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France, Sustainable Abroad


Sustainability Abroad Course Opportunities in France
Transfer Credit
Summer 2019

Apply by February 11: Click here to apply! 

Program Info Sheet:
 France 2019 
 
The Courses:
You will join a team of community college students from across the United States in France.  Each group will  experience a mix of academic and cultural activities to enhance your knowledge of future technologies to preserve the environment and create sustainable solutions for the global economy.  These courses are between 14 and 20 days and have been designed exclusively for community college students.  The opportunity is competitive by application to the French Embassy because.  The funding for participation is subsidized by the French Embassy in the US in the interest of promoting cultural exchange with community colleges in the US.
 

 
The Country:
Hosting over 89 million visitors each year,  France is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The country well known for excellent art, food and architecture. In terms of sustainability, France is one of the lowest greenhouse gas emitters among industrialized nations, and the country recently hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
 
Program Highlights/Objectives:  
  • Real-world problem-solving: tackle real global challenges
  • Global Citizenship: build connections and enhance your cross-cultural communication skills
  • Lifelong Friendships: team up with community college students from across the United States and French partners
  • Resume Builder: showcase your global competencies to future employer
 
Montpellier: Major industrial challenges in France
May 26 to June 14, 2019
 
Located in southern France, just minutes from the Mediterranean Coast, Montpellier is France's fastest-growing city and one of its most multicultural. Students make up over a third of the population, giving it a spirited vibe. Montpellier is a dynamic city, a mix of elegant buildings, beautiful squares and grand hotels.  The experience will highlight how national culture affects the approach to engineering, science, and technology.  In this course, you will learn through on-site visits, conferences and cultural activities.  The main topics are:
 
  • Food, Living Organisms, Water
  • Energy and Materials
  • Data Science and Management
 
Lyon: Sustainable development: public transportation and waste management
June 16 -30, 2019
 
Located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône River, Lyon is the second largest city in France.   Outstanding museums, a dynamic cultural life and local university give the city a distinctly cultured way of life. You will learn how the city maintains an environmentally friendly quality of life as growing metropolis.  You will attend conferences and develop a professional presentation with your team.  Cultural visits around Lyon and the surrounding area are included.
 
 
Caen (Normandy): Active citizenship in the digital era
July 5- 19, 2019
 
In this northern coastal city, you will discover a medieval château, two ancient abbeys and several excellent museums, including a museum of war and peace, largely dedicated to D-Day, WWII and its aftermath. You will attend classes, visit cultural and historical places in Normandy as well as digital companies and civil society institutions in order to better understand how the digital era is affecting our lives as citizens.  This program is developed In collaboration with the International Institute for Human Rights and Peace


Estimated Program Cost $1,250  
 
Includes:
  • Housing 
  • Most meals 
  • Health Insurance 
  • Cultural Excursions 
  • Most in-country transportation
Does Not Include: 
  • Airfare
  • Personal Expenses
  • Passport Fees
 
Program Contact:
 
Ken Nesbett, Study Abroad Advisor
ken.nesbett@kirkwood.edu
319-398-5579
International Programs, 1154 Linn Hall