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The Manitoba-Québec Exchange Program is offered to students enrolled in the French Immersion Program who will be in Grade 10 or 11 next September. Students in the English Program with strong French skills can also apply. Manitoba Students are paired with Québec students for a six-month period – three months in Manitoba and three months in Québec.
Have the Manitoba students improve their French language skills, discover a new culture and share their culture.
Have the Québec students improve their English language skills, discover a new culture and share their culture.
Encourage cross-cultural exchange.
Expose students to another school system.
How the Program Works
From September to December, Québec students live with their Manitoba host families and both students attend school in Manitoba. In turn, starting in February the Manitoba students live with their Québec host families and both students attend school in Québec, for the same length of time and under the same conditions.
Terms and Conditions of Participation
School divisions, schools and parents must consent to participate in the program.
Schools must interview candidates and their families and select the participants.
A family must be able to adequately accommodate the Québec students for three months.
Each family member residing in the household, over 18 years old, must undergo a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check before the beginning of the exchange.
Participant Selection Criteria
The candidates must have:
an interest in the program and the determination to complete it
a solid academic record or a recommendation from the school and parents
an openness to other cultures
the ability to adapt
a mature attitude
a good knowledge of French or a great desire to learn
good English language skills
a willingness to live in the host community
Participating families must pay part of the airfare as well as living expenses for their visiting student.
The government of Manitoba, Bureau de l’éducation française, covers the remaining round-trip travel costs from Winnipeg to Québec City or Montreal.
Tuition costs are covered by both provinces based on reciprocity.
The student and his/her parents are to fill out the Application Form electronically. The student must then submit the application form to the person responsible for the exchange program at the school (liaison teacher).
Upon receiving the duly completed application from the student, the liaison teacher will conduct an interview with the candidate and his or her parents or guardians at the residence where the student from Québec will be staying.
After the interview process is complete, the committee will evaluate the candidate and decide whether or not the candidate is qualified to participate in the program. If so, the liaison teacher will prepare the student’s file to be submitted to the Department of Education and Training.
The student registration file of the student recommended by the school shall consist of two duly completed documents: the Application Form and the Interview Questionnaire.
For each student recommended by the school, the liaison teacher will not only mail a copy of the student’s registration file to the program coordinator at the Bureau de l'éducation française, but will also submit the file electronically. He or she shall keep a copy for reference.
The complete file must be submitted to the Department before the end of March.
The Manitoba participants will be paired with the Québec participants in April. Each participant will be informed about his or her counterpart in May.
Only one family member a year is allowed to participate in the six-month exchange program.
It is up to the student and his or her school to make the necessary arrangements to compensate for the schooling that may be missed while he or she is away.
For more information please contact:
Danielle Parent Education Officer Bureau de l'éducation française Division Telephone: 204-945-6024 Toll Free: 1-800-282-8069, ext. 6024 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org