Priyanka felt hesitant about taking science courses in French. But in the University of Ottawa’s unique immersion program, the student from Markham got all the support she needed to become comfortably bilingual while earning a biology degree.
She didn’t want to abandon French after high school, as most English speaking students do, yet the idea of mastering complex subjects in a second language was a little daunting.
Now, Priyanka has no regrets about attending the world’s largest French- English bilingual university, in the heart of the nation’s capital, to study and live in two languages — and enhance her career prospects.
She found the experience anything but scary. Immersion students take at least one-third of their courses in French, but can write their papers in either language. Special classes and second-language experts ensure the success of all students, whether they did core, extended or immersion French in high school. ” I soon realized that the professors were there to help, and the francophone students were perfectly at ease having English-speaking classmates in the courses,” Priyanka says.
Visit immersion.uottawa.ca to learn more about the 86 degree programs and generous scholarships available to French Immersion students at uOttawa.
- Over the past 10 years, registration in French immersion went from 200 to 700 students a year.
- Currently, there are over 2,100 students in French immersion.
- Since 2006, more than 5,000 students have completed at least part of their program in French immersion.
- Sincetheimmersionprogramwascreated, French immersion students account for a total of 40,000 registrations in classes taught in French.
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