Summer Language Study Program — 2019
Jun 26-29, 2019 → Jul 27-30, 2019
During this four-week program you’ll have the opportunity to dramatically increase your knowledge of the French language through classroom experience and day-to-day life with a host family. You’ll be fully immersed in Canadian society and become familiar with its unique culture – likely finding that it’s more ‘foreign’ than you might expect! During your classes you’ll get to meet AFS students from all over the world and really expand your global awareness.
You’ll find that the French people of Quebec, known as Québécois, are very proud of their language and heritage. While Canada is close to the United States, you may be surprised by how unique and diverse Canadian culture is; that being said, you’ll also find the food is quite similar. If you’re not a super-adventurous eater, this could be a good place for you.
Your program will begin in New York, where you’ll meet your fellow AFS students from the US. You’ll attend an overnight orientation, and then travel together to Canada where you’ll be welcomed by AFS Staff or Volunteers.
On your way to meet your host family you’ll get a chance to experience the gorgeous Canadian landscape, full of forests, plains, and farmlands. You might also come across kids playing lacrosse – one of Canada’s national sports, along with ice hockey – or neighbors enjoying a cookout in their backyard.
During your time in Canada you’ll be living with a host family that could be located in a variety of areas in and around Montreal. Most host families will be hosting two AFS students, so you should be prepared to have a host sibling during your program. Together you’ll have the chance to experience all kind of fairs and festivals, museums, art galleries, and concerts. Montreal is especially well known for its jazz, comedy, and film festivals.See where past AFSers have lived
You’ll be attending a special course designed for international students with beginner French skills. You’ll go to French class every weekday morning, and by the end of the program you’ll have had a total of 80 hours of intensive French education. The in-context language learning, however, will take place outside of the classroom. By surrounding yourself in Canadian culture every day and returning home to your host family at night, you’ll be able to put what you’ve learned to the test immediately. Your lessons will take on a whole new meaning when you get to try them out at the dinner table every night!
During your program you’ll have the opportunity to really get to know the area you’re staying in. Along with your fellow students, you can take part in activities like sports, shopping, cultural visits, and an excursion to the historic Quebec City.
The food of Quebec has a strong French flavor and you’ll find lots of pea soup, French pastries, bread, crepes, and cheeses. Québécois food tends to be hearty and you can expect lots of meat and potatoes. A favorite snack is poutine, French fries covered with gravy and cheese. Quebec also produces a lot of maple syrup, so you’re in luck if you have a sweet tooth!
"Life-changing" is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
"Transformed" is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though - others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. "Life-changing" means it’s only the beginning.
Please Note: Travel date ranges are meant to help with general scheduling and are subject to change; please don’t book any travel based on these dates until you’ve received confirmation from AFS. All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.