Wang Center for Global EducationStudent Opportunities

J-Term Programs

A J-Term study away program is held in January, between the Fall and Spring semesters.  These short-term, faculty-led study away programs are intensive academic experiences that are initiated, organized, and carried out by members of the PLU faculty, with assistance from the Wang Center for Global Education.  Each J-Term, approximately 300 students immerse themselves in a new country, culture or discipline that they many have never imagined. 

J-Term 2015 Course Offerings

* Information on this site is frequently updated.  Check back throughout April 2014 for additional program details. *  

Some program fees are listed with an estimated range.  All program fees will be finalized by April 10, 2014.

The RELI 213 (RG) Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean course is currently closed.  Please consider an alternate J-Term course.

International Offerings:

Andean History

Gina Hames, History


Business and Culture of China and South Korea

Brian Maeng, Business


Environmental Literature in Ecuador and Peru: Galapagos, Amazon and Andes

Charles Bergman, English


Language and Culture in the New Germany

Kirsten Christensen, Languages and Literatures


Eternal Summer Gilds Them Yet: The Literature, Legend, and Legacy of Ancient Greece

Eric Nelson, Languages and Literatures


RELI 213: Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (RG)

Antonios Finitsis, Religion

COURSE CLOSED: Please consider an alternate J-term course

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Comparative Education - Hungary

Frank Kline, Education

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Saraswati: The Exploration of Art, Culture, and Spirituality in Bali

JP Avila, Art

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Comparative Education - Namibia

Jan Weiss, Education


Learning While Tramping on the Track of New Zealand

Bradford Moore, Kinesiology


Social, Educational, and Health Services in Tobago

JoDee Keller, Social Work

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Spanish Immersion in Montevideo

Perla Gamboa, Languages and Literatures


** Wang Center staff regularly assess the political situations at all PLU program sites in light of student safety and health so that you have a safe and productive educational experience while studying away. **

Domestic Offerings:

Makah Culture Past and Present

David Huelsbeck, Anthropology

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January Term on the Hilltop

Kathy Russell, Social Work

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Democracy in Theory and in Practice

Michael Schleeter, Philosophy


Cancelled Courses:

The following courses received support and approval by the Department Chair, Academic Dean, Global Education Committee, Executive Director of the Wang Center, and Provost, but were canceled for various reasons.  This program listing is for informational purposes only.

Economics of Sports

Mark Reiman, Economics

Norris Peterson, Economics

Printmaking in China

Craig Cornwall, Art

**The Wang Center will support two MBA International Experience programs in 2015:

Please contact the School of Business if you are interested in any of these program opportunities, 253-535-7244 or

January 2015 - Peru
Exploring the Wonders of Peru: International Business and Culture
Professor Mark Mulder

Spring Break 2015 - China & Taiwan
Business Culture and Management in East Asia
Professor Chung-Shing Lee

J-Term 2014 Course Offerings