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Community College in France

The Community College in France Bootcamps bring community college students from across the US to study in France. These programs are designed to provide high quality, culturally immersive study abroad opportunities for students who have been historically under-represented in study abroad. Students explore current global issues in sustainability and human rights, gain professional development, and go on site visits to discover France and its culture. Check out our current Bootcamps, and see what alumni have to say about their experience!

2020 French Embassy Bootcamps

Bootcamps have been postponed until Summer 2021

Sciences & Technologies for Sports

The n+i network works with the top 50 French engineering schools to offer a bootcamp in sports and sustainable development for 20 community college students from the Los Angeles Community College District.

Female Business Founders

How do we achieve gender equality? IUT Le Havre, is offering a bootcamp to explore gender equity in the workplace and what education programs are doing to ensure equality and opportunity for women in business and entrepreneurship.

Green Innovation in Industry, Sciences, & for All

IUT Le Creusot’s bootcamp ties the humanities and social sciences with STEM to explore sustainable innovation. Through workshops, language study, cultural excursions, and site visits this program will consider the ethical, social, and sustainable values that influence eco-innovation.

Mountains in a Changing World

June 22 – July 10, 2020
At the crossroads of three mountain ranges the Grenoble region is one of the highest territories in the French Alps. This bootcamp from Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) attracts students from around the world to study rural and urban mountain environments from historical, economic, sociological, and natural sciences perspectives.

Sustainable Design

July 6 – July 19, 2020
The ENSAD (Higher College of Decorative Arts) in Paris is offering a bootcamp in sustainable design. Discover how design can be an ecological catalyst, by shaping our lifestyles and habits and impacting the interaction between humans and their environment.

How to Apply

  1. Submit the short application form.
  2. Submit your application materials: Send a copy of your letter of motivation and your transcript to mathilde.labregere@diplomatie.gouv.fr. Students who wish to apply to more than one bootcamp should submit one letter of motivation for each program that interests them.
  3. Obtain a nomination from your community college: Ask a representative from your community college to send an email to mathilde.labregere@diplomatie.gouv.fr, confirming your nomination for the program.


1st Round Applications: February 17, 2020
2nd Round Applications: March 16, 2020

Other Recommended Summer Programs

The following programs are offered through our partners and provide high-quality, accessibly priced study abroad opportunities for community college students. These programs are not subsidized by the French Embassy. Please check the information provided for each program for details on cost and how to apply.

Industrial Challenges in France

May 25 - June 12, 2020, Polytech Montpellier: FLOW summer program

Sustainability Movement in France

May 25 - June 6, 2020, ESAIP (Engineering School)

Rendez-Vous : Sustainable Development

June 17 - June 26, 2020n+i network

Urban Sustainability

June 12 - 26, 2020, IUT Lumière Lyon 2

Bootcamp Alumni

Students’ experiences with Community College in France have inspired them academically, informed their professional goals, and given them a new global perspective. The best way to understand the impact of Community College in France is through our student alumni. Take a look at what students have to say!

"This bootcamp has been life changing for me. It has opened my mind and broken-down barriers I had put up for myself. I have learned a lot and enjoyed myself as well."
Brenda Montes, Polk State College, 2019

"Merging international students together in a new environment was foundational for building unified perspectives on what human rights can and will be in our future. I learned more about the world, fundamental human rights, active citizenship and myself in just two weeks because of this program."
Jordan McMinn, Lane Community College, 2019

“I have learned so much in so few days and wish I could have stayed a month, or even five years. I think this program is an amazing experience for anyone wanting to learn about the culture of France but more importantly the scientific innovations and sustainable movements the nation is taking as a whole.”
Devin Thomas, Lone Star College, 2018

 “I am now seriously considering applying for a master’s degree in urban planning. I definitely feel that the program has made me rethink my future career plans.”
Diana Calderon, La Guardia Community College, 2017

“It was really a learning experience to see how the French work together to conserve energy, fight climate change and protect the environment. I used to want to be a mechanical engineer, but now my focus will be on designing products and developing equipment to clean up existing environmental problems.”
Dhrumil Shah, Tunxis Community College in CT, 2017

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