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Jan Term Study Abroad Information

Each year, Linfield offers eight to 12 faculty-led off-campus courses to locations around the world and destinations within the U.S. The courses offer a deep dive into a breadth of interesting, international topics from coral reef ecology of Tahiti to healthcare in Peru. Approximately 12 students are chosen by the faculty leaders for each course.

January Term off-campus courses

Linfield will pay the cost of the first round-trip air transportation from Portland, for eligible students. Please see the current university catalog for details. Estimated airfares are listed here for students who do not qualify for the subsidy provided by the university.

  • NURS 398 Women's Healthcare in Mexico and the Role of Nonprofit Organizations

    Faculty: Linda Anzalone & Jaclyn Portanova

    Students will be based in San Cristobal de las Casa in the state of Chiapas. They will examine the impact of history, economics, politics, the environment, culture, and religion on women’s reproductive health care.  Site visits to healthcare settings that serve people who are pregnant or of childbearing age will be completed by students who will have the opportunity to explore traditional and modern health care practices. Students will dialogue with those who work for nonprofit organizations to help identify the strengths and weaknesses of local and international nonprofit organizations that focus on women’s reproductive health care. Students will explore pathways to healthcare careers in the nonprofit sector.

    Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT ’24 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).

    4 credits (Pending: GP or IS)
    Program Fee: $5000  
    Estimated Air: $1000

     

  • GLSP/HIST 398 Cityscapes and Cultural Encounters: Andalusian Spain and Morocco

    Faculty: Sharon Bailey Glasco & Sonia P. Ticas

    This course focuses on historical and cultural encounters in the major cities of Andalusian Spain and Morocco - both in the past and more recently. Students experience a unique destination (especially North Africa) and are impacted by the opportunities to meet and have meaningful exchanges with locals. The time we spend in southern Spain is valuable to understand the history of occupation of the peninsula, the reconquest of territories under Muslim control and, the reasons why Muslims and Jews had to flee their homelands in Spain and start anew in cities such as those in Morocco we will be visiting. In Morocco we also learn about 19th and 20th century French and Spanish colonialism and its legacies. Through lectures, readings and site visits such as museums, marketplaces, religious spaces, etc. students will have an invaluable opportunity to investigate these cultures and expand their worldview.

    Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT ’24 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).

    4 credits (GP or VP)
    Program Fee: $5000            
    Estimated Air: $1900

  • BNMG 498 North American/European Industries: Management/Career Exploration--Compare/Contrast (U.S and Germany)

    Faculty: Virlena Crosley & Michael Hampton

    Through first-hand examination of these industries: automotive, footwear/outerwear, and wine, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the skills, concepts and theories required for success in these industries. The students will also develop knowledge of the process and effect of internationalization and globalization in business. Experiences will include site visits, tours, orientations, and interactions with international firms. Students will be challenged to integrate knowledge they have gained from other courses and apply their accumulated knowledge.  Students will engage in active research and analytical problem solving related to working in the international environment. Project work and deliverables will be team-based. This course counts as an elective course for the management, marketing, and international business majors and the management minor.

    Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT ’24 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).

    4 credits (no LC’s)
    Program Fee: $5000            
    Estimated Air: $1400

  • ARTS/MUSC 398 Architecture, Art and Music in Austria and Italy

    Faculty: Anton Belov & Brian Winkenweder

    Explore the roles artists and musicians have played in European cultures during key time periods: Roman Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Enlightenment, and Modernity.  Examine the emotional restraint of Byzantine art and Gregorian chant as artists and musicians work in service to church and state.  Chart the invention of Opera, the influence of Humanism and the importance of artisanal guilds during the Renaissance.  Assess the emotional exuberance and unrestrained expressionism of the Baroque as expressed in both art and music.  Inquire into the disciplined elegance of art and music during the Enlightenment when Neo-Classical sensibilities came to the fore.  Account for the dark Romanticism of Caspar David Friedrich, Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven.  And, finally, examine the emancipation of dissonance of Arnold Schoenberg and the sensuality of the Viennese Secessionists as individual expression in the Age of Modernism emerges as a paramount concern.

    Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT ’24 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).

    4 credits (CS or VP)
    Program Fee: $5000            
    Estimated Air: $1700

     

  • NURS 398 Health Care in United Arab Emirates

    Faculty: Henny Breen & Naomi Pitcock

    Students will examine United Arab Emirates health care system directly by traveling to United Arab Emirates and assessing the delivery of health care in various settings.  Political, economic, religious, and social forces and their effects on health care delivery and service will be explored.  There will be a focus on identifying strengths and weakness of the health care system along with comparing to the US health care system. This course is open to both nursing and non-nursing students.

    Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT ’24 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).

    4 credits (Pending: GP)
    Program Fee: $5000            
    Estimated Air: $1900

  • MATH 298/PHYS 2.98 Stars Down Under: Astronomy and Mathematics in Australia

    Professor Chuck Dunn & Professor Michael Crosser

    Examination of the contributions to astronomy by citizens of Australia. Participants in the course will travel to Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne, in Australia, with a focus on theories in cosmology.  We will examine the modern interpretation of the expanding universe in a visit with a 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics.  We also examine the requisite mathematics that undergirds the models necessary to explain the relevant cosmological phenomena. This course counts toward both the major and minor in mathematics. 

    Prerequisites: MATH 170.

    4 credits (QR)  
    Program Fee: $5000            
    Estimated Air: $2700 

     

  • THTR 398 Connecting Story to Land: Experiences in Australia and New Zealand

    Faculty: Lindsey Mantoan

    Exploration of the connections among story, creation, land, and culture in New Zealand and Australia. Study of storytelling practices, including Maori Waiata (song), haka (dance), tauparapara (chants), rock carvings and paintings, and mōteatea (poetry); creation of fantasy realms via New Zealand landscape (Hobbiton); and study of New Zealand and Australia’s distinctive postcolonial hybrid artistic identities. Visits to performance spaces, workshops with professional artists, and tours of the land to understand its relation to creation and narrative. By observing and participating in indigenous rituals, tours, and workshops, students will develop an understanding of people outside the US using interdisciplinary approaches.

    Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT ’24 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).

    4 credits (Pending: CS or GP)
    Program Fee: $5000            
    Estimated Air: $3100

  • BNSS 398 International Economic Impact of Sport Tourism in France and Austria

    Faculty: Damian Williams & Emily Kosderka

    Explore the fiscal responsibility of hosting the Olympic Games and issues related to what happens to the Olympic facilities once the Olympics are over. Examine the economic impact of hosting major sporting events such as the 2024 Summer Olympics, The French Open, and the Tour de France. Critically evaluate the economic impact of sports tourism on a major international city.

    Prerequisite: Fall semester prior to JT ’24 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).

    4 credits (Pending IS or GP)
    Program Fee: $5000            
    Estimated Air: $1700

     

Academic information

  • Jan Term off-campus courses bear the same rigorous standards and expectations as all other Linfield courses.
  • Each syllabus will outline course requirements, expectations, prerequisites and will specify which particular graduation requirements (such as Linfield Curriculum designation, major or minor credits) will be satisfied.
  • The courses are thematic and interdisciplinary in nature and are available to McMinnville and Portland students, regardless of their discipline or major, provided they meet the minimum requirements.
  • Each course is subject to revision if there are compelling factors not within Linfield’s control. 
  • Courses listed are always subject to approval via the university’s budget process.

Cost

While Linfield pays for the round trip airfare of the tuition-paying student’s first experience abroad; participants are responsible for:

  • A program fee* that covers most on-site logistical expenses and mandatory insurance.  Jan Term is billed the beginning of December.
  • The prevailing Linfield January Term per-credit fee
  • Passport, visa and luggage fees
  • Any required vaccinations  
  • Other costs not specifically covered in the program fee-participants will be informed of what additional funds will be needed.
  • All items associated with each course are subject to revision if there are compelling factors not within Linfield's discretion.  

*Costs NOT included in the January Term program fee.

**Students: Before you begin the application process, we recommend that you share course information and the associated costs with your parents.  See the link above for costs not included in the program fee.

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Faculty resources for Jan Term