Extended French Stream
About the program
The Extended French Stream is a unique opportunity for university students with a French immersion or extended French high school background to study Science in both French and English. This is only possible at Canada’s largest bilingual university!
- Choose which courses you want to do in English and in French, as one third of your courses are taught in French;
- Submit written work in either French or English;
- Be one of over 3,000 anglophone students at uOttawa taking part of their courses in French;
- Live it up en français at our Bilingual campus in a bilingual region.
Why partake in this program?
There are several benefits of doing your program through the Extended French Stream:
- Improve your French;
- Receive an automatic scholarship for taking courses in French;
- Get a mention on your diploma;
- Obtain an official certificate confirming your level of bilingualism;
- Gain access to campus jobs reserved for bilingual students;
- Boost your employability, particularly in the government sector and international jobs;
- Register in classes with fewer students;
- Bilingual Canadians earn 10% more on average.
All Honours degrees in the Faculty of Science offer the Extended French Stream (with the exception of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology program). View the list.
Admission and Registration
- You must meet the University’s admission requirements and have the necessary prerequisites for the desired program of study;
- You must be admitted as an Anglophone in your program of choice;
- You must be from an English High School or cegep;
- You must pass uOttawa’s Online Immersion Admission Test and obtain a level F7 (60 %) or higher, or have a DELF level B1.
What is the Immersion Admission Test?
The Immersion Admission Test is an online French-language proficiency test used to determine your level of proficiency in reading and listening comprehension in French. You must obtain a level F7 or higher (60% or higher) on the test for admission into the Extended French Stream.
Students with a DELF B1 can be exempted from this test. Inform the admissions office if you hold such a certification.
What happens if I do not obtain at least a level F7 (60%) on the Immersion Admission Test?
If you do not pass the test, the Extended French Stream will be removed from your application. However, you can rewrite the test every two months. If you pass on a subsequent try, you can ask to have the Extended French Stream reinstated.
If you cannot pass the test but are still interested in the Extended French Stream, you are encouraged to take either an intensive French course in the summer or French-as-a-second-language courses in your first year.
The test must be passed before the start of the school year.
Program requirements and regulations
- Admission as an Anglophone student to your program of choice;
- Fulfillment of all the requirements of your program to graduate;
- Altogether, a minimum of 42 units in courses whose language of instruction is French, while respecting these conditions:
- A minimum of 24 units in courses offered in French within the Faculty of Science;
- A minimum of 6 units in courses offered in French within the Humanities;
- A minimum of 6 units of courses offered in French at the 3000 and 4000 level within the Faculty of Science.
- Successful completion of FLS3500, the University’s Second Language Certification Test. This test ensures that you are indeed fluently bilingual. There is a good correspondence between the levels of achievement in this test to the levels of achievement in the federal government’s language tests.
Unlike Immersion Studies, it is important to note that the Extended French Stream does not offer S/NS marks for any of its courses. Given the similarity of the scientific terminology in English and French and the fact that many scientific problems can be resolved entirely by manipulating mathematical formulae or drawing and interpreting structures, it is felt that the S/NS marking scheme or accompanying language courses are not necessary. Students for whom neither English nor French is their first language have often had very little difficulty in achieving success in our various courses and placing themselves among the very best.
Specialized services offered to you:
- Staff dedicated to you as an immersion student;
- Language advisors to improve your written and oral skills;
- Language testing to identify your strengths and weaknesses;
- Language courses to improve your French skills;
- Extra support for your science courses in French to ensure your comprehension.
The University of Ottawa awards millions and millions of dollars in scholarships every year. Some of this money is aimed at students in the Extended French Stream.
French Studies Bursary
Of particular interest to students in the Extended French Stream, the French Studies Bursary can easily bring you $4,000 dollars over 4 years. If you commit to the Extended French Stream, this is guaranteed money.
Since 2011-2012, the French Studies Bursary, worth $1,000 per year, is given automatically to full-time students in the Extended French Stream who are taking at least 6 units (2 courses) in French per term. Other students are required to take 9 units (3 courses) in French per term in order to receive this bursary.