Bursaries for BC Teachers

Thank you for your interest in a bursary for our Summer Intensives in French. All funding for BC teachers for summer 2021 has now been allocated. To find out about being added to this year’s waitlist, please email info.exl@ubc.ca or call 604-822-1444.

BC Teachers may apply for a bursary for the full tuition amount of our online Summer Intensives in French. 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.

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 program

2. Teachers attending the two-week program

3. Teachers attending the one-week program

If funds remain after June 25, 2021, 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

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 Summer Intensive in French you choose through this application process. Level changes are possible during the first two days of 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 and will receive a confirmation email in priority sequence. 

Step 4: Upon completion of the Summer Intensive in French, 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 be eligible for your award of completion. Teachers who do not complete the program or fulfill the attendance requirements may not receive a refund of the $225 program deposit.

Withdrawals and Refusals

BC Teacher Bursary recipients who have been approved for a bursary and who wish to withdraw must withdraw in writing before June 25 to receive a partial (less $50 admin fee) refund of their deposit.

Tax Forms

Please note that bursaries are taxable. We will send you a T4A for the full tuition amount.