Bursaries for Post-Secondary Studies in French as a Second Language Program


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 a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Have English as the first Canadian official language spoken.
  • Have completed their high school studies in an English or non-official language (neither French nor English) institution, and graduated from said institution.
  • Be enrolled full-time in a college program (minimum duration of one year) or university program (minimum duration of two years*) delivered in French by a postsecondary entity that participates in the Program.
  • Take at least 50% of their courses and participate in related activities (placements and training activities in the community) in French.

*Some one-year initial teacher education programs are also eligible.

Special consideration will be given to students facing financial challenges and those who come from under-represented groups.

  • Interested students must submit an application directly to the colleges, universities and university faculties participating in the FSL Bursary Program. The deadline to apply for a bursary is determined by each postsecondary entity. Please contact your postsecondary entity to confirm the deadline date.
  • 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).