September 16, 2019

Kish hosting study abroad information fair on September 25

The Kishwaukee College study abroad program will host an information fair on September 25 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Student Lounge (C1130). Kish student Justin Julian will also give a special presentation on his “France Experience.” As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), Kish offers a variety of cost-effective study abroad opportunities for students to gain a global perspective while earning college credit.

Kish student Rebekah Reynolds, of DeKalb, received a scholarship from ICISP to offset costs to study abroad in Ireland this June. During her 3 weeks in the country, Reynolds attended Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and completed Irish Literature and History of Ireland courses. Reynolds, whose great grandparents originate from Ireland, said she felt lucky to both take college coursework and learn about her familial roots simultaneously.

This past summer, Kish student Miranda Stryker, of Shabbona, studied the Spanish language at the Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) in San José, Costa Rica. She earned 6 credit hours and was able to participate in a service learning project at Ciudad de los Niños (Children’s City), a social welfare institution in Cartago. “Along with learning Spanish and experiencing the Costa Rican culture, I was able to learn more about myself and how I handle new and challenging experiences,” Stryker says. 

Kish Criminal Justice student, Justin Julian, of Rochelle, studied abroad at Université de Bourgogne (University of Burgundy) in Dijon, France in July. Julian was awarded the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Alumni Scholarship to alleviate his study abroad costs. While in Dijon, Julian studied the French language. With aspirations to become a federal agent, Julian thought it necessary to learn globally by studying French culture and language in France. He will be presenting about on his “France Experience” during the study abroad information fair. 

For these Kish students, it was the first time traveling abroad. Each of the students stayed on-campus in dormitories at their respective study abroad institutions and had various opportunities to experience the local culture.

For more information on the study abroad program at Kish, visit or contact Tammy Tiggelaar, Associate Professor of Business, Marketing & Management and Coordinator of International Education and Study Abroad, at or 815-825-9478.

Photo: Kishwaukee College students gain a global perspective while studying abroad this past summer. Pictured: Kish student Miranda Stryker visits La Paz Waterfall Gardens during her study abroad experience in Costa Rica.