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Heartland Community College


In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., and the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), Heartland Community College is proud to offer two different summer programs to France. 

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Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. Programs:

  • Sustainable City Campuses (Nancy & Metz) – June 11 – June 25
  • Nature: Tamed & Wild (Lyon) – June 12 – June 25
  • Sustainable Business (Rennes) – June 18 – July 1
  • Sustainable Management of Marine Ecosystems (La Ciotat) – June 25 – July 8

The Cultural Services are a division of the French Embassy in the United States and the faciliate a "Community College in France Bootcamps" which allow students to spend two weeks in France during the summer to explore current global issues, improve their transversal skills and broaden their intellectual horizon.

These two-week culturally immersive experience will broaden you rintellectual horizon and improve your transversal skills. These Bootcamps will look at sustainability issues from a multidisciplinary perspective and provide a unique edge to your dicisegree. You will learn through a varied mix of lectures, academic activities, and field trips. You will take part in group work and discussion with academic staff, local actors, and fellow students.


These bootcamps change every year, so no credit is currently planned for these short-term programs. However, individual options may be available by speaking with the Study Abroad Coordinator:

Sustainable City Campuses (Nancy & Metz)

  • This two-week summer program in Lorraine, France, will see participants tackling sustainable  evelopment with the aim of transforming the city of Nancy into a smart city of the future. Based in Nancy at our very own fab lab, the “Charly Lab”, students will work in teams to design a virtual reality experience accessible on smartphones, tablets, computers or VR headsets. Through various excursions, students will discover the history and culture of the Lorraine region, as well as the many innovative projects led by the Université de Lorraine and local entrepreneurs. A two-day tour of Paris will round off the stay.

Nature: Tamed & Wild (Lyon)

  • Preserving nature is one of the most important challenges of today and tomorrow: it must be treated with greater care, both to protect biodiversity, and use it more effectively for human needs through a more delicate domestication. With 300 parks and public gardens, 8.500 trees planted in 2021-2022 and 53 greening new projects, Lyon, the second biggest city in France, is a great place to explore environmental humanities.

Sustainable Business (Rennes)

  • Our society is facing unprecedented environmental and social challenges. How can businesses  change practices, engage employees, suppliers, consumers, and their communities to create rapid, effective and sustainable change? Join students from around the globe at Rennes School of Business to answer this question and build your skills to become a sustainable business leader.

Sustainable Management of Marine Ecosystems (La Ciotat)

  • How are marine environments impacted by climate change? What human activities are putting pressure on marine ecosystems? How can we work as a society towards a more sustainable future for marine and coastal environments? By joining this Bootcamp, you will have the opportunity to work on those challenging questions in La Ciotat, a town located on the scenic Mediterranean French Coast. You will gain a profound overview of marine sustainability, from going on boat trips and scuba diving excursions in the Calanques national park to doing scientific measurements and participating in conferences given by oceanographers. You will create a videoclip project to share your new insights and discoveries. During the two weeks you will also visit some of the most spectacular sites of the Provence Region such as the cities of Marseilles and Arles and their museums which offer perspectives on past and present relationships between humans and the Mediterranean Sea


Students are scheduled to stay at the homes of carefully selected families in Kyoto, Japan during the entire program. Breakfast and supper are provided every weekday during the homestay. Lunches are not included.


This is an all-inclusive program. The fees include: housing, pick up at the airport, 3 meals a day, cultural visits and local transportation.

Not included: You will have to pay for airfare to and from France.

The total program cost is $2400. If you are selected for a scholarship, the French Embassy will cover $1400, to lower the participation cost to $1000. 

Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) Program to Dijon:

  • June 23–July 23, 2022

The Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) is one of the longest running international education consortia in the country. Through ICISP, you can study at Dijon, France, located at the crossroads of Europe, is a lively, progressive university city of over 250,000 inhabitants. Capitol of gastronomy and gateway to the prestigious vineyards of Burgundy, Dijon is exceptionally rich in history and art. Heir to the splendors of the glorious court of the Dukes of Burgundy, Dijon boasts numerous monuments, museums, and architectural jewels including churches, cathedrals, and private residences dating from the Middle Ages.

Travel is an important part of the program and is provided to broaden the students’ experience. A three- day Paris visit—complete with a guided orientation tour, group welcome dinner, museum entrances, and an evening Seine River cruise–is planned before heading by private coach or fast train (depending on group size) to your final destination and ―home‖ for the next four weeks, Dijon.

Also included on one of the weekends of the program is a three-day tour of Provence, including the Roman cities of Arles and Orange, the Popes’ Palace in Avignon, the Pont du Gard, Les Baux de Provence, the Camargue and the Mediterranean coast!

While in Dijon students will visit local art and history museums, visit neighboring towns, tour wineries, and much more.


Located in the heart of the University of Burgundy campus, the Centre Internationale d’Études Françaises was founded in 1902 and each year welcomes students from all over the world. You receive a minimum of 20 hours per week of instruction from native speaker faculty members who specialize in the communicative teaching of French as a foreign language. You will enroll in two courses:

  • Appropriate level of French (4 credit hours)
  • INTL 100 Humanities Field Experience (3 credit hours- online)

This online course develops an appreciation of a France’s culture through a greater understanding art, music, literature, philosophy, geography, history and other cultural aspects. Weekends in Paris and Provence are required part of the Humanities course.


Participants will reside in the University of Burgundy’s Résidence Internationale d’Étudiants (international student residence hall) in private rooms with full baths. In addition to a single bed, desk, closet, and plenty of shelving, each clean, modern, comfortable room has a small refrigerator.

Kitchens located close to all rooms provide cooking facilities for those who want to prepare their own meals. Bedding is provided, but not towels.

Meals are not included in the program costs. However, substantial and tasty lunches can be purchased at very low cost (approx. $4) with the CIEF student ID card at the conveniently-located campus cafeterias.


Program fees will include:
  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Paris trip: Transfer from Paris airport to city center, two nights lodging with breakfast included, welcome dinner, guided walking tour, museum entrances and high speed train from Paris to Dijon.
  • Provence trip: private bus with tour guide, two nights lodging with one group dinner and two breakfasts, and all museum entrances.

Not included: round-trip airfare, meals, passport fee, travel insurance, Return rail travel: Dijon>Paris (approx. $50)


  • 18 years or older
  • 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of at least 12 hours of college-level coursework by the time of departure
  • Completion of one college writing course (commonly known as English Composition I and/or II, or its equivalent) with grade of B or better, by the time of departure

Application Deadlines:

  • Application time will vary by the Program, and you should consult the program websites linked above.

How to Apply:

To apply, please contact Zach Petrea, the Study Abroad Coordinator at 309-268-8613 or 

Contact Us

International Programs Office

Phone: 309-268-8043

Gavin Lee

Associate Director of International Programs
Primary Designated School Official (PDSO)
Responsible Officer (RO)
Phone: 309-268-8043

Zach Petrea

Study Abroad Coordinator
ICISP Representative
Phone: 309-268-8613