In partnership with the University of Burgundy, the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), and Parkland College, JALC students can spend five weeks of the summer abroad in Dijon, France. This program is held annually in the summer.

Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy

Program Overview

Students in this program will earn seven to eight semester hours of credit in French language and Western Humanities in France. Classes consist of lectures and discussions accompanied by field trips and activities designed to engage students in active learning and discovery. No previous study of the French language is required. In this program students will engaged with the culture of Dijon and France by exploring history, art, and local vineyards. The population of Dijon is 250,000 and is known as one of Europe's crossroads. Dijon also host numerous museums and architectural monuments for students to visit and explore.

Program Dates

  • Five weeks during the summer semester (late June to late July)

Program Application Deadline

  • February 15

Admission Requirements

This program is open to serious students, teachers, and others who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Applicants are required to obtain a physician's approval as part of the application process. There will be a personal interview to determine the applicant's maturity, ability to adapt to a different environment, and function successfully as a member of the group. The successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. College students must also present evidence of a 2.75 GPA as well as having completed 12 credit hours of college level work, including ENG 101.

Students will register for seven to eight credit hours. Upon successful completion of classes, students will receive credit on their JALC transcript. Students are required to enroll in a French language class. Classes will accommodate students at any level, from Beginning to Advanced. All classes consist of the following components: Grammar, Conversation, Reading Comprehension, Composition and Lectures.

Lodging and Meals

The students stay in a newly-renovated residence hall with a private room with bath. Private rooms include a bed, desk, closet, shelving, small refrigerator, and bedding. Additionally, a kitchen and coin operated laundry machine is located nearby the rooms.

Meals are not included in the program fee.


A passport is required of all U.S. citizens to travel to France. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to France; participants who are not U.S. citizens may need a visa to travel to France.


A pre-departure orientation will be held prior to the start of the program. Orientation will cover important information related to safety, security, insurance and program expectations. Attendance is required. Orientation is held at Parkland Community College's main campus in Champaign, Illinois.

Program Fees

The program fee is $3,300, subject to change. Fees cover:

  • Private room and bath in residence hall
  • Instructional cost at the University of Burgundy
  • Textbooks
  • 20+hours of language instruction per week
  • Illinois faculty member liaison
  • Field trips and excursions, most entrance fees included
  • Ground transportation: Paris>Dijon
  • Paris tour on arrival day
  • Group dinner & 2 nights lodging in Paris

Fees do not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Return rail travel: Dijon>Paris (approx. $50)