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Chongqing, China (Short-term Summer at Southwest)

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In partnership with Southwest University(SWU), ECC students can spend two weeks in Chongqing, China on a summer immersion program into Chinese language, history, and culture. This is a competitive admission program.

Program Overview

Students on this program will earn two semester hours of credit. Classes consist of lectures and discussions accompanied by field trips and activities designed to engage students in active learning and discovery.

Participants in this program will enroll as students at SWU and complete tours and study related to Chinese language, culture and history. This is an academic study abroad and cultural tour, and students will earn two credit hours in one of the following courses: INS 100 – Topics in International Studies or HUM 100 – Topics in Humanities. The cornerstone of the program is the immersion of participants into the local community, including interaction with Chinese students and excursions, which provide an introduction to the history, culture, and people of China. This program is designed for motivated ECC students; SWU invites applications only from partnering institutions so selection is competitive.

SWU is one of the top 100 universities in China and is located by the Jialing River in the Beibei District of Chongqing, a city of more than 30 million people. SWU’s campus contains 31 colleges, 52,000 students and a large variety of academic disciplines. Chongqing is famous for hot, humid summers and is known as one of ‘the three furnace cities.’ Chongqing receives abundant rainfall, averaging 39-55 inches annually. In this program participants will be exposed to and engage in varios aspects of Chinese culture and everyday life. Participant's will have the opportunity to learn Chinese language and practice first-hand while exploring local historical sites and engaging in classroom excursions including; the ancient Ci Qi Kou village, Hong Ya cave,the Three-Gorges museum, Chao Tian Men square, and the world cultural heritage of the Dazu Rock Carvings.

Program dates

  • Two weeks of Summer Semester 2014. Dates to be announced.

Program Application Deadline

  • Mid-March 2014

Admission Requirements

The program is open to serious ECC students, faculty and administrators who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older as of the program start date. The minimum age requirement is strictly upheld. A personal interview with the program director may be held to determine the participant’s maturity and adaptability to a foreign environment. Successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. Applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Strong interest in Chinese culture and language
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Registered full-time for the next eligible semester
  • No outstanding financial obligations to ECC
  • No disciplinary record on file with the Office of the Dean of Student Services and Development
  • Citizen of any country other than China, Hong Kong, Macao and/or Taiwan (SWU requirement)

Preference will be given to ECC Chinese language students. This is a competitive program, and all applicants may not be selected. In the event that more applications are received than spaces available, the program admissions committee will make all final candidate selections. If a participant has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible. However, it may be difficult for those with severe physical disabilities to travel to and within China.

Academic Program

The purpose of this program is to familiarize participants with Chinese culture and language. Students enrolled in this program will complete tours and study related to Chinese language, culture and history. This is an academic study abroad and cultural tour, and students will earn two credit hours in one of the following courses: INS 100 – Topics in International Studies or HUM 100 – Topics in Humanities. Students are required to enroll in one of the courses offered through the program.

All participants will engage in Chinese language courses and be exposed to the local culture through excursions and tours. Cultural tours include visits to sites of local and historical significance.

Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad, please make an appointment with Beth Santell in the Counseling Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Counseling Department at 847-214-7390 or by visiting building B, room B120.

Lodging and Meals

Students will live in dormitories on SWU’s campus. The dorms feature double occupancy rooms with twin beds, a private suite bath, shared kitchen common areas and western style toilet. Linens and pillow are provided. Students will need to provide their own bathing supplies and towel. Most meals are included in the cost of the program and are supplied at SWU’s discretion based on the day’s events. Students may also choose to eat out or at the cafeteria on campus.  If students choose to eat out, there are several restaurants in the surrounding communities.

Passport/Visa

Students are required to travel with a passport and another form of picture identification (driver’s license or state ID card). U.S. citizens need a passport and short-term student visa for this program to travel to China. Students should inform ECC if they are not a U.S. citizen and, if required, obtain the appropriate visa for travel. ECC will assist with visa processing. The college recommends students use the visa service TraVisa. When completing the visa application at TraVisa's website, students should include ECC's account number: CC6012.

Failure to obtain the required documents for international travel will result in the student being unable to attend the trip.

Orientation

A pre-departure orientation will be held prior to the start of the program. Orientation will cover important information related to safety, security, insurance and program expectations. Attendance is required. Orientation is held at ECC.

