Canada: Chicoutimi Semester

Program Overview

Learn French in Chicoutimi, Canada, located in the heart of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, the most francophone region in North America.  Almost 300,000 people speak French and live their daily lives in French, everywhere and at all times!  The area is also renowned for its spectacular fjords and its interior sea, the Lake St-Jean providing access to nearby beaches and numerous boating and water sports activities. Chicoutimi also offers museums, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. Throughout the year, you can also enjoy numerous local festivals and during the winter months, there are plenty of winter sporting activities to occupy your time.  Come study abroad in Canada, perfect your French, learn about Quebec culture, and have the experience of the lifetime.


Academic Profile

University of Quebec in Chicoutimi

All programs at L'École de Langue Française at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) provide a complete French immersion experience, where students truly "live French." At the start of the program, an online placement test is given to all program participants to ensure that every student enrolls in the class that best matches their French language skills.

To ensure that every student obtains the maximum possible benefit from the immersion program, students are expected to speak French at all times on- and off-campus. Making this experience fun and enjoyable for all students inside and outside of the classroom is the school's priority. All programs are complemented by a wide range of social and cultural workshops, guided outdoor recreation, optional excursions in the beautiful Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region. The minimum age for participants is 18 years of age.


Final transcripts are sent from the UQAC registrar's office to the home institution at the request of the student.

Course Offerings

The semester immersion program offers French language study from introductory to advanced levels. Courses at each level analyze the French language from the perspective of syntax, phonetics, and communicative competence. The program includes 20 hours of clasroom instruction each week and is supplemented by co-curricular activities.

The program offers a twelve-week session during each semester, where students can earn 12 credits; each course is 3 credits (45 teaching hours).

Click here for detailed course descriptions.  Please e-mail with any additional questions.

Final transcripts are sent from L'École de Langue Française to the home institution at the request of the student.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Students have the choice of living with a French-speaking family or in dormitories (if space is availalbe) during the immersion program. Lodging with a host francophone family is part of the UQAC philosophy. Daily life with a host family allows students to reinforce the learning of the French language achieved in the classroom and from extracurricular activities. If living in a homestay situation, morning and evening meals are shared with the family, while lunch is served at the university cafeteria. There is a wide range of cultural, social, tourist and sporting activities available in and around Chicoutimi, including theater, folk dance, singing groups, and nature explorations.

Alumni Feedback

"I got to go whale watching in the St Lawrence River and hiked all over the place. I also went snow camping. The region was outstandingly beautiful. If you like clear skies, evergreens water and rocks, this is the place for you to go."
- Osualdo R.

"The program was wonderful. All of the faculty and staff at UQAC were wonderful. They really cared about our success and well-being. They took care of us like family."
- Bonnie S.

"I was highly enlightened by this experience and continue to savor its memories and impact."
- Kyle V.

"Thanks for giving me the opportunity to experience Quebec culture and practice my French. Keep up the good work!!!"
- Joice R.

"It was most definitely the most enriching experience I have ever had other than at church. I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to learn French. It was amazing to watch people who couldn't even say 'bon jour' when they arrived improve tremendously. At the end of the program, they were more than able to carry on interesting conversations with any native French speaker."
- Cindy-Ann S.

"Doing this immersion was a wonderful experience for me. I had a great time, made lots of friends, and progressed immensely in the language."
- Amanda Z.


Chicoutimi, Canada Semester Program Details


Fall 2016
September 6 - December 2, 2016

Spring 2017
January 16 – April 14, 2017

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: June 1
Winter: October 15

Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Financial Aid

A College Consortium for International Studies Scholarship (CCIS) is available to students from member institutions. CCIS students should check with their study abroad advisor for applicable campus deadlines.

Eligibility Requirements

The minimum age for participation is 18 years of age.



Academic Levels

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced


Intensive Language (12 credits)
Homesty Option - $8,177; Non-CCIS $8, 577

Tuition and fees are subject to change. 

Costs Included

Instructional costs, instructional materials, health insurance, fees, and orientation.

Costs Not Included

Airfare (approx. $800-$1,200), personal costs (approx. $1,000-$1,500), housing (approx. $175 - 200/per week payable to the host family; optional excursions.


All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

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Your Adventure in Canada Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Janice M. Thomas
International Education Center
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
732-224-2799; 732-224-2980 (fax)

How do I apply?

Step 1.
Submit the following documents to CCIS/Brookdale by June 1/October 15

Note: Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms.


  1. CCIS Application & Instructions
  2. Two references that attest to your ability to live and study in a new international environment.
  3. Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended
  4. Legible Copy of the biographical page of your passport
  5. Statement of Purpose

Step 2.
CCIS/Brookdale will review your application. If accepted, you will pay a non-refundable deposit to reserve your space in the program. The deposit in the amount $275.00 will be deducted from your program fee.

Step 3.
Upon receipt of your deposit, you will be contacted by the École de Langue Français (ELF) and directed to a weblink to complete  ELF's on-line registration.

Note: Do not begin the ELF on-line registration until you have received specific instructions from CCIS/ELF to do so. Space in the residence hall is extremely limited.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.