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Explore Bursary Program

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Heritage Canada offers an Explore Bursary Program which it has sponsored since 1970. Under this Program, Western University's French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec is allocated a number of bursaries for full-time students who are 18 years of age or older, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who wish to learn French as their second official language. Courses are offered at all levels, from beginner to advanced, during the spring and summer sessions.  Participants will earn one full Western credit.

The bursary ($2,200) covers tuition, the immersion and enrichment fee, sociocultural activities, and accommodation fees (room and three meals/day). The bursary does not cover the non-refundable registration fee ($275), travel costs, optional activities and any personal spending.

Spring Session: May 14 – June 13, 2018
Summer Session: July 9 – August 8, 2018

If you are eligible for the Explore bursary, please apply (online, followed by a paper copy) before the deadline.  Bursaries are awarded by random draw at the end of March and if you have been awarded the bursary you will be notified by both your provincial coordinator and by Western University. 

To apply, please follow these three easy steps:  

  1. Apply online for an Explore Bursary at myexplore.ca before February 15.
  2. Send a paper copy of your application (signed and sealed by your institution) to your Provincial Coordinator, post-marked no later than February 15. The Coordinator's address will be listed on the cover page.
  3. Wait for the draw results. The results are usually known at the end of March. You will receive an email from Explore. If you are awarded a bursary to Trois-Pistoles, you will automatically receive registration information via email from the French Immersion School. (You might be put on a waiting list. If so, we will contact you as soon as your name appears on the list).

Western Students

You may take courses at other accredited universities for transfer credits provided the Faculty in which they are currently registered approves such courses in advance. The approval is subject to individual Faculty/Department regulations and is granted in the form of a Letter of Permission (issued by the Registrar’s Office).

Please bring your paper application to Student Central on Main Campus (WSS 1120) to obtain the necessary signature and seal of the University.  This signed and sealed form, along with proof of citizenship (or permanent residency) may then be brought to the French Immersion School office for mailing.



The Explore program in Trois-Pistoles is unparalleled. Being the fourth person in my family to come to Trois-Pistoles with Explore, I had extremely high expectations for the program, yet I did not expect them to be met, let alone surpassed. From the high quality of academic instruction, to the variety of extra-curricular activities, to the discovery of the culture and, most importantly to the relationships formed, Trois-Pistoles has been an unforgettable experience. It has reinvigorated my appetite for learning, rekindled my love of French and opened my eyes to so many new possibilities. Trois-Pistoles has undoubtedly changed my life and the laughter, the memories and the sunsets will be forever etched on my heart.

Laura Sandre, St. Francis Xavier University