January Term Traveling Seminars

 
About January Term

JANUARY TERM TRAVELING SEMINARS

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

January Term Traveling Seminars are unique in that students get to visit several different cities or even several different countries in one trip!

ASA is pleased to offer 13 different January Term Traveling Seminars in 2020! This can be treated as a stand-alone winter break 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 (1 course).

2020 Seminars

2020 SEMINARS

+ January Term I 2020: Europe & the Islamic World – France, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar

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, 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 2020 Europe and the Islamic World January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term II 2020: Mediterranean Basin – France, Italy, Greece

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, Pont du Gard, Nimes, Pompeii, Paestum, Rome, Florence, Athens, Cape Sounion, Mycenae, Epidaurus, 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 2020 Mediterranean Basin January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term III 2020: Great Cities – Italy, France, England, Czech Republic

An exciting academic and cultural experience in Italy, France, England, 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 Visited: Rome, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, London, 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 2020 Great Cities January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term IV 2020: Theatre Alive – England, Scotland, Ireland

An exciting academic and cultural experience in England, Scotland, 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 Visited: London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh, 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 2020 Theatre Alive January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term V 2020: American Diplomacy – France, Tunisia, Belgium

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 2020 American Diplomacy January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term VI 2020: Wine, Gastronomy, and Sustainability of the Mediterranean – France and Spain

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 Visited: Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Bordeaux, Barcelona, 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 2020 Wine Studies January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term VII 2020: North African Studies – Morocco, Tunisia

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 2020 North African Studies January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term VIII 2020: French Language and Culture – France

The French Language and Culture January Term in Aix-en-Provence is designed for students interested in a linguistic 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 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 subject to change.)

+ January Term IX 2020: Mediterranean Ecology – Spain, France

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 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 2020 Mediterranean Ecology January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term X 2020: International Business – France, Morocco, Belgium

The International Business traveling seminar is designed for students who are interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, and Belgium. 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 Visited: Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Marrakesh, 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.

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2020 International Business January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term XI 2020: Sports and Society – England and Spain

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 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 2020 Sports and Society January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term XII 2020: Spanish Culture and Society – Spain

The Spanish Culture and Society January Term Seminar is based in Seville and hosted by the International College of Seville (ICS). This program is designed for students wishing to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Spain. For approximately 2 weeks students will live with local Spanish hosts in Seville, participate in field studies throughout southern Spain, enroll in courses focused on Spanish culture and society, 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 people, customs, and culture of Spain in a hands-on, experiential learning environment.

Cities Visited: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba

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

Click here for a DETAILED ITINERARY of the 2020 Spanish Culture and Society January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

+ January Term XIII 2020: Psychology of Peace and Conflict – Morocco, Spain, Gibraltar, France

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 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 2020 Psychology of Peace and Conflict January Term trip! (Trip itineraries are subject to change.)

 
Application Deadline

Application Deadline

SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

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

In order to secure your space on January 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.

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

What's Included?

WHAT’S INCLUDED?



  • 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 Culture and Society) 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 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 any of the countries visited during your official program itinerary.

  • PRE-DEPARTURE HANDBOOK & ON-SITE ORIENTATION

Not Included

WHAT’S 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. Before your trip start date, you will receive emails 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 should consult with ASA before making travel plans or purchasing airfare.

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA 2.5 (Students with GPA below 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • Language requirement: None

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have graduated from high school

    • Transcript from your college or university (unofficial is ok). If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit a transcript from each institution.

    • ASA Application. To start a new application or continue an existing application, click here.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Students are advised to APPLY EARLY for January Term, as enrollment is capped at 30 students per program, and some January Term programs fill to capacity before the Application Deadline.

Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

What’s Included?

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
January Term I 2020 Europe and the Islamic World (France, Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMI
January Term II 2020 Mediterranean Basin (France, Italy, Greece)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMII
January Term III 2020 Great Cities (Italy, France, England, Czech Republic)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMIII
January Term IV 2020 Theatre Alive (England, Scotland, and Ireland)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMIV
January Term V 2020 American Diplomacy (France, Tunisia, Belgium)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMV
January Term VI 2020 Wine, Gastronomy, and Sustainability of the Mediterranean (France and Spain)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMVI
January Term VII 2020 North African Studies (Morocco and Tunisia)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMVII
January Term VIII 2020 French Language and Culture (France) $5,085Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMVIII
January Term IX 2020 Mediterranean Ecology (Spain and France)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMIX
January Term X 2020 International Business (France, Morocco, Belgium)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMX
January Term XI 2020 Sports and Society (England and Spain)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMXI
January Term XII 2020 Spanish Culture and Society (Spain)$5,085Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMXII
January Term XIII 2020 Psychology of Peace and Conflict (Morocco, Spain, Gibraltar, France)$5,945Sept. 1, ’19 Sept. 15, ’19 JTERMXIII