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The Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries section of our website includes information about exchange opportunities for which government funding is available.
Immersing children in an entirely French environment is one of the best ways to develop their oral communication skills, their love of the language, and their appreciation of cultural differences.
Check out our extensive list of exchanges and excursions available to children in Canada!
BC – Quebec Exchange Program Offered by British Columbia’s Ministry of Education, the BC – Quebec Exchange Program enables BC students in grade 10 and 11 to spend 3 months living in Quebec. Students must apply in grade 9 or 10 to go on exchange the following year. In the fall of the exchange year, B.C. students and their families welcome the Quebec students who they were matched with into their homes. For three months, the B.C. and Quebec students attend school and participate in local activities together In late January, the B.C. students travel to Quebec, and spend three months there living with the Quebec students and their families, attending school, and experiencing Quebecois culture.There is no application fee for the program, and all travel costs are covered by the Ministry of Education.You can find more information on the program web page at www.gov.bc.ca/QuebecExchange
The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (SWSE) is a six-week summer program for 16- and 17-year-old youth. In British Columbia, each English-speaking participant is matched with a French-speaking participant from Québec, and the two youth are hosted in each other’s homes to deepen their cultural experience. Youth are also provided with a full-time summer job in the non-profit or public sector of the local community in which they are being hosted, and are paid the provincial minimum wage for their community involvement work. This aspect of the program gives participants invaluable work experience in day camps, child care centres, museums, libraries, offices, and other settings, a chance to use their second official language in practical situations on a daily basis, and ultimately, instills a passion for community involvement that youth bring home with them to their own communities upon their return.
Download bilingual flyer: YMCA Summer Work Exchange Flyer
Experiences Canada (Formerly SEVEC) is a national charitable organization that has been providing educational exchanges, trips and forums for Canadian youth for 75 years. Over 350,000 youth have benefitted from their programming.Experiences Canada’s mission is to create, facilitate and promote enriching educational opportunities for youth within Canada for the development of increased appreciation and understanding through programs of exploration in language, culture and community. Known for its youth exchange program (Youth Exchanges Canada), Experiences Canada has recently added Youth Saluting Youth to its programming, as well as expanded its forum facilitation. For more details visit: http://www.experiencescanada.ca/
More French exchange, learning & travel opportunities:
L’Auberge du Mont offers all-inclusive Nature & Culture programs specially designed for groups from English schools with a strong French immersion focus. Programs are conducted in French, in keeping with the group’s level and pace of learning. They feature a carefully balanced blend of educational, cultural, and physical activities, including tours of Québec City sights and attractions, language and intercultural games, outdoor activities, and environmental education workshops. The programs run from five to eight days and are custom tailored to teacher needs and preferences. They give students a true taste of Québec culture through a wide variety of learning experiences, using an interactive approach that keeps students motivated. They also offer a hands-on immersion experience that provides students with a genuine opportunity to put their French second language skills to the test.
AFS Interculture Canada is a non-profit association offering tours, camps, exchanges and school programs worldwide. Year-long and summer programs for students 15 to 18 year of age as well as opportunities to host students from other countries.
Blue Metropolis Foundation is a leader in innovative educational programming that puts young writers and readers in touch with professional writers in French and in English. Through in-person meetings and videoconferencing, our curriculum-appropriate projects inspire young people to create remarkable texts, visual images and podcasts. They offer several educational programs in French across the country.
Bouchereau Lingua International is a language school based in the City of Quebec and Montreal. BLI school offers French language courses and cultural immersion programs for teens, adults and student groups. BLI programs aim to develop conversational, grammatical, vocabulary, listening and pronunciation skills. The school offers also preparation courses for TEFaQ/TEF, TCF, DEFL and DALF exams. BLI arranges also accommodation placement for their students if needed.
Montreal address: 70 rue Notre Dame Ouest, suite 400 Montreal, Quebec Canada H2Y 1S6
Quebec City address: 763 rue St-Joseph E. suite 104 Quebec, Quebec Canada G1K 3C6
Burns Bog Conservation Society (Delta) offers a unique interpretive tour experience through Burns Bog. Students will learn about ecology and environmental wellness in Metro Vancouver, native plants (including the edible ones!) and animals, and the interesting features unique to a bog such as Burns Bog.Tours are offered in English, French, and English with additional French vocabulary for beginners. $150 per class per two hour tour. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-572-0373 for more details.
