ASA January Term Traveling Seminar – Overview
ASA is pleased to offer SEVEN different January Term Traveling Seminars in 2017! January Term refers to winter break and is typically the first 2-3 weeks of January. Our January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminars are unique in that students get to visit several different cities or even several different countries in one trip! The J-Term Traveling Seminar can be treated as a stand-alone program (3 credits), or it may be combined with any ASA Spring semester program (your semester program start date permitting).
We are currently accepting applications for January Term 2017. You may apply at any time, as we are on rolling admissions. Each trip is capped at 30 students, so we recommend securing your space early for J-Term 2017! Please be aware that in 2016, some trips were already full before the application deadline.
In order to secure your space on J-Term 2017, we need your complete application package and a non-refundable $1,500 Down Payment BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2016. Full payment for the remainder of your program fees will be due Oct. 1. Please click here for program prices.
J-TERM A: Europe and the Islamic World
An exciting academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, Spain and Gibraltar. The academic component consists of a series of briefings from leading academic, literary and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic world. Students will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars from IAU, in addition to local guides and experts in the fields of politics, art history, history and culture. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications.
Cities/Sites Visited: Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Gibraltar, Sevilla, Granada, Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba.
Students on J-Term A will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing:
- Art History 395: Classical Islam and the European Renaissance
- Cross Cultural Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
- French 395: Cultural History of France and the Islamic World
- History 395: Cultural History of Europe and the Islamic World
- Political Science 395: European Politics and the Islamic World
- Religious Studies 395: Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
- Spanish 395: Cultural History of Spain and the Islamic World
Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2017 Europe and the Islamic World trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)
J-TERM B: The Mediterranean Basin
An exciting academic and cultural experience in France, Italy, and Greece that promotes visual literacy in the history of art and archaeology, as well as philosophical literature from the Mediterranean Basin from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. This program will cultivate strong research and critical thinking skills and develops students’ abilities to synthesize cultural, historical, political and social information as it bears upon the visual arts. The academic component consists of a series of on-site studies made by academic experts from IAU, in addition to local guides and experts in the fields of history, art history and archaeology.
Cities/Sites Visited: Florence, Pisa, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Athens, Mycenia, Olympia, Delphi, Pont du Gard, Glanum, Arles.
Students on J-Term B will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing:
- Art History 385: From Antiquity to the Renaissance – Classical Art and Architecture
- Cross Cultural Studies 385: Cultural Identities in Mediterranean Europe
- Religious Studies 385: From Polytheism to Monotheism: the Early Christian Period in Italy and Greece
- History 385: Ancient to Renaissance Mediterranean Cultural History
- Archaeology 385: Greek and Roman Archaeology
Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2017 Mediterranean Basin trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)
J-TERM C: Great Cities
An exciting academic and cultural experience in Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Czech Republic that will explore the rise and establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization. This program will focus primarily on the artistic conception of the city from the late 19th century up to the contemporary, by observing and studying sites that have inspired artists from Petronius to Alexandre Dumas to Franz Kafka. Through literature, cinema, music and painting, students will take advantage of the physical settings in order to better understand the aesthetic, demographic and historical importance of these cities in their European context. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and exchange observations with experts from IAU College, as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides, in order to frame their own perception of the cities and their representation through the arts. At the end of this 3-week traveling seminar, students will better appreciate the interplay between the historical realities and fictional and/or imaginary perspectives of European cities.
Cities/Sites Visited: Rome, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Amsterdam, Prague.
Students on J-Term C will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing:
- European Studies 303: Europe and the Urban Space
- Anthropology 301/501: The Artist and the City
- Literature 375/575: The European City in Literature
- Communications 375/575: The European City in the Visual Arts
- Geography 201: Europe and its Cities
Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2017 Great Cities trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)
J-TERM D: Shakespeare and the Theatre
An exciting academic and cultural experience in England that will allow students to explore the cities and streets that Shakespeare himself walked. There is no better place to study Shakespeare than on the banks of the Thames, the alleys of Eastcheap, and amidst the architecture and vistas that he knew. Although Shakespeare’s texts provide us with some of our richest literary experiences, the playwright hardly thought about publication. The theater was a living, money-making scheme, shaped by its location in the slums, by immediate political situations, and by the actors and patrons who entered the gates of the playhouse. This course will teach Shakespeare as one of history’s great artists, whose greatness was forged within the contingencies and pressures of the real world. Fortunately, much of that world is still there to be studied and experienced lovers of literature and theater alike.
Cities/Sites Visited: London, Stratford, Oxford.
