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The "Bursaries and Awards" section of our website includes information about exchange opportunities for which government funding is available.
Immersing a child in an entirely French environment is one of the best ways to develop her oral communication skills, her love of the language, and her appreciation of cultural differences. What follows are a list of exchanges available to children in Canada.
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.
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
or call 604-572-0373 for more details.
Camp-Ecole International (CEI) French Immersion Summer Camp for students 11 to 17 years old in Quebec. The camp is in Quebec City's suburb, on a School Campus - College St-Augustin. Each week day morning participants attend a French workshop with a teacher, and for the rest of the day they participate in sports, outdoor activities, arts crafts and cultural visits. Divided according to their French level for the workshops, they are divided by age groups for all of the other activities.
Address: 51 Des Jardins, Suite 200, Quebec, QC, G1R 4L6
Phone: (418) 692-0937
Fax: (418) 692-1950
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.
CPF Surrey: SEVEC Exchange takes places during the summer. Spend three weeks exploring Quebec City and the Lower Mainland, en francais! Students in grades 8-12 are encouraged to apply; space is limited.
Please see the documents available for download below.
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 Bound Consulting Ltd. are specialists for property rentals, travel, and relocation in France. France Bound offers a personally selected portfolio of house and apartment rentals throughout France. Travel and relocation services are comprehensive and customized to meet individual requirements. France Bound is specialized and unique: their expertise is based on extensive first-hand experience of living and travelling in France.
Address: #189-5525 West Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6M 3W6
Phone: (604) 261-4904, Fax: (604) 261-4906
France-Canada youth exchange 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
GSE Abroad Study Abroad Programs France
Learn French culture by traveling abroad for a summer, semester or year in France.
Infinity Travel Concepts
A French Immersion mom (also a travel agent) Cindy Horton, has put together a package for grade 7 excursions to Quebec. She has joined with a well respected tour company Baillarge in Quebec to give students a stay at the Chateau Frontenac. They offer their services anywhere in BC. Call Cindy at (604) 986-2262.
Address: 3195 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver, BC, V7R 2NA
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 Learning Traveller: Language Immersion Programs for Teens is an educational travel company specializing in language and cultural immersion programs for Teens. The purpose is to help you select and experience the perfect language immersion program! Exchange opportunities are available for Quebec, France and Switzerland.
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.
This non-profit organization offers group and individual tour programs (including class excursions) in France. Programs include homestays, camps or working as an au pair (nanny). Host a student in your home. Call Gaye Lefaive at 1-800-565-6648.
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.
Nova Languages offers a unique experience learning French for a month at its annual summer school in Saint Marlo, followed by an exciting week holiday in Loire Valley, Normandy and Paris.
T: (902) 679-6691
OSEF France Canada offers 3 month reciprocal home and school exchange programs for students aged 13 to 17. Visitng exchange students arrive in BC in mid-August and depart 3 months later. BC students are in France between Feb. and May to continue their education in a French secondary school and to share the life of a carefully selected host family.
- Click here for more information about their 3 month summer program.
- Click here for more information about their 1 month exchange.
Perspectives Eduscho is tour company to plan your class trips. They strive to create the perfect blanace of cultural, educational and recreational activities.
Prométour offers teachers and students unique opportunies for exploring new countries and cultures.
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.rvc.org/
Rendez-Vous Canada (RVC) Tours is offering CPF – BC & Yukon chapters a discount on student group tours to Montréal or Québec City. Click here for more details.
The Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada (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.SEVEC’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), SEVEC has recently added Youth Saluting Youth to its programming, as well as expanded its forum facilitation. For more details visit: http://www.sevec.ca/home
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.
Triginer International Exchange
This company arranges European student exchanges and homestay programs. They are looking for families for French and Spanish students.
Phone: (604) 738-7150
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.
Vistas In Education - Canada
They specialize in travel and family stay programs in France including class excursions.
Address: 1750 McGuire Ave, North Vancouver, BC, V7P 3B1
Phone: (604) 985-1810
YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada is a group reciprocal exchange program is designed for groups of 10 to 30 participants between the ages of 12 and 17. Participants are twinned with same-age groups from another province or territory, and they take turns staying in each other’s communities for at least five days. Apply online today!