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The B.C. Ministry of Education offers bursaries to residents of the province who take at least 55% of their courses in French while pursuing full-time studies at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada. 

 

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Bursaries for Full-Time Students

Who is eligible?

  • Full-time post-secondary students (incl. certificate, diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD).
    • To be considered a full-time student you must take at least 3 courses per semester at the undergraduate level, or 2 courses per semester (or equivalent) at the graduate level.
  • Only open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have been living in BC for 12 consecutive months when classes begin (excluding time spent outside of B.C. pursuing post-secondary education).

Where can I study?

  • In person at any Canadian post-secondary institution (excluding teacher education programs in B.C.)
  • Online courses do not qualify except for the Bursary for Teachers – University Courses in French.
  • $625 per semester, up to $1250 per year and $5000 per student  (Max of 2 years for Master’s / 3 years for PhD )
  • At least 55% of courses must be taught in French each semester, or on average over both semesters.
  • Students completing teacher training outside of BC are eligible for this bursary.
  •  If you are taking post-secondary courses part-time and are a teacher currently employed by a BC school district or independent school, you must apply for the Bursary for Teachers – University Courses in French.
  • Bursaries can be combined with other sources of funding, including student teacher credits, provided that the amount of the bursary does not exceed the total costs incurred.
  • All bursaries are taxable.

What are the submission deadlines?

  • APPLY by February 28 for courses ending between June 1 of the previous year and May 31 of the current year. (e.g. Feb 28, 2019 is the deadline to apply for courses ending between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019).
  • Bursaries are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

How can I apply?

  1. The Ministry will notify the candidate by email of the status of the application. Please note: 
    • We are unable to provide individual updates on the status of bursaries, as doing so significantly increases bursary processing times.
    • If your bursary application is incomplete we will contact you by email, and you will have an opportunity to supply the required information.
  2. To receive a bursary payment, candidates must submit a confirmation of enrollment form:
    • You need to submit one form per semester.
    • You may submit as soon as classes begin. (Students in the French Cohort Program at Simon Fraser University no longer need to submit a form, as enrollment is confirmed with SFU directly.)
    • The deadline for submissions is June 30 for courses ending between June 1 of the previous year and May 31 of the current year (e.g. you have until June 30, 2019 to submit your enrollment confirmation form for a course ending between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019)
    • The Ministry will accept an email from a representative of the post-secondary institution in lieu of a confirmation of enrollment form. The email must confirm:
      • the candidate was enrolled as a full-time student during the period in question,
      • the list of courses taken,
      • the language of instruction of each course.
  3. Once this form has been approved, the Ministry will issue a payment for the semester or course in question.The applicant will be notified by email that a bursary payment is pending.
  4. For bursaries that are paid out in two installments, candidates must submit the required form (see above) for the second semester.

Please notify us if your name or address changes after you submit your application for a French Education bursary, but before you receive your final bursary payment.

Cheques are issued payable to the applicant and sent to the applicant’s mailing address. Please allow six to eight weeks from the date that you receive the email payment notification for your cheque to arrive.

 

 

Many post-secondary institutions in B.C. offer courses in French or courses about French language and literature:

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