Information

Purpose
College of DuPage Field and Interdisciplinary Studies/Study Abroad, offers a one-month program of study in Language and Culture in France. The purpose of the program is to provide an integrated approach that combines intensive language study and cultural immersion through classes and cultural excursions. This combination offers students an opportunity to study the French language and acquire first-hand knowledge of the people and culture of France.

Admission Requirements
The 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. If an applicant has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible. Qualified high school seniors 18 and over may be accepted into the program. College students must also present evidence of a 2.75 GPA.

Orientation
A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held at College of DuPage. This typically occurs over two days in May.

Language Classes
All students are required to enroll in a French Language class. Language classes will be held at the Alliance Francaise, Bordeaux-Aquitaine. They will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes will accommodate students at Beginning French I and II, Intermediate French I and II and Advanced French I and II. In the language classes, both conversation and grammar are taught in a small class setting.

Prior to the beginning of classes, all students will be tested and placed at the appropriate level. Changes can be made if a student progresses at a faster rate or shows different learning needs.

Culture and Civilization of France
All students are required to enroll in this class. The course of study covers the geography, history, political and social institutions and the art and architecture of France. This class first meets at the mandatory orientation session.

In France, the course will continue with guided cultural excursions to theaters, museums and other places of interest that are integral components of this class, and therefore, attendance is required. A short written report on each visit is also required.

Faculty and Staff
All language classes will be taught by faculty members at the Alliance Francaise, Bordeaux-Aquitaine.

The Culture and Civilization of France class will be team-taught in English by College of DuPage faculty and the Directors of the program. In France the Directors are available daily to counsel, supervise and assist students.

Town Meetings in France
Time will be set aside for the purpose of discussing interests, impressions and reactions to French culture.

Credits
Upon successful completion of classes, students will receive credit for, Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced French (4 semester credit hours) depending on placement, and History: Culture and Civilization of France (3 semester credit hours.)

Grades
Instructors at the Alliance Francaise, Bordeaux-Aquitaine will assign the grade for the language class. The Directors will assign the Culture and Civilization class grade.

Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in carefully selected French homes in double occupancy rooms. They will be provided with breakfast, and dinner during the homestay period. This arrangement provides the opportunity for the student to continue practicing French and to share the everyday life of the families. Families are chosen for their friendliness and helpfulness. The homes are near public transportation. A few may be within walking distance to class. Lunch is not provided but there are many excellent places to eat.

Activities, Field Trips and Excursions
Activities specified in the program schedule are included in the price of the program.

Optional excursions
Information will be provided on a variety of optional excursions that are not included in the price of the program.

Program Cost
The total fee will be $4,599 plus College of DuPage tuition. Many types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. Check with the financial aid office for more information.

The program fee includes:
Round trip airfare from Chicago to France Full-time administrative staff, Transfers to and from the airport, Admissions and excursions listed as included in the cost of the program,Textbooks for the language classes, Hotel accommodations and museum passes on included excursions Housing, Room and Board.

Not included in the program fee:
Tuition for 7 credit hoursPassport feesVisa fees (only if not a U.S. citizen) Optional excursions, Personal expenses, Some meals, Telephone calls, Checked baggage fees and Laundry service

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Steps to Study Abroad

APPLY
Fill out the Application Packet and send or email to:
France Study Abroad Program
College of DuPage
Field Studies/Study Abroad BIC 3509
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

email to: benassi@cod.edu

The application packet includes:

Application form, $500 deposit, Essay, Two recommendation forms, One passport-sized photo, digital or hard-copy, Housing Preferences Form, Official transcript (non-COD students only.)

INTERVIEW
Upon receipt of the France Summer Study Abroad completed application packet, the applicant will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute interview with a program director.

DEPOSIT
A $500 deposit is due with the application submission. This payment will not be processed until the application, interview and registration are complete. The deposit must be submitted to the Field Studies/Study Abroad office. Check or credit card is accepted. (Make check payable to College of DuPage.) Additionally, students new to COD must complete the online COD Admission Form, which includes an application fee.

SUBMIT FINAL PAPERWORK
Upon acceptance into the program, students will receive and be required to submit a second set of forms, found online:

Emergency contact information Sheet, Statement Regarding the use of French, Student Conduct Agreemen,t General agreement, Sexual Harassment Form, Release Agreement, Physician's Statement, Copy of valid medical insurance card, Medical insurance info sheet, Photocopy of passport (and visa if applicable.) 

REMAINING PAYMENTS
Once registered for this program, the remaining payments can be made online, at the COD cashier's office or at the Field Studies/Study Abroad office.

