Duration: 13 or 14 weeks

Dates: from May 14 to August 17, 2018 (Rivières-du-Loup) / from May 22 to August 17, 2018 (Trois-Pistoles)

Language: French as a second language

Number of participants per class: +/- 12

Online Placement Test


The French Immersion City and Country program is a unique French learning experience. It is a fabulous opportunity to discover two particular environments of the province of Quebec, namely the city of Montreal and the beautiful region of the Lower St. Lawrence. To enhance the learning of this new language and culture, the 13-14-week program gives both the chance to experience living in a host family as well as in a university residence.

The stay is structured in two joint programs to choose from :


The first one begins with an intensive five-week session including classes, workshops and sociocultural outings at the Université du Québec à Montréal, with accommodation in the university residences. This program then continues in Trois-Pistoles where participants will live in a host family for eight weeks. The first two weeks will focus on social integration in the community. This may include volunteering, doing odd jobs and participating in family activities. This experience will be followed by a preparatory week and a succeeding five-week course, both held at the École d'immersion française de Trois-Pistoles (Western University's French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles).


The second option, which is a joint program beginning in Rivière-du-Loup, suggests a six-week stay in a host family while participants integrate classes, workshops, sociocultural activities and week-end excursions throught a first regular five-week immersion program at the École de français of Rivière-du-Loup College. These five weeks are followed by an additional immersion week offering a special tour to deeply discover the region. This same week is punctuated with several thematic outings, conversation workshops, an unforgettable urban tour and a collective participation to the local community celebration of the famous Quebec St-Jean-Baptist Day! At the end of this experience, all participants move to Montreal where one will get acquainted to the Montreal way of living. First discovering Montreal at their own pace, while staying in the university residences, participants will then and finally integrate two intensive three-week sessions at the Université du Québec à Montréal Non-Credit Language Courses offering many conversation workshops, sociocultural activities and various sightseeing adventures.

For more information about these programs, please see the tables herein below.  Click on the provided links to obtain more detailed information.

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(Western University's French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles)

May 21, 2018

As of 4:00 PM, arrival at the university residence

(prior to arrival, online placement test conducted by UQAM) 

May 22 - June 21, 2018

(5 weeks)

Montreal - UQAM

Participation in the Explore program and accommodation in university residence

Course Schedule

Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon)

Oral Communication Workshops*

Monday to Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  

*These workshops are punctuated with various activities.

Sociocultural Outings

Weekend activities (visit of the Old Montreal, Mont Royal tour and outing to Quebec City)

June 22, 2018

Departure before 12:00 PM (noon) from Montreal to Trois-Pistoles

June 23 to July 1, 2018

(1 week)


Community integration, volunteering and stay in a host family

Social Integration Strategies

Volunteering, odd jobs and family activities

July 2 - 8, 2018

(1 week)


Preparatory week living in a host family

July 9 - August 17, 2018

(6 weeks)


Participation in the École d'immersion française (Western University's French Immersion School) six-week program living in a host family


$6 250 CAD (tax free)

+ registration fees : $50 + tx CAD (non refundable)

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Additional fees not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Meals in Montreal
  • Round trip between home and host institution
  • Travelling expenses between Montreal and Trois-Pistoles
  • Valid medical insurance policy

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May 14 - 15, 2017

Arrival and Welcome Weekend in Notre-Dame-du-Portage's Auberge sur Mer

(Prior to arrival, online placement test conducted by Rivière-du-Loup College's École de français)

May 16 - June 16, 2017

(5 weeks)


Participation in the Explore program and lodging in a host family


Classes, workshops, sociocultural activities and excursions

June 17 - 18, 2017


Lower St.Lawrence excursion

June 19 - 27, 2017

(1 week)


Thematic outings, conversation workshops and a collective participation to the St-Jean-Baptist Day local community celebration

June 28, 2017

Departure from Rivière-du-Loup and arrival at UQAM university residences  after 4 PM

June 29 - July 9, 2017

(1 week)

Montréal - UQAM 

Initiation to the Montreal way of living


Guided tours, sociocultural outings and conversation picnics

July 10 - August 18, 2017

(6 weeks)

Montréal - UQAM

Participation in two consecutive 3-week intensive sessions and lodging in UQAM residences  

Course Schedule

Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon)  

Oral Communication Workshops*

Monday to Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

* These workshops are punctuated with various sociocultural outings.


$6 250 CAD (tax free)
+ registration fees : $50 +tx CAD (non refundable)

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Additional fees not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Meals in Montréal
  • Round trip between home and host institution
  • Travelling expenses between Rivière-du-Loup and Montreal
  • Valid medical insurance policy 

Online registration


These programs focuse on an integrated and structured global approach in which all the language aspects, whether vocabulary, grammar, language functions and pronunciation, are addressed.

