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 and shorter summer programs. 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, Spring and Summer
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, a UNESCO World Heritage City, 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. Students study Modern Britain and British History along with electives. American students live with host families near the college or in dormitories; 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. Various cultural excursions are included as part of the Modern Britain course. Typical trips include visits to Canterbury Cathedral, Rochester Castle, London, including the Globe Theater, the British Museum, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and Windsor Castle.
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.
Kunming, China—Spring Semester
Participate in a semester abroad program in Kunming, China. Live and study in the beautiful city of Kunming, called the “City of Eternal Spring” because of its weather. Kunming has a warmer and much milder climate than most other Chinese cities. The program hosted by the College of Lake County offers courses in the Chinese language and Introduction to East Asian Culture along with other electives at Yunnan University. No previous Chinese is required. Cultural field trips to the Stone Forest, Green Lake Park and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Range are some of the included excursions. Students live in international housing on the university campus. Yunnan University is close to many cultural sites and attractions in addition to quaint old neighborhoods that offer modern shopping and affordable places to eat.
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. Read a letter written by a Study Abroad Honors student on his reflection of studying in France.
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
Study Abroad Coordinator