Explore La Cité

Canada’s language immersion programs

Explore is an intensive language immersion program offered each year by La Cité. If you want to learn English or French and improve your ability to communicate while discovering Canada’s capital city, the Explore La Cité program is for you!

This summer, live the experience with La Cité in the heart of the national capital!

5-week French immersion program. In addition to language classes, participate in interactive and engaging social and cultural activities that will build your confidence in communicating in French... Oui, vous pouvez parler en Français et nous pouvons vous aider à le faire !

As part of our Summer program, you will be able to attend language classes, participate in engaging on-campus and off-campus activities, and have fun in conversation workshops with people from all across Canada. Our credit language courses are taught by dynamic and experienced teachers.

Explore La Cité is an AVAN program (Bring Your Own Digital Device).


French immersion program
May 27 to June 27 2024
July 2nd to August 2nd 2024

English immersion program
July 2nd to August 2nd 2024

Delivery Method

In-class/in person only
(local restrictions permitting).

How Much Does It Cost?

The program itself is free by
applying for a scholarship at Explore.

Registration fees are $275
(non-refundable) per participant.


Am I Eligible For The Scholarship?

To be eligible, you must meet the following funding criteria:

Étape 1

Have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status [1]

Étape 2

Be 19 years of age or older when the Explore program begins

Have been a part-time or full-time student for at least one term during the current school year

There are no language skill requirements. If you meet the above criteria, you may be eligible for a place funded by the Government of Canada

[1] People who hold a visa to study in Canada are not eligible.

Part-time students are now accepted!

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Not Eligible For A Scholarship? No Worries! We’ve Got You Covered.

Imagine taking in-person immersion language classes for less than 20$ per hour. Our language training programs are open to everyone, including employees of the private and public sectors, family members of the military and embassy communities and international students or newcomers.

Out-of-town All-inclusive Package

$3,000 [2] per person (equivalent to $85 per day!)
Includes registration fees, accommodation, a bus pass, and the 5-week immersion program (classes, workshops, and socio-cultural activities). Program fees are non-refundable.

Local Package

$453 [2] – taxes included per person (equivalent to $18 per day!)
Includes registration fees, and the 5-week immersion program (morning classes 9am to 12pm). Program fees are non-refundable.

$1,640 [2] per person (equivalent to $65 per day!)
Includes registration fees, and the 5-week immersion program (classes, workshops, and socio-cultural activities). Program fees are non-refundable

[2] Aditional fees may apply for students with a Study Visa or Permit status. Contact explore@collegelacite.ca for more information

Discover explore La Cité’s best attractions, celebrations and nightlife in canada’s capital region!

Canada’s #1 destination for students

More student groups visit Ottawa-Gatineau each year than any other Canadian city. It’s little wonder! For language teachers and monitors, Canada’s capital offers a wealth of national historic sites, museums and monuments that immerse Explore La Cité participants in the story of our country’s past, present, and future.

For Explore La Cité participants, Ottawa offers a diverse range of ways to enjoy summer — from cycling to adventure experiences and buzzing nightlife to festivals, sports and, let’s not forget, Canada Day Celebrations.

Check out all the cool stuff to do in french during your explore La Cité experience!

Canada day celebrations at parc Jacques Cartier

Weekend getaways in the Outaouais region

The nightlife – bon appétit!

Special exhibits & attractions

Activity adventures

Events & festivals

Outdoors & camping in the Gatineau hills

Free or nearly free activities

Need to reach us

613 742-2483, ext.: 2371 or toll-free 1 800 267-2483, ext.: 2371

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (local time)

Join us this summer at Canada’s best explore destination

Explore La Cité