Associate in Arts (Transfer)
The International Studies Associate in Arts degree prepares students for analyzing and successfully navigating global issues in our constantly changing world. It provides a global understanding and relevant skills beneficial to various careers. The program prepares students to transfer to a bachelor's degree program at a four-year college or university.
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Students take courses in the social and behavioral sciences and humanities to gain a more global perspective, as well as an understanding of other cultures. Students are required to take foreign language courses to deepen their understanding of another culture.
Students are encouraged to pursue a study-abroad opportunity during their course of study.
Network with other students through ICC student organizations including International Club, Student Government Association, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Foreign Service Officer, Translator, International Marketer, International Banking Manager, Professor, Educator, Diplomat, CIA Agent, Travel Agent
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 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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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.
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How Do I Get Into the International Studies Program?
Gain a global perspective by earning an International Studies Associate in Arts degree. 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 700 scholarships.
- High school coursework in English, history, and foreign language is beneficial.
- Involvement with foreign language club, and speech or debate club is helpful.
What Can I Expect As an International Studies Student?
- Broad curriculum with focus on international studies, foreign language, history, philosophy and geography.
- Students gain global awareness and understanding, become multilingual, and develop an interest in global travel.
- Graduates can transfer to Illinois State University, Bradley University and other public or private universities in the state.
- Students with a background can go on to work for global companies such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, and Maui Jim.
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.