Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) is located in the state of Iowa — the heart of the United States. Indian Hills has been working with international students since 1966 at both the Main Campus (Ottumwa) and Centerville Campus.
Over the years, hundreds of international students, including students from six of the world's seven continents, have attended Indian Hills Community College, earning a quality education, while experiencing the rich culture found in the heartland of the United States. With our main campus in Ottumwa, and a second smaller campus in Centerville, our students experience the true small–town feel of being in
a safe community.
Many international students enroll in the Arts & Sciences division at Indian Hills, and often transfer to another institution after graduation through one of our many partnership programs. Students who have chosen technical or health–related programs have also had great succes after earning their degrees at Indian Hills Community College.
Indian Hills Community College offers:
- A wide variety of instructional courses and programs from the following academic divisions:
Advanced Technologies, Arts & Sciences, Health Occupations
- Academic advisors to assist with your academic program and career options
- Affordable tuition rates
- English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
- Academic Support Services (including free tutoring)
- Small class sizes that allow for personal attention from instructors
- Transfer partnerships with colleges and universities around the U.S.
- Medical assistance at our on–campus Student Health and Wellness Center
- Modern on–campus housing
- 24–hour campus security
- Four–day academic week
- Student activities as well as college activities and opportunities to volunteer in the community
- Weekly shuttle service to a variety of stores and locations within the community
Virtual Campus Tours
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“I knew this was going to be a big challenge, because I did not know any English, and I was going to live without my family for two years. The ESL classes were very helpful in learning the basic concepts of the English language. Being an international student is one of the most valuable opportunities that I have had so far in my life, and I am sure that this experience will remain in my mind forever.” —Rafael Summo (Brazil), Arts and Sciences
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“I came to Indian Hills because of the agriculture and entrepreneurship program. This program provides a seamless transfer option, which will help me transfer to a four–year university. Indian Hills offers a more affordable tuition, as well as several scholarship options to students who apply and qualify. I also enjoy the countryside view in Centerville. The small town helped me adapt easily.” —Mei Ling Wong (Hong Kong), Sustainable Agriculture and Entrepreneurship
“Since attending at Indian Hills, my English skills have improved greatly. I am studying accounting, so my math skills have improved as well. The community and people at Indian Hills are very friendly and have helped me adapt well to the area. I also enjoy the weather here because I live in a warm country where I’ve never seen snow before.”
—Aoi Nishino (Japan), Arts and Sciences
“Indian Hills Community College is my first experience attending college. I have faced serveral challenges thus far, many that I never thought I would come across, but as a result, I have become a more confident person. To me, one great thing about Indian Hills is that it gives various opportunities to meet people from different countries and learn more about their cultures.”
—Saddik Aytouna (Morocco), Computer Software Development
“Being a nursing student at Indian Hills has been a wonderful experience and I have had great hands–on training with my clinical work. Once I graduate from Indian Hills, I plan to take the exam to become a Registered Nurse. I intend to transfer to a university to obtain my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree, and then practice nursing in the United States.”
—Ujunwa Vera Okwukaogu (Nigeria), Nursing
“My instructors at Indian Hills have been very friendly and willing to help me succeed in any way they can. I have a small business back home and the college's business and English classes will be especially important for me to be successful in the future. This was a great opportunity for me to get my two–year degree.” —Walter Mejias (Venezuela), Arts and Sciences
“I came to Indian Hills Community College because it gave me a great opportunity to play baseball and to learn more of the English language. I enjoy living on the the Centerville campus because it is smaller and everyone knows who you are.”
—Dario Polanco (Dominican Republic), Arts and Sciences
“Being part of the Indian Hills baseball program is one thing I love about Indian Hills. Coming from the other side of the world (New Zealand), the coaches and all of my instructors have been a great help in making me feel welcome and comfortable here in Iowa. This has been a great place for me to grow and learn.” —Luke Hansen (New Zealand), Arts and Sciences
International Affairs Office
Indian Hills Community College
603 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 USA
Phone: +1 (641) 683-5755
Toll–Free: (800) 726-2585, ext. 5755
Skype: IndianHillsCC (learn about Skype)
Fax: +1 (641) 683-5274
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