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Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language



Pursuing postsecondary studies in French:

Pourquoi pas? It's rewarding to be bilingual!


The new Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language (FSL) Program aims at encouraging a greater number of English-speaking Canadians enrolled in the first year of a college or university program to perfect their bilingualism while studying in a field of interest. This new, yearly program was established by the Government of Canada and is administered by the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC). The program will award 850 non - renewable bursaries, each worth $ 3,000. 

Under the slogan “It’s rewarding to be bilingual!”, the program provides financial support and encourages English-speaking students to pursue their postsecondary studies in their official language, French. 


To access postsecondary FSL bursaries, students must meet specific eligibility criteria:

  • Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and at least 17 years old on the first day of class
  • Have English as the first official language spoken
  • Have completed their secondary school studies in an English-language institution and graduated from this institution
  • Provide a transcript certifying that they have taken French - language courses at high - school, college or university levels in Canada, for a minimum of two years
  • Be enrolled in the first year and full - time undergraduate university program at Dominican University College, and participate in at least 50% of their courses and related activities (placements and training activities in the community) in French

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

Value of the award: $3,000
Number of awards at Dominican University College: 2
Eligibility: undergraduate students (first-year students)


Bursary Application Deadline:

The applications for the Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language (FSL) Program can be downloaded online. The application form must be completed and emailed to the registrar, Caroline Vandergoten at registraire@dominicanu.ca .

Prospective students should also have all admission materials submitted prior to September 2021 intake.  Applications for admission to undergraduate programs can be found here: http://www.dominicanu.ca/future-students/undergraduate/how-apply


We invite you to watch the video for an overview of the Program and to learn more about eligibility criteria by visiting the website ACUFC.CA/fslbursaries.