IAU is pleased to offer ten January Term Programs. These programs are designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience abroad. The academic component of each program consists of a series of briefings from leading academic, literary, and political personalities and experts from around the world. Participants will visit several countries and will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the field of politics, art history, history, and culture.
Aix-en-Provence - France
American Diplomacy - France, Morocco, Belgium
Environmental Security & Sustainability - Spain, Italy, France
Europe and the Islamic World - France, Spain, Morocco
Wine, Gastronomy and Tourism - France and Spain
Great Cities - Italy, France, the Netherlands, Czech Republic
International Business - France, Morocco, Belgium, Germany
The Mediterranean Basin - France, Greece, Italy
Mediterranean Ecology - Spain, Italy, France
Moroccan Studies - Morocco
Religion, Art & Architecture - Morocco, Spain, Turkey, Israel
Shakespeare and the Theatre - England
J-Term in Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence • Marseille
IAU’s January Term (J-Term) in Aix-en-Provence is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in southern France. IAU offers a variety of J-term courses particular to each student’s academic needs. IAU's exceptional out-of-classroom experiences include homestays, regional field studies and extracurricular activities such as wine tastings and course trips. The many libraries, museums, churches, bookstores, markets, and cafes have earned Aix its reputation as one of France's most engaging cities. A wealth of cinemas, restaurants, art galleries, and sports facilities welcomes Aix's students. With its charm and Mediterranean climate, Aix-en-Provence is one of the most popular and sought after cities in France.
Marseille • Aix-en-Provence • Casablanca • Rabat • Tangiers • Paris • Brussels
This program is 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 IAU scholars and resident experts will 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.
Environmental Security & Sustainability of the Mediterranean
Spain • Italy • 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 course first examines the nature of climate change, its causes, and the role it plays in regional security. Second, the course 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 from Rome to Malaga.
Europe & the Islamic World
France • Morocco • Gibraltar • Spain
This program features an academic and cultural tour of key cities in France, Morocco, & Spain. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications. The academic component consists of a series of briefings from leading European academic, literary, and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic world.
Wine, Gastronomy & Tourism of the Mediterranean
Aix-en-Provence • Coteaux d’Aix • Cassis • Barcelona • Penedes • Costa Brava
Gastronomic tourism is becoming a real player in the tourism market as food and wine-related services and events attract greater numbers of tourists each year. This seminar examines the J-Term) Traveling Seminar builds visual literacy in the history of art and archaeology as well as examines philosophical literature of the Mediterranean Basin- from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The seminar cultivates strong research and critical thinking skills and develops 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 from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the field of history, art history, and archaeology.
Rome • Marseille • Paris • Amsterdam • Prague
Traveling to some of the major European cities, this seminar will explore the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization. The course will focus primarily on the artistic conception of the city in the late nineteenth-century up to the contemporary setting, observing and studying sites that have inspired artists from Petronius to Alexandre Dumas to Franz Kafka. Through literature, cinema, music and painting, students will take advantage of the physical settings in order to better understand the aesthetic, demographic and historical importance of these cities in their European context. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts from IAU as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides in order to frame their own perception of the cities and these cities’ representation through the arts. At the end of this three-week traveling seminar, students will better appreciate the interplay between the historical realities and fictional and/or imaginary perspectives of European cities.
France • Morocco • Belgium • Germany
The International Business Traveling Seminar is designed for students 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 from IAU as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides.
France • Spain • Italy
Throughout this course, students will examine the origins and drivers of the today’s Mediterranean biodiversity and review some of the up-to-date studies about its current situation. Students will also identify the most prominent threats to the future of Mediterranean biodiversity including mainly human-derived practices with direct impact such as warfare, urbanization, deforestation, desertification and intensive agriculture in addition to the indirect projected consequences of the slow on-set of global climate change. The course includes encounters with local, regional and multinational political actors to explore their opinions and contributions to conserve the wealthy Mediterranean natural heritage.
The J-Term in Morocco Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in learning about the major issues a multi-ethnic, predominantly Islamic, and developing country contends with. The Seminar will expose students to diverse and sometimes opposed views to these major issues. During the three-week seminar students will visit five cities and will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars and practitioners in regards to culture, human rights, politics, and economic development.
Religion, Art & Architecture
Morocco • Gibraltar • Spain • Turkey • Israel
IAU’s January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and Israel. The program is a comparative study of the three Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It examines the religions’ shared aspects as well as distinct elements. The course compares the three religions and examines the way these three major traditions impact the modern West and the Middle East specifically. Special attention will be given to the city of Jerusalem, where students will study and explore Jewish, Christian, and Islamic holy sites.
Shakespeare and the Theatre
London • Stratford • Oxford
There is no better place to study Shakespeare than the banks of the Thames, the alleys of East Cheap and amidst the architecture and vistas that he knew. This course will teach Shakespeare as one of history's great artists - whose greatness was forged within the pressures and contingencies of the real world. Much of that world is there today to be studied and experienced.
France • Italy • Greece
IAU’s January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminar builds visual literacy in the history of art and archaeology as well as examines philosophical literature of the Mediterranean Basin- from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The seminar cultivates strong research and critical thinking skills and develops 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 from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the field of history, art history, and archaeology.
During these seminars, participants will stay in a combination of hotels, residence halls, shared apartments, and home stays. All breakfasts and some dinners are included. Please click here for more detailed travel itineraries.
Candidates and Admission
APPLY NOW! The J-term Traveling Seminar is open to U.S. undergraduate students of any major. Applications will be accepted on a rolling, space-available basis until October 1. For any questions on the program, please contact Alicia Freter (firstname.lastname@example.org) IAU's Assistant Director and IAU J-Term Coordinator.