Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for the main Explore program, you need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee. Student visa holders are not eligible for the program.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age on the first day of your Explore course.
  • You must have been a full-time student for at least one session of the current academic year at an educational institution that is recognized This hyperlink will open in a new window. by the Ministère.

In order to qualify for the Explore Youth Initiative, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee. Student visa holders are not eligible for the program.
  • You must be at least 13 years of age on the first day of your Explore course.
  • You must have been a full-time student during the current school year at an educational institution that is recognized This hyperlink will open in a new window. by the Ministère.

Full-Time Studies

In order to qualify for the Explore program you must have been enrolled full-time during at least one term of the current academic year at an educational institution This hyperlink will open in a new window. that is recognized by the Ministère.

For the purposes of Explore, you may be deemed a full-time student if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are enrolled in a cumulative total of at least 9 university credits during the same term in a single or two universities.
  • You are deemed a full-time student based on Aide financière aux études criteria. The conditions for acquiring this status also apply to secondary school students.
  • You are enrolled in the final term of a college or university program, independent of the number of hours or credits involved.
  • You are enrolled full-time in a vocational training program for at least 13 consecutive weeks.

Age requirement

Minimum age required by the host institution

Minimum and maximum age This hyperlink will open in a new window. equirements for the entire duration of the session at the host school are strictly enforced.

For example, if you are 17 years old when the session begins but turn 18 during the course, you will not be eligible for schools that offer the program to students who are 16 and/or 17 years of age. Similarly, if you are 16, you will not qualify at schools that offer the program to students who are 17 years of age or older even if you turn 17 during the session. No exceptions will be made, not even for a single day.

Legal age

Each province sets its own rules regarding legal age requirements. Please pay special attention to local rules that apply to tobacco and alcohol consumption.

Provinces and territoriesMajorityLegal drinking ageLegal smoking age
Alberta181818
British Columbia191919
Manitoba181818
New Brunswick191919
Newfoundland and Labrador191919
Northwest Territories191918
Nova Scotia191919
Nunavut191918
Ontario181919
Prince Edward Island181919
Québec181818
Saskatchewan181918
Yukon191918

Participate Again in the Explore Program

You are entitled to apply every year as long as you meet the following criteria:

Please note, however, that priority is given to individuals who have not yet participated in the program.

The Languages at Work Program

You are not allowed to work during your participation in the Explore Program, but once your immersion course ends, you may continue to perfect your second language skills while working in the Languages at Work This hyperlink will open in a new window. program. Designed for Explore participants, this program, offered by a limited number of institutions, provides on-site summer employment opportunities once the five-week immersion course ends. Please bring your résumé with you.

Do you have special needs?

Special needs are not personal choices, but medical or functional requirements.

If you have special needs, you need to inform your host institution as soon as you receive the email confirming that a place has been awarded to you.

You will also need to provide documentation detailing your needs, such as a doctor’s certificate, a description of the constraints related to your condition and your individualized education plan related to your learning difficulties.

The host institution must be able to organize your stay in conjunction with you, in the best possible way, before you arrive.

If the institution to which you are assigned is unable to provide appropriate services, your file could be transferred to a different one.

Contact information

For more information, please contact Aide financière aux études Client Services.