Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language

It’s rewarding to be bilingual!

About

English-speaking Canadians enrolled in the first year of an undergraduate program at UBC, with at least  50% of their courses and related activities in French, have an opportunity to receive a $3,000 bursary to perfect their bilingualism while studying in a field of interest.

The Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language (FSL) Program aims to encourage a greater number of young English-speaking Canadians to become bilingual, while studying in their field of interest. It offers the opportunity to achieve lifelong bilingualism and to expand knowledge about the Francophone culture.

This initiative is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and administered by the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC). UBC’s Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (FHIS) has been selected as a partner in this new funding program for the 2020-2021 year.

Value

  • The program awards non-renewable bursaries, each worth $3,000, on a yearly basis
  • The bursary can be combined with other sources of funding
  • This bursary is taxable

Eligibility requirements

To access postsecondary FSL bursaries, students must meet specific eligibility criteria:

  • Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada,
  • Be at least 17 years old on the first day of class
  • Have English as their first official language
  • Have completed their secondary school studies in an English-language institution and graduated from this institution
  • Have reached the postsecondary level of education
  • Demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of French to be able to study in that language: provide a transcript certifying that they have taken French-language courses at high-school, college or university levels in Canada, for a minimum of two years *
  • Be enrolled in a first year undergraduate program at UBC
  • Study full time at UBC during the current year
  • Participate in at least 50% of their courses and related activities in French (placements and training activities in the community) each semester or on average over the school year

Note: Special consideration will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Experiencing financial hardship that impede access to post-secondary education.
  • Belonging to the first generation of their family to pursue post-secondary studies.
  • Belonging to an under-represented group or disadvantaged minority.

Application process

Application deadlines:

  • September 30
  • January 31

Application process:

  • Before you apply, make sure you meet all eligibility criteria
  • Complete the online form:

Distribution process:

  • Candidates will be notified by email of the status of their application by the end of October or February
  • The bursaries will be paid in one installment in March 2021

Cancellation

Candidates must maintain the minimum course load during the entire year. A reduced course load may lead to ineligibility or reduction in bursary value. Enrollment in courses taught in French through the year will be reviewed prior to the distribution of the bursaries.


FAQ

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The Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language Program has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and is administered by the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC).