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Learn French and Work in Canada

We have "Learn French + Work Experience" programs in the following cities in Canada: Montreal and Quebec.

 

IMPORTANT: these kind of programs (Language study + work in Canada), that require a work coop visa, will end on June 1st 2014 (by decision of the Canadian government). Language schools still accept students for these programs but the work coop visa (which is complementary to the study visa) has to be processed before June 1st 2014.

As an alternative you might interested to know that in France, with a student visa you will be allowed to work up to 964 hours per year (60% of the legal annual work time). French Schools in France

 

It’s important that you understand that language schools in Canada only offer cooperative programs, which means there is a period of studying followed by a period of work experience/internship. So you won’t study and work the same day, and it is not a financing program that allows you to pay your studies with the remuneration of the work experience: first you study during a certain amount of weeks and then you start the work experience/internship, because in Canada it is not permitted to study and work at the same time (if you are interested in working while studying French, maybe France could be an option for you: with a student visa you will be allowed to work up to 964 hours per year in France, that is 60% of the legal annual work time).

Please note that the paid work placements are mainly entry level positionsin the service industry (restaurants, hotels, stores, sometimes administration...). If you are looking for a work experience related to your career or studies, then the unpaid professional internships are more adapted for you.

 

CWE Casual Work Experience in Montreal (Self-Placement)

PAID Self-Placement: You will look for and arrange your own job. This program is ideal for young students and flexible participants willing to practice their English and French with workmates or clients. (You will receive: resume prep, interview counseling, and job search advice.)

SAMPLE JOBS: Jobs are normally in cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets, retail shops or labour and seasonal positions.

- Minimum Duration: 16 weeks language course + 16 weeks work experience
- Maximum Duration: 24 weeks language course + 24 weeks work experience
- Age: 18-35
- Education Requirement: 1 year of post secondary education
- Experience Requirement: In general, none.
- Language: Bilingual (English and French are mandatory.)
- Level: 5
- Compensation: Minimum wage in the province.

 

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CDP Career Development Program in Montreal

PAID program for professionals who want to practice their language skills in the professional Canadian labour market in entry level positions.

SAMPLE JOB FIELDS

- Office Administration
- Information Technology in the following areas:

1) Network Administration
2) Software Engineering
3) Web & Mobile Applications

- Minimum Duration: 24 weeks language course + 24 weeks work experience
- Maximum Duration: No max duration for language course + 24 weeks work experience
- Age: 18-35
- Education Requirement: Degree or diploma sufficient to perform the duties expected at an entry level in the chosen internship field
- Experience Requirement: 2 full years of recent related experience in the preferred field
- Language: Bilingual (English and French are mandatory.)
- Levels: English level 6 and French level 5
- Compensation: Stipend rate $200 per week

 

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French for tourism and hospitality (co-op programs) in Quebec City

The French for Tourism and Hospitality Co-op program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in tourism and to learn French. Students learn French through an extensive language program, complemented by workshops on French for Tourism and Hospitality. The student is also required to participate in an internship which provides hands-on experience.

The program equips the student with knowledge, skills and experience to work in the tourism and hospitality sector where French is an asset.

Why in Quebec City?
As the cradle of francophone culture in the Americas, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, thousands of tourists visit Quebec City every year. Quebec City is an important center for tourism and gastronomy. It is also the only major city in Canada that offers a 100% French-speaking environment.

Quebec City offers an unparalleled opportunity to gaining experience in the tourism industry and is the ideal location for learning and practicing French.

The program consists of two components:

1) French for Tourism and Hospitality:

French courses take place during the complete program. The French program (15 hours per week) follows international standards, which ensures its compatibility with internationally recognized exams such as the DELF, TCF and the TFI. Instructors focus on providing students with a foundation in French that will serve students in any situation.

The program also includes 5 hours per week of French for Tourism and Hospitality workshops specifically addressing French as spoken in the field of tourism and hospitality.

2) Paid Internship:

The paid internship required as part of the program provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience while putting into practice the skills learned in their classes. Students continue to develop their language skills in a francophone environment. Internships are with organizations in Quebec City, such as hotels, restaurants, retail stores and cafes. The internships are part-time and earn minimum wage. Students must complete the paid internship in order to graduate from the program.

Program Structure:

The program is offered in three durations (24 weeks, 36 weeks or 48 weeks) and is divided in two stages: In stage 1, students follow French classes and workshops while they prepare for their internship through interviews and coaching with the internship coordinator. In stage 2, students continue to study while simultaneously working in their internship.

24-Week Program

French classes (hours per week)

Internship (hours per week)

Stage 1 (weeks 1 to 8)

20*

 

Stage 2 (weeks 9 to 24)

15

25

 

36-Week Program

French classes (hours per week)

Internship (hours per week)

Stage 1 (weeks 1 to 12)

20*

 

Stage 2 (weeks 13 to 36)

15

25

 

48-Week Program

French classes (hours per week)

Internship (hours per week)

Stage 1 (weeks 1 to 12)

20*

 

Stage 2 (weeks 13 to 48)

15

20

* 25 hours per week during summer program (June 18 to Aug 10th 2012)

 

Eligibility:

- Candidates must obtain a Student Permit prior to their arrival to Canada
- Candidates must complete the A2 level of proficiency prior to initiating the internship. An absolute beginner requires 10 to 12 weeks of study in our program to attain the minimum level of proficiency.
- Candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 35.
- Candidates from all nationalities are eligible for this program.

 

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Study French and Work Program in Montreal