Explore the many benefits of an international exchange

A term or two abroad can go a long way when learning another language.  To find out about French exchange opportunities (in Belgium and France), please contact the International Students Services Office.

A complete schedule for Information Session dates can be found at: https://carleton.ca/isso/outgoing-exchange-program/

The Department of French’s Exchange Bursary

This bursary is for students in French who are interested in going on an exchange in France or Belgium. The bursary is worth between 500$ and 1 000$ and is to help cover some exchange related fees (flight costs for example).

Here are the eligibility criteria:

  • You are currently registered in an Honours or Combined Honours degree in French.
  • You have submitted an exchange application to the International Students Services Offices (ISSO).

Your request for the bursary must include:

  • An up-to-date audit
  • A letter written in French explaining why you want to go on an exchange and what you hope to get out of it. The letter must also confirm that you have submitted an Exchange application to the ISSO.


  • Tuesday January 30, 2024.
  • File to be sent by email to the Chair of the Department of French: Carmen LeBlanc (carmen.leblanc@carleton.ca)


mck Mackenzie Graden, 3rd year BA Honours (French)

Exchange to Grenoble.

To go on Exchange opens your eyes towards a world different than the one you know and it shows you that French is used in the real world, not only in the classroom.

Her adventures were documented on her blog:


I went on Exchange during the academic year 2016-2017. I spent nine months in Grenoble, a city in the heart of the French Alps. To study in another country gave me the opportunity to improve my French, become more independent and to get out of my comfort zone. I met students who came from everywhere in the world and I even travelled in 18 countries in Europe and Africa. To go on Exchange opens your eyes to a world different than the one you know and shows you that French is used in the real world, not only in the classroom. My year in France has given me the confidence I needed, not only with the French language but also everyday, to be able to pursue my studies and career in French in the future.


Isabelle Laberge, 4th year B.A. Honours French

Exchange at Université Rennes 2, France

…to go abroad is much more than an addition to your CV or an excuse to travel…it is a unique occasion to learn and an unforgettable life experience

To study abroad helped me appreciate the culture in my adoptive country and that of the country where I was born. One of my first realization as an exchange student was the difference between the French and the Canadian culture. Being in a new environment pushes you to constantly adapt and appreciate a new way of life: From discovering French gastronomy to getting used to the language…Moreover, this experience offers many advantages at the professional level. When one is exposed to such a unique experience, it gives a much broader perception of the culture. The learning takes place in the classroom but also during everyday life. To study abroad offers a learning experience on many levels.

Rita Khavich, BA Honours 2016 (Journalism, French)

Exchange at Université libre de Bruxelles

The French program at Carleton encourages students to go on Exchange because it is a great opportunity to grow and to learn.

My name is Rita and I completed my studies at Carleton in 2016… I had the opportunity to participate in the Exchange program. I chose to spend a full year in Belgium to help me feel more confident with my French abilities…it was a wonderful opportunity and one of the best experiences of my life! … In other countries, you have access to unbelievable courses and get the chance

Other opportunities

Second Language Summer Program Explore

Second Language Summer Program: www.myexplore.ca
(Most expenses covered)

Language Assistant Program Odyssey

Full-Time Language Assistant: www.myodyssey.ca