Ateliers de langues, Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier

"En français à Québec!"



1. Who can take part in the program?

All non-French speaking students between14 and 17 years old, motivated in living a language and intercultural experience. Canadian students from grade 11 and up can ask for a bursary. All pertinent information to this effect is on the site EXPLORE.

2. Is the summer program campus located in the building of the College, on René-Lévesque boulevard?

 No. The College rents facilities on the Laval University campus.

3. Where do the students come from?

Students come from English-Canada, the United States, Latin-America and Europe.

4. How can I pay?

It is possible to effect payment by check, by bank transfer or by credit card (Visa and Mastercard). All forms of payment must be in Canadian funds.

5. Will there be someone to meet me at the airport on Sunday?

Yes, members of the staff will be at the airport to welcome you from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m (to be confirmed in June). A shuttle service will take you to the Laval University campus for a fee of 10$. The Quebec city airport is quite small so it will be easy for you to recognize the members of our staff, who will be wearing a T-shirt with the logo of the College.

6. Is the Shuttle service to the campus included in the cost? 

No, the cost is $ 10 CAD payable at the airport when you arrive.

7. What if I arrive by train or by bus?

The students travelling by train, by bus or by car will have to go directly to the Laval University campus.

8. What is the weather like in Quebec city in summer?

In summer, the temperatures in Quebec city run between 20°C and 25°C. Please consult Meteomedia for additional information.

9. What kind of clothing should I bring?

Proper dressing is required. The type of activities that are planned in the program call for sports clothes, rain gear and clothes for cool temperatures, a swimsuit, running shoes and an outfit appropriate for more formal events such as the gala evening at the end of the program.

10. Is there a placement test?

Yes. Upon confirmation of your acceptance you will receive an e-mail with all the details to proceed with the online placement test. That will enable us to place you in a group for the first day. During the first class, the teachers will evaluate the oral skills of the students to make sure they all are in the same level. 

11. Can I get any credits for this course?

It is up to you to safe keep the syllabus for your course which will be given to you in the first week of class. At the end of the program, you will be given your official certificate of attestation. With these two documents, you will have to go to the registrar of your own school and ask for your course to be recognized and eventually obtain credits from your own school. Our program does not give the right to any credits.

12. Can I have a receipt for my school fees?

Coming soon...

13. Are there private rooms in the residence? What about the bathrooms?

All students will live in a residence and will have his/her own private room with a bed, a sink, a desk, and a dresser for clothes. Rooms are not air-conditioned. Bathrooms are located in the corridors on each floor. 

All rooms are “single rooms” and it is not possible to add an extra bed. Rooms are assigned by a computer system.

14. What is a typical day like?

Attendance to the activities which run between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. is compulsory. The 90 hours lessons take place in the morning and sports and socio-cultural activities take place in the afternoon and/or evening. Some evening activities are compulsory and diverse outings are offered on weekends. Sunday activities are mandatory.

15. Can I practice any sports ?

A membership for the gym can be purchased at the price of $61 (16 years old and over only). 

16. What ensures the safety of the students?

Boys and girls occupy separate floors. The monitors will be living with the participants for the entire program on each floor of the residence.
There is always a security guard. Laval University has a very sophisticated 24 hour security service on patrol and camera surveillance.

17. What happens if I get sick ?

When a medical consultation is called for, one of the staff will accompany you. If necessary, the head of the program will contact the parents and decide with them on what to do next .

18. Does information on my physical or mental state of health remain confidential (that is, only brought to the attention of those in charge of the program)?

Yes, of course. We invite the parents to inform the head of the program of any problem regardless of how delicate it is keeping in mind that it is to the benefit of the well-being and safety of the student.

19. Must I furnish a number which can be reached in case of an emergency other than that of my parents?

It is essential to furnish the name of an available third party throughout the program that we could reach in case of an emergency.  

Not conforming to this minimal safety rule could eventually hinder the safety of your child. The program cannot be held responsible for any situation resulting from the fact that you could not be reached.

20. I am vegetarian or I have allergies. Does the cafeteria take this into account in the planning of the meals?

The health of our students is most important to us. It is therefore very important to furnish us with all medical information which concerns the student by filling in the medical form very carefully. A medical note from your doctor is compulsory.
The cafeteria serves balanced meals. The variety of the meals is above average and the meals are much appreciated by everyone, vegetarians included.

21. Is Quebec city a safe city?

Yes , Quebec city is a very hospitable, quiet and safe city . Quebec has a population of about 1 000 000 inhabitants.