Online Distance Learning
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Online Courses

Courses offered via the Internet meet the same quality standards as our traditional on-campus courses. Students are able to interact with their instructor and classmates via e-mail, class Web pages, and other types of interactive media. To succeed with online courses, students must be able to remain on schedule without the physical reminder of going to class every couple of days. In addition, they must participate in class activities as assigned by the instructor.

Blended courses

Blended courses combine the benefits of face-to-face courses with the benefits of online learning. These classes have a required online component. Students spend less time in the classroom, and more time interacting through online communications technologies. If you feel you learn best when listening to the instructor in the classroom, you may find this a suitable alternative to online learning. Some students find blended courses give them the experience and confidence needed to try online courses.

England, France, Austria, Ireland, Spain, and Costa Rica

As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), IVCC now offers students exciting opportunities to spend a semester in England, Austria, Ireland, or Spain, or a summer session in Costa Rica or Australia. In many cases, financial aid is available for Study Abroad opportunities.


The City: Canterbury is a picturesque city of 34,000 located in Kent County, 90 minutes from London by train.

Famous as the destination for Chaucer's 14th-century pilgrims, the city dates to Roman times. Landmarks in the city include portions of the old Roman walls and the historic cathedral where the 12th century Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered.

The College: Christ Church College, a public institution enrolling about 10,000 British students is located in central Canterbury, one block from the ancient city wall and three blocks from the cathedral. As a student in the program, you will have full access to all facilities.


The City: Beautiful Salzburg is located in the northern foothills of the Alps, near the Bavarian border.

Its scenic landscape and rich architectural heritage have led to its reputation as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Famous as the birthplace of Mozart, and host to the annual Salzburg Music Festival, the city has long been a music center for Europe.

The College: The program is affiliated with Salzburg College, a private school located on the grounds of Schloss Leopoldskron where The Sound of Music was filmed.


The City: Located about 50 miles south of Dublin, Carlow is best described as a quintessential Irish country town. Affectionately called "Carlow-Towne" by the locals, Carlow serves the nearby rural areas of the Barrow Valley. Located on the banks of the scenic River Barrow, a wide selection of merchant shops and traditional pubs line the cobblestone streets of the bustling city center.

The College: Carlow College, founded in 1798 is one of Ireland's oldest educational institutions. With a student body of less than 1,000, Illinois students will be very much a part of all the activities at the college. Students will study Irish Culture, other general education courses, and go on field trips designed to complement and enhance their educational experience.


The City: Seville located about 300 miles southwest of Madrid and the capital of Andalusia is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a city of palaces, churches, towers and historic neighborhoods. Its origins date back to Roman times. Its history includes Visigoth, Arabic, Christian, Jewish, and modern culture and influences. Andalusia is where all of Spain's most powerful images appear together: bullfighters, flamenco dancers and singers, white villages, festivals, fairs, and more.

The College: The International College of Seville has a library, wi-fi access, and a student lounge. Courses are taught in English and does not require knowledge of Spanish to get started. The college is located in a quiet residential neighborhood where chalets, bouganville bushes and palm trees give way to historic taverns and outdoor cafes.


The Country and City: Beautiful San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, a bastion of democracy, stability and social equality in Central America.

The country boasts a variety of topography, including beautiful beaches, mountains, tropical rain forests and active volcanoes. The capital of San Jose enjoys 80 degree temperatures year round.

The College: Students will enroll for a five-week summer session at the Forester Instituto Internacional, a modern private institution.

Students will take an appropriate level of Spanish and a course in Latin American history and culture, with an emphasis on Cost Rica. Five field trips are included, featuring an active volcano, a banana plantation, a biological reserve and a three-day excursion to a national park on the Caribbean coast.

For more information contact:

Stephen Alvin, Instructor
(815) 224-0423