French for Immigrants - Language School (2022)

Thanks to financial support from the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Continuing Education Division offers the CLIC program (Cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada) to permanent resident adults in Manitoba.

Eligibility Requirements for Adult Programs:

  1. Have a French language assessment done at WELARC and ask to be referred to USB’s CLIC program. (See below for WELARC’s contact information)
  2. Provide proof of permanent residency (please note: Canadian citizens are not eligible for IRCC-funded programs).
  3. Be at least 18 years of age or older.
  4. Be available to attend class when USB contacts you to let you know there is a place for you in the program.

Permanent residents can register without charge for French courses if they meet these eligibility requirements. Please note that IRCC-funded spots are limited and that we maintain a waitlist of eligible learners. Learner attendance reports are also sent to IRCC regularly.

Depending on your level for the WELARC French language assessment, there are 3 options available to permanent residents:

  1. CLIC program: For NCLC 1-4 (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien – the French equivalent of the Canadian Language Benchmarks)
    A variety of course options, including:
    • Morning classes (3 hrs of class time each morning, Monday to Friday; total of 150 hours per session)
    • Evening classes (3 hrs of class time each evening, 2 evenings/week; total of 225 hours per session)
    • Saturday classes (4 hrs of class time each morning; total of 152 hours per session)
  2. Français oralprogram:For NCLC 5+
    Permanent residents can receive IRCC-funded spots in our Français oral courses (levels Intermediate 1-4 and Advanced)
    • For Fall, Winter & Spring: 3 hrs of class time/week with classes offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, or Saturday mornings; 11 weeks per session; total of 33 hours per session
    • For Summer: intensive options offered for 2 weeks (5 mornings/week) or for 4 weeks (3 evenings/week)
  3. Perfectionnement du françaisprogram:
    Permanent residents can receive IRCC-funded spots in our Perfectionnement courses
    • *You must have successfully passed the Perfectionnement placement test
    • For Fall, Winter & Spring: 3 hrs of class time/week with classes offered in the evenings; 11 weeks per session; total of 33 hours per session
    • Perfectionnement courses are not offered during the Summer session
  1. Contact the WELARC office to schedule your free, mandatory French language assessment :
    WELARC
    400-275 Portage Avenue
    204-943-5387
    info@welarc.net
    www.welarc.net
  2. Wait for us to contact you by email (be sure to check your inbox and junkmail folders regularly).
  3. Reply to our email, fill out any forms that we may send to you and respond to any questions that we may ask you by email.
  4. Provide us with proof of permanent residency. For example, a photocopy of your permanent resident status card (photocopy of both front and back of card).

Please note that IRCC-funded spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If all of these spaces have been assigned at the time of your registration, you will be placed on a waiting list. Courses can only be offered if enrolment is sufficient.

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CLIC:   What does CLIC mean?

‟CLICˮ stands for ‟Cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada ˮ (Language classes for immigrants to Canada). It is a program open to permanent residents in Canada and is funded by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). You may be familiar with its English-language counterpart, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada).

What are CLIC courses like? Are they similar to LINC courses?

CLIC courses provide French language instruction and focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our dedicated instructors provide engaging and stimulating lessons that focus on the completion of real-life tasks based on a variety of themes, such as Housing, Transportation, Education and Citizenship. While LINC is focused on English language training and uses the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels, CLIC is focused on French-language training and uses the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC).

What levels of the NCLC are offered through the Université de Saint-Boniface?

We offer CLIC classes at levels NCLC 1-2 and NCLC 3-4. We also offer a limited number of spots in our Conversational French and Perfectionnement programs for students who are at an NCLC 5+ level.

How do I know if I am eligible for the CLIC program?

Any permanent resident who is at least 18 years of age and can show proof of current permanent residency status is eligible.  

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I just became a Canadian citizen. Can I still participate in a CLIC class?

Unfortunately, no. Only permanent residents of Canada are eligible for CLIC classes. I plan to apply for my Canadian citizenship soon.

I am currently applying for citizenship. Can I still participate in a CLIC class?

Yes. As long as you are still officially a permanent resident (i.e., You have not taken your oath of citizenship yet), you are able to participate in a CLIC class. If you become a citizen while taking a CLIC class, we usually allow you to continue the class until the next break (e.g., if you become a citizen in fall, you can remain in the class until the holiday break in December and at that point, you would need to leave the CLIC class).

How do I apply for the CLIC program?

To apply for the CLIC program, the first step is to contact WELARC (Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre) in order to set up an appointment for a French Language Assessment.

How do I set up an appointment with WELARC?

