Filling Your Application

Before filling out your application

Choose up to three educational institutions on the basis of their individual eligibility criteria. Course start and end dates, age groups and type of accommodations vary among institutions and sessions. As such, it is important to first obtain the necessary information and consider the relevant details when applying.

Some destinations are very popular and available spots there are filled in the first draw.

The following strategy will increase your chances:

  • Choose at least one institution that is located outside of a major urban centre.
  • Diversify your choice of provinces.

You also need to know that since the goal of the Explore Program is language immersion and learning about a different region of Canada, you cannot be a program participant in your home region. For example, if you live in the Montréal metropolitan area, you cannot participate in the Explore Program at a institutions located in Montréal and will instead need to choose schools that are located in other regions of Québec or elsewhere in Canada.

How to fill out your application

Online form

You can apply for the Explore program using our online services.

Once you log in, click on the Explore Forms tab, then on Apply in the Fill out a form section.

The online form will validate your information as you enter it. See Submitting Documents below for information on sending us any required documents.

You will also be required to provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN) when applying online.

Should you need to provide the Parental Approval Schedule or any other document, this will be indicated in the Required documents section of your online form.

You need to provide an email address that is not associated with an educational institution. For example, do not use 

Paper form

If you do not have Social Insurance Number (SIN) yet, have a temporary SIN or do not want to share it with us for the time being, you will need to use the paper form, which you can obtain in the Forms section of our website.

If you have not reached 18 years of age when you apply, you will need to fill out Section 7 of the form (parental authorization).

Submitting documents

You may submit your documents in any of the following ways:

  • Log in to your online file, click on the Uploading a document tab, digitize the fully-executed documents and upload them to Required documents.
  • Mail them to:
    Explore Program
    1035, rue De La Chevrotière
    Québec (Québec)  G1R 5A5
  • Fax them to 418-644-3158.

Personal Information

The Explore Program is run under the aegis of the provincial and territorial ministries of education and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). In Québec, the Ministère de l'Éducation (MEQ) and the ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur (MES) administers the Explore Program. Any information you provide is collected and analyzed by Aide financière aux études (AFE), and is mandatory for participation in this program. The provincial program coordinator and his staff have access to your information.

The following information collected during the online application process (except for your Permanent Code) is shared with the CMEC and included in the pan-Canadian database:

  • identification information such as date of birth, address and telephone number
  • academic information such as level of education and name of educational institution attended
  • personal information related to the Explore Program such as answers to form questions and application status

This information is used for: 

  • conducting the random draw
  • transmitting correspondence about applicant status

Your personal information is also used for reporting purposes as required by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

You are required to provide all requested information, including a valid email address, so that staff analyzing your file can perform the necessary checks in the Ministère’s computer systems. Information you provide in the Identity and address and Academic information sections may be cross-checked to AFE data, based on your Permanent Code, first and last names and date of birth.

Accessing and correcting information

In compliance with the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information This hyperlink will open in a new window., you can contact AFE to exercise your right to access and correct personal information about yourself at any time.

Contact information

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