French program looks to increase enrolment

February 09, 2006, vol. 35, no. 3
By Diane Luckow



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Claire Trépanier is criss-crossing the province by plane, ferry and car this year in a bid to visit grade 11 and 12 students at all 70 French immersion and programme francophone schools in B.C.

Trépanier, associate director of the office of francophone and francophile affairs at SFU, wants to increase enrolment in 2006 for the baccalauréat en administration publique et services communautaires (BA program in public administration and community services). In this cohort program primarily taught in French, students take courses in political science, history, Canadian studies and French. Offered for the first time in 2004, the program's enrolment doubled to 14 in 2005 and Trépanier is hoping to fill the program with 25 students in 2006.

While the program attracts high school French immersion and programme francophone students who wish to continue their university studies in French, it offers several other benefits says Trépanier. “We know that there are going to be many bilingual positions available with the federal government as civil servants are retiring,” she says. Another lure is the requirement for every student to study for at least one semester at a francophone university in Quebec or for two semesters at the Institut de Science Politique in Paris. As well, she has 10 entrance scholarships worth $1,000 available for next September and more for summer studies in 2007.

Trépanier says the program recently received approval to hire four tenure track faculty devoted to the French cohort program (FCP) in the next two years. Courses in the French cohort program can also be taken by non-FCP students. For more information check: www.sfu.ca/frcohort/.

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