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  • Locations: Jonquiere, Canada
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: French Housing Options: Homestay
Maximum Credits Available: 04 Prior Language Study: N/A
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility Requirements: Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher Duration: Short-term, Summer
Excluded from Open Doors: Include Program Sponsor: University-Sponsored
Program Description:
Saguenay Ford National ParkProgram Dates: mid-May to mid-June.

For 2019 the program dates are May 14 to June 15, 2019. The program begins during finals week at Madison College, so students will need to make arrangements to finish any spring semester course requirements prior to departure.

Program Overview

Study French in the beautiful province of Quebec at the Centre Linguistique du Collège de Jonquière and earn a semester’s worth of French language credit in five weeks! If you are looking for a high-quality language immersion program at a reasonable cost that does not require the bigger commitment of a semester or year abroad, this is the ideal program for you. Situated just two hours north of Quebec City in the midst of a majestic natural landscape, the community of Jonquière is 100% French-speaking and is very welcoming. Along with other Madison College classmates, you will participate in Jonquière’s 4-week Explore program, which includes classroom language study as well as a plenitude of mandatory additional activities, all organized by staff at the school to create a fun and supportive French learning community. Additional activities might include theater workshops, short film production, circus workshops, art, basketball, and more—all meant to enhance and deepen your study of the French language. Some weekend activities are also included, such as a trip to the lovely and historic Quebec City.  

Below is a typical schedule for a day on the program:
Morning classes 8:30am-12:00pm.
Students have class according to their language level from 8:30-12pm. This is not a typical lecture-style classroom, but rather a very interactive environment where students do a lot of group and partner work, class presentations, projects and speaking activities. The grammar activities are truly integrated into the classwork, allowing for authentic language practice.

Lunch 12:00-1:00pm.
Students eat together in the cafeteria with classmates and monitors, many of whom are native-French speakers, allowing students to interact at lunch in an informal environment in French. Lunch options always include a meat-eater option, a vegetarian option or the salad bar to give students a variety of choices depending on their dietary needs. Students with dietary restrictions should inform Madison College and the school abroad about these restrictions as soon as possible, so they can be accommodated.

Linguistic workshop 1:00-2:00pm.
Students participate in various language practice activities, which are considered part of the course curriculum. They include games/activities such as Kahoot, conversation card activities, etc.

Sociocultural activities 2:00-4:00pm.
This varies from day to day and week to week. Students have the opportunity to list their choices in order of preference upon arrival. Activities include, but are not limited to theater, circus performance, visual arts, improvisation, and others. On alternating days, students also participate in additional activities such as sports, folk dancing, bowling, aboriginal presentations, talent shows, etc. These activities count towards students’ participation in the program.

Homestay for dinner.
Students head home to eat dinner and spend time with their host family.

Optional evening activities.
Students can go to the gym, swim in the pool, participate in activities like bracelet making/postcard design, basketball, soccer and much more. 

Course Information

Students participating in this study abroad experience will enroll in French 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 through Madison College and will receive four credits of language study upon successful completion of the program. With a grade of C or better, these credits will transfer to the UW-Madison and to most other four-year institutions, and you will be able to enroll in the next level of language study for the fall semester at Madison College. No previous French language study is required to enroll in French 1. Students that have completed French 1-4, may receive the equivalent of French 5. Students will register for the credits in Spring semester, although travel will occur after the regular semester on campus has ended. Students who wish to use financial aid should meet with the Financial Aid office prior to Spring semester to determine eligibility.

Accommodations and Meals
Student Lounge

Each student will be placed in a homestay family for this 4-week program. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the host family; lunch will be enjoyed at the school cafeteria along with the other program students and language teachers. Lunch options always include a meat-eater option, a vegetarian option or the salad bar to give students a variety of choices depending on their dietary needs. Students with dietary restrictions should inform Madison College and the school abroad about these restrictions as soon as possible, so they can be accommodated.


Weekend activities and excursions are included in the program cost, with possible examples listed below:
Olympics—obstacle courses, races, human pyramids, etc.
-a day trip hiking excursion to Cap-Trinité (This is a challenging 4 mile hike. Students should be prepared to for a strenuous hike over uneven terrain.)
-a day trip beach excursion to a beautiful state park
-a day trip to various museums
-a day trip to Mashteuiatsh, and indigenous/native village
-a day trip to Quebec City to see the sites, learn about the history, visit museums, and explore
-afternoon trips to nearby cities and attractions

There will be other excursions available through the school at an additional cost should you choose to participate (for example, kayaking, rafting, or ziplining excursions).

Quebec CityAdditional Information

A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling out of the United States. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.

All students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation. This orientation provides information on health and safety, packing, trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information.

Students may be eligible for the Emil J. Frautschi Family Endowed Scholarship. For more information, please see the Madison College Foundation website.


The program fee for Summer 2019 will be $3200. The program fee includes the following:
  • Lodging with a French-speaking Quebec family for 4 weeks
  • All meals for 4 weeks (breakfast and dinner in your homestay, lunches in school cafeteria)
  • 90 hours of language instruction in the classroom
  • 100 hours of activities at school and additional language workshops
  • Airport transport between Quebec City and the language school
  • Madison College fees and required health insurance
  • Various Excursions
Additional Expenses:Montmorency Falls
  • Passport fee if you don’t already have one, approx. $65-100
  • Airplane travel between Madison and Quebec City, approx. $600- 700
  • Additional excursions you might choose to do through the school if time allows and according to our Madison College policies
For More Information

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.

Centre linguistique du Collège de Jonquière

Explore Jonquière Printemps 2015 Youtube Video

This program is currently not accepting applications.