Off-Campus January Term Courses

The World Is at Your Fingertips: Off-Campus J Term Courses

Complete program registration information for J Term off-campus courses.

Please note: Prices of Off-Campus J Term programs are estimates. If there are factors that affect the final cost of a program, such as fluctuations in currency exchange rates or fuel price increases, a fee adjustment will be announced. Should there be a change in a program fee students will have two weeks from notification of that change, or until the last day of classes, (whichever is shorter) to pay.

Central Europe: Populism in Central Europe

30 years ago, optimism followed the end of the Cold War. Western Europe was increasingly integrated, and the post-communist states to the east were preparing to join their democratic, prosperous neighbors. Today, populist parties play a role across the continent and have come to power in some countries. We’ll visit Vienna, Budapest, and Prague – the three great capitals of the former Habsburg Empire – looking at how the intersection of politics, economy, and national narratives is driving this movement.

Course: POSC 150/350 or ECON 150/350
Locations: Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Amy Foster Rothbart and Karl Seeley

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $2950
Length of program: 23 Days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 6-January 29, 2021
Meals: 3 meals per day included

South Korea: East Asia Business & Culture

Students will travel to  South Korea to witness first hand East Asian business and culture. Special lectures will cover specific topic areas before students visit related sites that pertain to the subject area discussed. The coupling of lectures with site visits will enhance both the visit and the lecture experience. Visited sites will include businesses, marketplaces, a seaport, special economic zones, and several UNESCO world heritage sites in both Korea and Japan. The trip will feature travel by air and land in order to highlight the movement of cargo and people throughout the world.

Course: BUSA 150/350
Locations: South Korea
Prerequisite: None
Program Leader: Aaron Stephens and Ramin Kasamanli

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $3550
Length of program: 15 Days Off-Campus.
Tentative program dates: January 4-January 26, 2021
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Spain: Art & Culture –PROGRAM FULL- No Longer Accepting Applications

Language, Art, and Cultures of Spain is a hybrid course that provides students with language immersion, experiential cultural education, and exposure to contemporary and historical art as a month-abroad course in Alicante, Spain. Students enrolled in this course will participate in homestays with native speakers and attend daily language learning classes. On afternoons and weekends, students will visit  art and cultural museums and contemporary artist’s studios as well as historic sites of traditional Islamic architecture (such as ancient mosques and castles in Alicante and surrounding cities). The tentative itinerary includes a few days stay in Madrid, several weeks in Alicante, and weekend visits to the cities of Granada and Valencia, as well as daily visits to sites of interest in and around Alicante. The course content will include Spanish language, as well as Spanish culture and art. Students will be required to do research on contemporary and historical Spanish artists or Spanish culture and write a paper at the end of the term.

Course: SPAN 285/385/485 or ART 250/350
Locations: Spain
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Karina Walker and Leah Frankel

Curricular Requirement: EL, LN3, 4 credits (satisfies Hartwick College language requirement)
Cost: $3,400
Length of program: 25 Days Off-Campus.
Tentative program dates: approx. January 4 -January 29, 2021
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Rwanda: Public Health Internship/ Education Mini-Practicum 

This trip will provide selected students with the opportunity for twenty-two days of cross-cultural immersion and practical work experience at the Centre Scolaire de Nyabirehe in the Musanze District, Central Rwanda. Participants will either complete their Education 390 Mini-Practicum at the school or undertake a Public Health Internship, also based at the school. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an exciting variety of cultural experiences and ecotourism excursions from cooking classes to a chimp trekking safari in Akagera National Park.

Course: PUBH 495 or EDU 390/391
Locations: Rwanda, Africa
Prerequisite: PUBH 100 or EDU 101/102/201/202 and permission from the instructor
Program Leaders: Elizabeth Bloom and Melanie Walcott

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $3,240
Length of program: 22 Days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 4-January 26,2021 
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Peru: Sustainable Tourism in Peru

We will travel to Peru to study tourism from a sustainable approach, examining the impact of tourists on the natural environment, economy, and socio-cultural fabric of the local community.  We will also study the psychology of tourism to understand tourists’ motivations to travel to Peru and their behaviors and attitudes once they arrive. We will visit numerous tourist-destination sites and examine sustainable policies required to minimize the ongoing deterioration of these sites (e.g., Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, etc.). We will experience the Peruvian culture through staying at family-run inns, eating traditional cuisine, visiting local churches, museums, and markets, observing local ceremonies, and visiting human settlements, co-ops, local projects, and artisan and fishing villages, where we will have the opportunity to interact with locals and see how tourism impacts how they live, work, and play. *Please note applications will be reviewed for acceptance based on first completed applications first served basis

Course: PSYC 150 or ENSS 150
Locations: Peru
Prerequisite: None
Program Leader: Lisa Onorato & Mark Davies