Students on J-Term D will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing:
Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2017 Shakespeare and the Theatre trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)
J-TERM E: American Diplomacy Tour
An exciting academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, and Belgium for students interested in learning about modern American diplomacy and the people who make it happen. Students will go behind the scenes at U.S. embassies in Europe and North Africa to meet U.S. diplomats at the forefront of American engagement. Cultural visits, Embassy briefings and academic lectures by IAU scholars and resident experts will place U.S. policies in their historic and geographic context, provide real-world examples of how American diplomats work, and explore the economic, security and environmental issues they face.
Cities Visited: Marseilles, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Rabat, Tangiers, Casablanca, Brussels.
Students on J-Term E will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing:
Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2017 American Diplomacy trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)
J-TERM F: Wine, Gastronomy, and Tourism of the Mediterranean
Gastronomic tourism is becoming a real player in the tourism market as food- and wine-related services and events attract greater numbers of tourists each year. This seminar examines the individuality and expression of France and Spain, bringing together their rich culinary heritage. Topics include the international influence of the French and Spanish wine markets, the globalization of wine, the pairing of wine and food, gastronomical influences, and the ins and outs of the tourism industry. Students will have the opportunity to taste French and Spanish wines and to speak directly with winemakers, master chefs and tourism agencies. Students will visit various cultural sites in France and Spain, as well as attend special lectures on wine making and food pairing by master chefs and sommeliers. These historical sites are ones that greatly influenced tourism, gastronomy, and the economies of these great countries.
Cities/Sites Visited: Aix-en-Provence, Coteaux d’Aix, Cassis, Barcelona, Penedes, Costa Brava.
Students on J-Term F will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing:
- Wine Studies 302: Wine Marketing & Analysis
- Wine Studies 306: The Global Wine Industry
- Economics 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
- Hospitality Management 307: Wine and Food Pairing
- Geography 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
- Business 306: The Global Wine Industry
- Business 302: Wine Marketing & Analysis
- Wine Studies 307: Wine and Food Pairing
- Wine Studies 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2017 Wine Studies trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)
J-TERM G: Religion, Art, and Architecture – **THIS TRIP HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR 2017 BUT SHOULD RUN IN JANUARY OF 2018.**
The Religion, Art, and Architecture trip is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain, Turkey, and Israel. The program is a comparative study of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It examines the religions’ shared aspects, as well as distinct elements. The three religions will be compared and examined in the way they impact the modern West and the Middle East specifically. Special attention will be given to the city of Jerusalem, where students will study and explore Jewish, Christian, and Islamic holy sites.
Cities/Sites Visited: Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca, Rabat, Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba, Gibraltar, Istanbul, Jerusalem.
Students on J-Term G will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing:
Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2016 Religion, Art, and Architecture trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)
J-TERM H: January in Southern France
The January in Southern France trip is designed for students who want an academic and cultural experience in southern France. IAU’s exceptional out-of-classroom experiences include homestays, regional field studies, and extracurricular activities such as wine tastings and course trips.
Cities/Sites Visited: Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence.
Students on J-Term H will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing:
Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2017 January in Southern France trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)
What’s Included (click here for program prices):
- ROOM & PARTIAL BOARD: Lodging in hotels (usually 3- or 4-star), apart-hotels, or with host families. Rooms are shared with other students in your group. Breakfast each day and some dinners (typically, 1 dinner per city) are included. Other meals are the student’s responsibility.
- ENTRANCE FEES to all museums and guest lecture venues.
- INTRA-EUROPEAN TRANSPORTATION to and from each city. (Round trip airfare to/from your home country and the program location is NOT included.)
- TUITION for 1 class (3 semester credits)
- OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by IAU College. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution. If your home institution requires an official transcript from an accredited U.S. institution, you may receive one from Truman State University for an additional fee of $500. If you need a TSU transcript, please be sure to notify us at least 3 months prior to departure.
- ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
- SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
- MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included. For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
- VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining any visa required for their term/host country, ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance about how to apply for a visa, if one is required for your program.
- PRE-DEPARTURE HANDBOOK & ON-SITE ORIENTATION
- Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program start/end locations
- Meals, except for daily breakfast and some dinners (see above)
- Airport pick-up (students will receive detailed instructions for getting from the airport to the group meeting point)
- Local transportation – e.g. taxis, subway and local bus fare, etc.
- Personal expenses
- Textbooks and course materials. You will receive a list of required books before departure, which can be ordered from Amazon.com
- Baggage fees, if your luggage is in excess of the airline’s Baggage Allowance (This refers to intra-European travel. One airline frequently used is RyanAir; other airlines may be used as well. Prepare to pack light to avoid luggage fees!)
- Transportation from the airport to the program meeting point
- Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
- Visa, if required