Program Fees

The program fee is $850, subject to change. Fees cover:

  • Residence hall housing
  • Most meals
  • ECC Tuition (in-district fees only) for two credit hours
  • ECC administrative fee
  • ECC administrative fee
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Cultural programs and excursions
  • Local transportation to and from Chongqing airport
  • Mandatory Chinese insurance fees
  • Chinese transcript fees
  • Mandatory iNext insurance

Fees do not cover:

  • International airfare
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Trip interruption/cancelation insurance
  • Transportation to/from O'Hare International Airport
  • Some meals
  • Personal expenses

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid (grants, loans, other scholarships, etc.) are available to students who qualify. Students wishing to use financial aid for study abroad should contact the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss requirements. An appointment can be made by calling the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 847-214-7360 or by visiting building B, room B156.

Please note that all fees are payable to ECC, regardless of how a student pays for the study abroad program.

Applying to the Program

To apply to the Chongqing Short-term program at Southwest, please complete the following forms:

Submit forms to the Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad in building B, room B105

Contact

For more information, please contact the Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad at international@elgin.edu or stop by B105. All students interested in participating in this program must have their application approved by the Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad.

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Dijon, France (Short-term Summer)

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In partnership with the University of Burgundy, Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), and Parkland College, ECC students can spend five weeks of the summer abroad in Dijon, France. This program is held annually in the summer.

Program Overview

Students in this program will earn seven to eight semester hours of credit in French language and Western Humanities in France. Classes consist of lectures and discussions accompanied by field trips and activities designed to engage students in active learning and discovery. No previous study of the French language is required. In this program students will engaged with the culture of Dijon and France by exploring history, art, and local vineyards. The population of Dijon is 250,000 and is known as one of Europe's crossroads. Dijon also host numerous museums and architectural monuments for students to visit and explore.

Program Dates

  • Five weeks of Summer Semester 2014 from June 26 - July 26 2014.

Program Applicatoin Deadline

  • February 15

Admission Requirements

This program is open to serious students, teachers, and others who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Applicants are required to obtain a physician's approval as part of the application process. There will be a personal interview to determine the applicant's maturity, ability to adapt to a different environment, and function successfully as a member of the group. The successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. College students must also present evidence of a 2.75 GPA as well as having completed 12 credit hours of college level work, including ENG 101.

Students will register for seven to eight credit hours with Elgin Community College. Upon successful completion of classes, students will receive credit on their ECC transcript. Students are required to enroll in a French language class. Classes will accommodate students at any level, from Beginning to Advanced. All classes consist of the following components: Grammar, Conversation, Reading Comprehension, Composition and Lectures.

Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad, please make an appointment with Beth Santell in the Counseling Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Counseling Department at 847-214-7390 or by visiting building B, room B120.

Lodging and Meals

The students stay in a newly-renovated residence hall with a private room with bath. Private rooms include a bed, desk, closet, shelving, small refrigerator, and bedding. Additionally, a kitchen and coin operated laundry machine is located nearby the rooms.

Meals are not included in the program fee.

Visa/Passport

A passport is required of all U.S. citizens to travel to France. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to France; participants who are not U.S. citizens may need a visa to travel to France. Students need to notify the office of International Student Services and Study Abroad (B105) if they are not U.S citizens.

Orientation

A pre-departure orientation will be held prior to the start of the program. Orientation will cover important information related to safety, security, insurance and program expectations. Attendance is required. Orientation is held at Parkland Community College's main campus in Champaign, Illinois.

Program Fees

The program fee is $3,300, subject to change. Fees cover:

  • Private room and bath in residence hall
  • Instructional cost at the University of Burgundy
  • Textbooks
  • 20+hours of language instruction per week
  • Illinois faculty member liaison
  • Field trips and excursions, most entrance fees included
  • Ground transportation: Paris>Dijon
  • Paris tour on arrival day
  • Group dinner & 2 nights lodging in Paris

Fees do not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Return rail travel: Dijon>Paris (approx. $50)

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid (grants, loans, other scholarships, etc.) are available to students who qualify. Students wishing to use financial aid for study abroad should contact the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss requirements. An appointment can be made by calling the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 847-214-7360 or by visiting building B, room B156. Students may also wish to apply for the optional Founder's Study Abroad Application (link provided below).

Applying to the Program

To apply to the Dijon program, please complete the following forms:

Submit forms to the Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad in building B, room B105.

Contact

For more information, please contact the Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad at international@elgin.edu or stop by B105. All students interested in participating in this program must have their application approved by the Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad.

