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A Study Abroad Experience in Japan

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jul 17, 2017 7:52:34 AM

A group of Joliet Junior College students studied abroad in Japan this summer at Ehime University in Matsuyama. Read their firsthand accounts below to learn about their experience. 

Contributors to the blog include students Adam Davis, Alexa Ziegler, Edith Ruiz, George Pitsoulakis, Jimmy Bavirsha, Kari Lobash, Kelsey Anderson, Michael Gonzalez, Noah Dwyer, Sean O'Reilly and Natural Sciences Associate Professor Eva Murdoch.

Interested in Studying Abroad? Click here to see what opportunities JJC has to offer!

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Visiting China: A Study Abroad Experience

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jun 26, 2017 7:54:27 AM

From June 1 to 18, a group of Joliet Junior College students arrived in China for the experience of a lifetime. Unsure of what lay before them, the group was excited to explore a new culture, new cities and to meet new people. 

Read their firsthand accounts below to see what it was like studying abroad in China this summer.

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JJC Students Study Abroad in Morocco

Posted by Sam Ritz on Sep 19, 2016 7:44:03 AM

A group of JJC students' lives were forever changed this past summer, when they boarded a plane and started a study abroad experience in Morocco. The group of 11 created memories that would last a lifetime - from making friends with their host families, to visiting historical sites and immersing themselves in the culture as if they were Moroccan citizens. JJC English and World Languages Professor Cris Trillo, who grew up in both Spain and Morocco, traveled with them.  

Travel to Morocco through the words (and video)  of three of these students, Devin Wood, Elizabeth McHugh and Kevin Cabrera. 

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JJC Students Study Abroad in Japan

Posted by Sam Ritz on Jul 12, 2016 12:39:36 PM

Anticipating an adventure, ten Joliet Junior College students eagerly boarded a plane for a study abroad trip to Matsuyama, Japan, earlier this summer. From touring shrines and castles to meeting new friends, JJC students immersed themselves in the culture and earned college credits by taking classes taught by JJC professor Nataliya Marchenko through Ehime University in Matsuyama. 

Read a collaborative blog below to see what the students experienced during their first ten days in Matsuyama, Japan. 

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JJC Faculty Head to Morocco

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Mar 30, 2016 11:55:58 AM


Thanks in part to a 2014 grant, a group of JJC faculty members recently explored the North African country of Morocco.

Tamara Brattoli (English and World Languages), Cristobal Trillo (Spanish and French), Mari Johnson (English and World Languages), Michael Hainzinger (English and World Languages) and Eva Murdoch (Natural Sciences) previewed the area ahead of eight JJC students who have signed up for the Morocco study abroad program in May. While there, they visited the cities of Tangiers, Fes, Marrakesh and Madrid, Spain.

Read on for first-hand accounts of their trip.

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JJC Veterinary Technology Students Head to Belize

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Feb 29, 2016 1:09:28 PM

Iguanas, boas, howler monkeys...oh my! On Feb. 27, 10 JJC students embarked on the learning experience of a lifetime through the Veterinary Medical Technology Belize Study Abroad program. 

The program introduces students to key topics in wildlife medicine in Central and South America, while teaching wildlife conservation, zoo medicine, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. In addition to classroom time at the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic, students work hand-in-hand with veterinarians to care for the area’s tropical inhabitants.

Read on for first-hand accounts of daily life for veterinary technology students in Belize.

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