French Programs

Experience French language and culture – learn the language, study in French or find out about exchange programs, bursaries and program funding.

Notre site internet sera bientôt disponible en français. Nous vous encourageons à le consulter régulièrement pour découvrir la version en français lorsqu’elle sera prête.

Our website will soon be available in French. We encourage you to check back regularly to discover the French version as soon as it is ready. 

Learn in French

There’s a wide variety of French language learning opportunities available to both francophone and non-francophone students. Options range from developing basic language skills to studying entirely in French. Find out which program is best for you.

Francophone Education 

Programs designed for students whose first language is French. Instruction for all courses is offered in French.

Map of Francophone Schools and Early Learning Programs

Francophone Early Learning ProgramsEarly Learning Programs  Francophone Strong Start CentresStrongStart BC  Francophone SchoolsFrancophone Schools

To learn more, visit the website of the Francophone school district

French Immersion 

A program for non-francophone students to become bilingual. Basic curriculum instruction is provided entirely in French during the first years, with English-language instruction added gradually. Late immersion programs are also available.

French Immersion Schools in British Columbia

Click on a school to found out which program (early immersion or late immersion) is available

Public schools that offer early and late French immersion Public Schools  Independent schools that offer early and late immersion Independent Schools

Core French 

From Grades 5 to 8, all students in B.C. are required to have second language instruction - Core French is taught at several schools. These courses help students communicate in French and experience francophone cultures.

French Language Exchanges

Bursary programs are available to provide students with more French-language learning opportunities.

Destination Clic (Grades 8 & 9): Francophone students who are in Grade 8 or 9 can use this bursary to enrol in a three-week French course in a Francophone region of Canada. Room, board and tuition expenses are covered.

B.C. - Quebec Exchange Program (Grades 10 & 11): As part of this exchange program, students from Quebec live with B.C. families for three months and attend high school in B.C. Later in the year, students from B.C. live with Quebec families for three months and attend Quebec schools. French immersion or francophone students in Grades 10 and 11 can apply for this program through participating schools. A successful completion letter is required for credit towards graduation.

Explore (Grades 11 & 12 and Post-secondary): The Explore bursary covers room, board and tuition for full-time students enrolling in a five-week French immersion program. Students with Grade 11 or higher can apply for the bursary. Students who successfully complete this exchange may use it as credit for graduation or post-secondary credit.

Bursary for Post-secondary Education in French: This bursary is designed to support British Columbia residents pursuing a full-time post-secondary program in French at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada.

Odyssey (Minimum One Year of Post-secondary): This program offers full-time employment as language assistants in second (official) language classrooms. Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-secondary education.

For more information on Destination Clic, Explore or Odyssey, please contact the Coordinator of Federal Official Languages Programs at 

Teach French

Teachers are the key to enriching learning experiences and successful students. Find ways you can continue to grow as a French-language educator.

Bursary for Future French Teachers: Post-secondary students in a full time French teacher education program at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia are invited to apply for this bursary.

Bursary for Teachers - Professional Development in French and Bursary for Teachers - University Courses in French: French teachers who attend courses, conferences and training programs to improve their French academic and linguistic competencies can apply for these bursaries. They can help defray the cost of tuition for courses taken for credit, and of tuition, transportation, and temporary accommodation for non-credit training programs.

Teaching Tools & Support: Find useful tools and information designed to support educator development and course delivery.


Federal funding is provided for French programs under the Official Languages in Education Protocol (OLEP). See how funds have been allocated for French programs.

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