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.
- The ACUFC was assigned the responsibility for implementing this program by the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH).