English-speaking Canadians enrolled in the first year of a college or university program have an opportunity to receive a $3,000 bursary to perfect their bilingualism while studying in a field of interest.
This new, yearly program was established by the Government of Canada. Its aim is to encourage young English-speaking students to pursue their postsecondary studies in French. The objective is simple: Allow a greater number of English-speaking Canadians to become bilingual.
How to Apply
To be eligible for the bursary, students must:
• Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
• Have English as the first Canadian official language spoken;
• Study full time in a Canadian institution during the current year;
• Have completed their secondary school studies in an English-language institution and graduated from this institution;
• Have reached the postsecondary level of education;
• Be enrolled in the first year of a postsecondary study program in their second Canadian official language, in this case French;
• Be at least 17 years old on the first day of class;
• Demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of French to be able to study in that language. A transcript will be required, attesting that they have taken courses in their second official language at the secondary school or college or university level in Canada for a minimum of two years;
• Intend to pursue full-time studies in a college or undergraduate university program in Canada, to take at least 50% of their courses and participate in related activities (placements and training activities in the community) in French.
Interested students must submit an application directly to the colleges, universities and university faculties participating in the FSL Bursary Program.
These institutions will be in charge of assessing student applications and awarding bursaries.
The Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language Program exists thanks to the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023 (APOL) – Investing in Our Future. The federal government made a commitment to promoting a bilingual Canada, in particular by supporting English-speaking Canadians in learning French.