Study Abroad – French

Whether you are looking for a short- or a long-term program in “la belle province” or “sur le vieux continenthere are resources on- and off-campus to help you find and finance your French-language study abroad program.

Campus France Canada

CampusFranceCut_01Campus France Canada is a governmental agency that helps students to find appropriate matches between their academic objectives and the great diversity of higher education opportunities in France. It provides online access to a database of all programs, prerequisites and requirements in all fields of study. It also facilitates the visa application process and provides pratictal information about housing, financial aid, work permit and all you need to know about living and getting around in France. For everything you need to know about French higher education, visit Campus France Canada website.

Go Global exchange programs

Go_Globalpng110Exchange programs allow you to learn from another perspective and take courses that may not be available at UBC. All courses successfully completed abroad (with the exception of activity courses) that appear on your transcript will transfer to UBC and can be applied towards your UBC program. Exchange students pay the same or comparable tuition as your regular UBC tuition. 
UBC has established partnerships with various institutions in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Québec.
For details about exchange programs, and for more information about other international programs available at UBC, see the Go Global website.


Discover another region of Canada while learning French!

Explore is a five-week intensive language-learning course. You can take the course in the spring or summer, whichever you prefer. You can also take a job for the rest of the summer, if you wish.

Participants in Explore receive a $2,000 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation. The educational institution you will be attending receives the bursary directly.

Explore offers courses adapted to your level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), as well as many activities that allow you to meet with others from across the country who wish to improve their French. Some schools may give credits or equivalences for Explore, so check with the institution to which you wish to transfer your credits or where you wish to obtain equivalences.

More information on Explore website.

BC Official Languages Programs

A number of official-languages programs funded by the Government of Canada and administered by the Ministry of Education are available to residents of British Columbia.

Among them, the Official Languages Study Fellowship is a one-time fellowship that encourages students to enter a full-time post-secondary program offered in French at a French language or bilingual institution, in Canada, for a period of one year of study.
The maximum value of the fellowship is $2,500 (this amount is subject to change).

For more details on BC Official Languages Programs, visit the Ministry of Education website.

English Assistant Program in France

Are you interested in sharing your knowledge, culture and language with young people in France while improving your fluency in French? Acquiring hands-on experience of teaching and learning skills that will be useful to your future career?

The Foreign Language Assistant Program offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages.

The job of an assistant consists in working with small groups of students, for about 12  hours a week, and in helping them to develop confidence in speaking and understanding English. You will organise conversation-based activities, take part in school-exchange projects, provide personal tutoring, etc.

To apply, candidates must be:

  • Aged between 20 and 30 at the beginning of the contract
  • Enrolled in university and have completed two years of undergraduate studies
  • Proficient in French
  • A Canadian citizen and residing in Canada

Information: Ambassade de France au Canada

Joint PhD Program & Cotutelle

A cotutelle is a PhD program offered jointly by two higher education institutions: one in Canada, the other one in France. It allows the students to get a double/joint PhD degree delivered and recognized by both the institutions. The students enrolled in a Cotutelle PhD program get an invaluable international research experience. Their research works are conducted both in Canada and France. Joint PhD programs are an extraordinary asset for the students and for the cooperation between Canadian and French institutions.

For information about UBC cotutelle policy, see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Visit the French Embassy website for a complete presentation of the procedures for enrolling in a cotutelle.

Funding Opportunities for Studying in France

CampusBourses is a search engine that delivers instant information on funding opportunities for studying in France. From the licence (bachelor) to the postdoc levels, CampusBourses contains data on grant and scholarship programs of national and local governments, corporations, foundations, and institutions of higher education.

The French Embassy website also provides information about scholarships and grants available for Canadian graduate students who wish to study in France.