Study Abroad

One way Kishwaukee College provides students with a global perspective in education is through our Study Abroad programs. As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and programs (ICISP), Kishwaukee offers a variety of cost-effective study-abroad opportunities. Formed in 1986 through an initiative of several Illinois community colleges, ICISP currently offers semester-long programs at Canterbury Christ Church University, England; Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria; Carlow College in Carlow, Ireland; College of Seville, in Seville, Spain; and Xi’an International University in Xi’an, China.  Shorter summer programs are available in San Jose, Costa Rica; Dijon, France; Hyderabad, India; Canterbury, England; Salzburg, Austria; and Seville, Spain. Study abroad students select their courses from an approved list of classes specific to each destination. Transfer credit-usually 15 hours for a semester program and 6 hours for a summer program-is typically awarded through Kishwaukee College.

Current Study Abroad Opportunities

Carlow, Ireland-Available Fall and Spring

Carlow is located on the banks of the scenic River Barrow about 50 miles south of Dublin. Students study Irish culture at Carlow College and participate in field trips designed to compliment and enhance their learning experience during this semester-long program. Other courses offered to students at Carlow College include history, drama and social sciences. Students live in privately owned and operated residential housing facilities.

Canterbury, England-Available Fall, Spring and Summer

In Canterbury, located in the southeast corner of England, students study at Canterbury Christ Church University, a small, friendly school of about 5,000 full-time students. American students live with host families near the college; take courses with British and other ICISP students; join student activities such as clubs, sports, and drama; and travel both in England and throughout the continent.

Salzburg, Austria-Available Fall, Spring and Summer

Salzburg College is situated in an important cultural center of Europe in the northern foothills of the Alps. Here students attend classes taught in English with other American students, live with host families, eat meals at the college, and travel extensively. Course selections include subjects such as art, music, political science, history, and photography.

Seville, Spain-Available Fall, Spring and Summer

Bullfights, flamenco dancers and white villages are all in abundance in Seville. Study Abroad students participate in an academic program at the International College of Seville (ICS) which offers an intensive study of Spanish language and culture. Courses in social sciences, business and European studies round out the offerings at ICS along with day-trips and cultural excursion. Students have the option of selecting privately owned student residences or a home-stay with a Spanish family.

Xi’an, China-Available Fall

Participate in a semester abroad program to Xi’an, China, one of the oldest cities in China. Xi’an has more than 3,100 years of history and is home of one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Xi’an International University (XIAU) is a modern institution with over 40,000 students that maintains a small school atmosphere and offers an active campus life. The program hosted by the College of Lake County offers courses in the History of Chinese Culture and Society and Chinese Literature and Art along with other electives. No previous Chines is required. Attend classes taught in English with other ICISP participants and Chinese students. Optional travel excursions/field trips are available. Students live in university dormitories with Chinese, American and other international students.

San Jose, Costa Rica-Available Summer

Costa Rica is especially appealing as a study abroad site because of its beauty, prosperity, and political stability. Students participate in a full range of field trips and activities during this five-week, Spanish immersion program designed by the College of DuPage. Courses in the Culture and Civilization of Costa Rica and Spanish at the appropriate level provide transferable college credit hours. The program includes housing with Costa Rican families.

Dijon, France-Available Summer

Dijon, France is a lively, progressive university city of approximately 250,000 inhabitants. The Centre Internationale des Études Françaises, located in the heart of the University of Burgundy campus, welcomes students from all over the world. Students receive instruction from faculty members who specialize in the communicative teaching of French as a second language. The program, hosted by Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, is rounded out by numerous and varied cultural activities including cooking classes, cinema workshops, concerts, and guided tours in the city of Dijon. Housing is provided in single rooms at a University of Burgundy residence hall.

Hyderabad, India-Available Summer

Study for a month in the historic and hi-tech city of Hyderabad, India, a cosmopolitan city with more than five centuries of history. You will be housed on campus at the International Dorm at the English and Foreign Languages University. The student population is made up of international students from several countries as well as students from all across India. The Oakton Community College program offers two classes, one taught by an American professor in Asia literature, history, philosophy or humanities. The second class is taught by an Indian faculty member in Indian film, art, culture or literature.  There are field trips and optional trips to New Delhi and Agra (the Taj Mahal).

Eligibility Requirements

Students who want to study abroad need to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of at least 12 hours of college-level work
  • A grade point average of 2.75 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of English 103 with a grade of B or better by the time of travel

For more information, contact Tammy Tiggelaar
Study Abroad Coordinator
Phone: 815-825-2086, ext. 4180

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