Bursaries for BC Teachers

BC Teachers may apply for a bursary for the full tuition amount of our French Summer Institutes. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada. Bursaries for BC teachers are administered directly by UBC Extended Learning for the French Education Branch of the BC Ministry of Education.

Please note, this bursary is only applicable towards the UBC Extended Learning French Summer Institutes, which take place in Vancouver. It is not applicable towards the Institut de Français, UBC à Québec, which takes place in Quebec City.

You should carefully read and understand the program information before applying for a bursary. UBC Extended Learning will review completed application forms in the order they are received. Applicants will be notified by email if their applications are accepted or declined. An application may be declined if it is incomplete, or if UBC Extended Learning concludes that the applicant does not meet eligibility requirements, as indicated by the applicant's submitted materials. We will send an acceptance email to applicants approved for a bursary until we have reached our quota of bursaries.


To be eligible, applicants must have a valid BC Teaching Certificate or Letter of Permission to teach from the Teacher Regulation Branch. Non-certified teachers from independent schools classified under Group 3 may provide a letter from the school administration confirming their employment instead. Current employment with a BC school district is NOT required.

Priority for bursary funding will be awarded in the following order:

  1. Teachers attending the three-week, full-day program
  2. Teachers attending the three-week, morning-only program
  3. Teachers attending the two-week, full-day program
  4. Teachers attending the one-week program

If funds remain after June 26, 2020, bursaries will be offered to employees of BC school districts who are not certified teachers, but who have regular contact with students in French programs.

Application Process

Step 1: Pay the $225 refundable deposit and the $75 non-refundable administration fee. The deposit is only refundable if the bursary application is denied or upon satisfactory completion of a French  Summer Institute. Please also note that the contribution of your $75 administration fee is used to offer additional bursary funding to BC teacher candidates for 2020 French Summer Institutes. Please make note of the invoice number for your application.

Step 2: Complete and submit the bursary application form indicating which program you would like to take and your level. You will be registered automatically into the French Summer Institute you choose through this application process. Level changes will be possible upon arrival in the program.

  • BC Teaching Certificates or Letters of Permission will be confirmed with the Find a Teacher database on the Teacher Regulation Branch website.
  • Non-certified teachers from independent school classified under Group 3 will need to provide a letter from the school administration confirming their employment.
  • Non-teachers who fulfill the requirement above will need to upload a letter from their school administration.

Step 3: You will receive an email confirming receipt of application. Eligible applicants will be placed on a temporary waitlist. When funding is confirmed by the Ministry of Education in spring 2020, bursaries will be awarded in priority sequence based on the list. The status of your application will be confirmed by email at this time and if you have been awarded a bursary, you will be registered in the French Summer Institute indicated on your application. If funding remains, bursaries will then be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Step 4: Upon completion of the French Summer Institute, if you have fulfilled the attendance requirements, you will receive a full refund of your $225 program deposit within one month of the program's end.

Attendance Requirements

You must attend 80% of instructional time in order to qualify for the bursary. Teachers who do not complete the program or fulfill the attendance requirements will not receive a refund of the $225 program deposit and must pay UBC Extended Learning the full tuition amount. UBC Extended Learning will not receive a bursary for teachers who do not complete the program or fulfill the attendance requirements.


If you choose to withdraw from a French Summer Institute, please notify UBC Extended Learning as soon as possible. Please note that there is no refund of the $225 deposit or the non-refundable administration fee for the program you selected.

Tax Forms

Please note that bursaries are taxable. BC teachers will receive a T4A for the full tuition amount and participants in the three-week program will also receive a T2202A form.