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.
CLICK HERE to download our BROCHURE (in French & English).
- 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.)
The program is offered from grades 7 to 12 in 16 schools around the province and in all three francophone school districts:
District scolaire francophone Sud (1,3,5,6,7,9,10)
District scolaire francophone du Nord-Ouest (2,12,15)
District scolaire francophone Nord-Est (4,8,11,13,14,16)
FOR the FEE SCHEDULE go to the REGISTER page.
Grades 7 to 8: French, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Studies, English as a Second Language, Art Education (visual arts and music), Physical Education, and Personal Development.
Grades 9 to 12: French, Mathematics, Science (biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, astronomy), Social Studies (law, geography, history, foundation documents, politics, economics and the law), Technology (general and media communications), Business Administration (accounting, co-op education, entrepreneurship, economics), English as a Second Language and International Languages (Spanish), Arts Education (music, visual arts and drama), Physical Education & Leadership, Professional & Technical Studies (forestry, computer programming and IT support, environmental technology, horticulture & landscaping, industrial design, design technology, health care, culinary arts, customer sales & service, carpentry, electronics, mechanics, metal working, auto repair, electrical repair, woodworking, metalwork, residential woodworking, welding), Personal & Social Development (nutrition, life & career planning, wellness).
For more information about the curriculum, go to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's website.
Students from certain countries are eligible to receive course credits for one semester or for their full school year in Canada. Please contact the program director for more information about this.
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