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $3,600
Length of program:  1 Week Online, 15 Days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 10-January 24, 2021
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Bahamas: Island Biogeography

Biogeography is defined as the study of the distribution of organisms, both past, and present. It is a science that attempts to describe and understand patterns in the distribution of species and higher taxonomic groups. As such, the field draws heavily on ecological and evolutionary theory, yet also relies on geology and geography. Islands have often been the subject of important biogeographic work and have contributed substantially to existing biogeographic theory. The course covers the important elements of biogeographic theory within the context of islands. Specifically, we examine the biology of the flora and fauna of San Salvador Island and attempt to determine which factors have given rise to the existing animal and plant communities that characterize the island.  Students in Island Biogeography spend 3 weeks in residence at the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island.  Class activities include hikes through the rugged scrub-forest communities in the island’s interior, snorkeling trips to many patch and several offshore reefs, plant community analysis, rocky intertidal community sampling, snorkeling in seagrass and mangrove habitats, a swim to an offshore island inhabited by iguanas, night snorkeling, and a descent into a water cave.  SCUBA diving is possible for certified divers.  In addition, students are exposed to the history and culture of the island.  Daytime trips to terrestrial and marine habitats are supplemented by evening lectures, discussions, and student presentations.

Course: BIOL 240
Locations: Bahamas
Prerequisite: None
Program Leader: Mark Kuhlmann and Douglas Hamilton

Curricular Requirement: LAB, 4 credits
Cost: $2,310
Length of program: 21 Days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 4-January 24,2021 
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Caribbean: Geology & Natural History of the Caribbean

This course will introduce students to the tectonic, geological, oceanographic and environmental aspects of the Caribbean, through introductory on-campus classes and a two-week field trip to the islands of Barbados and Dominica. Through a series of pre-trip, field trip and reflective assignments, students will compare/contrast the physical characteristics and environments observed on/around each island, paying close attention to the influence of geology on human society and the impact humans have had on the natural world. This course is both intellectually and physically demanding; participants will be in the field nearly every day and can expect to do a great deal of hiking, often in steep/irregular trails, in tropical heat and humidity. Other activities include a tour of the most active volcano in the Caribbean, a snorkeling trip and wildlife hikes.

Course: GEOL 275
Locations: Barbados & Dominica
Prerequisite:  None. 
Program Leaders: David Griffing and Eric Johnson

Curricular Requirement: LAB, 4 credits
Cost: $3,600
Length of program: 21 Days, 14 Days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 1-January 28,2021 
Meals: 3 meals per day included

South Africa: Culture and Challenges

South Africa is the richest African country. Its democracy is barely 20 years old, so it’s still changing since the brutal white dictatorship that ruled it for a century. We see the world’s oldest art in the Drakensberg Mountains, swim in the Indian Ocean, and observe wildlife in the Kruger Park, visiting game reserves, archaeological and fossil sites, native villages, and modern malls; museums, schools, squatter camps, and orphanages, to understand the continuing transformation of South Africa into a unified, multiracial, multicultural democracy. We will view and interview health-care providers and their clients in a variety of radically-different settings.

Course: ANTH 355 Or PUBH 355
Location: South Africa
Prerequisite: ANTH 237 or instructor permission
Program Leaders: Connie Anderson and Craig Bielert

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $3,980
Length of program: 25 days
Tentative program dates: approx.Dec. 28, 2020-Jan.22, 2021
Meals: At least 1 and sometimes 2-3 meals per day included

Japan:  Language & Culture in Tokyo

Study Japanese in Tokyo amid the dynamic cultural life of one of the world’s most globally connected cities. Spend three weeks at Toyo University, immersed in learning the language and social practices. Explore Tokyo’s vibrant urban neighborhoods and parks and get a hands-on introduction to distinctive Japanese traditions of calligraphy and woodblock printing. This course will satisfy the Hartwick College language requirement.

Course: JAPN 105/205
Location: Japan
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Cherilyn Lacy

Curricular Requirement: EL, LN3, 4 credits (satisfies Hartwick College language requirement)
Cost: $3950
Length of program: 23 days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 4-January 26, 2021
Meals: None included

Thailand: People, Animals, & Plants of Thailand

The hills of Northern Thailand provide a home for many different ethnic peoples, who have for centuries lived in harmony with their environment. These unique cultures are currently being threatened by globalization and the modern problems of immigration, restricted land use, crop restrictions, lack of cash crops and productive forests, environmental degradation, water pollution, poor sanitation, and lack of food security. The objective of this course is to be involved in a mutual relationship with the hill tribe villagers, where we can learn from and help each other.

Course: BIOL 242
Location: Thailand
Program Leaders: Linda Swift and Joshua Garrett

Curricular Requirement: LAB, EL 4 credits
Cost: $4200
Length of program: 22 days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 4-January 26, 2021
Meals: 3 meals per day included



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