Once you have made the decision that you want French for your Life, there is nothing that can stop you. Students in Manitoba are fortunate to have access to many cultural, educational and social activities, en français.

Whether you are a French Immersion student, taking French classes or new to the language, this website endeavors to provide you with useful links and information that will help you along your path to becoming functionally bilingual in both of Canada's official languages.

Here is a sample of some of the ways students can participate in French or bilingual opportunities in Manitoba, in Canada and abroad.

Education Exchanges

Programme d'échange
Manitoba-Québec Exchange Program

Manitoban students are paired with Québec students for a six- month period; three months in Manitoba and three months in Québec. Students live and attend school with their pair during their exchange semester; they receive one credit for completing the program.

French Immersion and strong Basic French students in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

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Encounters with Canada
Rencontres du Canada

Week long youth forums that bring together 120 – 148 teens from across the country. Each week has its own theme (Arts and Culture, Sports and Fitness, Journalism and Communication, etc).

Canadian residents aged 14 to 17 years.

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Experiences Canada (Formerly SEVEC)

Multiple programs: Youth Exchanges Canada, Youth Advisory Committee (The YAK), Youth Saluting Youth, Rendez-vous Canada.

Groups from different regions are paired and billet each other. A typical exchange lasts one week.

Groups of 10 to 30 participants, between the ages of 12 and 17.

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Forum for Young Canadians
Forum pour jeunes canadiens

A bilingual, educational, behind the scenes experience, created to teach teens about the political processes that are used to govern Canada.

Students 15 to 19 years of age.

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A five-week immersion program for students wishing to enhance their French-language skills. Students attend a college or university in a francophone environment.

Canadian citizens, at least in Grade 11, or studying at the Post- Secondary level; must have been a full time student for one term during the current school year.

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International Experience Internationale

A Visa program that allows Canadians to stay in France for an extended period; Visas usually last up to one year, with certain exceptions.

Professional development for young workers, inter-university exchanges, education related work experiences stages (co-ops in Canada), university vacation work, and work/holiday experiences.

Bilingual individuals 18 to 35 years of age.

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The Learning Traveller

An educational travel company that specializes in helping you select and experience the perfect language immersion program.

Language learning holidays for teens, for gap year students, for adult and for 55+ learners.

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Nacel Canada

A not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting international understanding and language education.

Participants stay with a host family in their new community.

Academic Program participants must be between 15 and 17 years of age at time of departure.

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OSEF – Organisme de séjours éducatifs français

OSEF France-Canada invites you to discover France, Belgium or Luxemburg and improve your language skills in French.

Reciprocal homestay summer exchange: Canadian students spend the month of July in France, returning home with their French exchange partners, who in turn spend the month of August in Canada. 11 week exchanges also available.

Participants must be 13 to 17 years of age.

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École Québec Monde

A language school offering French classes to anyone in the world who wishes to learn and experience French in Québec City. A variety of programs are offered.

Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll at École Québec Monde. It is possible to conditionally accept students who are under 18 years of age with an authorization letter from a parent or guardian.

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Education First

Education First is the world's largest provider of international exchange programs. Learn a language. Study abroad. Explore other cultures.

Programs range from 2 to 52 weeks in length.

Programs for adults and students.

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