ACUFC bursary program is now open to students

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English-speaking students who want to study in French may be eligible for a $3,000 bursary courtesy of the Government of Canada. 

Administered by the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC), these 850 bursaries encourage English-speaking students attending university to pursue their post-secondary studies in French, their second official language. 

The bursaries are part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages, which aims to increase the national bilingualism rate from 17.9% to 20% by 2036, mainly through raising the bilingualism rate of English speakers outside Quebec from 6.8% to 9%. They  will be awarded yearly between 2020 and 2023. 

In 2018 the ACUFC commissioned a study that shows that bilingual Canadians earned more than their unilingual Anglophone counterparts. Bilingual Canadians are also  well-placed to enjoy the rich variety of the Francophonie, in Canada and abroad.

Students who wish to apply must:

  • intend to take at least half of their courses in French and take part in related activities (placements and training activities in the community) in French.;

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;

  • speak English as their first language;

  • have graduated from an English-language institution;

  • be admitted and enrolled full time in a participating institution in their first year

  • be admitted to a French program or French Immersion;

  • be at least 17 years old by the first day of class;

  • be able to study in French; and 

  • show financial need.

Interested students can apply to any of the 24 participating colleges and universities listed on the ACUFC’s webpage. 

Catherine Fisher, blogger