Canadian Education Exchange Foundation offers exchanges for school groups or individual students to 6 different countries. Non profit organization.
Address: 250 Bayview Dr., Barrie, ON, L4N 4Y8
Phone: (705) 739-7596
Fax: (705) 739-7764
Canadian Centre Linguistique du Collège de Jonquière has language training services intended for all those wishing to learn a second or foreign language (French, English, Spanish). Their programs focuses on developing conversational, listening and pronunciation skills, as well as vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Private or group courses as well as language immersion programs are offered in both their Ottawa and Jonquière centres.
Address: 2505, rue Saint-Hubert, Jonquière, QC, G7X 7W2
Phone (418) 542-0352 or 1-800-622-0352
Address: 255, rue Albert, bureau 600, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6A9
Telephone (613) 566-7004 or 1-800-600-4098
CMEC (Canadian Ministers of Education, Canada) offers Language Learning and Exchange Programs created to encourage individuals to learn both of Canada’s official languages and to discover the rich cultures associated with these languages through extensive contact with their linguistic and cultural environments.
Encounters with Canada is Canada’s largest youth forum. Every week of the school year, 120-138 teens from across Canada (ages 14-17) come to Ottawa; there, they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career themes, develop their civic leadership skills, and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. Over 78,000 youth have lived the EWC experience so far!
Exchanges Canada allows young Canadians to discover the people, places, legends, languages and traditions that make our country unique. Participate in a youth exchange and discover new ideas and the cultures of another province or territory, or get involved in a youth forum to discuss issues that matter to you. Exchanges Canada makes it possible.
The Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada
Established in 1975 as a bilingual, non-partisan educational experience for Canadian high school and Cégep (Quebec) students, Forum is the Foundation’s best-known program, with approximately 450 students from across the country selected to participate each year. The “Forum experience” brings students to Ottawa for an intensive academic adventure that immerses them in the exciting world of national politics and public affairs.
France-Canada Youth Mobility Agreement
This agreement allows Canadians and French youths ages 18 and 35 to travel to the other country to acquire university training, professional experience, an internship, and to perfect their knowledge of the language, culture, and society. It aims to simplify the administrative procedures required for their entry and their stay. In particular, no administration fees are applied. For more information visit: http://www.ambafrance-ca.org/article.php3?id_article=1950
Jumpstreet Tours is a tour company that will plan a tour that meets your needs. They have informational packages, tour planning booklet and software, tour leaders and physical tours that give an academic and cultural edge.
Address: 372 Ste. Catherine W., Suite 411, Montreal, QC, H3B 1A2
The Museum of Vancouver offers French Program Visits at 10am and 12pm for a minimum of 16 students at a cost of $6. More information can be found on their website in French and visits can be booked online.
National Ambassador Youth Forum is an initiative of French for the Future, held in a different city each year in February. The event brings together bilingual high school students from across Canada for four jam-packed days of activities.
Perspectives Eduscho is tour company to plan your class trips. They strive to create the perfect balance of cultural, educational and recreational activities.
Rendez-vous Canada Educational Tours (RVC) are affordable, curriculum- or theme-based trips to select Canadian destinations. Developed as hands-on cultural experiences for groups of all ages, RVC trips are educational, fun and affordable. Teachers can bring your lesson outside of the usual milieu with RVC trips. Knowledgeable staff will help you plan every step of your educational visit, starting with identifying the perfect itinerary based on budget and teaching goals. RVC educational tours are usually recommended for 12 to 17 year-olds, and for groups of more than 15 (including chaperones). The focus is set by the organizers and can include history, culture, language, geography, natural history, sports, arts, etc. For more details visit: http://www.rvctours.com
Student Tour is the student group travel specialist. We have had the chance to travel with hundreds of thousands of students. We offer many destinations around the world. You have the opportunity, for instance, to travel to Europe or New York, and also to go on humanitarian trips.
Vacances Scientifiques by Objectif Sciences International organizes scientific camps and excursions in French for boys and girls. These camps place youth an educator in groups of 4 to experience scientific adventures.