Can I apply?
There is no age limit for undertaking an Odyssey. To qualify, you must meet all the following criteria:
- have excellent English-language skills, both oral and written. English must be your first language, OR your proficiency in English must be as strong as if it were your first language;
- be either a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident (those studying in Canada on a student visa are not eligible), a convention refugee, or a protected person;
- have completed one of the following within the last 10 years:
- for studies outside Quebec in Canada: at least one full year of postsecondary studies, in either college or university;
- for studies in Quebec: two years of college-level studies or one full year of university; or
- for studies outside Canada: at least one full year of postsecondary studies, in either college or university. You will also need to submit a formal assessment of your academic credentials.
You do not need any French-language skills to apply and participate in the program. However, you will be placed in francophone communities, where French is the first language, so basic speaking skills in French will greatly enhance your experience.
The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) thanks all candidates for their interest in Odyssey. Decisions regarding eligibility for participation in the program are made by the relevant provincial and territorial ministries/departments responsible for education or postsecondary education and are also subject to the participating educational institutions’ policies, practices, and regulations. A candidate may be declared ineligible for participation in the program at any time, including but without limitation, if the candidate
- has been previously dismissed from the program for any reason,
- does not or ceases to meet the eligibility criteria for or the conditions for participation in the program,
- does not meet any requirement or condition of the relevant provincial and territorial ministries/departments responsible for education or postsecondary education or of the participating educational institutions’ policies, practices, and regulations.