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Canterbury, England (Summer)

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Study abroad in the land of Hemingway, Chaucer, and Shakespeare! Students interested in spending a semester in England can explore British history, culture, and society at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and earn ECC credit. The Canterbury program is the longest standing program of the Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and among the most popular destinations for ECC students studying abroad.

Program Overview

This four week program introduces students to British civilization and literature and provides cultural excursions to some of England's most historic sites. Canterbury is located in the seat of Kent in Southeastern England, about 60 miles (98 kilometers) from central London. Canterbury is a historic English city and is home to Canterbury Cathedral and Marlowe Theater. Canterbury is also within proximity of regional transportation; many students spend weekends in London or surrounding towns exploring the English countryside. As part of the program costs, students will participate in several excursions and cultural trips to neighboring historical sites such as Stonehenge, Tower of London, and Dover Castle. Cultural excursions vary by summer.

The Canterbury program is faculty-led; a faculty member from an ICISP institution will be on site during the entire semester to serve as a liaison between CCCU and ECC students for concerns or issues that may arise. This program does require a pre-departure orientation which is held at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL.

Program Dates

  • Four weeks between July 9 and August 5, 2014

Application Deadline

  • April 16, 2013

Admission Requirements

This program is open to serious students who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in British culture and history. All students are required to register for credit courses and participate in all classroom and program activities.

Applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level coursework completed
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition (ENG 101) completed with a grade of B or better
  • Physician's approval to travel
  • Recommendation of the International Office

Applicants must have no outstanding financial obligations to ECC and no disciplinary record on file with the Office of the Dean of Student Services and Development. Applicants can contact the Center for International Education and Programs to determine eligibility; admission into the program may require an interview. Admission is made on a space available basis.

Academic Program

All students earn ECC credit; classes taken at CCCU are reflected as ECC classes on an ECC transcript. Students will take two courses for a total of 6 semester credits. Students will enroll in two required courses:

  • British History
  • English Literature

In order to get the required contact hours, some assignments will be completed before departure. Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Center for International Education and Programs, please make an appointment with Sean Jensen in the Academic Advising Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Advising Department at 847-214-7390 or visiting building B, room B120. Final grades will be reflective of the student's work in England and will be awarded as American grades (i.e. A, B, C, D, F). Grades generally arrive 4-6 weeks after the term in England ends.

Lodging and Meals

Students will live in the Parham Road Student Village. Each flat will accommodate 3-4 students who will have their own bedroom, access to a kitchen, and free internet access. Board is NOT included.

Visa/Passport

Students are required to have a current passport to travel to England. Passports must be valid for a minimum of six months from the anticipated date of return. Students who need to apply for and acquire a U.S. passport should visit the Department of State website for instructions on applying for a passport. Allow a minimum of eight weeks for standard passport processing. Rush service is available for an additional fee; check with the Department of State for current rates.

Visas for U.S. citizens are not required if studying in England for less than six months. Further information will be provided at orientation.

Orientation

Pre-departure orientation is typically held on a Saturday in Normal, IL at Heartland Community College. Attendance is required.

Program Fees

The summer program fee is $3,550 USD. The program fee covers:

  • Room
  • Instructional Costs
  • Course-related Field Trips
  • Airport transfers to/from Canterbury
  • ICISP Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Health Insurance

Fees do not cover:

  • ECC tuition and fees
  • Daily Meals
  • Transatlantic transportation
  • Books
  • Refundable Library Deposit (campus)
  • Personal Expenses

Financial Aid and Scholarship

A limited number of ICISP scholarships are available for this program. Awards range in size up to $1,000. Applicants interested in applying for a scholarship should complete a scholarship application and submit all required documentation. Selection is competitive.

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.

Applying to the Program

To apply for the Canterbury program, please complete the following forms:

Submit all applications to the Center for International Education and Programs in building B, room B105.

Contact

For further information please email the Center for International Education and Programs at international@elgin.edu or call 847-214-7809.

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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 Center for International Education and Programs, please make an appointment with Sean Jensen in the Academic Advising Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Academic Advising 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 Center for International Education and Programs (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 Center for International Education and Programs in building B, room B105.

Contact

For more information, please contact the Center for International Education and Programs at international@elgin.edu or stop by B105. All students interested in participating in this program must have their application approved by the Center for International Education and Programs.

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