Vivre francophone

Further information on French at UBC and links to further afield: as a language and as living cultures and communities


Study abroad:

  • UBC Go Global
    Exchange programs allow you to learn from another perspective and take courses that may not be available at UBC. All courses successfully completed abroad (with the exception of activity courses) that appear on your transcript will transfer to UBC and can be applied towards your UBC program. Exchange students pay the same or comparable tuition as your regular UBC tuition. 
UBC has established partnerships with various institutions in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Québec.
  • Explore
    Discover another region of Canada while learning French!
    Explore is a five-week intensive language-learning course. You can take the course in the spring or summer, whichever you prefer. You can also take a job for the rest of the summer, if you wish.
    Participants in Explore receive a $2,000 bursary (taxable income) that covers tuition fees for the course, instructional materials, meals, and accommodation. The educational institution you will be attending receives the bursary directly.
    Explore offers courses adapted to your level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), as well as many activities that allow you to meet with others from across the country who wish to improve their French. Some schools may give credits or equivalences for Explore, so check with the institution to which you wish to transfer your credits or where you wish to obtain equivalences.*
    *You cannot satisfy the UBC Arts Language Requirement in this way, but you can earn 6 elective credits in French, countable towards a BA degree, but not countable towards a French Minor or Major.

… and some incentives to learn more French: more exchange and mobility opportunities …

  • BC Official Languages Program
    A number of official-languages programs funded by the Government of Canada and administered by the Ministry of Education are available to residents of British Columbia. 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. See also: Bursary for Post-secondary Education in French: Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines.
  • Campus France Canada
    A governmental agency that helps students to find appropriate matches between their academic objectives and the great diversity of higher education opportunities in France. It provides online access to a database of all programs, prerequisites and requirements in all fields of study. It also facilitates the visa application process and provides pratictal information about housing, financial aid, work permit and all you need to know about living and getting around in France.
  • Odyssey
    Language Assistant Program in English-speaking schools in Quebec or New Brunswick for nine months, for Canadian citizens or permanent residents (non-Francophone) who have solid English-language skills and have completed at least one year of post-secondary education. (Odyssey also has a parallel program for Francophone students, for example from Quebec, working as language assistants in French-speaking schools in BC.)
  • CampusBourses
    A search engine that delivers instant information on funding opportunities for studying in France. From the licence (bachelor) to the postdoc levels, CampusBourses contains data on grant and scholarship programs of national and local governments, corporations, foundations, and institutions of higher education.
  • The French Embassy website also provides information about the English (Foreign Language) Assistant Program in France (for Canadian students who have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate studies), and about scholarships and grants available for Canadian graduate students who wish to study in France.

(Information adapted from FHIS Study abroad – French.)

Francophone life in Vancouver:

Francophone life worldwide online:

  • Radio-Canada: free radio and TV online (Canada)
  • TV5 MONDE: free French radio and TV online (France)
  • Arte : European culture and public service TV channel (in French, also in German; based jointly in France and Germany; read more about it…)
  • Tennessee Bob’s Famous French Links: a classic, one of the largest and oldest supersites in the world, for all things French and Francophone: including links to radio and TV online
  • you will also find many newspapers and magazines in French freely available online, plus sites for sports, music, and all imaginable leisure activities … and a whole Wikipedia in French… lancez-vous dans l’aventure !
    Just find the French term for what you are looking for—Wordreference can help—then search for it online
  • Netflix (not free): some TV and movies in French
  • material on YouTube (free)