French Cohort Program

Community involvement and student life

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom!

Gone are the days where you only used French in the classroom.

During your studies in the French Cohort Program, you will enjoy experiences that involve speaking French in real-life settings and forging links with the Francophone community in British Columbia (as well as other Canadian provinces).

In the past, FCP students have participated in a number of projects and events, including:

  • B.C. Francophone Youth Parliament
    A model parliament that attracts 115 participants from all over B.C. to the Legislative Assembly in Victoria. Over the course of 3 days, students are immersed in the reality of Canadian political life!
  • Correspondence with Francophone students in Moncton, New Brunswick
    An ideal way to learn more about this beautiful province in Eastern Canada! Moncton students write in English and SFU students write in French; each group describes in their second language the part of Canada in which they live. This often culminates with a visit to Vancouver by the Moncton group!
  • French mock trial at the Vancouver Law Courts
    A mock trial is ideal for students who may be considering a career in law. As part of one of their French courses, students prepare to sit on the jury during a one-day mock trial that takes place entirely in French at the Vancouver Law Courts.
  • Writing articles in French for bilingual newspaper The Source
    Excellent exposure to journalistic writing within the context of one of the French courses. The best articles are published in the newspaper. Some students are even offered internships after the project.
  • Hosting a radio program in French at CJSF 90.1
    SFU Student Radio is often looking for capable hosts to lead programs in French. This is a great opportunity for students looking to take their first steps in radio broadcasting.
  • Visiting Radio-Canada Colombie-Britannique/Yukon
    A great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at journalism and to forge relationships with the team at ICI Colombie-Britannique/Yukon, including those responsible for content on various platforms (television, radio and web).
  • Weekend at the Festival du Voyageur de Winnipeg in Manitoba
    An unforgettable 3-day experience with other bilingual youth from Saskatchewan and Alberta, all travelling to Winnipeg for the Festival du Voyageur, the largest Francophone winter festival in Western Canada. Held in St. Boniface, Winnipeg's French Quarter, it welcomes over 100,000 visitors each year.
  • SFU’s Printemps de la francophonie (PDLF) 
    Presented by the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs, the PDLF is SFU’s annual celebration of Canadian and international Francophonie! A series of conferences, workshops, cultural activities and film screenings take place on SFU campuses and elsewhere in the Vancouver area. The program generally includes about thirty free activities for students (also open to the public).
  • Bilingual job fair
    As part of the Printemps de la francophonie 2019, the team at the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs organized the first-ever bilingual job fair in its student lounge. The event, which was a great success (250 participants came to visit the 15 organizations present), will be back in March.

These projects are just a small sample of the many experiences you can enjoy during your studies. As a member of the FCP, you will receive the “Vie étudiante” electronic newsletter in French once a month. In it, you will read about the various French-language events and activities taking place in Greater Vancouver. You will also learn about employment and volunteer opportunities for bilingual students.

In short, your opportunities to use and practice your French will multiply, thanks to SFU and its Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs!