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Angoulème, France (Short-term Culinary Program)

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In partnership with L'Amandier Culinary School and the Hoffman Estates (IL) Sister City Commission (HESCC) in France, ECC invites applications for an immersion program into French culinary arts, hospitality, and culture to occur spring semester 2015.

Program Overview

Participants in this program will engage in hands-on learning and attend workshops related to French culinary, hospitality, and culture. This is an academic study abroad program, and selection is competitive. Prior knowledge of French is not required to participate in this program. ECC culinary and hospitality students will experience cultural immersion through participation in excursions in the local community that focus on hospitality and culture. The program is open to ECC culinary and hospitality students who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture and have a commitment to the hospitality industry.

Angoulème, France is a historic city of 50,000 people located on approximately 200 miles (450 km) Southwest of Paris in the Charente Department of France. The city is located about 100 km from the Atlantic Ocean coast (La Rochelle and Royan) and 120km from Bordeaux. Before the 14th century, Angoulème was invaded by the Arabs and then by the Normans. It was made into a Duchy in 1515 and was finally returned to the crown in 1714. A bishopric, it has remarkable Roman-style cathedral from the 12th century dedicated to Saint Pierre. Remnants of ancient fortifications can be seen in town. The town is a combination of Medieval (old town) 18th and 19th century and modern architecture.

Program Dates

  • 7-14 days in February or March 2015. Dates to be announced.

Program Application Deadline

To be determined. Please contact the Center for International Education and Programs for more information.

Admission Requirements
This program is open to serious students who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in French culture and history and have a commitment to the hospitality industry. Students need no previous study of French to apply to the program. All students are required to register for credit and participate in all classroom and program activities.

Applicants must be a current ECC culinary or hospitality student in good standing and meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • 3.0 cumulative college GPA, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA from the last six semesters of coursework at ECC
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 college semester hours at ECC
  • Minimum of 10 event stamps in the ECC Culinary Program Events Passport. Event stamp may be from Hospitality Club, Visiting Chef Dinners, Jazz Club, special luncheons or any other special event organized by the Culinary Arts Center.
  • Completion of CUL 203 if a culinary arts major OR PAS 180 and PAS 202 if a baking/pastry arts major OR HOS 220 if a restaurant management major

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

The purpose of this program is to immerse participants within the French culinary arts and hospitality industry. This is an academic study abroad program and students are required to demonstrate a professional and positive attitude at all times. This program is designed for intensive immersion into culinary and hospitality practices in a foreign culture. This is a non-credit bearing program; participants engage in cross-cultural sharing and understanding but do not earn credit for a specific ECC course.

All participants will engage in French culinary and hospitality courses, practicums and workshops. Participants will be exposed to the local culture through excursions to sites of interest, such as local wineries and restaurants.

A complete listing of available courses is available from the Center for International Education and Programs (B105) or by emailing

Lodging and Meals

Students will live in a homestay with a local French family. Families are pre-screened by HESCC and L'Amandier Culinary School. Homestays vary in style and size and include a personal sleeping area, storage for personal items, and access to the homestay facilities; such as the bathroom, kitchen, and common areas. Meals are provided by the host family and are included in the cost of the program. Students who choose to eat out must pay for their own meals.


Participants 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 to travel to France. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens. The student should inform ECC if he/she is not a U.S. citizen and if required he/she must obtain a visa for travel. Failure to obtain the required documents for international travel will result in the participant being unable to attend the trip.


A mandatory pre-departure orientation is required of all applicants. Further details will be given upon acceptance into the program.

Program Fees

The program fee is $582, subject to change. Fees cover:

  • International airfare
  • In-country transportation and airport transfers
  • Lodging and three meals daily for the duration of the program
  • Instructional Costs
  • Basic medical insurance provided by iNext
  • Faculty leader on-site
  • Orientation materials
  • Cultural excursions and visits to sites of historical significance

Fees do not cover:

  • Passport/Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Trip interruption/travel insurance
  • Transportation to/from O'Hare International Airport 

Upon acceptance, submit one (1) cashier's check or money order payable to Elgin Community College in the amount of $582.00 to the Culinary Arts Center to the attention of Chef Jill Russell. This payment serves as your deposit for the international airfare and iNext insurance. The remaining costs for the international airfare will be paid through fundraising efforts organized by the Culinary Arts Center.

Applying to the Program

To apply for the Anoulème, France short-term culinary program please complete the following forms:

  • Angoulème, France Study Abroad Application (see The Center for International Education and Programs in B105 for application)

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


For more information, please contact the Center for International Education and Programs at or stop by B105.

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