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McGill-UQAC French Immersion Program

McGill-UQAC French Immersion Program

Closed for 2022

A partnership with the Deputy Provost for Student Life and Learning, International Student Services, the Student Scholarships and Aid Office, and the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi

Spring Session: May 16th - June 17th

  • Accepted students receive a $3,000 award to participate in the spring or summer program*
    • Spring Program: $4335.12
  • 5-week experiential opportunity at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi
  • 18 hours of French classes each week
  • Cultural activities (ex. museum visits, cooking, improv, film, dance, etc.)
  • All meals are included during the 5-week program.
  • Students stay with a host family and share on average 14 meals per week with the family.
  • For the other meals, the École de langue française gives students a meal card that includes 31 meals (24 lunches and 7 dinners). These meals will be served at the UQAC cafeteria.
  • At the start of the program, students sign a moral contract committing to speak only French during the program.

*The McGill-UQAC French Immersion Program is considered an Enriched Educational Opportunity (EEO), a high-quality off-campus mobility or other experiential opportunities. EEOs foster self-development and help students transition successfully to the workplace. The University is striving to expand opportunities for undergraduates to participate in EEOs and to make them accessible to all undergraduates regardless of their financial capacity. As such, any student who wishes to participate in the French Immersion Program but faces financial barriers may apply to the EEO Bursary Program to help defray additional costs. Visit the SSAO website for more information about the EEO Bursary Program details, how to apply, student eligibility, etc.

Program Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full-time as a McGill Undergraduate in Spring and Fall 2022 (Preference given to students in faculties outside Science and Engineering)
  • International students in satisfactory academic standing
  • Fill in the application form (available March 1st, 2022)
  • Intermediate French Proficiency (a placement test will follow in late March with instructions)

Summer Session: July 4 - August 5

  • Accepted students receive a $3,100 award to participate in the spring or summer program*
    • Summer Program: $4435.12
  • 5-week experiential opportunity at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi
  • 18 hours of French classes each week
  • Industry Site Visits (ex. Ubisoft, Rio Tinto)
  • All meals are included during the 5-week program
  • Students stay with a host family and share on average 14 meals per week with the family.
  • For the other meals, the École de langue française gives students a meal card that includes 31 meals (24 lunches and 7 dinners). These meals will be served at the UQAC cafeteria.
  • At the start of the program, students sign a moral contract committing them to speak only French during the program.

*The McGill-UQAC French Immersion Program is considered an Enriched Educational Opportunity (EEO), a high-quality off-campus mobility or other experiential opportunities. EEOs foster self-development and help students transition successfully to the workplace. The University is striving to expand opportunities for undergraduates to participate in EEOs and to make them accessible to all undergraduates regardless of their financial capacity. As such, any student who wishes to participate in the French Immersion Program but faces financial barriers may apply to the EEO Bursary Program to help defray additional costs. Visit the SSAO website for more information about the EEO Bursary Program details, how to apply, student eligibility, etc.

Program Eligibility:

  • Enrolled full-time as a McGill Undergraduate in Spring and Fall 2022 (Preference given to students in faculties from Science and Engineering)
  • International students in satisfactory academic standing
  • Fill in the application form (Available March 1st 2022)
  • Intermediate French Proficiency (a placement test will follow in late March with instructions)

Summer Session: Innu Program: July 4 - August 5 - CANCELLED

  • Accepted students receive a $3,000 award to participate in the spring or summer program*
    • Summer Innu Program: $4335.12
  • Students will be surrounded by Francophones and Innu and will develop communication skills in French.
  • Participants will live in an incomparable living environment with the Innu community of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam which is in a way united with the city of Sept-Îles.
  • Full French immersion including exposure to French-speaking media (radio, television, newspapers).
  • 18 hours of French classes each week plus 3 hours of Indigenous history per week
  • With host family: All meals are included in the program. The majority of breakfasts and dinners are shared with the family. The École de langue will cover the costs of all lunches and some suppers that will be served at the UQAC Study Center of Sept-Îles.

*The McGill-UQAC French Immersion Program is considered an Enriched Educational Opportunity (EEO), a high-quality off-campus mobility or other experiential opportunities. EEOs foster self-development and help students transition successfully to the workplace. The University is striving to expand opportunities for undergraduates to participate in EEOs and to make them accessible to all undergraduates regardless of their financial capacity. As such, any student who wishes to participate in the French Immersion Program but faces financial barriers may apply to the EEO Bursary Program to help defray additional costs. Visit the SSAO website for more information about the EEO Bursary Program details, how to apply, student eligibility, etc.

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2022

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 25, 2022, at 5pm ET

  • All applicants will receive a French placement test following the application deadline.

Information Session: View the Recording

Additional Resources

Student Feedback:

  • “My participation in the program has been a major influence for me. A desire to remain in Montreal after my graduation from McGill University influenced my decision to apply for the program and the significant improvement I made in my French at Chicoutimi has furthered my confidence in that decision.”
  • “French should be a necessary part of a McGill student’s curriculum given the location and history of the university. I understand how difficult that would be, so expanding and continuing to support this program would be the next best thing.”
  • “During the last week of our class, I began working at a restaurant in Montreal where it is essential to engage in basic conversational french. I believe that the class amplified and complimented my time working at a restaurant in Montreal very well.”
  • “I really appreciate the fact that I was able to attend this program for free. I don’t think I could do it if it weren’t funded.”

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