The ACUFC bursary program is now accepting applications!
Administered by the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC), these $3,000 bursaries encourage English-speaking students attending university to pursue their post-secondary studies in French, their second official language.
The bursaries are part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to increase the national bilingualism rate and increase the demographic weight of Francophones in Canada. They have been 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 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 in French;
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
- speak English as their first language;
- 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;
- Be enrolled in the first year of a postsecondary study program in 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;
Students can apply to any of these 26 participating colleges and universities.
Image: ACUFC Facebook page
Catherine Fisher, blogger