Studying abroad is not a luxury. It helps prepare individuals to compete in the global job market; if you plan to become a service provider, you are likely to work with people from all over the world. Major corporations and organizations are becoming increasingly globalized. Individuals who want to be competitive in the current global job market need the skills learned from experiencing a world different from their own.
Study abroad is essential to an individual’s education because it builds awareness of a career’s global aspect and develops self-reliance, independent thinking, and job skills. When hiring, employers strongly desire problem solving and analytical skills, cross-cultural competency, and the ability to work well with individuals from different cultures.
Students who want to transfer to a four-year university after completing their programs at Durham Technical Community College can earn transferable credits and strengthen their university applications by participating in a study abroad program.
Study/Travel Abroad Options
Durham Tech can help interested students research possible study/travel abroad programs based on their programs of study, their interests, and their goals. Visit or email the Center for the Global Learner to schedule a meeting to start thinking about your study abroad/travel options and to be referred to resources. Students can also begin looking at possible study/travel programs before the meeting.
Durham Tech usually organizes one or more study/travel abroad group programs each year.
Summer 2024 Opportunities
The French Embassy in the United States offers community college students the opportunity to study abroad in France during two-week summer programs. Discover below the exciting programs for 2024 (each program has a different location, dates, and area of study)! Scholarship opportunities are available!
- Some Like it Sustainable at Université Montpellier (June 2 – June 15)
- Sustainable Engineering at Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées in Bidart (June 10 – June 23)
- Go Green at Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (June 16 – June 29)
- Science for a Sustainable Development: from Conservation of Natural Heritage to Future Society" at Université de Lille (June 30 – July 13)
- Beyond the Postcard: Nature, Culture and Sustainability in the French Caribbean at Université des Antilles (July 1 – July 14)
Program Cost: The program cost amounts to $2,400. It includes: accommodation, meals, visits and activities, airport pick-up and drop-off, and local public transportation. Plane tickets to and from France are not included. The French Embassy offers $1,400 scholarships to lower the participation cost to $1,000.
To apply, students will need to complete the online application form, send your most recent transcript, and ask your advisor to certify your enrollment at a Durham Tech for the 2023-2024 academic year. The deadline to apply is December 22, 2023.
For more information, visit the French Embassy website. You can also sign up for the upcoming webinar to learn more about the program, and ask any questions you might have.
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