Explore Program for UNSUBSIDIZED participants

May 19 to June 18, 2020


Eligibility requirement to apply to the Explore program for UNSUBSIDIZED participants offered at the UQAM Non-Credit Language Courses:

  • to be 19 years of age on the first day of the program (average age is between 19-25 years old)


Sign up now to the Explore program for

UNSUBSIDIZED participants


To register for this program, participants have to complete the registration form through this link: REGISTRATION.

Program cost (without governmental Explore subsidy): $3 025 CAD (registration fees $50 CAD + applicable taxes not included)

For more information about the program, please read the following documents:

Arrival in Montreal (please download the document)

*Please note: There is no food allowance for UNSUBSIDIZED participants

$120 Damage Claim (please download the document)


Placement test

Following an online placement test, students will be streamed into one (1) of the six (6) instruction levels (from beginner to advanced). Classes comprise approximately 16 students. Courses are held at UQAM main campus in downtown Montreal.


UQAM Explore program for UNSUBSIDIZED participants description

UQAM Explore program for UNSUBSIDIZED students, as well as for subsidized students, is a five(5)-week French learning spring program that lasts approximately 150 hours. The classes and accompanying compulsory activities take place during daytime and evenings, with optional activities offered on weekday or weekend free time slots. Please note that some compulsory activities might take place on weekends. In UQAM, most evenings are left to participants' discretion to enjoy Montreal festive environment.


French as a second language instruction in the morning — Monday to Friday

This intensive morning program focuses on an integrated global approach whereby all the language aspects, whether the vocabulary, grammar, language functions (agreeing and disagreeing for instance) and the pronunciation, are dealt with, not as separate items, but as part and parcel of a theme-based curriculum.


In the course of this program, students take actively part in various activities and exercises designed to boost and strengthen their language skills, both written and oral, in real situations frame. Participants will therefore be using the four (4) language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The emphasis is however placed on oral communication.

In the morning, students get a lot of practice in and exposure to the French language through numerous and varied theme-based activities revolving around the discovery and better understanding of the surrounding socio-cultural realities.

By the end of this program, not only will participants have a better understanding and mastery of their language skills, but also get a deeper grasp and familiarity with Montreal together with Quebec and Canada societies as a whole.

Learning materials are provided by UQAM.


Communication workshops and educational outings in the afternoon — Monday to Friday

Place des Arts

Communication workshops are scheduled in class at the university or at different sites throughout the city (1). In addition to the educational activities, there are optional activities for which Explore participants (including UNSUBSIDIZED participants) may register. Participants should allow around $150 CAD for these optional weekend activities.

     (1) Bus/metro tichets are not included in the program.                                                                    For more information on transportation in Montreal: www.stm.info/fr/info


Researches and assignments for the duration of the program

Over the course of this program, participants are asked to do some assignments and researches.



Although there is no credit granted to the Explore program (for subsidized as for UNSUBSIDIZED students), all participants receive a certificate of participation and evaluation at the end of this program. It belongs to participants to check out with their home university as to whether it will or not acknowledge the UQAM Explore program. If so, a credit equivalence may apply.


     What to expect from the UQAM Explore  program for               UNSUBSIDIZED participants 



  • LEARN French in French
  • EXPERIENCE all opportunities to speak French in a fun environment
  • ACHIEVE linguistic objectives with dedicated instructors
  • SHARE your learning experience with peers
  • BE motivated to the risk-taking of speaking a new language
  • MEET youths from different canadian provinces who have similar challenges in learning the target language
  • LIVE a peaceful, equitable and inclusive learning experience
  • DISCOVER a new world of sounds
  • PARTICIPATE in activities exhibiting the French (mostly Quebec) culture history
  • ENJOY the richness of Montreal city center cultural activities

Questions and answers

Do I have to pay travel expenses to the educational institution?

Yes. Participants are required to pay and plan their travel to and from their host institution. Participants have to take account of travel costs when applying. Any tickets needed to get around during free time, including a monthly bus pass, need to be paid for personally.

Are the activities, offered as part of the Explore for UNSUBSIDIZED participants program, free/included?

Compulsory activities included in the program are free. A fee may be charged for optional weekend activities organized by the Explore program for UNSUBSIDIZED participants host institution.

What does "learning materials are provided" mean?

This sentence means that learning materials including course textbooks, posters, audiovisual equipment, and exercise booklets used in class are provided (sometimes on loan) by the establisment. Participants will need to provide items like pens, notebooks, folders and paper. It is recommended to have an English/French dictionary available at all times during the program.


UQAM Residence Housing

This type of housing gives the opportunity to enjoy having a private bedroom within equipped and furnished apartments hosting three (3) to eight (8) roomates (all are participants in one of the Non-Credit Language Courses' programs).


Each private room offers:

  • a desk
  • a closet
  • a telephone with voice mail
  • fans (no air conditioning)
  • linens and towels. Linens are changed weekly.


Each shared apartment is equipped with:

  • a kitchen with a stove and one (1) or two (2) refrigerator(s)
  • one (1) or two (2) bathroom(s)
  • one (1) or two (2) toilet(s)
  • a large living area

Also provided: dishes and pans, cutlery and cooking ustensils. As household goods are made available, participants are responsible to keep the place tidy. *Maid service is not offered.

Additional services offered by Résidences universitaires UQAM:

  • access to laundry room at a minimal cost (at the participants' expenses)
  • conference room on each floor
  • front desk reception and video surveillance 24 hours / 7 days
  • Wi-Fi connection included

Arrival: The Monday before the first day of the program (check-in 4:00 PM)

Departure: The Friday after the last day of the program (check-out 12:00 PM — noon)

To reserve extra nights accommodation in Résidences Universitaires UQAM Ouest, before or after the dates herein above mentionned (arrival and departure dates) of the Explore program for UNSUBSIDIZED participants, students have to submit their own request and contact UQAM residences by e-mail at the following address:

uqamres@netrevolution.com (participants must mention they are Explore program for UNSUBSIDIZED students at UQAM).



No food allowance is provided to Explore program for UNSUBSIDIZED participants.

Participants have the opportunity to cook in the residence and to visit many cafés and restaurants situated near the university and its residences. The cooking option is, of course, much more affordable!

"Eating well made easy" website may help to cook happily, creatively and healthy!


Questions and answers

Is there a language policy?

Yes. UQAM Non-Credit Language Courses applies a policy that has been approved by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) regarding language use. Students are informed of that policy in writing before the program begins.

As Explore program for UNSUBSIDIZED participants main objective is to incline participants to discover, improve and learn French, all participants have TO SPEAK FRENCH AT ALL TIMES. To achieve this specific objective, there is no other way than to move, smile, laugh, live in French!


Further information

For more information regarding the Explore program for UNSUBSIDIZED participants offered at UQAM Non-Credit Language Courses, do not hesitate to contact us:

E-mail: explore@uqam.ca

Phone number: +1 514 987 3000, extension 6109

To know more about the Explore SUBSIDY admission requirements, please visit the following website: www.myexplore.ca/en/

We look forward to seeing you at UQAM this spring!