January Term Traveling Seminars 2020

January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminars

January Term (J-Term) refers to winter break and is typically the first 2-3 weeks of January.

ASA is pleased to offer 13 different January Term Traveling Seminars in 2020! January Term Traveling Seminars are unique in that students get to visit several different cities or even several different countries in one trip!

The January Term Traveling Seminar can be treated as a stand-alone program, or it can be combined with any ASA Spring semester program, your semester program start date permitting. Students will travel in a small group (maximum 30 students per trip), along with the professor who is teaching your course. All January Term seminars include 3 academic credits, with the exception of J-Term XII (Spanish Language and Culture) which includes 6 credits.

January Term I 2020: Europe & the Islamic World – France, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar
January Term II 2020: Mediterranean Basin – France, Italy, Greece
January Term III 2020: Great Cities – Italy, France, The Netherlands, Czech Republic
January Term IV 2020: Theatre Alive – England and Ireland
January Term V 2020: American Diplomacy – France, Morocco, Belgium
January Term VI 2020: Wine, Gastronomy, and Sustainability of the Mediterranean – France and Spain
January Term VII 2020: North African Studies – Morocco, Tunisia
January Term VIII 2020: French Language and Culture – France only
January Term IX 2020: Mediterranean Ecology – Spain, France
January Term X 2020: International Business – France, Morocco, Spain
January Term XI 2020: Sports and Society – England and Spain
January Term XII 2020: Spanish Language and Culture – Spain only
January Term XIII 2020: Psychology of Peace and Conflict – Morocco, Spain, Gibraltar, France

Application Deadline – September 1, 2019

You may apply for January Term 2020 at any time, as we are on rolling admissions. The final application deadline is September 1, 2019. Each trip is capped at 30 students, so we recommend securing your space early for J-Term 2020. Please be aware that in 2019, some trips were already full before the application deadline.

In order to secure your space on J-Term 2020, we need your complete application package and non-refundable $1,500 Down Payment BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2019. Full payment for the remainder of your program fees will be due Sept. 15, 2019.  Please click here for program prices.

NOTE: All itineraries are subject to change. Students must consult with an ASA representative before booking flights or finalizing travel plans.

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January Term I 2020: Europe and the Islamic World

An exciting academic and cultural experience in France, Spain, Morocco, and Gibraltar. Students participate in 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, as well as 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 sociocultural implications on the region.

Cities/Sites Visited: Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Sevilla, Granada, Malaga, Córdoba, Gibraltar.

Students 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 2019 Europe and the Islamic World January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term II 2020: 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 the examination of philosophical literature of the Mediterranean Basin from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. This program will cultivate strong research and critical thinking skills and develop students’ abilities to synthesize cultural, historical, political and social information as it relates to the visual arts. The experiential learning component consists of a series of site visits made by academic experts, in addition to local guides and faculty in the fields of history, art history and archaeology.

Cities/Sites Visited: Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Glanum, Nimes, Pompeii, Paestum, Rome, Athens, Cape Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi.

Students 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 2019 Mediterranean Basin January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term III 2020: Great Cities 

An exciting academic and cultural experience in Italy, France, The Netherlands, and Czech Republic that will explore major cities across Europe using literature and the arts as a guide to understanding the rise and establishment of the urban setting. Through readings and media studies, students examine the artistic process from inspiration to creation. Site visits and guided tours allow students to experience the historical, geographical, and demographical foundations that inform the fictional representations of European cities and their impact on perceptions of those cities today.  Students have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts 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.

Cities/Sites Visited: Rome, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Amsterdam, Prague.

Students 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 2019 Great Cities January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term IV 2020: Theatre Alive: Theatre in England and Ireland

An exciting academic and cultural experience in England and Ireland that will allow students to focus on major playwrights, both historical and contemporary, of some of the great theatrical traditions of these regions. From Shakespeare to Moliere to writers like Synge and O’Casey, students will look at what made those playwrights so influential in their own time as well as how they continue to influence contemporary writers. Site visits to key historical locations will lend to a greater understanding of the political and intellectual circumstances in which these writers were working and in which their successors continue to work. Additionally students will visit theaters to hear and see plays, backstage tours, and engage in critical discussions of directorial, design, and acting choices.

