Community College Abroad in France - New and Affordable Opportunities to Study in France

June 20, 2017 | By HIGHER EDUCATION NY

The Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy are pleased to announce the launch of a two-part program entitled “Community College Abroad in France”, in partnership with Community Colleges for International Development and the n+i network (50 top engineering schools network in France). The Community College Abroad in France program includes two components: a 10-day, non-degree-granting summer bootcamp in June 2017, and a four-year degree-granting program starting Summer 2017.

Part of the “Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative”, a dual initiative of the US Department of State and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched in 2014 to increase and diversify student mobility cross-Atlantic, the Community College program echoes the French Embassy’s mission to reach to new audiences, in this case, American students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad programs.

10-day Non-degree-granting Bootcamp

This 10-day, non-degree-granting pilot bootcamp in Paris took place this year from June 8-17 and brought together a total of 17 community college students from across the US specializing in engineering and environmental science. The program included a series of professional and scientific visits to learn about air quality control (Ballon d’air de Paris), environmental management practices for water distribution (Usine d’Austerlitz), innovative urban transportation, and lighting management in Paris.

These professional and scientific visits were combined with cultural visits and dinners ‘à la française’ in Paris. After learning about various options to study engineering in France, the students ended their trip with a networking reception at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Four-year Degree-granting Program

Offering graduate studies abroad, this one-of-a-kind 4-year degree-granting program in France is open to a small group of hand-selected students, following the completion of their 2-year Associate degree at a US community college with honors. The selected students are offered the unique opportunity to complete a Diplôme d’ingénieur (Engineering Degree) within four years of graduating from a community college. 

Students begin the program with a pre-Diplôme d’ingénieur, a preparatory year in France, which allows them to become acquainted with new methods of study and to strengthen their French language skills. This is followed by a 3-year work-study Diplôme d’ingénieur at one of the 50 top engineering schools of the n+i network.

The program is designed to offer students professionalized training while enabling them to auto finance their degree. Students attend classes part-time while completing a paid part-time internship.

Within this framework, the French Embassy offers a scholarship to one top student to finance the pre-Diplôme d’ingénieur year in France. This year, the laureate is Daniela Markovic from the honors college at Lonestar College in Houston Texas. She will start July 2017.