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A Success Story!

The Enrichment Mini-Courses Program is a unique annual event in the world of Canadian education.

Since its creation in 1981, over 50,000 talented students – from grades 8 to 11 in Eastern Ontario, and Secondary II to V in Western Quebec – have been given the opportunity of exploring a field of study or area of interest in a university or college setting. These students have acquired knowledge and skills that will help them achieve academic success and stimulate their interest in pursuing post-secondary studies.

Program Description

The Enrichment Mini-Courses Program is offered every year during the first week of May. During that time, participating post-secondary institutions offer approximately 125 mini-courses, drawing nearly 3000 students from grades 8 to 11 in Ontario, and secondary levels II to V in Quebec.

Mini-courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, such as information technology, psychology, engineering, journalism, music and law. They are highly interactive; they combine brief presentations, practical exercises, laboratory exercises, group discussions and field expeditions; and they provide an unforgettable learning experience!

Each 25-hour mini-course runs five hours a day, Monday through Friday. Courses start at 9 A.M. and end at 3 P.M., with one hour for lunch. There are no exams or formal evaluations. At the end of the program, host institutions confer a certificate that attests student participation in the mini-courses.

Program Admission and Registration

The mini-courses are open to those students from grades 8 to 11 in Ontario and secondary levels II to V in Quebec who have demonstrated excellent academic performance, and whose school board or private school is a participating member of the program.

For further information on eligibility criteria and registration procedures, contact the person responsible for the Enrichment Mini-Courses Program in your school. If you do not know who that is, contact your private school or school board and speak to the person in charge of the program there.

Student placement is based on a random computerized process that occurs once all the application forms are received. Consequently, the first come - first serve principle does not apply. The date at which a student submits an application form has no impact on the placement result of this student.

Please note that students are asked to make multiple choices to maximize their chances to be placed; however, the placement process will assign only one course per student which will be attended all week long.

Responsibility of Participating Institutions

As far as the law is concerned, students who attend the enrichment courses are considered to be on a week-long school excursion. Their presence is noted on attendance sheets during the week of the mini-courses. The authorization section that appears on the student registration form empowers private schools and school boards to sanction student participation in the program.

Each school board or private school is responsible for the students it sends to the enrichment mini-courses. Post-secondary institutions put in place security measures to ensure the safety of the students; to get details about each campus, go to the Institutions section.

Participating post-secondary institutions are responsible for the delivery of the mini-courses, as well as student supervision in the classrooms and during field trips. Post-secondary institutions do not provide supervision during the lunch hour and breaks. 

Student Behaviour

Students must attend the course for which they were placed, and attendance is taken every day. Non-attendance is reported to the professor or to the person responsible for the Enrichment Mini-Courses Program in the host institution.

Students who attend the mini-courses are expected to demonstrate interest in the subject they are taking and to participate in class activities. Disruptive behaviour is not tolerated. Students who do not respect acceptable rules of behaviour will be sent back to their school. The decision to do so is irrevocable.

Bursaries of the Enrichment Mini-Courses Program

Students who have participated in the Enrichment Mini-Courses Program in the past and who are accepted full-time into the first year of a regular program offered by one of the participating post-secondary institutions stand a chance of receiving the Enrichment Mini-Courses Program's Bursaries available yearly.

To know more about the award, contact the post-secondary institution of your choice.