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!
Students can come for either a semester or a full year.
to June 23rd
to December 19th
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
“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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tell us the grade you would like to study with us, subjects and specific requirements.
Do the French placement
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VIDEO CONFERENCE with you and your parents
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We will send you by priority post the Admission and custodianship Letter
We will guide you to get the CAQ (certificate of acceptance of Quebec)
Get your visa/study permit
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