Phone WELARC at 204-943-5387 and ask to schedule a French Language Assessment. You can also visit their website: http://www.welarc.net. Their office is located at 400-275 Portage Avenue.

I have never spoken French before. Do I still need to get tested through WELARC before I register?

It is mandatory for all learners enrolled in federally funded programs through IRCC to undergo a language assessment before commencing language training.

What happens after I have completed my assessment with WELARC?

If you were assessed at NCLC 1-4:

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WELARC will forward your referral to our CLIC program administrative staff. Wait for us to contact you by email (be sure to check your inbox and junk mail folders regularly). A member of our administrative staff will be in touch as soon as possible. You must be able to:

  • Respond to any questions asked of you
  • Indicate your availability for classes
  • Provide us with proof of permanent residency (for example, a photocopy of the front and back of your permanent resident status card)

Once you have completed these steps, you will be placed on our wait list. These CLIC classes have continuous intake and so students are placed in spots as they become available throughout the session. CLIC classes are offered throughout the year.

If you were assessed at NCLC 5+:

WELARC will forward your referral to ourFrançais oral/Perfectionnement administrative staff. Wait for us to contact you by email (be sure to check your inbox and junk mail folders regularly). A member of our administrative staff will be in touch when it is time to register using our online registration form. You must be able to:

  • Respond to any questions asked of you
  • Indicate your availability for classes
  • Provide us with proof of permanent residency (for example, a photocopy of the front and back of your permanent resident status card)
  • Provide us with your WELARC assessment (if you have not taken CLIC classes prior)

These classes donot have continuous intake. Students are only able to register at certain times prior to the start of the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer sessions. Limited spots are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must reapply each session, as the waitlist is not kept from one session to the next.

  • Registration for Fall Session (Sept-Dec) is in August
  • Registration for Winter Session (Jan-Mar) is in November
  • Registration for Spring Session (Apr-June) is in March
  • Registration for Summer Session (July) is in June

How soon can I start my classes after being referred to the CLIC program?

This depends on a number of factors, including your French level as assessed by WELARC, your availability and our current wait list. It is helpful to indicate the maximum availability possible.

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Please note that if you were assessed by WELARC at an NCLC 5+, the registration process and waitlist are different. See above information regarding students assessed at NCLC 5+.

What happens when a spot becomes available?

We will let you know by email and/or telephone when a spot becomes available for you in a CLIC class, based on the availability you have indicated. At that point, you must accept the spot when it is offered to you. You cannot delay your start time, except in certain exceptional circumstances. We ask all students on our wait list to keep us informed of any changes in their availability. Our CLIC classes are continuous intake, meaning that if a spot becomes available mid-session, we will fill it with the next available student.

Please note that if you were assessed by WELARC at an NCLC 5+, the registration process and waitlist are different. See above information regarding students assessed at NCLC 5+.

Are classes offered in-person or via distance learning?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CLIC classes are currently being offered via distance learning. This may change in the coming months. We will let you know about future scheduling as this information becomes available.

My child (under 18 years old) is a permanent resident as well. Can he or she participate in CLIC classes?

Unfortunately, no. CLIC classes are only open to permanent residents of Canada aged 18 and over.

FAQs

What is offi France? ›

Welcome to the French Office for Immigration and Integration website.

Does the Canadian government pay you to learn French? ›

Financial assistance for your participation in the courses

You can receive $26 for each day that you take a course of 3 hours or more. To be eligible for this financial assistance, you must take at least 4 hours of French lessons per week.

Can I learn French in France for free? ›

One of the top language school providers, Eurocentres has been placing thousands of language learners for over 60 years to schools all over the world. They offer three different locations in France starting at ~$350/week, making it extremely easy to study French in France for free!

Can I study French in Canada for free? ›

You may be eligible to take the Government of Canada's language training programs. Language classes are free and available for permanent residents and protected persons.

How do I apply for OFII? ›

Procedure steps
  1. Step 1 : Go to the nearest prefecture. ...
  2. Step 2 : Ask the physician you regularly visit to fill in the blank certificate. ...
  3. Step 3 : Send the file to the OFII physician yourself. ...
  4. Step 4 : File examination by the OFII.

What is of11 form? ›

In order to study in France, foreign students, that don't have french A-levels, have to fulfil two requirements : Being authorized to access higher education in their country of origin, have a level in French language that allows them to study in France.

How long does it take to learn French for Canada immigration? ›

In fact, TEF Canada Training Course is presented as a single comprehensive program as Diploma in Business French. Also through which one can achieve mastery, i.e., from A1 till B2 in just 15 Months. Being a part-time program, it is the shortest duration available in the world to accomplish till B2 from scratch.