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Chongqing, China (Short-term at CTBU)

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With a culture steeped in 6,000 years of history, China has emerged as a popular study abroad destination among U.S. students. This program in China offers students a life-changing opportunity to experience life and culture in the world's second largest economy. In partnership with Chongqing Technology and Business University, ECC students can spend two weeks studying Chinese language, culture and history in the bustling city of Chongqing.

Program Overview

Chongqing Technology and Business University is situated in Chongqing city – known as the ‘gateway to the west.' The main campus, nestled at the foot of Nanshan Mountain and near the famous Yangtze River, lies only 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) from the central shopping and entertainment area of Chongqing. Participants in this program will enroll as students at CTBU and complete tours and study related to Chinese language, culture and history. Electives are available in the fields of humanities and business. This is an academic study abroad and cultural program, and students will earn 2 credits during the course of the program.

The cornerstone of the program is the immersion of participants into the local community, including interaction with Chinese students and excursions, which provide an introduction to the history, culture, and people of China. The program incorporates traditional classroom instruction with cultural excursions to enhance the student’s study abroad experience. Cultural excursions may include:

  • Tour of Chongqing city
  • Chinese ‘paper cut’ design by local artists
  • Visit to Lao Jun Cave, a Taoist temple
  • Tour of ancient city Ciqikou
  • Traditional Chinese dinner gathering

CTBU features a beautifully landscaped campus with many trees and gardens. The unique architecture of the university’s buildings makes the campus a popular attraction for local people and tourists. An excellent bus network and light rail system connects CTBU to the city center and the surrounding suburbs. CTBU boasts strong teaching resources and advanced research facilities; small classes guarantee one-on-one attention. The campus also features basketball, volleyball and tennis courts and a swimming pool for student use. A supermarket, post office, bank and hospital are also located on campus.

Program Dates

  • Offered for 2 weeks in Spring 2014. Dates to be announced.

Program Application Deadline

  • mid-February 2014

Admission Requirements

This program is open to serious students, teachers, and others who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Applicants are required to obtain a physician's approval as part of the application process. There will be a personal interview to determine the applicant's maturity, ability to adapt to a different environment, and function successfully as a member of the group. The successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. College students must also present evidence of a 2.5 GPA.

Academic Program

Students earn two semester hours in college credit in the semester program. All students earn ECC credit; classes taken at CTBU are reflected as ECC classes on an ECC transcript. Courses are selected from an abbreviated list. Students are required to participate in a Chinese language course and may choose from the following courses:

  • Topics in International Studies
  • Topics in Humanities

Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad, please make an appointment with Beth Santell in the Counseling Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Counseling Department at 847-214-7390 or by visiting building B, room B120.

Lodging and Meals

Students will live in CTBU’s International Student Apartments. The apartments are well equipped with furniture, private toilet, air conditioner, telephone, internet, and kitchen appliances. Students may eat at any of the five canteens on campus, cook in their apartment, or eat out. If students choose to eat out, there are several restaurants in the surrounding communities.

Visa/Passport

A passport is required of all U.S. citizens to travel to China. U.S. citizens need a visa to travel to China; participants who are not U.S. citizens may need a visa to travel to China. Students need to notify the office of International Student Services and Study Abroad (B105) if they are not U.S citizens. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be provided with direction on how to apply for a visa.

Orientation

A pre-departure orientation will be held prior to the start of the program. Orientation will cover important information related to safety, security, insurance and program expectations. Attendance is required. Orientation is held at ECC.

Program Fees

The program fee is $497, subject to change. Fees cover:

  • ECC tuition and related administrative cost at CTBU
  • Mandatory health insurance
  • Lodging at CTBU
  • Required cultural activities and excursions
  • Student Identity card
  • In-country airport transfers

Fees do not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Passport
  • Trip interruption insurance
  • Chinese visa application fee
  • Chinese CQ entry, exit and insurance fees
  • Meals for the duration of the program
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation to and from O’Hare International Airport

Financial Aid

Financial aid (grants, loans, other scholarships, etc.) may be available to those who qualify. Students wishing to use financial aid for study abroad should contact the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss requirements. An appointment can be made by calling the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 847-214-7360 or by visiting building B, room B156.
Please note that all fees are payable to ECC, regardless of how a student pays for the study abroad program.

Applying to the Program

To apply for the CTBU Chongqing program, please complete the following forms:

Submit forms to the Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad in building B, room B105.

Contact

For more information, please contact the Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad at international@elgin.edu or stop by B105.

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