Cities/Sites Visited: London, Stratford, Oxford, Dublin.

Students 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 2019 Theatre Alive January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term V 2020: American Diplomacy

An exciting academic and cultural experience in France, Tunisia, 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 scholars and resident experts 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: Paris, Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence, Tunis, Brussels.

Students 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 2019 American Diplomacy January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term VI 2020: Wine, Gastronomy, and Sustainability of the Mediterranean

This traveling seminar examines the individuality and expression of the Mediterranean region’s rich culinary heritage through studies and visits in France and Spain. Students will learn to appreciate how these products are produced, understand how it impacts the environment, and will begin to recognize how our consumption choices may be a potential solution or hazard to the global environmental crisis. Students will have the opportunity to taste French and Spanish wines and to speak directly with winemakers and master chefs. Students will visit various cultural sites in France and Spain, as well as attend special lectures on wine making and food pairing by experts, master chefs and sommeliers.

Cities/Sites Visited: Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Rhône Valley, Cassis, Bordeaux, Barcelona, Cava, and Penedès.

Students 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 2019 Wine Studies January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term VII 2020: North African Studies

An exciting academic and cultural experience in Morocco and Tunisia, this traveling seminar is designed for students interested in learning about the major issues multi-ethnic, predominantly Islamic, and developing countries contend with. The seminar will expose students to diverse and sometimes opposed views to these major issues. During the three-week seminar students will visit six cities and will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars and practitioners in regards to culture, human rights, politics, and economic development. Students will also visit NGOs and meet with creative ordinary citizens who are striving to invent solutions to their most vexing problems, such as fighting poverty and providing education to their children.

Cities/Sites Visited: Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Fez, Tunis.

Students 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 2019 North African Studies January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term VIII 2020: French Language and Culture

The French Language and Culture January Term in Aix-en-Provence is designed for students interested in a language and cultural immersion experience in the Southern France. Exceptional out-of-classroom experiences include homestays, regional field studies and extracurricular activities such as wine tastings and cooking courses. Students receive intensive language instruction and have an immersive experience in the local culture during this three-week program.

Cities/Sites Visited: Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles.

Students may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses of their choosing.

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2019 French Language and Culture trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term IX 2020: Mediterranean Ecology 

The Mediterranean Basin is home to nearly 500 million people and sustains some of the highest levels of endemic biodiversity in the world. This traveling seminar to Spain and France first examines the nature of climate change, its causes, and the role it plays in regional security.  Second, the program examines the many efforts taking place to address these environmental and societal concerns.  Emphasis is placed on issues such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agriculture and food security, habitat destruction and wildlife conservation, water management and desertification, energy production and GHG emissions, as well as other efforts in sustainable development. Students explore the different initiatives, policies, and perspectives surrounding these issues in the Mediterranean Basin through visits to international institutions, local businesses, and think tanks.

Cities/Sites Visited: Barcelona, Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Nice, Frioul Islands

Students 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 2019 Mediterranean Ecology January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term X 2020: International Business 

The International Business traveling seminar is designed for students who are interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, Belgium, and Germany. Students gain exposure to the diverse facets of international business while visiting countries at different stages of economic development. While in Europe and North Africa, students visit major multi-national organizations and locally-run businesses as well as meet with public officials responsible for economic policy in order to build a well-rounded understanding of the global market. Students have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides.

Cities/Sites Visited: Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stuttgart.

Students 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 2019 International Business January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term XI 2020: Sports and Society

The Sports & Society January Term Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in England and Spain. Students will explore key concepts and aspects of the competitive international sports industry, the development of professional sports into a global business, and the strategies and business science behind sports management in an increasingly globalized economy. The experiential learning component of this course consists of site visits to local and multi-national organizations and academic lectures and briefings by experts, on-site scholars, and industry professionals.

