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; and International College of Seville in Seville, Spain. Shorter summer programs are available in San Jose, Costa Rica; Sydney, Australia; Dijon France; and Salzburg, Austria. 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 and Spring
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 and Spring
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.
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.
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 Lisa March, Study Abroad Coordinator, at 815-825-2086, ext. 2560