Immersing yourself in another culture is a sure way to enhance your language skills and improve comprehension. Explore opportunities to study or work away from home through the following language programs to direcly apply your classroom learning.
Students can apply for a seven-week, intensive six-credit course (100 contact hours) combining both an introduction to the history and culture of Québec as well as an intermediate French language course. This is a unique opportunity to discover the richness and cultural diversity of Montréal, while improving your French language skills!
Spend five weeks studying French in either spring or summer, with students from all over Canada in a francophone university. Most expenses are covered by the Federal government and courses are adapted to your language level. Applicants must have completed at least Grade 11 or be at the post-secondary level, and have been a full time student for at least one term during the current school year. Upon proof of successful completion of program, students can obtain three credits of lower-level, general arts credit at UFV. Application deadline: February 28.
Designed for Explore bursary recipients, Languages at Work offers unique opportunities to continue learning their second language in a professional context. Following the completion of the Explore program, bursary recipients could have the opportunity to stay in their host region for job placements ranging from three to eight weeks. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or have landed immigrancy status, be 16-30 years old, be an Explore bursary recipient, and be available to work after the Explore program session.
Odyssey is a full-time work experience that gives you the opportunity to live in another province, share your culture, and make a difference in the lives of young people in your host community. You will receive a taxable salary of $18,500 for the nine months of your Odyssey work team. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, with English as their first language. Applicants must also have completed at least one year of postsecondary studies. Application deadline: February 28.
Spend a semester studying in at the Université Laval in Québec City. The Laval Exchange is a fantastic opportunity to improve your French and your inter-cultural understanding, and to have a lot of fun.
Applications are currently being accepted for Language and Culture Assistants through the Education office of the Embassies of Spain in the USA and Canada. Teach English or French to students from kindergarten through grade 12 for the school year 2018-2019. Application deadline: April 6, 2018.
From April 22—May 6, students have the opportunity to explore cultural landmarks, receive a deeper understanding of French history, and participate in fun activities all while immersing themselves in the French language. Application deadline is February 28.
This program offers students the opportunity to work 10—12 hours per week in an elementary or secondary school in France as an English language assistant, for seven months (October to April). Must be 20—30 years old, be enrolled in university, have completed two years of undergraduate studies, and have a working knowledge of the French language. Application deadline: February 15.
Modelled on its highly successful month-long LILLE European Summer Program, offered every June and July since 2001, the LILLE Short Term Programs are two-week long programs designed to give students from all over the world a unique academic and cultural experience, complete with group dinners, local and regional tours, and opportunities to socialize with French students.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan offers scholarships to Canadian students wishing to pursue their studies at a Japanese university. The Research Studies Scholarship is aimed at university graduates who wish to study as research students. The research study area should be in the same field that the applicant has studied or a related field. The term of the scholarship is 18 months to two years (including 6 months of Japanese language training) starting in April or October. Application deadline: May 20.