The January Term Traveling Seminar 2018 Overview

ASA January Term Traveling Seminar – Overview

ASA is pleased to offer NINE different January Term Traveling Seminars in 2018! 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). Students will travel in a small group (maximum 30 students per trip), along with the professor who is teaching your course.

Application Deadline

We are currently accepting applications for January Term 2018. 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 2018! Please be aware that in 2016, some trips were already full before the application deadline.

In order to secure your space on J-Term 2018, we need your complete application package and a non-refundable $1,500 Down Payment BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.  Full payment for the remainder of your program fees will be due Sept. 15, 2017.  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.

J-TERM I: Europe and the Islamic World

An exciting academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, and Spain. 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 socio-cultural implications on the region.

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

Students will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing. (Syllabi are from January Term 2017. 2018 syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2018 Europe and the Islamic World trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM II: 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 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, Glanum, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Naples (Pompeii), 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. (Syllabi are from January Term 2017. 2018 syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2018 Mediterranean Basin trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM III: Great Cities 

An exciting academic and cultural experience in Italy, France, the Netherlands, and the 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. (Syllabi are from January Term 2017. 2018 syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2018 Great Cities trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM IV: 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 outside the city walls, by immediate political situations, and by the actors and patrons who entered the gates of the playhouse. This traveling seminar 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.

Cities/Sites Visited: London, Stratford, Oxford.

Students will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing. (Syllabi are from January Term 2017. 2018 syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2018 Shakespeare and the Theatre trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM V: 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 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, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Brussels.

Students will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing. (Syllabi are from January Term 2017. 2018 syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2018 American Diplomacy trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM VI: 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 traveling seminar examines the individuality and expression of the Mediterranean region’s rich culinary heritage through studies and visits in France and Spain.  Topics include the international influence of the French and Spanish wine markets, the globalization of wine, the pairing of wine and food, 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 experts, master chefs and sommeliers.

Cities/Sites Visited: Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Sauze, Cassis, Barcelona, Costa Brava.

Students will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing. (Syllabi are from January Term 2017. 2018 syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2018 Wine Studies trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM VII: Religion, Art, and Architecture – **THIS TRIP HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR 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 will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing. 

 

J-TERM VIII: January in Southern France

January Term in Southern France is designed for students who are interested in an academic and cultural experience in the Mediterranean region of Southern France.   A variety of courses are available to meet each student’s academic needs.  Exceptional out-of-classroom experiences include homestays, regional field studies, and extracurricular activities such as wine tastings and cooking courses. Students have an immersive experience in the local culture during this intensive 3-week program.

Cities/Sites Visited: 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. (Syllabi are from January Term 2017. 2018 syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2018 January in Southern France trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

 

J-TERM IX: Environmental Security and Sustainability of the Mediterranean Basin 

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, Italy, 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 from Rome to Málaga.

Cities/Sites Visited: Barcelona, Málaga, Rome, Florence, Nice, Monaco, 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. (Syllabi are from January Term 2017. 2018 syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

  • Environmental Studies 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin (course description coming soon)
  • Geography 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin (course description coming soon)
  • International Relations 375: Environmental Security and Sustainability in the Mediterranean Basin (course description coming soon)

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2018 Environmental Security and Sustainability trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

 

J-TERM X: International Business 

The International Business traveling seminar is designed for students who are interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, and Spain. 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: Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Sevilla, Granada, Barcelona.

Students will take the same interdisciplinary class and may earn 3 credits for one of the following courses, of their choosing. (Syllabi are from January Term 2017. 2018 syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

  • Management 325: International Management (course description coming soon)
  • Business 325: International Business (course description coming soon)
  • Marketing 325: International Marketing (course description coming soon)
  • Economics 325: Doing Business in Europe (course description coming soon)

 

Detailed Itinerary for the 2018 International Business trip coming soon! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

 

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

  • LODGING & PARTIAL BOARD: For all January terms except VIII, lodging will be in hotels (usually 3- or 4-star), apart-hotels, or with host families. Breakfast each day and some dinners (typically, 1 dinner per city) are included. Other meals are the student’s responsibility. For January Term VIII (January in Southern France), lodging will be with host families, and daily breakfast and 6 dinners per week are included.  Other meals are the student’s responsibility.  On all January term programs, rooms are shared with other students in your group.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 your program.
  • 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 daily breakfast and some dinners (see above)
  • Airport pick-up (students will receive instructions via email shortly before the program starts on how to get from the airport to the group meeting point)
  • Local transportation – e.g. taxis, subway, and local 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