What level of French is required for Canada immigration? ›

Canadian Experience Class
LanguageAbilitiesMinimum level
EnglishSpeaking and listeningCLB 5
EnglishReading and writingCLB 4
FrenchSpeaking and listeningNCLC 5
FrenchReading and writingNCLC 4
11 Jan 2021

How much does it cost to learn French in Canada? ›

For a 12-week French immersion program from September to November, the cost is around $7,127 (USD) and is worth about 12 credit hours. This is an option for many. Housing on campus or with a Francophone family is possible.

Is university free in France for foreigners? ›

Although studying in France is then not entirely “free”, you will only be charged a very small amount when you study at a public university. However, if you are not a citizen of an EEA country or Switzerland, or already a permanent resident, you will have to pay higher tuition fees in France.

How long does it take to learn French? ›

According to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), French is a category 1 language. This means learning French takes 23 – 24 weeks (575 – 600 hours) for most English speakers. This makes French one of the easiest (and fastest) languages to learn.

Do I need a visa to study French in France? ›

Overview. If you plan to study in Europe for 90 days or less, you have to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa. If you plan to study for more than 90 days up to a year, you need a long-stay Schengen visa. The school will provide a letter of acceptance to support your Schengen visa application.

Can I study French for free in Quebec? ›

Free of charge

The French courses offered by the Gouvernement du Québec to immigrants are free. You do not have to pay any registration or tuition fees. Some activities or cultural outings integrated into the French courses may include a small fee.

What is Canada called in French? ›

français canadien

Can I learn French for free in Montreal? ›

The Quebec government is very (very) passionate about its residents speaking French, and to that end, the Ministry of Immigration offers free part- and full-time French language courses, as well as specialized courses designed for specific fields of employment.

How much money do asylum seekers get in France? ›

1/ How much is the allowance

– If you accept the offer and the OFII grants you a house, you will receive 6,80 €/day. – If you have a husband, a wife or children with you in France, you will receive 3,40€ more /day/person + 7.40€ per day for your wife or jusband if you are not hosted.

What is OFII procedure? ›

Voluntary return procedure

The OFII organises the return to the home country of the applicant (travel fees, financial support, administrative assistance for travel preparations).

How long does it take to get a French residence permit? ›

How long does it take to be issued a residence document? Assuming your residence permit application is complete and the prefecture does not request any additional documents to review your request, the average issuing time is 45 to 60 days.

How long can you live in France without becoming a resident? ›

If you spend more than 6 months a year in France, you are then considered as a French resident and must apply for a Long Stay visitor visa (visa de long séjour valant titre de séjour VLS-TS « visiteur »).

Can you travel while waiting for Carte dejour? ›

Yes, she can travel with you.

Can I stay in France after my long stay visa expires? ›

If you're on a long stay visa or carte de séjour, however, and it expires, you can stay and travel within the Schengen zone for an additional 90 days on the tourist visa.

Can I learn French in 3 months? ›

While you certainly won't master it in three months, especially if you can only put a few hours a week into it, you can make sure to be more efficient by following an initial plan of action. Let's take a look at what you should do in the first hour, first day, first week and first month of learning French.

Can I prepare for TEF in 3 months? ›

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I INVEST IN TEF PREPARATION? For somebody beginning from a ground level, the least duration possible is 10- 12 months. These 10- 12 months demand an absolute level of dedication, time & efforts. This effort is done in GENUINELY learning the French language.

Is TEF exam difficult? ›

For beginners, the TEF exam can turn out to be a little tough to crack. A lot of practice is required, and when we talk about learning a new language, the best approach is to try it in daily life.

How much does TEF test cost? ›

3. Fees and Payment
TestTotal (tx.incl)
Vocabulary/Structure$105.00
Written Expression$105.00
Oral Expression$110.00
TEF Canada or TEFAQ$425
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How long does it take to learn B2 French? ›

LevelCan be reached through ... hours of studyTotal of study hours
A180 to 100 h80 to 100 h
A2+ 100 to 120 h180 to 200 h
B1+ 150 to 180 h350 to 400 h
B2+ 200 to 250 h600 to 650 h
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Which is easier TCF or TEF? ›

None of them is easier, but they are different. TCF and TEF are tests, this means that you can't “fail” them, you will get a score which represents your level. DELF and DALF are degrees, in total there are 4 DELF (A1,A2,B1,B2) and 2 DALF (C1,C2).

