French as a Second Language, or FSL, is one of many great reasons for international students to study in Canada. As one of Canada's two official languages, French is spoken by a certain percentage of people in virtually every province, and is particularly important for students planning to study or travel in the French-speaking province of Québec. French language skills are a great asset and advantage anywhere in Canada, as well as around the world. French is commonly spoken in over thirty countries on five continents, and a knowledge of French therefore opens doors to global travel, education and professional development.
While Québec is the only majority Francophone province in Canada, French is a part of the curriculum in all provinces, and so you will find French-speakers all across the country. Many high schools, community colleges, universities and private language colleges in British Columbia therefore provide FSL services to both local and international students. Usually, full- and part-time studies are available, as well as specialized instruction to meet specific needs (for instance, speaking, reading, writing, conversation, business French, etc.).
In this section, you can follow the links in the menu to the right to learn about FSL programs and courses, FSL scholarships and FSL accreditation in British Columbia. You can also read about how to prepare, for apply to and choose an FSL program in British Columbia, as well as whether you can go from FSL to university or college in Canada and other common questions.
As a country with two working official languages and a diverse culture from coast to coast, Canada--including British Columbia--is the perfect place for international students to pursue French as a Second Language (FSL) programs.