Programme Explore pour étudiants canadiens

 May 19 to June 18, 2020

Admission requirements to apply to the Explore program offered* at the UQAM Non-Credit Language Courses:

  • to be 19 years of age on the first day of the program;
  • to have been a full-time student in a Canadian university for at least one (1) semester during the current school year.

             *Cross-Canadian program funded by Heritage Canada and coordinated by the                            Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).

Entrance eligibility OBLIGATES ALL PARTICIPANTS, when applying for this Explore subsidy program, to comply with EACH of the following conditions:

  • to be a Canadian citizen or to have a permanent resident status in Canada;
  • to have attended postsecondary education or to have completed Grade 11 (Secondary V in the Province of Quebec) or to be at the postsecondary level by the time the course begins;
  • to have been a full-time student for at least one (1) semester during the current school year.

Every year, university students across Canada are given the opportunity to participate in a five(5)-week spring or summer Explore subsidy program, be it English or French as a second language, dispensed by accredited establishments. The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) received its accreditation in 2001, permitting its participation in the Explore program (French as a second language).

Each province and territory in Canada receives a quota of subsidies to be allotted randomly to eligible program applicants that have met all the above requirements.


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Important: For information concerning admission eligibility for the Explore spring or summer subsidy program, consult the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) website at:


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Sign up now to the Explore program

To register for this program, participants have to complete the registration form directly on the Explore program website. Note: participants are selected through an impartial drawing lots done by the CMEC (not by the UQAM Non-Credit Language Courses).

If a candidate has been selected by the CMEC to participate in the Explore program at UQAM, the UQAM Explore program team will contact him/her by e-mail, officially confirming his/her participation. The candidate will have 48 hours to respond to the UQAM Explore program team e-mail whether he/she accepts or refuses this subsidy. NOTE: If you are contacted before April 1st, 2020, you have ten (10) working days to reply.
If the candidate do accept the subsidy, the UQAM Explore program team will send him/her all the documents for completion, to be returned to the UQAM Explore program team within 48 hours. The candidate will also have to provide his/her credit card information (Visa or MasterCard) to cover the $275 (taxes included) registration fee. This fee will NOT be reimbursed.

If the UQAM Explore program team do not hear from the candidate within those 48 hours, his/her subsidy will automatically be allotted to another applicant.

Arrival in Montreal (please download the document)

$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 description

UQAM Explore program is a five(5)-week 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

CourseThis 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 ArtsCommunication 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 tickets are not included in the program.
For more information on transportation in Montreal:


Researches and assignments for the duration of the program

Over the course of this program, Explore students 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 



  • 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 by 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. Students are required to pay and plan their travel to and from their host institution. Students have to take account of travel costs when applying. Any ticket 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 program, free/included?

Compulsory activities included in the program are free. A fee may be charged for optional weekend activities organized by the Explore 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 establishment. Students 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.


If, for some reason, I do not complete the entire five (5) weeks program (withdrawal or dismissal), will I still receive a tax form?

Yes. The subsidy is deemed taxable income whether or not the candidate actually complete the full five-(5)-week program.


UQAM Residence Housing

This type of housing gives the opportunity to enjoy having a private bedroom wihtin 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:Residences

  • 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:Residences

  • 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, before or after the dates herein above mentionned (arrival and departure dates) of the Explore program, participants have to submit their own request and contact UQAM residences by e-mail at the following address: (participants must mention they are Explore students at UQAM).



All students receive $ 600 as a food allowance for the stay. Said amount will be handed in to students by cheque in the second week of the program.

Students 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! 


Special needs

Students having special needs (e.g. disability, severe food allergy, specific medical care) have to inform the host institution of their needs as soon as possible; the concerned institution will do its best to accomodate these participants. If the said institution is unable to provide the appropriate necessities, the Explore provincial Coordinator will mandate another institution to best suit the applicants' special needs. In the case a candidate has special needs, he/she will have to specify these needs and, if applicable, to provide supporting documents.


Questions and answers

How can I inform the host educational institution of my special needs?

Participant having special needs (e.g. disability, severe food allergy, specific medical care) have to inform the host educational institution as soon as possible and be ready to provide, if applicable, all required documents (e.g. medical certificate, description of the specific limitations resulting from the participant state of health). Please send an e-mail to or call us at +1 514 987 3000, extension 1078.

Be confident that the concerned institution will do its best to accomodate the applicant. If the said institution is unable to provide the appropriate necessities, the Explore provincial Coordinator will mandate another institution to best suit the applicant's special needs.


What are “special needs”?

These are medical requirements or functional disabilities, NOT personal choices. For example, a strict dietary regimen due to illness (supported by a medical certificate) would be a special need, whereas declining to eat certain foods for religious, social, ecological, ethical or other reasons would be considered a personal choice.


The Explore subsidy covers meals during my stay. What can I expect?

Some institutions, as UQAM, provide a food budget to be spend by participants as they like. Said amount will be handed in to students by cheque in the program's second week. Participants also 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!

All consumed food exceeding the allocated budget must be paid for individually.


Is there a language policy?

Yes. All educational institutions participating in Explore apply 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. If a student fails to respect the policy, he or she may be dismissed from the program.

As Explore subsidy main objective is to incline participants all over Canada to discover, improve and learn both Canadian official languages, all participants hosted in UQAM have TO SPEAK FRENCH AT ALL TIMES. To achieve this specific objective, there is no other way than to move, smile, laugh, live and truly enjoy an entire French speaking monthly life!


Further information

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


Phone number: +1 514 987-3000, extension 6109


We look forward to seeing you at UQAM this spring!