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Featuring CCIS Programs

École de Langue Française Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada

Chicoutimi, Canada (North America)

Quick Facts

Fall 2020
Dates:  September 14     December 11
Application Deadline:  May 31 (extended)
Costs: $8,620 CCIS Member | $9,020 Non-Member

Spring 2021
Dates:  January 18   April 16
Application Deadline:  November 15
Costs:  $8,665 CCIS Member | $9,065 Non-Member

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

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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. Take a peak into life on the École de Langue Française Université du Québec à Chicoutimi campus with this video


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

All programs at L'École de Langue Française at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi provide a complete French immersion experience, where students truly "live French." At the start of the program, an oral and written 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 to Quebec City and the beautiful Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region.

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 clasrroom 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. 



Academic Levels

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced


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

Student Life & Housing

Student Life

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.


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.


Duration & Costs

Fall 2020: September 14 – December 11
Spring 2021: January 18 – April 16

Fall 2020: $8,620 CCIS Member | $9,020 Non-Member

Spring 2021: $8,665 CCIS Member | $9,065 Non-Member

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

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. 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

Fall:  May 1
Spring:  November 15
Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Requirements
The minimum age for participation is 18 years of age.  

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

Cindy-Ann S

"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."

Joice R

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

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