"Before I left for this trip, someone told me to experience it all. I feel like I really have done that. We have seen all ends of the spectrum. Our cultural experience has been unbelievable, and the connection we have all made with this country will last a lifetime."
Carter Augustine, '08Spent January Term in Romania
How would you like to spend one month each year, the month of January, doing something that could change your life? What about earning a biology credit for studying comparative animal behavior in Costa Rica or satisfying a Spanish language requirement in the land of the Incas? A world of possibilities is yours at Randolph-Macon, and January Term is the perfect time to explore some of them. The January Term Study/Travel Courses are challenging, exciting academic and intercultural experiences. You'll finish the term with experience on your resume, credit on your transcript and the memories of a grand adventure!
REGISTRATION: Students must take their check and signed add-form to Registrar’s Office to be added to a J-term study/travel course.
COSTS: All J-term study/travel courses have costs in addition to R-MC’s tuition, room, and board. Costs vary but usually cover airfare, lodging, some meals, and ground transportation overseas. Prices listed below are approximate and do not typically include passports, visas or vaccinations. The costs will be billed separately from your fall tuition bill. . OIE issues invoices for enrolled students with amounts due in August and October. Click here to learn about the deposit/payment policy and procedure as well as the cancellation and refund policy.
GPA AND CLASS LEVEL: No minimum grade point average (GPA) or year in college is required for participation in J-term study/travel courses.
PREREQUISITES: If a course has a prerequisite, a note to that effect appears on our J-term brochures. See course descriptions in the Academic Catalog for more details.
CONTACT THE INSTRUCTORS: Faculty members hold organizational meetings and orientation sessions with students, sometimes months before travel courses begin. So if you preregister for a study/travel course, contact the faculty member teaching the class, let him or her know you plan to take it, and give the instructor your telephone number(s), e-mail address(es), and mailing addresses (home and college) so he or she can contact you about meetings prior to the start of J-term.
ORIENTATION: In addition to meetings required by the Instructor, students are strongly encouraged to attend a pre-departure orientation session conducted by the Office of International Education (OIE) during the Fall semester.
ON-CAMPUS PHASE: Classes meet on campus before and/or after the time abroad.
FORMS: All participants must complete a set of forms distributed at the fall orientation sessions and made available on the OIE’s website. Those who fail to submit the forms will not be allowed to participate and will lose any deposits and payments.
NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS: R-MC students registered with the Financial Aid office and eligible for financial aid may apply for funds to help cover the cost of study/travel courses (however; recipients may not apply J-term scholarship awards toward the 50% deposit). Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
CONDUCT: Students whose conduct is disruptive of a study/travel course may be sent home at their own expense. In such cases, the student will fail the course and will not receive a refund.
PASSPORTS: Each participant traveling outside the U.S. must have a passport, valid for at least 6 months after the end of the J-term study/travel course.
VISAS: Required to enter some countries. For details, contact the course instructor or visit travel.state.gov.
CREDIT: All J-term study/travel courses are 3 credit R-MC classes, except that some of the courses (i.e. lab courses) are 4 credit hours.
Thank your for your interest in January Term Study/Travel Courses! For more information contact the Office of International Education.