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Community College in France

The Bootcamps offer community college students the opportunity to study abroad in France during a two-week summer program. The Bootcamps are organized and hosted by French higher education institutions, with the support of the FACE Foundation, the Embassy of France in the U.S. and the L’Oréal Fund for Women.

What to expect:

  • High-quality academic programs from top French institutions
  • A multi-disciplinary and project-based learning experience on sustainable development and ecology
  • An all-inclusive package
  • An enriching personal experience and memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life!

Check out the flyer and FAQ.

Bootcamps 2024

You are working at a French higher education instititution (university, grande école, institute etc.) and you are interested in organizing a Bootcamp in the summer of 2024? 

The call for proposals is now open! Learn everything you need to know and apply here.

Bootcamps 2023

Ready to embark on a thought-provoking journey to explore sustainability? Discover below the exciting programs for summer 2023.


How to apply?

To apply, please complete the online application form

As part of your online application form, please upload your most recent academic transcript.

Don’t forget to ask for a nomination by a staff member (faculty or administrator). They should send an email to communitycollegefrance@frenchculture.org, with your full name, to confirm your enrollment at the community college.

More information about selection criteria in the FAQ

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2023

Program Fees 

The program fees  are $2400, and include:

  • Tuition 
  • Housing 
  • Meals 
  • Pick up at the airport 
  • Local transportation 

The fees do not include airfare to and from France.

The French Embassy offers scholarships to most participants to reduce the participation cost. If selected, you will receive a $1400 grant. You will need to pay the remaining $1000.

Get in touch with your community college for information on additional financial support. 

I'm a Community College advisor and I’m interested in joining one of the Bootcamps: more info here.   


Check out what our Bootcamps alumni have to say about their experience in France!

“My experience in the Bootcamp program has given me the opportunity to see and understand so much more about sustaining our mountains, lakes, and forests than I was ever able to learn in the classroom. I have developed many skills and have a much greater concept of how to expand my professional career. The quality of the researchers and professors who participated was very high and made the program incredibly unique and valuable. One of the greatest benefits that I have received is a greater appreciation of French Culture and People. I’m already planning to return next year!”

Jose Plascencia, Reedley College, 2022

“Going to Paris was incredible and life-altering. I had so much fun and learned so much while I was out there. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get out of their comfort zone!”

Sarah Coveney, Norco Community College, 2022

“This program was an unforgettable experience, full of new friendships and personal accomplishments. I learned so much that I will be able to not just use immediately within my own community, but will shape how I approach life going forward.”

Ashley Moore, Sinclair Community College, 2022

“Spending two weeks in Lyon, France learning about Urban Sustainability was one of the best experiences I had in community college. I met interesting people, experienced a new culture, and was able to learn more about the world and myself in the process.”,

Piedmont Virginia Community College, 2022