In partnership with the University of Burgundy, the 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.
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.
- Five weeks during the summer semester (late June to late July)
Program Applicatoin Deadline
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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:
- 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 for the Dijon, France program, please complete the following forms:
- ICISP Study Abroad Application
- Financial Aid Certification Form
- ICISP Scholarship Application (optional)
The most current application can be picked up from the Center for International Education and Programs in building B, room B105 or by emailing email@example.com. An appointment with the Director of International Education and Programs is required prior to a student's application being complete. Appointments can be made by calling 847-214-7231. The appointment will give students the opportunity to learn more about the program, ask questions, and have the study abroad application reviewed.
For more information, please contact the Center for International Education and Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.