The New Brunswick French International Student Program has been welcoming young people between the ages of 12 to 18 since the fall of 2010. New Brunswick is Canada's only officially bilingual province, which gives students the opportunity not only to learn French, but to also improve their English.
The participants live with a francophone host family and attend a school, where all the courses are taught in French, except for a second language course in English and other optional language courses.
- Full year (beginning of September to the end of June)
- One semester (beginning of September to mid-January or mid-January until the end of June)
- 12-week stay (depending on availability)
- 2-week French Summer Camp (details at bottom of this page.)
New Brunswick, Canada
Size: 72, 908 km2
Population: 754,000 (30 % francophone)
Airport locations: Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, Bathurst
Located on Canada's Atlantic coast, New Brunswick is the country's only officially bilingual province. Most of the French- speaking people here are Acadian, and no matter where they live, whether in villages by the sea, in urban communities or in l'Acadie des terres et forêts (Acadia of Lands & Forests), they are proud of their heritage, language and culture.
Known for their hospitality, they possess a contagious joie de vivre. You are sure to enjoy their unique cuisine, their music and the richness of their culture, whether it's traditional or contemporary.
New Brunswick is famous for its magnificent scenery, its national and provincial parks, and especially for the world's highest tides (which can reach more than 16 meters) as they make their way twice a day into the Bay of Fundy.
1. Are all schools French?
Yes, all schools in our program use French as the primary language of instruction. English is also offered as a second-language course.
2. What is the language environment like?
Some parts of New Brunswick are more English, some parts are more bilingual and some parts are very French. Students can indicate their preference and we will try to accommodate this.
3. Is it possible to have a bilingual program?
The main focus of our program is French. We want students to be able to learn French or to improve their French skills in a region where people speak French daily. However, most students in our program also improve their English skills while they are here, as they are able to practise English in their community or with friends.
4. Is it possible to have an English homestay family?
No, we do have all-English homestay families. All of our host families speak French and they are all bilingual. We believe it is important for students to be able to practise French at home and at school.
5. Can students request a specific school when applying?
Yes. We try to accommodate student preferences as much as possible. Of course, this is more difficult to do with late applications.
6. How do students fly to New Brunswick?
There are four main airports in New Brunswick, with many daily connections through Toronto and Montreal. We will advise agents of the preferred airport according to student placements.
7. Do students need to have a certain level of French to be accepted?
No, we accept all students who have the motivation and interest in learning French and have a report card that demonstrate that they have the academic ability.
8. Can students graduate?
Yes, if they fulfill all graduation requirements and indicate their intention to graduate in their Program Application