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International Education Week:

Nicholas Serruys

“It’s always very rewarding to know the students going on exchange and then to meet back up with them after the fact.”

Dr. Nicholas Serruys, Associate Professor, French, shares his experience an exchange student in his undergrad, as well as the learning he has witnessed with McMaster students who return from their exchange.

Learn more about the McMaster Exchange Program:

Study Abroad

Students wishing to go on exchange in France, please visit the Ontario-Rhône-Alpes Student Exchange website:

To learn about eligibility for exchange programs, please visit:

The contact for Study Abroad is Christine Chauvin, B.A. (Hon), B.Ed., Academic Advisor, Faculty of Humanities, Chester New Hall 107, McMaster University, Hamilton ON  L8S 4L9,

Students interested in independent study programs, please contact your academic advisor to ensure that you are eligible to take courses on a Letter of Permission elsewhere and can receive transfer credit towards your degree.  More information can be found at:


Explore is a five-week intensive (partially) government funded language-learning course. The immersion environment allows students to improve their reading, writing and oral language skills.
Participants in Explore receive a $2,000 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation.

For more detailed information please visit:


Odyssey is a language-assistant program. Under the supervision of a teacher, your role will be to encourage students to improve their knowledge of the English language and its associated cultures and to use the language on a daily basis. You will leave your home province or territory to work in a rural or suburban area in another province.

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CIEP is a paid teaching abroad experience through the French Embassy. Students work in elementary and high schools all over France as native speaking English language assistants. This paid opportunity allows for great teaching experience, and the immersion in a francophone community allows students to improve their own language skills.

For more information, please visit the CIEP website:

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