Journey Away for January Term

Each January, PLU offers a variety of local and global faculty-led study away courses.  These intensive short-term travel programs are academically integrated experiences, carefully planned and administered by PLU faculty and Wang Center staff.  J-Term study away courses are Global Scholar Award eligible and students are encouraged to check out these external scholarship/funding resources.



  • January 2023: J-Term 2024 study away course offerings announced
  • February 1st: Applications open for J-Term 2024 study away programs and Global Scholar Award
  • April 15th: Application deadline for J-Term 2024 study away programs and Global Scholar Award
    (It is strongly recommended that students apply early)
  • May 5th: J-Term 2024 Decision Date
  • Late May: Global Scholar Award Decision Date
  • May 19th: J-Term 2024 Confirmation Deadline
  • Summer – Early Fall: Extended application deadlines (rolling) for select programs on a first-come, first-served basis

Explore 2024 Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs

J-Term 2024 England (Oxford) program
IHON 257 or RELI 287 (RC) | Religion & Politics
J-Term 2024 England Kineasiology Course
KINS 326 | Adapted Physical Activity
J-Term 2024 England Psychology Course
PSYC 483 | Psychology of Expertise: London as a Case Study
J-Term 2024 Greece religion course
RELI 215 (C, RG) | Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean
J-Term 2024 Italy history course
HIST 289 (C, SO) | History of Gender, Economic, and Environmental Development in Italy
J-Term 2024 Mexico nursing course
NURS 487/587/687 | Social Determinants of Health in Oaxaca: Understanding the Complexities

Note: this course is open to undergraduate and graduate students

J-Term 2024 Puerto Rico Spanish course
HISP 201/202/301/401 (C) | Intensive Spanish and Culture in Puerto Rico
J-Term 2024 Tobago Social Work Course
SOCW 325 (C) | Social, Health and Educational Services in Tobago
Italy 2024 music course
MUSI 387 | The Musical Culture of Italy

This is a Spring 2024 course on campus with required 14 days of travel in early June

This program is still accepting applications!


  • Students may only submit one J-Term study away program application
  • Within the application, applicants may list their 2nd or 3rd choice programs
  • If a student is not selected for their 1st choice program, a Wang Center staff member may contact the applicant before the May decision date. Instructions will be provided to the student for how they can revise and resubmit their application in order to receive consideration for their 2nd choice program
  • It is strongly recommended that students apply early!
  • Each program has a minimum and maximum capacity

Things to Know about Financing Your J-Term Study Away Experience

  • No tuition fee for J-Term study away courses
  • Program fees differ for each J-Term study away course based on the cost of travel to the site, what is included in the experience, and other factors. The Wang Center aims to keep J-Term study away program fees as low as possible.
  • Global Scholar Awards provide up to a 20% reduction of the final program fee or maximum of $1,000
  • Explore and apply for external study away scholarships – for example, students who are US citizens and receive a Pell Grant could be eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship.
  • Read over the J-Term 2024 Study Away Financial Planning Sheet

** 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. **

J-Term Study Away Archive