Canada: Chicoutimi Summer

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. During the summer months, students can also enjoy numerous local festivals. Study abroad in Canada, perfect your French, learn about Quebec culture, and have the experience of the lifetime. 


Academic Profile & Summer Course Offerings

University of Quebec in Chicoutimi

Since its establishment in Chicoutimi in 1969, the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) has served the mostly French-speaking population of its area by offering over 80 degree and diploma programs to its 6,000 students. Through the French Language School, UQAC offers a personalized language experience through its analysis of individual student language needs, variety of communication-based French language courses, supportive atmosphere, caring, accessible instructors and lively animateurs specializing in typical Quèbècoise culture, sports, dance and music.

To ensure that every student obtains the maximum possible benefit from the immersion program, students are always expected to speak French at all times. At the start of the program, an oral and written placement test is given to all program participants. The Summer Intensive 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. In addition, courses such as Quebec Culture and Civilization are also offered, and give provide an understanding of the cultural context of language. There is both a 3- and 5-week program in May and in July.

All French programs are complemented by a wide range of socio-cultural workshops, guided outdoor recreation, and optional excursions in the region. The minimum age for participation on these programs is 18 years of age.

Course Offerings

In the summer programs, students earn 3-6 credits, depending on the length of their program. Students enrolled in the three-week program earn 3 credits while students enrolled in the five-week program earn 6 credits. Courses are offered at all levels, beginning, intermediate and advanced.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Each May and July over 225 students from all over the world come to study French and learn about Quebec culture. More than just a language course, this program is a once-in-a lifetime experience where you not only study French but actually use it in everyday life situations as you make friends, go on excursions, shop, attend cultural events or partake in your favourite leisure activity.

To get a sense of student life at ELF, check out the Youtube video below from a past summer program.

Souvenir Video Summer


Students have the choice of living with a French-speaking family or in dormitories during the summer immersion program. However, 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 home stay 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

"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.

"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 Summer Program Details


Session I (Spring term at Chicoutimi)
3-week Session: May 16 - June 4, 2016
5-week Session: May 16 - June 18, 2016

Session II
3-week Session: July 4 - July 23, 2016
5-week Session: July 4 - August 6, 2016

Application Deadline(s)

Session I: March 1
Session II: April 15
Late applications will be accepted on a space available basis. 

Financial Aid

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

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum age 18
2.5 grade point average




3 Week Session:              $3,137 in homestay; Non-CCIS $3,887
                                     $3,096 in dorm; Non-CCIS $3,846

5 Week Session:              $4,968 in homestay; Non-CCIS $5,718
                                     $4,865 in dorm; Non-CCIS $5,615

Costs Included

Instructional costs, room and board with a French-speaking family or dormitory, fees, orientation, instructional materials, email access, health insurance coverage.

Costs Not Included

Airfare ($700 - 1,500), personal costs ($750 - 1,000), optional excursions ($250 approx.)

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, Ph.D.

International Education Center
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738
732-224-2980 (Fax)

How do I apply?

Step 1.
Submit the following documents to CCIS/Brookdale by March 1/April 15 


  1. CCIS Application & Instructions
  2. One reference that attests 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 of $275.00 to reserve your space in the program. The deposit will be applied to 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.

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.