Whether you are a French Immersion student, taking French classes or new to the language, this website endeavors to provide you with useful links and information that will help you along your path to becoming functionally bilingual in both of Canada’s official languages.

Here is a sample of some of the ways students can participate in French or bilingual opportunities in Manitoba, in Canada and abroad.

  • Manitoba-Quebec Exchange

    A reciprocal 3-month homestay exchange for French Immersion and Basic French students in grades 10 and 11. MB students are twinned with QC students based on common interests. An amazing opportunity to learn French.

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  • Explore

    A five-week immersion program for students wishing to enhance their French-language skills. Students attend a college or university in a francophone environment. Most expenses are covered.

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  • SEVEC

    The Society for Educational Exchanges and Visits in Canada is a not for profit organization that facilitates educational exchanges within Canada.

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  • Encounters with Canada

    Week-long youth forums that bring together 120-148 teens from across the country. Each week has its own theme (Arts and Culture, Sports and Fitness, Journalism and Communication, etc).

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  • International Experience

    International Experience Canada (IEC) provides young Canadians the opportunity to travel and work abroad. IEC is available in countries that have a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada. Depending on where you would like to go, you can choose from up to three travel and work experiences:  

    Working HolidayFund your vacation with temporary work. The work portion of your trip lets you earn money, so that you can fund your travels during your stay. It is a great way to afford side trips, other excursions and accommodations while you are abroad..
    Young ProfessionalGain professional work experience abroad to better compete in a global economy. Widen your career horizons by working on teams from diverse cultural backgrounds, learn new approaches to doing business, experience a different country and learn another language.
    International Co-op InternshipAcquire valuable overseas work experience related to your field of study. The International Co-op Internship is for students who intend to complete a work placement or internship abroad to fulfil part of their academic curriculum. View the website here.
       

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  • Education First

    Education First is the world's largest provider of international exchange programs. Learn a language. Study abroad. Explore other cultures. Go on a student exchange program abroad and open yourself to a world of opportunity. Enroll in a French exchange program and improve your fluency while learning about an amazing country. You will be able to explore French cuisine and history while learning about one of the richest cultures in Europe. We have both short and long term French student exchange programs for you to choose from. Programs range from 2 to 52 weeks in length and are designed for adults and youth. Visit the website here.

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  • NACEL

    A not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting international understanding and language education. Experienced, multilingual advisors will help you find a program tailored to your requirements and to ensure that your trip is organized to suit individual needs. Nacel comes from the French word "nacelle," which is the basket of a hot air balloon as displayed in our logo. Like the balloon explorers of long ago, our participants have a spirit of adventure, are eager to learn about others, and are open to discovering the value of cultural diversity. Visit the website here.

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  • Forum for Young Canadians

    A bilingual, educational, behind the scenes experience, created to teach teens about the political processes that are used to govern Canada. For over 38 years The Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada has devoted itself to fostering leadership skills in young Canadians—to demystifying the political process and helping smart students get their voices heard. Through its various programs—including The Forum for Young Canadians, its flagship program—The Foundation provides youth, ages 15 – 19, with first-hand access to the minds, the procedures and the energy of Parliament Hill. It also creates a community among the like-minded leaders of tomorrow. It’s a chance for students to network, to get more comfortable with a second language and to translate the skills they’ve learned into real community action. Visit the website here.

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  • OSEF France-Canada

    OSEFOSEF (Organisme de Séjours Educatifs Francophones), a Belgian association founded in 1994 by Christine LENFANT, promotes linguistic and cultural exchanges between France, Belgium and Spain and all Canadian provinces. Summer Exchange: about 100 students participate every year in our 1 month home stay program. Canadian students spend the month of July in France, return with their French exchange partner, and the French students leave at the end of August. 9 & 11 week program: each year, in August, over 300 students from different regions of France, Belgium and Spain participate in a 9 or 11 weeks exchange to Canada. These exchanges are for students aged 12 to 17. European students stay in Canada from around mid-August until the beginning of November. All stay with their exchange partner’s family and attend school where they are given an attendance report. The Canadian students go to Europe from February to the end of April/beginning of May (depending on the date of arrival in February) the following year. They also have to attend their exchange partner’s school. Visit: http://www.osef.ca/.

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  • École Québec Monde

    A language school offering French classes to anyone in the world who wishes to learn and experience French in Québec City. A variety of programs are offered. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll at École Québec Monde. It is possible to conditionally accept students who are under 18 years of age with an authorization letter from a parent or guardian. Visit the website here.

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  • Bouchereau Lingua International

    BLI will help you learn English or French through the communicative approach in a friendly environment. BLI language schools are both located in the central areas of Quebec’s most captivating cities: Montreal and Quebec City. BLI organizes everyday activities and trips for you to discover and explore the province of Quebec and its surroundings. You could see the infamous Niagara Falls, go whale watching on the Saint Lawrence River, go on top of the CN tower, visit Ottawa’s or Quebec’s parliament, or go skiing during the winter. You will see places that go beyond your imagination! Visit the website here.

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  • UQTR: École internationale de français

    Situated halfway between Montreal and Quebec, close to the St.Lawrence Seaway, l'École internationale de français of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) has been offering a range of French immersion programs since 1974. There are educational and training programs for students of all ages. Visit the website here.

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  • Neuchâtel Junior College en Suisse

    NJC is a Real World experience with enriched grade 12 Canadian curriculum & AP credits, residence with a French-speaking family, guided European travel and international service. Rigorous academics, culturally rich and multilingual European setting, educational travel, engagement with world affairs and service to others. Visit the website here.

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  • École de la langue française et de culture québécoise

    The University of Québec in Chicoutimi established the École de la langue française et de culture québécoise in 1975. This program not only offers students the opportunity to learn the French langauge, it is a complete immersion in Quebec culture. Participants will participate in various cultural, social and tourist activities. The École de langue offers quality immersion programs year-round, allowing students from all over the globe to enjoy an extraordinary linguistic, cultural and personal experience. At the École de langue, we don’t just teach French, we live it! Participants stay with a host family. Visit the website here.

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  • Le Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière

    For forty years, the Centre Linguistique du Collège de Jonquière has been established in the heart of the city of Saguenay, an important cultural community where our language school has a reputation for facilitating and rapidly advancing language proficiency. Saguenay is one of the most French areas in North America due to its 98% French speaking population. This makes the Saguenay area, the most suitable environment for second language acquisition. Visit the website here.

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  • AFS Intercultural Programs

    AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. High School Programs and Adult Programs are available. Visit the website here.

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