Associate in Arts (Transfer)
The Foreign Language courses at ICC give students the foundational language skills they need to be able to transfer to established bachelor's degree programs that focus on cultures and geopolitical spaces that use those languages.
foreign languages from which to choose to study (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish)
With small class sizes and committed foreign language faculty, students develop skills to translate and construct communications in speech and writing according to their level of language acquisition.
Students who successfully navigate the upper-level courses are able to study cultures and linguistic nuances that demonstrate conversational and well-formed proficiency.
Find networking and leadership opportunities through ICC Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Translator, Business Professional, Teacher, Public Health Worker, Foreign Service, Federal Government Employee, Foreign Intelligence, Law Enforcement, Linguistics, Airline Employee
if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
ICC Class of 2011 (Psychology) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor’s in Psychology New Business Development Manager, Natural Fiber Welding 2021 ICC Alumnus of the Last Decade Award Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job: After graduating from ICC and then Bradley, I completed two years of AmeriCorps volunteer service through the Local Initiatives Support Corporation…
ICC Class of 2019 (Music) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor ‘s in Music Freelance accompanist/collaborative pianist I was originally planning to earn an English degree, but after taking an American music history course under Larry Harms, I fell in love with music and switched my area of study. Along with music theory and ear training, I took applied piano…
An ICC Family Celebration for Father & Son
Looking to aim high, Michael recently earned the ultimate head start in his education and career. In May, Michael earned his associate degree from ICC and graduated from high school simultaneously, all at the age of 17. ICC and the Dual Degree program made this incredible milestone possible. Michael said, “Before joining this program, I didn’t even know how seriously…
ICC Class of 2011 (Culinary Arts) Director, Food and Nutrition Services, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. A close friend of mine got me interested in pursuing my culinary degree at ICC. She would talk about all the amazing foods she made during lab classes and often…
Our program is exemplary in that we provide foundational language instruction in a supportive environment. Our students are able to transfer to four-year institutions to continue their language studies with confidence!Margot Vance, Professor, Humanities
How Do I Get Into the Foreign Language Program?
Build on your high school level foreign language skills and complete an Associate in Arts degree in Foreign Language. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Foreign language study in high school and participation in a language club are beneficial for this program.
- Volunteer experience where you can use your foreign language skills is helpful.
What Can I Expect As a Foreign Language Student?
- A minimum of 16 credit hours of foreign language study.
- Take other electives that support your area of future study such as business, geography, or world history. (Work with your ICC advisor to develop a plan of study to meet your academic and professional goals.)
- Alumni have gone on to work at Caterpillar, Peoria Public Schools, OSF Healthcare, UnityPoint Health, and Bradley University.
- Students have transferred to Illinois State University, Bradley University, Southern Illinois University, and other public and private four-year institutions in Illinois.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.