In-Person Programming


The French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles offers a unique experience in placing you with a specially chosen Quebecois family for room and board for the entire session.  

Community Connection

For 90 years, families in Trois-Pistoles have welcomed students into their homes to offer first-hand experience of Quebecois culture and the French language.  The homestay component of our program provides you with an opportunity to broaden and develop your language skills in an informal, homelike setting.

During your stay, the host families will provide well-balanced meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - which will allow you to experience Quebecois cuisine while improving your language skills through conversation. 

100% French Immersion

The hosts will encourage the exclusive use of French in the home. Please note that 'host family' may mean a couple with or without children, or a single person with or without children.

Health and Safety Guidelines

As part of a strengthened COVID-19 vaccination policy at Western University, all members of our community participating in in-person programming – including students, employees and host families – will be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination, unless granted a rare exemption by Western.

To keep all community members safe, we will be implementing additional health and safety measures, including enhanced cleaning and sanitation of common areas, and a reduction in the number of people living and dining in one home. 




Homestay Testimonials

In living with a francophone family that truly opened their hearts to me and other students, I have learned to communicate in French. Living and studying in Trois-Pistoles has changed the way I think in French. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Merci.

- Valeria, Ottawa, ON

I already feel like I’ve lived here forever and I believe that my French has greatly improved.  My host family is fantastic; I’ve come to think of my house as a second home, I feel so welcome.

Corin, Waterloo, ON