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Featuring CCIS Programs

École de Langue Française Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada Summer

Chicoutimi, Canada (North America)

Quick Facts

Session I (Three Weeks)
Dates:  May 17 – June 4, 2021
Application Deadline:  April 1
Costs:  $3,844 - $3,909 CCIS Member | $4,244 - $4,309 Non-Member

Session I (Five Weeks)
Dates:  May 17– June 18, 2021
Application Deadline:  April 1
Costs:  $5,923 - $6,032 CCIS Member | $6,323 - $6,432 Non-Member

Session II (Three Weeks)
Dates:  July 5 – July 23, 2021
Application Deadline:  April 30
Costs:  $3,844 - $3,909 CCIS Member | $4,244 - $4,309 Non-Member

Session II (Five Weeks)
Dates:  July 5 – August 6, 2021
Application Deadline:  April 30 
Costs:  $5,923 - $6,032 CCIS Member | $6,323 - $6,432 Non-Member

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(Note: Costs are from summer 2020; summer 2021  costs will be confirmed in January 2021)
* Upon acceptance by CCIS, a $275.00 deposit is required. The deposit is applied towards the total program fee.

* A Summer CCIS scholarship is available. Apply by March 15!

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Program Overview

Learn French at L’École de Langue Française et Culture Québécoise of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Located in the heart of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, the most francophone region in North America, you are sure to have a full immersion experience. 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. Take a peek into life on the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi campus:


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Brookdale Community College
Janice Thomas
Director, International Center

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(732) 224-2799

This program is sponsored and administered by Brookdale Community College.

Academics & Program

Since its establishment in Chicoutimi in 1969, the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 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 Québécoise 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. Prior to arrival in Chicoutimi, students will be given an on-line placement test.

There is both a three- and five-week program in May and in July. All French programs are complemented by a wide range of socio-cultural workshops and activities as well as optional excursions. 

Course Offerings

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 students an understanding of the cultural context of language. 

In the summer programs, students earn three credits in the three-week program and six credits in the five-week program. Click here for detailed course descriptions. Please e-mail with any additional questions.  

Student Life & Housing

Student Life

Each May and July over 450 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.


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.

Duration & Costs


Session I (Spring term at École de Langue Française)
Three-week Session: May 17 - June 4
Five-week Session: May 17 - June 18

Session II
Three-week Session: July 5 - July 23
Five-week Session: July 5 - August 6


Three-Week Session in Homestay: $3,909 member | $4,309 non-member
Three-Week Session in Dorm: $3,844 member |  $4,244 non-member

Five-Week Session in Homestay: $6,032 member | $6,432 non-member
Five-Week Session in Dorm: $5,923 member | $6,323 non-member

* Upon acceptance by CCIS, a $275.00 deposit is required. The deposit is applied towards the total program fee.

(Note: Costs are from summer 2020; costs for summer 2021 will be confirmed in January  2021)
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. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Session I:  April 1
Session II:  April 30 

Late applications will be accepted on a space available basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA:  2.5 
Minimum age: 18

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your materials are submitted on time!

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Joice R

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

Kyle V

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

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