Photo from J Term 2014

Hartwick Students Making the Most of J Term

January 5, 2016

Hartwick College students will take advantage of a host of unique experiential learning opportunities across the country and around the world during the College’s annual January Term (J Term) session. From January 4 through February 1, more than 200 students will fan out across the globe to take courses and earn valuable work experience.

“J Term is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” said Director of Global Education and Service Learning Godlove Fonjweng. “Between the courses we offer here and abroad and the on-site work opportunities the students set up with employers around the world, J Term provides critical experiential learning that compliments what we teach in the classroom.”

For international study, students selected one of 10 J Term courses led by Hartwick faculty. Students could study art history in Italy, nursing in Jamaica, or anthropology in South Africa. They could also choose courses taking place in Costa Rica, Madagascar, the Czech Republic, Ireland, or England. A host of scholarships are available for students to help leverage these opportunities.

Two domestic courses are also being offered in Hawaii, along with more traditional – yet no less intense – classes held on the Hartwick campus.

Along with the option of taking courses, students can create their own internships, both domestic and abroad. This year students have arranged internships in business administration in London, veterinary medicine in New Hampshire, and with many employers across New York State. Some students will also use J Term to extend fall internships.

Along with carrying out work responsibilities, students will be required to create lesson plans, reports or projects, or make final presentations to earn their internship credits, depending on academic department guidelines.

Dylan Youngs ’18 is excited to serve as a teaching assistant with Adirondack Central School in Boonville, NY for his first J Term program. A history major who plans to minor in music, Youngs will work with students in grades 9-12 in a choir room. His duties will include helping students understand their music, and assisting the music instructor.

“With Common Core on the rise in New York, I feel it is prudent that teachers start introducing the arts into a daily curriculum,” said Youngs. “Through my internship, I hope to learn clever and creative ways in which music can complement classroom subject matter.”

For more information on the College’s J Term program click here, or contact Fonjweng at or (607) 431-4414.