Join us this summer for La Maison Française online!

La Maison Française offers students a way to quickly learn French in an immersive setting. It is a five-week, non-credit, French immersion program popular with adult learners at all levels of proficiency, from beginner to advanced. Start at your own level; finish with a certificate of completion.


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Program description

La Maison Française (LMF) is a five-week, non-credit, French immersion program popular with adult learners at all levels of proficiency, from beginner to advanced. Start at your own level, finish with a certificate. With experienced instructors, dynamic cultural assistants and specialized workshop facilitators, you will quickly learn to function in French. Lessons, workshops, mealtime conversations, homework help and sociocultural activities all create a French atmosphere.

Continuing Studies at UVic has delivered this program each summer and although it has evolved since its inception in 1965, the core objectives remain the same:

  • Use only French in teaching and conversation
  • Teach the fundamental structures of the French language so that students are able to begin to think in French
  • Develop a useful and varied vocabulary in order to enable students to better express themselves orally in French
  • Develop functional vocabulary for specific written purposes
  • Explore the linguistic similarities and differences between varieties of French spoken in various parts of the world

This program includes morning language instruction, Monday to Friday, afternoon workshops and sociocultural activities. The curriculum is divided into several levels of linguistic competencies determined by a French Language Assessment completed prior to the start of the program.

Bursaries are available under the Explore program to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have been a full-time student for at least one term during the current school year. Bursaries are also available to BC teachers—many of whom choose to take this program for professional development in the summer—by contacting us directly at

Program partners

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Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) – Explore

BC Ministry of Education

Bureau de l’Éducation en français – Ministère de l’Éducation en français (BC Ministry of Education)

Who is this program for?

The LMF program is designed for:

  • adults aged 19 and up*
  • all proficiency levels: from total beginner to advanced
  • international students wanting to learn Canada's other official language
  • full-time students wanting to complement their studies with valuable additional language skills
  • current BC teachers wanting to improve or maintain their French language skills
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are looking for employment skills or who just have a love of the language

* Please note that most participants are between 19 and 25 years of age, therefore most of the sociocultural activities are planned accordingly.

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Bilingual Cultural Organization Employee
  • Cultural Assistant (in Explore program at another institution)
  • Language Monitor (for one school year in Odyssey program)
  • Bilingual Tourism Industry Employee
  • FSL Tutor/Teacher

Courses and fees

To receive a certificate of successful completion, all participants must have received a passing grade in their class and have adhered to our attendance policy regarding classes and workshops.

In addition, Explore program participants must have attended at least the minimum number of sociocultural activities required.

Although this is a non-credit program, some institutions may elect to grant credit to their students who have completed LMF at UVic.

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Registration fee (for all participants) $275.00
Program fee (Canadian non-bursary students) $1,500.00
Estimated Total $1,775.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

How to apply

Admission to the program is different for bursary students and non-bursary students.

For all students, there is a non-refundable $275 registration fee, payable at the time of registration.

Explore bursary participants

If you are eligible to attend the program under the Explore bursary you should first apply for that program. The deadline to apply for the first draft is February 15. If your name is drawn, you will receive detailed instructions on how to register with the institution (hopefully UVic!) you have been accepted in.

BC Teacher bursary participants

If you currently hold a BC College of Teachers Certificate, you are eligible to apply for a teacher bursary (even if you are a TOC) to attend La Maison Française ! Registration is on a first come first served basis. Please contact us at 250-721-8630 or to be put on the interest list as soon as possible. Once the number of bursaries available is confirmed by the Ministry of Education, we will send the detailed registration forms to the first teachers on the list. Those beyond that number will be put on a waitlist and may receive a bursary at a later date.

All other participants

You may apply online below or if you prefer to register by phone, please call 250-721-8630.

Application dates

Starting in
June 2021
Not Currently Accepting
Apply by
Dates TBD
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