La Maison Française (5-week immersion)


La Maison Française (LMF) is an intensive French immersion program intended for adults at all levels of proficiency, from total beginner to advanced This non-credit program is open to local and international students and is intended for adults (19 years and up). Please note that most participants are between 19 and 25 years of age, therefore most of the sociocultural activities are planned accordingly.

LMF consists of four hours of classes a day, five days a week; 1.5 hours of language workshops 2 afternoons a week, and sociocultural activities available, afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Experienced instructors and dynamic cultural assistants will enjoy providing you with a friendly yet instructive French atmosphere. In a setting of various learning environments such as in-class lessons, language labs, workshops, mealtime conversations and cultural and social activities you will quickly learn to function in French.

As a fully accredited member of the Languages Canada / Langues Canada Association, we are committed to meet the rigorous standards set for the delivery of this program. For more information, visit:

Entrance Requirements

What is expected of me before and during the program?

Explore bursary participants are expected to attend most sociocultural activities.

Teacher bursary participants are encouraged to participate in sociocultural activities as much as their schedule permits.

Non-local residents are advised to make travel arrangements with the understanding that if they leave the program before noon on Friday, August 5, they will not be issued a certificate of program completion


The objectives of La Maison Française are:

  1. to create a total immersion atmosphere;
  2. to use only French in teaching and conversation
  3. to teach the fundamental structures of the French language so that students are able to begin to think in French;
  4. to develop a useful and varied vocabulary in order to enable students to better express themselves orally in French;
  5. to develop functional vocabulary for specific written purposes; and
  6. to explore the linguistic similarities and differences between varieties of French spoken in various parts of the world.


On the first day of the program, all students will be required to take an assessment test to determine their level of proficiency as the program curriculum is divided into several levels of linguistic competence.


This program includes four hours of classroom instruction on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (including sessions in Computer-Assisted Language Laboratory); three hours of workshops per week; and sociocultural activities late afternoons, evenings and weekends (such as sports, talent nights, barbecues, French films, excursions, etc.) Students are encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible.

On-campus accommodation is optional if you are a non-bursary student or are eligible for a teacher’s bursary; however, if you are an Explore bursary recipient, your stay in UVic residences will be mandatory.

Completion Requirements

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate. While this is a non-credit program, some institutions may elect to grant credit to their students who have completed La Maison Française at the University of Victoria.

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Start Dates:

Residential: Sunday, July 3 to Friday, August 5, 2016

Non-Residential: Monday, July 4 to Friday, August 5, 2016

Are you a BC Teacher? You may be eligible to apply for a bursary, call 250-721-8630 to have your name added to the interest list.

Go to to determine if you are eligible to receive an Explore bursary. The deadline to apply is February 28.


Program Length:

5-week French immersion program

Open to local & international students


Application / Registration Fee:
Included in the program fees below

Non-residential / Non-bursary students
includes tuition, workshops and most sociocultural activities

Canadian/Permanent residents: CAD$1,649
International students: CAD$2,195

Residential / Non-bursary students
includes tuition, accommodation, meals, workshops and most sociocultural activities

Canadian/Permanent residents: CAD$3,224
International students: CAD$3,770