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: Karl Seeley and Daniel Oross

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $2900
Length of program: 25 days, 21 Days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 3-January 28, 2022
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 Maenghwa Jo

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $3,850
Length of program: 22 Days, 15 Days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 3-January 26, 2022
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Spain: Art & Culture

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 3 -January 28, 2022
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: $3,360
Length of program: 25 Days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 2-January 26,2022
Meals: 2 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 St. Lucia. 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 & St. Lucia
Prerequisite:  None. 
Program Leaders: David Griffing and Eric Johnson

Curricular Requirement: LAB, 4 credits
Cost: $3,800
Length of program: 21 Days, 15 Days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 3-January 23, 2022
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: $3,950
Length of program: 25 days
Tentative program dates: approx. Dec. 26, 2021-Jan.22, 2022
Meals: 1 to 2 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: $4,030
Length of program: 25 days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 3-January 30, 2022
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
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Linda Swift and Joshua Garrett

Curricular Requirement: LAB, EL 4 credits
Cost: $4,000
Length of program: 22 days Off-Campus
Tentative program dates: January 3-January 25, 2022
Meals: 3 meals per day included



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