Join us this summer for La Maison Française on Canada’s West Coast!

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 adults 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 adults 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 state-of-the-art language lab facilities, you will quickly learn to function in French. Lessons, laboratory sessions, workshops, mealtime conversations and sociocultural activities all create a French atmosphere.

This program includes four hours of classroom instruction, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday to Friday; three hours of workshops per week; and sociocultural activities afternoons, evenings and weekends. The curriculum is divided into several levels of linguistic competencies. On the first day, you will complete a level assessment to be placed at the appropriate level.

On-campus accommodation, including meal plan, is mandatory for all Explore bursary students and optional for all other students. The meal plan food card is usable in all UVic Food Services locations on campus.

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

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

Program partners

Explore logo

The 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?

  • 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 lookings for employment skills or who just have a love of the language

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Employee in a bilingual cultural organization
  • Cultural assistant in the Explore program at another institution
  • Language monitor for one school year in the Odyssey program
  • Bilingual employee in the tourism industry
  • FSL tutor or teacher


Additional program information

Courses and fees

LMF consists of five weeks of language learning:

  • four hours of classes per day, five days per week
  • 1.5 hours of language workshops two afternoons per week
  • sociocultural activities on afternoons, evenings and weekends


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 $275.00
Program fee (Canadian non-bursary students) $1,500.00
Optional accommodation and meal plan fee (Canadian non-bursary students) $1,750.00
Refundable deposit fee for all students in residence $100.00
Estimated Total $3,625.00*
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.

For all students in residence there is also a $100 deposit, payable at the time of registration, that will be refundable upon final checkout and key return.

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 program 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

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
July 2020
Not Currently Accepting
Apply by
Dates TBD
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