. (People studying in Canada on a student visa are not eligible);
    • be a secondary or post-secondary student studying French as a 2nd language;
    • be at least 16 years old by the time your Explore 16+ course begins; and
    • have been a full-time student for at least 1 term during the current school year.

    Costs

    The program provides funding that covers:

    • tuition;
    • instructional materials;
    • meals;
    • accommodation; and
    • most activities.

    These expenses are not covered:

    • registration fees;
    • travel expenses;
    • some optional activities; and
    • pocket money.

    Explore program travel bursary

    To offset some of your travel expenses you can apply to get the Explore program travel bursary.

    For more information and how to apply

    Visit the Explore program website.


  3. Destination Clic

    Destination Clic is a 3-week summer program for francophone students. Participants are sent to a francophone community in:

    • Ontario;
    • New Brunswick; or
    • Quebec.

    This program will help you enrich your language skills. You will meet other francophone students from across Canada and discover another region.

    A typical day depends on the location since each program offers its own activities. You can expect a busy day enjoying a diversity of activities, such as:

    • courses;
    • workshops;
    • outings;
    • excursions to local attractions;
    • cultural events; and
    • sports.

    Eligibility

    To qualify, you must:

    • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. (People studying in Canada on a student visa are not eligible);
    • have your permanent residence outside of Quebec;
    • be enrolled in a French-language school (French as a 1st language), in Grade 8 or 9; and
    • have been a full-time student for at least 1 term during the current school year.

    Students who speak French as a 1st language but do not attend a French-language school may also apply. Further documentation or assessment may be required on your level of fluency.

    Costs

    The program provides funding that covers:

    • tuition;
    • instructional materials;
    • meals;
    • part for your travel costs;
    • accommodation; and
    • most activities.

    These expenses are not covered:

    • registration fees;
    • part of travel expenses;
    • some optional activities; and
    • pocket money.

    For more information and how to apply

    Visit the Destination Clic website.


  4. Odyssey

    Odyssey is a paid 9-month work experience in a school environment. It involves working as a language assistant with students in French or English, depending on the requirements of each province and territory

    Odyssey Yukon

    In the Yukon, we only offer positions for French as a second language assistant. You will work with elementary and high school students offering different types of programs (core French, intensive French, and French immersion). You may also be required to travel to Yukon communities.  

    As a language assistant, you will work in a classroom setting with teachers using games and activities to help students learn and improve their French-speaking skills. You will share culture and knowledge of the language through activities such as:

    • art;
    • music;
    • stories;
    • local expressions; 
    • humour; and
    • through other ways.

    You'll also help the Cultural Partnerships Officer organize and run yearly cultural activities such as sugar shacks, Chante-la ta chanson, La Folie Furieuse, etc. 

    You will be paid for 25 hours of work per week from September to May, for a maximum of 900 hours. Applications must be made via the Odyssey webpage.

    Salary and Benefits in the Yukon 

    You will receive a taxable salary of $30,600 ($30 per hour from the Council of Ministers of Education and an additional $4 per hour allowance paid by the Government of Yukon) for the 9-month term, plus 8% vacation pay.  

    Additionally, you will be paid on statutory holidays from October onward and benefit from 4 weeks of paid vacation (Winter break and Spring break). 

    Under certain conditions, if your posting work is over 200 km away from your home province or territory, you can qualify for an allowance to cover 2 return trips to your home.  

    Eligibility

    You are not required to have prior classroom experience to apply but you must:

    • be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada (people studying in Canada on a student visa are not eligible);
    • have solid written and oral French or English language skills (depending on the language in which you'll work); and
    • have completed within the last 10 years;
      • at least one full year of post-secondary studies, in either college or university (for studies outside Quebec in Canada);
      • two years of college-level studies or one full year of university (for studies in Quebec);
        For studies outside Canada, at least one full year of post-secondary studies, in either college or university. You will also need to submit a formal assessment of your academic credentials.

    For more information and how to apply

    Visit the Odyssey website. In the Yukon, we may accept applications during the school year. 

    This program is also offered across Canada, in French as a first language, French as a second language and English as a second language. 


Contact 

For questions, email [email protected] or phone 867-667-8237.