Over the course of this program, participants actively take part in various activities and exercises designed to boost and strengthen their language skills, both written and oral, in real-life situations and settings. Participants are then encouraged to use all four language competencies : reading, wrtiting, listening and talking. However, the emphasis is on oral communication.

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

Afternoons are dedicated to varied activities prompting to discover various tourist sites in Montreal, namely:


  • Old Montreal guided tour: a hike punctuated by a meeting with the magnificent Montreal city history, all in the respect of the participants linguistic learning levels; discoveries and anecdotes promised!
  • Outing to the Jean-Talon / Atwater Market: an exploration of flavours, dishes and local products through a gourmet discovering rally.
  • Visit to the McCord Museum: a sound game (musical, poetic and theatrical) initiates and conducts the quest of various objects witnessing Montreal historical evolution.
  • Mont-Royal exploration: interviews with the mountain passionate hikers give an exceptional access to this natural environment.
  • Creating a photo report: a story developed through the preparation, design and montage of original pictures builds nothing less than precious lasting memories.

* These activities are offered in accordance with our partners availabilities.


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Picture : Montreal public market

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 canadian societies as a whole.


         French Immersion City and Country includes: 


Oral communication workshops

Participants will take part in communication workshops which help to gain greater confidence, predominantly in oral skills, while broadening the richness of the vocabulary through an array of communicative activities both fun and challenging. These workshops give the opportunity to discover and to deepen insight of some of the sociocultural aspects of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada realities.


Phonetics and pronunciation workshops

Practice-oriented and animated by a specialist, phonetics and pronunciation workshops enable the participant to become familiar with the settings and sounds spellings to practice their right pronunciation. It is through repetitions, aloud readings and different games that the participant develops this skill.


“Talkin’ with your mouth full” (optional)

Participants have the opportunity to once visit a nearby UQAM park to eat and "talk with their mouth full" at lunch time. Supervised and led by a team of language monitors, this picnic session represents a great opportunity to further practice and gain confidence in new-found language skills, while enjoying and sharing free lunches in a fun-filled and exciting environment.

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Introduction week to Montreal life                                                                                                         (through the "École de français du Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup — UQAMONLY)

Newly arrived in Montreal, participants have the great opportunity to be initiated to Montreal life, both under its practical and sociocultural aspects. Guided tours through the city, lunch-time talks, theaters and museums visits, and many other discoveries fill this first urban week ENTIRELY LIVED IN A FRENCH AUTHENTICAL SURROUNDING!

This initiation to the useful urban facilities and to the very unique lively and festive Montreal downtown will surely have the power to favorise the participants practical independance while making them feel more comfortable in this new environment and definitely fall under Montreal vibes charms!


         A few words about our partners …  


Established in 1932, the École d'immersion française de Trois-Pistoles (Western University's French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles) is one of Canada’s oldest and most distinguished French immersion schools. Located in the enchanting, intimated, welcoming and friendly French-speaking Trois-Pistoles town, on St.Lawrence River's south shore, the French immersion school find itself in the heart of one of the most beautiful regions of Quebec province. As French is the everyday life language; on the streets, in shops, restaurants, and homes; the whole town is a real living language laboratory campus!

Each year, the school welcomes over 600 students into its spring and summer programs into which participants have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of degree-credit and non-credit language courses at all levels. This popularity is not surprising as courses are complemented by lively language-based personal interest workshops, and a rich sociocultural program punctuated with concerts, movies, readings and exciting excursions suggested on evenings and week-ends.

A major cornerstone of this school programs is the home stay with local residents allowing participants to broaden and develop communicative skills in an informal, homelike setting. Thus, lodging and meals are provided byt hte specially chosen host families. It is no longer a secret: a family surrounding truly facilitate the learning of a new language.

The École d'immersion française de Trois-Pistoles (Western University’s French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles) offers you an experience of a lifetime: learning French in a complete immersion environment while disovering the Quebec culture and original idiomatic tones.


L’École de français du Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup offers a French as a second language immersion program since 1974. Thanks to a highly qualified team, participants improve their French language skills and get acquainted with Quebec culture through courses, workshops and a sociocultural program suggesting numerous activities and excursions.

Rivière-du-Loup is a French-speaking community located on the south shore of the St-Lawrence River, a few 200 km east of Quebec City. This city has been a very popular vacation site since a long time. It is so true that even the first Canada Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, has built his summer house in the region.

With 19,000 inhabitants, Rivière-du-Loup offers an enviable quality of life in the peacefulness environment of a small town. This is a genuine invitation to learn French within the louperivoise community warmth!


Optional activities


These activities are not included in the joint programs, but are well suited to marvelously complete a Quebec journey. Registration fees apply to participate in optional activities, such as an access to UQAM Sport Center, a trip to Quebec City*, an outing to Mont-Tremblant, a visit to the Village Québécois d'Antan (Drummondville) and an excursion to Espace pour la vie. All these activities and their related fees are detailed under the Optional Activities rubric. 

 *A trip to Quebec City is included in each of the above joint programs.