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Secondary school student exchange programs | Organizers

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec and Éducation internationale are unfortunately forced to put on hold the secondary school student exchange programs for the 2022-2023 school year.

Give your students the opportunity to experience a memorable cultural language exchange integrated into the school year! Benefit from the Échange azimut’s expertise to promote the programs within your school!

RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE

Your students are paired with an international or canadian student

INTEGRATED INTO THE SCHOOL YEAR

Your student will be attending school during their stay abroad and their twin will do the same whilst in Québec.

1½ TO 3 MONTHS

spent abroad and in turn in Québec
*Except the summer exchange in Ontario

SECONDARY III TO V

During the exchange depending on the destination

Spain

1½ MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V

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1½ MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V
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France

1½ MONTHS | SECONDARY III TO V

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1½ MONTHS | SECONDARY III TO V
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Italy

2 MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V

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2 MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V
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Germany

3 MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V

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3 MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V
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Canada

3 MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V

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3 MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V
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Mexico

3 MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V

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3 MONTHS | SECONDARY IV & V
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Why give students the opportunity to experience the program?

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Secondary school student programs allow students to live a unique linguistic, cultural and academic immersion experience. The programs are also beneficial for the participating schools, in particular by increasing the language level (foreign language) of the students and by opening up the schools to the world by welcoming Canadian and international students. for 1.5 to 3 months. The participating students generally demonstrate a high level of motivation regarding their academic acheivement. Moreover, more than 95% of the students do not encounter any difficulties at school after completing the program.

Role of team Échanges azimut

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Every year, our team’s expertise allows more than 290 Québec students to participate in an exchange in one of our five destinations and improve one of the four target languages (English, Spanish, German and Italian).

Or team is in charge of the following elements:

  • Promoting the programs (jointly with the participating schools)
  • Pairing students and their international partners with a similar profile
  • Logistics:
    • Airfare.
    • Pre-departure training for families and students
    • Constant support for students abroad and in Québec
    • Follow-up and evaluation during the exchange
    • 24/7 emergency line
  • Support and advice to schools to welcome international students

Exchanges to certain destinations are programs are funded by the ministère de l’Éducation du Québec. Éducation internationale and the Échanges azimut department have been trusted with the administration of these programs since 2008.

Role of organizers in participating schools

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The collaboration of schools is essential to allow students to participate in the exchange. Our team will assist you by walking you through the steps as thoroughly as possible and by making this experience as beneficial as possible for your school.

Participating schools will be responsible for delivering:

  • Information meeting on the programs*
  • Initial interview with students and their families in view of the acceptance of their application
  • Predeparture preparation for students (school remedial planning, etc.)
  • Welcome and evaluation of the exchange partner (1½ to 3 months)
  • Support participating students in planning remedial classes upon returning to Québec

* at the school’s discretion

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Documents and ressources (french only)

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  • Questionnaire d’entrevue
  • Guide | Organisateurs des échanges azimut dans les écoles du Québec
  • Guide | Élèves et familles participants
  • Affiche promotionnelle des Échanges d’élèves | À imprimer
  • Pamphlet promotionnel des Échanges d’élèves | À imprimer
  • Tableau des tarifs et destinations | 2019-2020
  • Présentation PowerPoint | Session d’information destinée aux élèves
  • Grille d’évaluation pour la sélection des élèves
  • Calendrier des tâches des organisateurs sur une année scolaire
  • Lettre d’appui aux demandes d’admission au CÉGEP pour les élèves participants

Information meeting for school's organizers

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Information meetings can be organized upon request. Please contact the Échanges azimut team if you would like to organize a meeting for your school.

Éducation internationale Échanges azimut

Mandated by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec to internationalize the Québec school service centres. We have been offering secondary student exchange programs for over 10 years.

5,700 +

Students have participated
in our exchanges

120 +

Secondary school
participate every year

95% +

of students do not experience academic
struggle after the exchange