Questions regarding payments should be directed to the Field Studies/Study Abroad office at (630) 942-2356.

First payment: Deposit $500
(+ application fee for new COD students)

Installment: April 1   $2050.00
Installment: May 1   $2049.00

Tuition for 7 credit hours is extra.

ALL PAYMENTS ARE DUE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.

Late Payments
Participants who fall behind in their payments by more than one week will be assessed $15 for each late payment.

Late Applicants
We welcome students beyond the application deadline if space is available. However, additional charges may apply. Students enrolling late must pay the application fee and the total amount due up to that point when they apply.

Changes in Prices
The program fees are based on air and land rates in effect at the time of writing and are subject to change without notice, due to possible increases in the cost of air transportation or land arrangements, devaluation of currencies or other reasons not under the control of College of DuPage.

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Withdrawals and Refund Policy
Notification of withdrawal must be in writing. Claims for refunds must be in writing. (Actual refund amount will be determined by program directors.)The $500 application fee is non-refundable unless the applicant is not accepted into the program.The new COD student fee is non-refundable. No refunds within 30 days of departure. Due to special contracts and conditions, no refunds will be given under any circumstances for unused meals, accommodations, land transportation or other activities once the trip has begun. Substitutions are not allowed. We suggest the purchase of trip cancellation insurance.

Transportation
Air transportation is provided by regularly scheduled and approved airlines. No changes or deviations in itinerary/schedule are allowed. All participants must travel as a group to and from France, departing from and returning to Chicago. Trip extensions are not allowed. Directors will have participants' tickets.

Passport
Each participant must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after the anticipated return date to the U.S. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own passports. As passports can take substantial time to obtain, apply for it as soon as possible. Information can be obtained at http://travel.state.gov/passport/

Visa
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. Non- U.S. citizens may need a Visa.

Immunizations
No special immunizations are required for travel to France However, it is wise to have an up-to-date tetanus inoculation. Each participant should check with his/her physician for information regarding personal health needs.

Insurance
All participants are required to have medical insurance, which is valid outside the United States and to show proof of such insurance.

Insurance can also be purchased to provide protection against cancellations and lost or damaged baggage. We suggest trip or cancellation insurance to cover the cost of the program if you must cancel or interrupt your trip due to illness or other reasons.

Clothing
Clothing guidelines will be provided at orientation. You do not need as much clothing as you might think. It is not wise to purchase a new wardrobe because clothing gets harsh treatment when traveling. Be sure you have comfortable walking shoes. Do pack an umbrella. Linens and towels are provided.

Money Matters
We recommend at least $150-$200 per week for spending money (incidentals, museum visits, theaters, concerts, etc.) plus more for when we are on excursions and if you plan to participate in optional trips.

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in France. Each participant should have a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) with his/her name on it in order to cover medical emergencies, which must be paid for in advance even with medical insurance. However, do not take extra credit cards, such as cards for local stores or gas cards, as you will have no need for them. There are automatic teller machines in France, which accept most ATM cards.

Rules of Behavior
These rules have not been drawn up to restrict freedom, but to ensure that the program is successful. The participants are subject at all times to the guidance and authority of the Directors, who have the right to enforce appropriate standards of conduct. The Directors reserve the right to dismiss any participant for reasons that appear to them to be valid in their sole judgment. The Directors shall have the right to withdraw a student from the program without refund or credit if his/her conduct causes serious inconvenience for the rest of the group or for any actions or conduct, which the Directors consider to be incompatible with the interest, harmony, comfort and welfare of others or the reputation of the program. The use of illegal drugs and/or the excessive use of alcoholic beverages are not allowed and are grounds for termination of participation in the program. Each student will be required to indicate his/her compliance with these rules by signing a separate Student Conduct Agreement. The judgment of the Directors will be final in all matters of discipline. Students may not withdraw from classes without consulting with the Directors.

CANCELATION/REFUND POLICY College of DuPage Study Abroad
In the event that the participant wishes to withdraw from the program, certain penalties may apply, since arrangements for your program occur months prior to its actual departure date. Services are planned and commitments are made on behalf of all participants. Suppliers require advanced deposits and payments. Final payments for all services are sent to vendors months in advance of departure. These payments are non-refundable since contractual agreements stipulate penalties to be applied to services requested but not used. Please note that no refunds will be made for any services provided in the itinerary that you do not use. Thus, please be aware that no refunds will be issued within 30 days of departure.

Please understand that if you change your plans for ANY reason, your right to a refund is limited.

All cancelations and refund requests must be made in writing and sent to:

College of DuPage
Field Studies/Study Abroad, BIC 3509
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

 

 

Contact Information


Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356