Is education free in Canada for immigrants? ›

Education. Permanent residents have the right to free education up to the age of 18 in the Canadian public school system.

What is the cheapest course to study in Canada? ›

The following list includes the cheapest PG Diploma courses at the University of Winnipeg: PG Diploma in Marketing Management. PG Diploma in Advanced Business Management. PG Diploma in Global Supply Chain Management.

Is there free education in Canada? ›

Public secondary or high school is free in Canada for residents of the country. Many schools charge fees for international students, which can range from approximately CAD 8,000 to CAD 14,000 per year.

What level of French is needed to study in France? ›

Most universities in France, specially the public ones, require the B2 (intermediate) certificate in the "Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française - DELF" or the TCF-DAP for international students.

How much does it cost to learn French in France? ›

How much does a French course in France cost? You can expect to pay about 700-800 euros a week for all-inclusive French courses in Paris or Nice with tuition fees, accommodation, and meals.

Can a poor student study abroad? ›

If you don't have enough money, apply for some good international scholarships* – an easy way to escape taking loans for your higher studies abroad. If you don't have enough money, you should apply to some cost-effective or economic countries such as Germany and Canada.

Can I become fluent in French in a year? ›

Regardless of your definition of fluency, you'll need to practice the language if you want to master it. If you want a short answer, yes, you can become fluent in French in one year (or even less), especially if you follow the 10 steps included in the next section.

What is the fastest way to learn French? ›

10 tips to learn French fast
  1. Watch films. Watching films in French with French subtitles is one of the best ways to learn. ...
  2. Learn with songs. ...
  3. Read. ...
  4. Find a partner. ...
  5. Don't be scared to try and make mistakes. ...
  6. Listen! ...
  7. Practice. ...
  8. Sign up for an intensive course.
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How much French can I learn in 6 months? ›

Time per day

In short, you can learn French with roughly 2 to 3 hours of French per day for 6 month, or 1 to 1,5 hours per day for a year.

Do French student visas get rejected? ›

Yes, French student visas can get rejected if you are not eligible according to the visa officers. There may be many reasons for the refusal such as Insufficient funds, Inadequate or fake documents, Falling short on academic achievements, Providing Inaccurate Information, Lack of interview skills, etc.

How can I learn French in Paris for free? ›

1-Free French lessons in Paris or low budget
  • Paris City Hall. The city of Paris offers very cheap French lessons. ...
  • OFFI : For migrants. To help migrants and refugees to learn French, Thot created a language school to learn French for free. ...
  • Croix Rouge. ...
  • Alliance française. ...
  • Lutece langues. ...
  • Eurocentres.
2 Jan 2022

How much bank balance is required for France student visa? ›

Proof of sufficient funds for living in the country. The current amount required is €615 (US$820) per month, which can be shown with a bank statement, a guarantor's letter or a notice of funding from a loan, scholarship or grant.

Who is eligible for free French courses in Québec? ›

Eligibility requirements
  • 16 years of age and over;
  • Permanent residents;
  • Naturalized Canadian citizens (born outside of Canada);
  • Temporary workers and spouse holding a CSQ;
  • International students and spouse holding a CAQ (Quebec acceptance certificate)
  • Refugees or asylum seekers.

Why is Québec French different? ›

Québec has a specific regional vocabulary that differs from that of France. This is partly due to their isolation from the evolution of the French language that occurred centuries ago.

Where can I practice French in Canada? ›

5 places where you can improve your French on The Great Trail
  • Quebec City and Montreal. As the province with the highest proportion of French speakers in Canada, Quebec is an ideal starting point for anyone seeking to learn “quelques mots”! ...
  • New Brunswick. ...
  • The Laurentians. ...
  • St. ...
  • Ottawa.
29 Mar 2018

What is America called in France? ›

Les États-Unis d'Amérique” is the most precise translation used for 'United States of America' in French. But it's long, and we're lazy… So most of the time, the French will only say “Les États-Unis“, just like you'd say “The United States” in English.

Can all Canadian speak French? ›

The majority of Francophones (85.4%) live in Quebec and over 1 million live in other regions of the country. Almost 10.4 million Canadians can carry on a conversation in French.
...
The Canadian Francophonie by the numbers.
Province or territoryFrench-speaking population
Nunavut630 (1.8%)
Total7,914,498 (22.8%)
13 more rows
13 Sept 2019

Can French understand Canadian French? ›

Canadian French has different vocabulary, idioms, slang, cultural references, and expressions that may be unfamiliar to those who speak European French. However, the largest difference is pronunciation, so much so that Canadian and European French are not always mutually intelligible.

