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Secondary school student exchange program
Virtual student exchange

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed our organization and our partners to find solutions to continue working together with our schools, our school service centers in Quebec and our partners.

Éducation internationale, via our Azimut Exchanges service, offers virtual exchange programs to secondary school students as an alternative to in-person exchanges suspended due to the pandemic.

Applications for the spring 2023 session are now open!

Deadline: January 31  

Why participate in a virtual exchange program?

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  • To have exclusive contact with a student your age from another province or country for a period of six weeks.
  • To improve your language skills.
  • To practice speaking doing fun activities during individual and group sessions on interesting topics.
  • To develop intercultural sensitivity.
  • The program is free.

Topics and activities

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Themes will be sent weekly to students on the group platform to identify discussion topics and suggested activities each week. Here are examples of topics and activities that may be put forward as part of the program. Topics are subject to change.

Week 1: Getting to know each other

Week 2: Learning about each other’s culture

Week 3: Let’s travel!

Week 4: Hypothetical and existential questions

Week 5: My futur goals

Week 6: Societal issues I hold dear

Who is the program aimed at and what are the possible destinations?

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Secondary III, IV and V: Canada, Germany, Mexico and France.

Individual exchange

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  • We will match you with a student from another province or country according to your interests and personality.
  • You will communicate with your twin once or twice a week for one or more sessions of about 30 minutes (suggestion 2 x 30 minutes or 1 x one hour).
  • Themes and topics will be submitted every week.
  • You will use the communication method of your choice (WhatsApp, Messenger, FaceTime, Zoom etc.).

Group exchange

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  • Students will join a platform that will allow them to get to know each other, chat and have fun as a group.
  • Students in each group will be encouraged to communicate as often as possible.
  • You will be invited to share photos, videos, ideas, play games, take quizzes, etc.
  • Activities will be organized and supervised by the community facilitator (interactive group games, quizzes on intercultural aspects, conferences on tourist attractions in other provinces or countries, Cooking classes, etc.). These activities will take place on weekends.

Platforms used

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Each pair will be able to use their platform of choice


Zoom and Discord


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Fall session

May to June: applications

July to August: students’ pairing

October to December: virtual exchange program

Spring session

December to January: applications

February: students’ pairing

March to April: virtual exchange program


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Applications for the spring 2023 session are now open !