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Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in another culture and discover the world! Elgin Community College offers a wide range of study abroad opportunities, from tailored institutional programs and service learning to those offered through a consortium. You can earn credits towards your degree of study without postponing graduation and develop skills necessary to succeed in a globalized society. Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Reasons to Study Abroad

  1. Knowledge - living and studying in another culture teaches valuable lessons about the world and its people.
  2. World view - gain a new perspective on your own life as you better understand individuals and communities in other parts of the world.
  3. Independence - learn about adjusting to new study and living environments and how to adapt to a new culture.
  4. Career enhancement - today’s workplace demands global knowledge and perspective, and employers want to see international interest and motivation on your resume.
  5. Window of opportunity - cultural immersion is rare and harder to come by the longer you wait.

Semester Programs

AUSTRIA - Salzburg, Austria

Nestled in the Alpine foothills, Salzburg offers the ideal setting for study of Europe, liberal and applied arts.

When: Fall and Spring semesters
Application deadline: May 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring | Learn more»

CHINA - Chongqing, China

Spend the semester at Chongqing Technology and Business University. Students earn general education credits while exploring ancient Chinese arts, history, culture and language.

When: Fall and Spring semesters
Application deadline: May 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring | Learn more»

CHINA - Xi’an, China

Explore exciting Xi’an, China! The College of Lake County administers the program, and students can explore Chinese language, liberal arts and sciences.

When: Fall semester only
Application deadline: May 1 for Fall | Learn more»

Canterbury England

ENGLAND - Canterbury, England

Spend the semester at beautiful Canterbury Christ Church University! The program provides a lovely setting for British and liberal arts studies in one of England's oldest and most historic cities,

still surrounded by medieval walls.

When: Fall and Spring semesters
Application deadline: May 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring | Learn more»

Carlow Ireland

IRELAND - Carlow, Ireland

Study history, social sciences and culture in beautiful Ireland. Located on the banks of the scenic River Barrow about 50 miles south of Dublin, the Irish experience in Carlow is designed to offer

students a semester of degree relevant courses abroad.

When: Fall and Spring semesters
Application deadline: May 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring | Learn more»

MEXICO - Cuernavaca, Mexico

Spanish Immersion

Spend the semester in Cuernavaca, Mexico and experience total Spanish language immersion. This program is available to students with an intermediate to high level command of the Spanish language. Students will study Spanish language, history, culture and social movements.

When: Fall and Spring semesters
Application deadline: May 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring | Learn more»

SPAIN - Seville, Spain

Located in the heart of Andalucia, a semester in Seville offers intensive study of Spanish language and culture. This popular program features a wide choice of courses and a lively, vibrant city to explore. 

When: Fall and Spring semesters
Application deadline: May 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring | Learn more»

Short-Term Programs

AUSTRIA - Semmering, Austria

This program is open to ECC Culinary and Hospitality students. Participants in this programs will engage in hands-on learning and attend workshops related to Austrian culinary, hospitality, and culture. | Learn more»
When: 7-14 days in February or March 2015. Dates to be announced.
Application deadline: To be announced.

CHINA - Chongqing, China at CTBU

Spend a few weeks at the Chongqing Technology and Business University. Students earn general education credits while exploring ancient Chinese arts, history, culture and language.| Learn more»
When: Offered for 2 weeks in Spring 2014. Dates to be announced.
Application deadline: Mid-February 2014

FRANCE - Angoulème, France

This program is open to ECC Culinary and Hospitality students. Participants in this programs will engage in hands-on learning and attend workshops related to French culinary, hospitality, and culture. | Learn more»
When: 7-14 days in February or March 2015. Dates to be announced.
Application deadline: To be announced.

FRANCE - Dijon, France

This program is open to ECC Culinary and Hospitality students. Participants in this programs will engage in hands-on learning and attend workshops related to French culinary, hospitality, and culture. | Learn more»
When:  Five weeks of Summer Semester 2014. Dates to be announced. June/July 2014, specific dates to be announced.
Application deadline: To be announced.

Semester Programs

AUSTRIA - Salzburg, Austria

Nestled in the Alpine foothills, Salzburg offers the ideal setting for study in Europe, liberal and applied arts. | Learn more»
When: Summer semester, May to June. Dates to be announced.
Application deadline: February 1

 

CHINA-Chongqing, China at SWU

Spend a few weeks at Southwest University. Students earn general education credits while exploring ancient Chinese arts, history, culture and language.  | Learn more»
When: Offered for two weeks of summer semester. Dates to be announced.
Application deadline: Mid-March

COSTA RICA - San Jose, Costa Rica

Spend five weeks studying Spanish language and culture of Costa Rica. Students can explore the capital of Costa Rica through this unique immersion program.  | Learn more»
When: Five weeks between late May to late June/early July. Dates for summer 2014 to be announced.
Application deadline: February 1

College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) Study Abroad Programs

The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) is one of the premiere study abroad consortiums in the country. CCIS has 128 member colleges and offers 96 study abroad programs in 31 countries.

As a member CCIS, students at ECC have the option of participating in the consortium’s study abroad programs. ECC students will enroll in a program sponsored by a US partner college; program requirements, deadlines and costs vary. Credit is transferable back to an ECC transcript. Students are encouraged to apply early and pay close attention to all program requirements. Students MUST apply through the International Student Services Office to be eligible for CCIS study abroad programs.

Programs are available in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belize
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

Learn more»

Troika Study Abroad Programs

As a member of Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), students at ECC have the option of participating in the consortium’s Troika study abroad programs. ECC students enroll in a partner college and earn credit through that college; credit is then transferred back to ECC. Interested students must apply through the International Student Services Office to participate in programs.

Programs are available in:

  • Belize
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Ukraine

Learn more»