Davidson County Community College has a unique opportunity to provide partial scholarships for a study abroad experience in France. These 14 to 19-day programs are made possible through a partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, Community College for International Development (CCID), and N+I Engineering Institutes. On-site visits, conferences, and cultural activities will be organized. All programs grant European Credits for successful completion.
In 2020, the French Embassy will offer 4 different bootcamps at 4 different universities. Please click the links below to read more about the programs:
Bootcamp 1: “Female Business Founders” from May 25th to June 7th, 2020: at the IUT Le Havre (Université Le Havre Normandie)
Bootcamp 2: “Green Innovation in Industry, Sciences, & For All” from May 25th to June 7th, 2020: at the IUT Le Creusot (Université De Bourgogne in Dijon, France)
Bootcamp 3: “Mountains in a Changing World” from June 22nd to July 10th, 2020: at the Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA, in French Alps)
Bootcamp 4: “Sustainable Design” from July 6th to July 19th, 2020: at ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, or Higher College of Decorative Arts) in Rue d’Ulm in Paris.
Please Note: Acceptance into these bootcamps will be decided by representatives from the French Embassy and not by DCCC, due to the limited number of available spots. We hope to let you know their decisions by the end of March.
Program costs: DCCC students shall contribute $1,000 USD, pay for the travels (airfare) to the program venue in France, and cover potential visa fees. Estimated total out-of-pocket cost to student is approximately $2,600 to $3,000 USD (depending on airfare). These 14 to 19-day program costs cover tuition fees, daily meals, housing, and the welcome at the airport, visits, and local transfers. The French Embassy is co-financing the program by providing scholarships to assist students. DCCC has limited study abroad scholarship funds to help offset some of this out-of-pocket cost. Scholarship amounts will depend on number of eligible applications we receive.
Gilman Scholarship: If you receive a Pell grant, you may be eligible for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship which may cover the entire cost of one of the France programs if you are awarded. The deadline to apply for the Gilman scholarship is March 3, 2020. Please note: You will have to pay for your trip in full before knowing whether or not you’ve received the Gilman. Please visit the following website for more information about the Gilman Scholarship, including the application:
Who is eligible?
Applicants will need to…
- be a current student at DCCC over 18 years old at the time of travel
- have a current passport that is valid until at least the end of December 2020 (note: there is still time to obtain a passport if you haven’t already — click here for information on obtaining a passport) (Cost of passport is $145)
- commit to the France study abroad program by completing the application by Sunday, February 9th, 2020, by midnight.
- be prepared to pay for the cost of the program, including airfare (estimated out-of-pocket cost with scholarship: approximately $2,600 to $3,000 depending on airfare); airfare must be booked by the student (selected students will be assisted by DCCC in booking airfare).
Application Deadline is Sunday, February 9 , 2020, by midnight.
Complete the application form and essay as indicated below. Your essay should respond to the following prompt and be NO MORE THAN one page long, double-spaced. You will then upload your essay in a Microsoft Word or PDF document.
Essay Topics: In a one page (double-spaced) description, please share:
- Bootcamp choice & why you would like to participate in the program.
- Your interest, involvement and/or knowledge in the type of bootcamp program you selected. Topics such as (but not limited to):
Bootcamp 1: Stereotypes & the representations of women in the workplace, gender equality, leading female figures & entrepreneurs, etc.
Bootcamps 2, 3, & 4: engineering, science, & technology & how it relates to the environment & energy such as environmental sciences, renewable energy sources, urban agriculture, climate change, data science & management, analyzing & understanding natural & urban mountain environments with historical, economical and sociological perspectives, climate change & earth sciences to architecture, tourism & history, etc.
- Your name, GPA, credits earned by May 2020, and program of study. (Your program of study does not impact your eligibility for a scholarship.)