A few bursaries are still available for BC teachers.
This residential three-week (19 days) program is designed specifically for teachers. Offered in a private college, le Collège Mérici, situated in the historic setting of les Plaines d'Abraham, it gives participants the opportunity to enjoy a park-like setting while being just minutes away from la vieille ville.
The college offers a relaxing environment in which to study French while the city next door offers all the excitement of a summer vacation. The 11-day Quebec Summer Festival takes place during the Institute and with the early purchase of a festival pass, one can attend many wonderful spectacles.
It is a time when all of Quebec is celebrating la joie de vivre and meeting and conversing with Québécoises et Québécois is easy. Everyone shares in the appreciation of singers, story tellers, musicians and street performers.
Language classes are offered at all levels, from absolute beginner to advanced. Course content is geared to the needs of teachers in the school system, from pre-school to grade 12. Emphasis is on oral communication. Instructors use the communicative approach and present aspects of the culture of Quebec.
This program is specifically designed for BC teachers but teachers from other provinces or states and non-teachers are welcome.
Funding for BC teachers is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage of the Government of Canada. Bursaries for BC teachers are administered by the French Centre, Continuing Studies, UBC, for the French Programs Unit of the BC Ministry of Education.
Teachers from other provinces should contact their own Ministries of Education regarding funding. Alberta teachers will find information on bursary funding on the Alberta page.
Information for non-teachers is available on the Non-teacher page.
A general description of the Institute is found under French Institute. Additional pages describe a typical institute schedule and accommodation at Collège Mérici. A link to the Quebec Summer Festival , July 4-14, 2013 is also provided.