Cities/Sites Visited: London, Barcelona

Students 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 2019 Sports and Society January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term XII 2020: Spanish Language and Culture

The Spanish Language and Culture January Term Seminar is hosted by the International College of Seville (ICS) and is designed for students wishing to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Spain. For approximately 3 weeks students will live with local Spanish hosts in Seville, enroll in intensive Spanish language courses, and participate in cultural activities such as flamenco shows, cooking classes, city walking tours, boat cruises, tapas tastings, and even a special New Years Eve dinner. Faculty members, as well as local guides and specialists, will deepen students’ understanding of the language, people, customs, and culture of Spain in a hands-on, experiential learning environment.

Cities/Sites Visited: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba

Students may earn 6 credits for one of the following courses of their choosing. 

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2019 Spanish Language and Culture January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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January Term XIII 2020: Psychology of Peace and Conflict

The Psychology of Peace and Conflict Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in Morocco, Spain, France, and Gibraltar. Through contextualized perspective taking, the course study will forge ecologically grounded connections between violence at multiple levels (interpersonal, within group, between groups, and sociocultural on a grander scale). By more deeply understanding violence and its impacts, the psychological, sociological, and political results will be interrogated through an interdisciplinary lens in order to imagine conflict resolution and peace processes for communities that widely remain erased or oppressed in Morocco, France, and Spain. Psychology of political decision making as it applies to international relations and the legacy that determines peace efforts will also be surveyed across cultures and countries.

Cities/Sites Visited: Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba, Barcelona, Gibraltar, Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles

Students 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 2019 Psychology of Peace and Conflict January Term trip! (January 2020 itinerary will be posted as soon as it is available. Trip itineraries are tentative and subject to change.)

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What’s Included (click here for program prices):

  • LODGING & PARTIAL BOARD – For all J-Terms except VIII and XII lodging will be in hotels (usually 3- or 4-star), in apart-hotels, with host families, or a combination of these. Breakfast each day and some dinners (typically, 1 dinner per city) are included. Other meals are the student’s responsibility. For J-Term VIII (French Language and Culture) lodging will be with host families only, and daily breakfast and 6 dinners per week provided by the host family. Other meals are the student’s responsibility.  For J-Term XII (Spanish Language and Culture) lodging will be with host families only, and daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided by the host family. On all January term programs, rooms are shared with other students in your group (double or triple occupancy).
  • 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 start and end locations is NOT included.)
  • TUITION – For all J-Terms except XII (Spanish Language and Culture),tuition for 1 class (3 semester credits) is included. Tuition for 6 credits is included with J-Term XII (Spanish Language and Culture).
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by IAU. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • ON-SITE SUPPORT: Students will travel with faculty and/or staff member(s) on-site, who can 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 any of the countries visited during your official program itinerary.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE HANDBOOK & ON-SITE ORIENTATION

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program start/end locations
  • Meals, except for those included with your program fees, as described in the What’s Included section directly above. The number of meals included varies depending on the trip.
  • Airport pick-up (Students will receive detailed instructions via email shortly before the program starts on how to get from the airport to the first group meeting point.)
  • Local transportation – e.g. taxis, subway, and bus fare, etc.
  • Personal expenses
  • Laundry
  • Textbooks and course materials.  (You will receive a list of required books before departure, which can be ordered from Amazon.)
  • 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 back to the airport at the end of the program
  • Visa, if required (If a visa is required for any of the countries visited during your official program itinerary, ASA will notify you in time for you to obtain it before your trip’s start date.)

 

Please note that some course readings and videos may need to be completed prior to your trip’s departure date. You will receive information via email before your trip start date, advising on you any readings or videos you need to complete before departure.

ASA reserves the right to cancel programs due to low enrollment. Students must consult with ASA before making travel plans or purchasing airfare.