January is an exciting time at Randolph-Macon College where students can travel
abroad and study while being immersed in a different culture. We call it J-Term,
a four week session between the fall and spring semesters when students have access
to unique and cultural educational opportunities. This year, a record 210 students
are packing their bags and traveling to one of nine countries. They’ll learn about
the country they visit, conduct research, and develop a new appreciation for cultural
Students will choose one-of-a-kind international study opportunities, such as studying
animal behavior while staying at a nature reserve in Costa Rica; exploring the history
of the West African nation of Ghana; climbing the Great Wall in China while studying
the country’s culture and society; traveling to Japan to study Tokyo’s past and
present; or studying the history of mathematics in England.
J-term not only offers global educational opportunities, but life-changing experiences.
Many students say it’s one of the brightest highlights of their undergraduate career.
For example, during last J-Term (2007), 24 students traveled to Brazil to study
the history of mission work and social justice in the South American country. They
worked at a summer camp for urban, underprivileged children in the coastal city
of Vitoria. They helped to complete construction of a camp dormitory, as well as
landscaping and fence construction.
Another group of students traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to explore the
social transformations in this country as it moves towards democracy. The students
were able to visit townships and witness everyday life as well as see, first-hand,
various sights of the anti-apartheid struggle.
You can follow the travel of students during the upcoming 2008 J-Term program on
our website. Several students from each course will post “J-Term Diaries” during
their travel and will share experiences as well as photos so you can keep up with
their exciting adventures. So buckle up and visit www.rmc.edu often!