Does Canadian government pay for learning French? ›

You can take government-funded classes to improve your language skills in English or French if you are an adult: permanent resident, or. protected person.

How can I learn French in Canada for free? ›

Free Ways to Learn French for Canadian Citizens
  1. Free Drop-in conversation classes at some CSDM centers.
  2. Funding French lessons through Emploi Quebec.
  3. Odyssey program, learn French while teaching English in Quebec and New Brunswick.
  4. Explore French bursary program.
  5. Participating in free French conversation events.
22 Mar 2019

Is it free to study French in Canada? ›

You can take language classes to learn English or French once in Canada. Federal, provincial and territorial governments across Canada fund language classes. You'll need to pay for private language classes.

How do you use OFII in France? ›

You have to send the “Demande d' attestation OFII”, a copy of your passport, a copy of the visa, a copy of the stamped page on your passport which shows your arrival date in France to the office of OFII which belong to the area you live in France by registered mail.

Why do refugees not claim asylum in France? ›

Alleged bad treatment at the hands of the police is one of the main reasons why people refuse to apply for asylum in France, we were told. Volunteers, journalists, and refugees have all reported physical encounters with French police.

Where can I use the ADA card? ›

The ADA card is a payment card only, you cannot use it to withdraw money from an ATM nor to pay online. It is given to you during your first appointment at the prefecture (GUDA). You will receive an allocation (approximately 7€ a day), every month, around the 5th day of the month.

What is OFII stamp? ›

OFII stands for Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration . (French Office of Immigration and Integration). Once you step foot in France with a student visa, you must register to Visa Validation (ex OFII).

Can I live in France if my wife is French? ›

Can I live in France if my spouse is French? Yes, you can live in France after requesting a French Spouse visa (called Vie Privée et Familiale) from the French Consulate of your current country of residence. Once arrived in France, you will need to validate your French Spouse Visa into a residence permit.

How do you get a blue card in France? ›

Am I eligible to apply for a Blue Card? To apply for a “passport talent” with the mention “EU Blue Card”, the applicant must: have a valid work contract or binding job offer for highly qualified employment with a duration of at least 1 year; meet the minimum salary threshold in the Member State concerned (see below);

How long does it take to get a French residence permit? ›

How long does it take to be issued a residence document? Assuming your residence permit application is complete and the prefecture does not request any additional documents to review your request, the average issuing time is 45 to 60 days.

What benefits do migrants get in France? ›

Once they are granted protection, beneficiaries have access to social rights under the same conditions as nationals. This includes health insurance, family and housing allowances, minimum income, and access to social housing. Several administrations are in charge of providing these services.

Why are people leaving France? ›

In the few studies that exist, family ties have been identified as the main reason migrants wish to travel from France to the UK. In a survey of 402 people at the former Calais "Jungle" camp, researchers from International Health found only 12% wanted to remain in France, while 82% planned to go to England.

How much money do asylum seekers get in France? ›

1/ How much is the allowance

– If you accept the offer and the OFII grants you a house, you will receive 6,80 €/day. – If you have a husband, a wife or children with you in France, you will receive 3,40€ more /day/person + 7.40€ per day for your wife or jusband if you are not hosted.

How long does it take to get asylum in France? ›

C. Deadlines
Time limit to contact the other countryTime limit to for the other country to answer France
2. Requests to take charge)3 months2 months
2. Requests to take charge (if you are in the Eurodac category 2 file **)2 months1 month if it is urgent
Detention center1 month15 days
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Who qualifies for asylum in France? ›

In principle, you are eligible during the asylum procedure, if : You are not a citizen of a European Union member state. You entered the French territory for less than 90 days, Your income is below the « active solidarity income » (RSA).

Can Refugees study in France? ›

If you have refugee status or are a beneficiary of subsidiary protection, the French State will cover most of the cost of your training in a public institution. Differential tuition fees that that will be introduced at the start of the 2019 academic year do not apply to you.

What happens if I don't validate my French visa? ›

You MUST validate your VLS-TS within three months of arriving in France. If you fail to do so, you will no longer be legally present in France and will be unable to re-enter the Schengen Area.

How long is a French long stay visa valid for? ›

Whatever the duration of your planned stay, the duration of your long-stay visa must be between three months and one year. In order to extend your stay beyond the period of validity of your visa, you must apply for a residence permit at a prefecture.

Can I stay in France after my long stay visa expires? ›

If you're on a long stay visa or carte de séjour, however, and it expires, you can stay and travel within the Schengen zone for an additional 90 days on the tourist visa.

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