IMPORTANT INFORMATION

We are taking into account the Canada and Quebec government measures concerning the Covid-19 to adapt our different programs, so you will enjoy a great experience in a safe and adequate environment.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to have more information. We are looking forward to welcoming you all back!


French High School Studies

Every semester, we are proud to welcome international students willing to live a truly fascinating French immersion program. They will take classes with our local students, enjoy our rich school life and share their everyday life with their assigned host family.

More than a school program, a once-in-a-life experience!

When does the program take place?

Students can come for either a semester or a full year.

Winter Semester 2020
WinterSemester2020

January 5th
to June 23rd

Fall Semester 2020
FallSemester2020

August 25th
to December 19th

Winter Semester 2021
WinterSemester2021

January 9th
to June 22nd

There is one week of holidays during the fall semester and another one during the winter semester (spring break), besides the two weeks of holidays in December. During this time, we organize trips to discover some of the most interesting and exciting cities of Canada and the United States of America, such as Toronto, Montréal, New York, Chicago, Ottawa, Washington, Philadelphia, Niagara, etc.

where is the school located?

Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier is located in a charming neighborhood of Québec City. Close to all the main bus lines, we are just 5 minutes by bus from Old Québec and 10 minutes from 3 large shopping malls. All our students can easily get to the school either on foot or by bus.

what happens during the program?

During the week, international students follow the school’s curriculum, in French, with the local students. They also take part in our enriched school life (sports teams, workshops, clubs, festivals, conferences, cultural activities, and volunteering) On the weekend, they are free to spend time with their host family or with their friends; we also regularly organize activities for international students.

Good times filled with new experiences!

WHO can participate in the program?

Any student from 8th to 11th grade with a minimum of French language level (Level A1)! You do not have to be bilingual in French. Teachers will take into consideration that it is your second or third language, so we have strategies allowing you to learn and get good grades in your regular subjects while your skills in French improve continuously.

French will become like a first language in a very short time due to the full immersion you will live!

Why is the program offered by Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier the best choice?

Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier is a highly prestigious private school, with enriched programs and animated student life. Your studies will be recognized in your country. We have been welcoming international students for more than 40 years, giving us solid experience in the field.

International students have a special place in our community. We will follow up with the students’ stay in every aspect, so they will always be supported and guided! The program takes place in Québec City, famous among French learners due to the real French immersion found everywhere. Quebecers are open-minded, inclusive and love to share their culture. Québec is a festive city, very alive and with many events and activities taking place throughout the year.

Get more information about the program: registration process, fees, etc.

Learn more about the program (pedagogical approach, host families, etc.)

Watch the testimonials of our participants

Program details

Our curriculum is based on the requirements of the Ministry of Education of Québec. As a private school, we have enriched our curriculum in order to offer a high-quality education.

International students follow all subjects in French along with our regular students, except for French itself, which is taught following a special program built for them (French second language).

Teachers are very conscious that French is not your mother language, so they will help you to make sure you understand. Thanks to the French language immersion, your French skills will improve so quickly that you will be able to follow the subject as a regular Quebecer student in a few weeks.

Our regular students are very open, welcoming and inclusive. They will be very happy to help you feel at home while being part of your integration process and everyday life in Saint-Charles-Garnier and in Québec City.

Keep your English going

Live the French immersion of the program and be part of the “English immersion program” that is open to our regular students. The program implies:
  • More English classes.
  • Follow the curriculum of English as a mother tongue.
  • Every 10 days, live a complete school day with activities in English.

Special profiles

Regular and international students from 7th to 10th grade are enrolled in a “profile”, which let them develop special skills and meet friends with similar interest. The profiles are given during the regular school schedule, so students can always enroll in the extracurricular activities offered after classes. There are 11 different profiles:

Singing

For artists who are passionate about music, expect an up-to-date musical program that is diversified and based on your interests and aptitudes, you will develop your singing skills and your taste for stage performances.

Singing

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts profile offers an approach focused on the process of creation. This profile is made for those who wish to develop and express their creativity!

Visual Arts

Robotics

New for 2020-2021. The Robotics profile is for those who have an interest in new technology!

Robotics

World and Culture

New for 2020-2021. The World and Culture profile offers a new vision of our world. Go on a new adventure and discover new cultures and enrichen your horizons!

World and Culture

Science

Discover scientific innovations in astronomy, biology, IT, physics, robotics, chemistry and mechanics with our specialized teachers.

Science

Soccer

Improve your athletic potential and your tactical skills and live to the rhythm of soccer thanks to our tailored program that follows the progression of the player and allows him or her to reach their full potential! Profit from our perfecting workshops offered by passionate teachers and professionals in sports physiotherapy.

Soccer

Basketball

Maximize the development of your competences as a basketball player. Learn the technics that will help you improve all facets of your game thanks to a tailored program offered by a qualified coach and recorded videos!

Basketball

Golf

In partnership with the Club de Golf Royal Québec, discover golf and develop your game in a stimulating environment. The assistant coach of the Rouge et Or of Laval University will offer his motivating and rigorous teaching to exploit all your potential.

