The January Term Traveling Seminar 2019 Overview

ASA January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminar – Overview

ASA is pleased to offer ELEVEN different January Term Traveling Seminars in 2019! January Term (J-Term) refers to winter break and is typically the first 2-3 weeks of January.  Our January 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 2019. 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 2019! Please be aware that in 2017, some trips were already full before the application deadline.

In order to secure your space on J-Term 2019, we need your complete application package and a non-refundable $1,500 Down Payment BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2018.  Full payment for the remainder of your program fees will be due Sept. 15, 2018.  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, 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 socio-cultural 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! (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, 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! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM III: 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! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM IV: 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 theatres 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! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM V: 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! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM VI: 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! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM VII: 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 NGO’s 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.  (Syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

  • Religion 345: Religious Radicalism: North Africa as a Case Study
  • Religion 355: Judaism in Islamic Land
  • Religion 365: Understanding Islam
  • History 355: Islam and the West: A Historical Perspective
  • History 365: History and Politics of North Africa
  • Political Science 365: History and Politics of North Africa
  • Sociology 365: Human Rights in North Africa

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2019 North African Studies January Term trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

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.   Alongside Beginner or Elementary French language classes, the program offers exceptional out-of-classroom experiences like 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 (France): 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 January in Southern France trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM IX: 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! (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, 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! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

J-TERM XI: 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.  (Syllabi will be posted as soon as they are available.)

  • Business 365: Sports & Society in Europe
  • Cross Cultural Studies 365: Sports & Society in Europe
  • Sociology 365: Sports & Society in Europe

 

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2019 Sports and Society January Term trip! (ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

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

  • LODGING & PARTIAL BOARD (all J-Terms except VIII): 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 (January in Southern France), lodging will be with host families only, with daily breakfast and 6 dinners per week provided by the host family.  Other meals are the student’s responsibility.  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 1 class (3 semester credits)
  • 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 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

 

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