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World Languages

World Languages

World languages courses emphasize the development of the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in practical and realistic situations meaningful to beginning students.

What Will I Learn?

Students will develop four communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in Spanish or French, in practical and realistic situations. Students taking the 104 level of these courses will also study the history and culture of Spanish or French speaking countries.

What is Unique About Our World Languages Program?

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian

These less-commonly taught and critical languages are offered with a tutor under our Self Instructional Language Program (SILP), and they can be taken for 3 credit hours or can be audited for no credit. The SILP method involves a self-study class in which students study, learn, and practice the vocabulary and grammar on their own, and then work with the tutor in weekly small group sessions.

The focus is on an independent approach to develop listening and speaking skills as initial steps to achieving competence in the language. Emphasis is given to intensive drill, practice and review through repetition, classroom activities, and in-class conversations among students and with the tutor.

JJC offers several options for studying abroad while earning JJC credits.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Knowledge of a foreign language as a complementary skill is valuable because it can help students communicate with speakers of that language, and it can enrichen one’s experience traveling to countries where that language is spoken. Potentially, it could also be an asset with respect to employability.

For example, knowledge of a foreign language can be used in the following fields:

  • Business, Industry, and Commerce
  • Government and International Organizations
  • Education
  • Library Science
  • Physical and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Media
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Services
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Interpreting and Translating

Study Abroad

  • Earn JJC Credit While Traveling or Studying in Another Country

    As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), Joliet Junior College offers many study abroad opportunities around the world. Participants can select from over a dozen locations, both for semester and summer stays. All programs incorporate field trips as part of the course work, and through the ICISP study abroad programs you are guaranteed total transfer of your credits to Joliet Junior College. JJC also offers its own faculty led programs, usually during the summer for approximately three weeks. These programs provide JJC students with the opportunity to take a JJC course from a JJC faculty member while traveling overseas.

  • Application Deadlines

    • Spring Program: deadline to apply is October 1
    • Summer Program: deadline to apply is February 1
    • Fall Program: deadline to apply is May 1

    *Late applications may be accepted only if there are spots available

  • Our Current Study Abroad Locations

    Summer Programs, 3 credit hours each

    • Faculty Led, Three Weeks Long
    • Japan (visiting Matsuyama, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Tokyo)
    • Morocco and Spain (visiting Tangiers, Fes, Marrakech, Madrid, Seville, and Granada)
    • China (visting Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai)


    Semester Programs, 12-15 credit hours each

    • Through the ICISP consortium
    • China
    • Spain
    • England
    • Ireland
    • Austria


    Summer Programs, 3-7 credit hours each

    • Through the ICISP consortium
    • France
    • Spain
    • Austria
    • Costa Rica
    • India

  • JJC Study Abroad Student Eligibility Requirements

    1. Requirements which must be fulfilled before acceptance into the program. It is the student's responsibility to complete all requirements prior to the program application deadline. Completion of all requirements below does not guarantee acceptance into any program.
    2. Student responsibilities after conditional acceptance into the program. Not completing any of these requirements can result in mandatory withdrawal from the program, with no guarantee of refund of deposit.
    • JJC enrollment in minimum six credit hours in semester prior to study abroad program
    • Completion of a minimum of twelve credit hours prior to the study abroad program
    • Successful completion of English 101 ("C" or better) or its course equivalent
    • Minimum JJC GPA of 2.75 - OR-
    • Permission of the faculty member leading the program AND the International Education Coordinator


    • Clear student code of conduct history (which will be verified through Dean of Students' office)


    • Students must be a minimum 18 years of age by the first day of travel.


    • Completion of ALL application materials PRIOR to the application deadline, which include:
      • Completed application form
      • Unofficial transcripts
      • Two letters of reference from JJC faculty
      • Written requests of academic schedule for overseas coursework
    • Completion of additional specific requirements for each program Timely completion and submission of all documentation and paperwork


    • Students must be in good financial standing with JJC to be eligible for travel
    • Payment of $500 deposit due at the time of application
    • Remainder of balance due by mandatory orientation date (see below)


    • Payment of subsequent payments in accordance with the established schedule for each program
    • Mandatory orientation prior to the program
    • An in-person interview with JJC International Education Coordinator
      • Interview must be completed no later than ONE WEEK before application materials are due
    • An in-person interview with the JJC faculty lead for specific program
      • Interview must be completed no later than ONE WEEK before application materials are due

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