Golf

Dance

With Studio Party Time, develop your dancing talents, your concentration, your confidence, and your autonomy. Learn with experimented professionals through teaching inspired by hip-hop and breakdance moves.

Dance

Music

If you are an artist of music, expect an up-to-date musical program that is diversified and based on your interests and aptitudes, you will develop your talents as an instrumentalist and your taste for stage performances.

Music

Theatre

Own the stage, become an accomplished performer and be comedic since it is allowed and even encouraged! This program, in collaboration with Le Théâtre du Trident, is dedicated to the artist’s development by promoting dynamic and creative learning.

Theatre

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Extracurricular Activities

We offer more than 50 extracurricular activities in which all the international students can register. These activities are given during lunchtime or after class. They are a great opportunity to make friends, improve your French and try something different! Every semester, we have a fair where the extracurricular activities are presented to students. Prices are very affordable and the payment is by credit card.

There are activities to fit all the students’ interests!

Sports

Sports

Arts

Arts

Languages

Languages

Health

Health

Personal development

Personal development

Culture and society

Culture and society

Clubs

Clubs

Community engagement

Community engagement

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L’EXPRESS

“L’Express” is our sports team. They represent the school in different championships in the City, province and even Canada. Our international students are invited to join one of the many official sports teams in their new school.

Trips

We organize different national and international trips. No matter if you aim at discovering a new culture and society, doing sports or humanitarian aid, these trips are a great opportunity to enrich even more your stay with us. Fees are very affordable and there are financial options offered to students. Places we have visited in the past: North America: Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Niagara, Washington, Chicago, the State of Vermont. Europe: Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria. Other destinations: Costa Rica, Senegal.

Activities and trips for International Students

Special activities and outings are organized specially for international students, so they can fully take advantage of their experience. We will discover the area surrounding Québec City and experience the four wonderful seasons of Canada through apple-picking, rafting, skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, Six Flags, visit of the Ice Hotel and much more! Special trips are also organized for the international students: New York, Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto and the Niagara Falls.

host families

Profile

Our host families have been collaborating with us for many years and so they have the experience of hosting and supporting international students. Their mother language is French and they reflect today’s Québec society.

Their profiles are diversified: young couples, families with children, retired couples, etc.

Our host families embody the values of our program and respect our policies.

They have all passed an important verification process to become host families.

We place one student per family and they are not allowed to host other students from other schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study in a private school in Canada

- We pay special attention to keep the content of the program enriched and up to date in all subjects.
- We work in collaboration with important partners, like the Laval University (Boite à science and the Faculty of Sciences and Engineering,), Club de Golf Royale Québec, Studio Party Dance, amongst others.
- We invite specialists to give conferences and workshop to our students.
- We regularly follow-up with our students’ intellectual and personal realizations.
- We ensure a healthy, secure and inclusive environment.
- Among our staff, we have people specialized to support students in their different needs: learning, psychological, health, behaviour, etc.
- We do not only provide education and knowledge, we guide our students and we participate in their development.
- Our students can reach their full potential, since we believe that education must be multidisciplinary. Workshops, sports, clubs, social work, trips and many other activities are part of our enriched students' life.

My French is basic, can I be part of the program?

Yes, you do not need to be bilingual. The immersion you will live with us will let your French improve very fast. Besides, as an International student, you will have special French classes and your host family will help you after school with your French.

Teachers are aware that French is not your mother language, so they will help you to make sure you understand and that your grades are good too.

Can I spend the Christmas holidays in Quebec with my host family?

Of course! It is not mandatory, but you can always stay during the holidays and experience a typical snowy Canadian Christmas with your host family.

Is the school and Quebec a safe place for a teenager ?

Quebec is a very safe city and Quebecers are very openminded and happy to have international students in town. The school is very safe as well. We have special policies and strategies to ensure a healthy and safe environment for you.

If I need something after school time or during the weekends, will there be someone for me?

We will always be there for you. Whenever during school hours, the international students’ coordinator will answer your questions and provide support for any aspect. When school is finished and during the weekends, your host family will be like your family in your hometown. Besides them, you can always reach your coordinator and the host family coordinator if you need anything.

Registration

let’s get to know each other

Step1

CONTACT US.
Tell us the grade you would like to study with us, subjects and specific requirements.

Step2

Do the French placement
TEST

Step3

FILL IN
the registration form

Form
Step4

Let's have a
VIDEO CONFERENCE with you and your parents

Do The Paperwork

Step1

Send the mandatory
REGISTRATION
DOCUMENTS
by email
Checklist

Step2

Receive your
payment plan
and pay the
REGISTRATION FEE

Step3

We will analyze your
file and send you a
CONFIRMATION EMAIL

Get Your Legal Documents

Step1

We will send you by priority post the Admission and custodianship Letter

Step2

We will guide you to get the CAQ (certificate of acceptance of Quebec)

Step3

Get your visa/study permit

Get Prepared

Step1

Join the
WhatsApp group
of the international
students

Step2

Get your host family file and contact them

Step3

Send us your
TRAVEL SCHEDULE

Collège Saint-Charles Garnier
1150, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
Québec (Québec) G1S 1V7
THE OLDEST FRENCH HIGH
SCHOOL IN NORTH AMERICA
FOUNDED IN 1635