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 (Quebec City trip $140) and any personal spending.
Spring Session: May 15 – June 14
Summer Session: July 10 – August 9
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:
Students in degree programs at The University of Western Ontario 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).
Languages at Work is a component of Young Canada Works (YCW), which offers a number of summer job placements for graduating Explore participants. Such a placement will give you the opportunity to use your second language at work after you have finished Explore. For more information, contact YCW at 1-800-267-5173 or visit the website at languagesatwork.ca.
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