Admission Requirements
The program is open to anyone who has a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Qualified high school seniors 18 and over may be accepted into the program. College students must present evidence of a 2.75 GPA. Community members are welcome.

A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held at College of DuPage. This typically occurs on a Friday and Saturday in May.

Language Classes
All students are required to enroll in a French language class, held at the Alliance Francaise, Bordeaux-Aquitaine. Classes accommodate students at Elementary French I and II, Intermediate French I and II and Advanced French I and II. 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, which 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.

Program Directors/Faculty
All language classes will be taught by instructors at the Alliance Francaise, Bordeaux-Aquitaine. The Culture and Civilization of France class will be taught in English by the COD Program Directors/Faculty, who are available daily to counsel, supervise and assist students.

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

Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in carefully selected French homes. They will be provided with breakfast and dinner while at the home stay. Home stays provide the opportunity to practice speaking French and to share in the everyday life of the family.

Activities 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 program cost includes: round trip airfare from Chicago to France, ground transportation in France, admissions and excursions as listed, course materials, room and board.

The program cost does not include: tuition for 6-7 credit hours, passport fees, visa fees (if not a U.S. citizen), optional excursions, personal expenses, some meals, telephone calls, checked baggage fees.

Program fees may be subject to change due to increased costs of transportation or currency fluxuations that are beyond the control of the College.

Late Applicants
We welcome students beyond the application deadline, space permitting. Additional charges may apply.

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

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

All participants are required to have medical insurance, which is valid outside the United States and to show proof of such insurance. Trip cancellation insurance can also be purchased to provide protection against cancellations and lost or damaged baggage.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

In the event that a participant withdraws from the program, a right to a refund is limited. All cancellations 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