French Cohort Program in Public and International Affairs

Because our students are driven by curiosity, one discipline is not enough.

The French Cohort Program (FCP) allows you to explore three fields of study on your path towards a BA: Political Science, French and History. While studying topics as broad as international diplomacy, Canadian policy and French, you will not only learn theory, you will apply it through hands-on community projects and bilingual job opportunities. After being fully immersed in a European or Quebecois setting during your third-year student exchange, you will come back inspired and ready to take on life.

Two languages, twice the opportunity.

Our students fearlessly take on the challenge of studying in both English and French because they know they are not alone. You will reap the benefits of attending a large university, while experiencing a personalized education: French language support, exclusive bursaries and, of course, your cohort, the small group that will become your university family.

Program Options

Regular Program

Alternative Programs

  • Major in Political Science with
    Extended Minor in French
  • Major in French with
    Extended Minor in Political Science
  • Double Major in Political Science and
    in French

Studies at SFU ...

Beginning in the Fall term, the FCP is ideally suited for those who plan to pursue full-time studies over a four-year period (see Admission and Enrollment).

The FCP courses offered by the Department of Political Science and the Department of History are taught primarily in French and include such topics as Canadian government and politics, research methods, public administration, public policy, governance, Canadian foreign policy, and Canadian and Quebec History. French courses, offered by the Department of French, consist of studies in French language, linguistics, francophone literatures and cultures (see the list of FCP courses).

In addition to these courses, you will have the opportunity to take elective courses taught in English and in French, participate in field studies and community-based projects, and attend cultural activities and community events.

… and in Quebec or Europe!

During your third year of studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in a student exchange program at a Francophone university in Quebec, France, Belgium or Switzerland further developing your understanding and knowledge of the Francophone world(see Exchange program).

A unique program for a personal learning experience

As part of a cohort, you will attend the majority of classes together with your FCP classmates for the duration of the program.  

  • Small class sizes and courses designed for the FCP
  • Great support network
  • Committed professors representing the Francophone world
  • FCP language tutor
  • FCP Student Advisor
  • Student Lounge and dedicated work space
  • Various scholarships and awards

Where can it take me?

If you are considering a future using both official languages, the FCP prepares you well for a career or graduate studies in various fields.

  • Community services
  • Diplomacy and international affairs
  • Education
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Law and justice
  • Private sector
  • Public policy and administration