Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for students

How many scholarship recipients are in the program?

42 scholarship recipients


How are the groups formed?

Based on the results of the pre-tests: the pre-test is conducted first by means of a telephone interview held in early May, and then by an oral comprehension and written expression test upon the student’s arrival in June at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles.


Are students housed in single or double rooms (shared with another student)?

Most students are housed in a single room. There are five rooms for two people, which will be assigned randomly by the program coordinator. Each room includes a bed (single or double), a wardrobe and a desk. Bedding and two bath towels are provided.


Do students have access to a wireless Internet network in the residences?

Yes, there is a wireless network in the common areas of the residences and college.


What about the typical week?

Is there a teaching portion? When?  Yes, 3.5 hours every morning.

How much of the 5 week period is taken up with excursions? The excursions are organized during weekend (see the optional activities document).

How long are the excursions? The excursions are only one day, except for the camping one which takes 3 days.

Do the excursions cost extra? Yes, they do. Please refer to the optional activities document.

How much free time do we get? There are about 2 hours a day of free time and some evenings are too ("activités libres").

In our free time, how much liberty do we get? Are we allowed to leave campus? Yes, you can leave the campus after lunch, after supper and before the "Ateliers and activités socioculturelles", but not after 9pm, except during week end. You also need to let us know where you go.


What happens on weekends?

On weekends, free and fee-based activities are organized. Students may choose to participate or not. Note that all students must notify program leaders of their movements or plans for the day. Curfew (10:30 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) remains in effect.


How important are outdoor activities in the program?

Gaspé is a town surrounded by nature, making it an ideal spot for outdoor activities. The program includes, among other things, eight hours of sailing instruction and a camping weekend. An additional eight hours of sailing instruction is offered as an optional pay activity. 

Students who choose the Explore program in Gaspé should be prepared for outdoor activities, no matter what the weather conditions. It is the student’s responsibility to bring clothing appropriate for variable temperatures as well as summer conditions: because of the proximity to the ocean, the weather can change quickly and it is sometimes cool (between 10°C and 30°C).


Do all students have access to a physical training room?

All students receive an access card for the college’s sports complex, which offers a variety of facilities including a pool, gym, training room, tennis court, etc. Although students can rent bicycles, they are invited to bring their own bike, skateboard or inline skates.


How do students get around in town?

The town of Gaspé is not very large. Downtown Gaspé is easily reached on foot or by bicycle.

For more details or other questions, please contact: 

Lorraine Laliberté
Director, Explore in Gaspé Program
La Cité universitaire francophone, University of Regina


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