Jan Term vs Semester/Year Abroad

Below is a look at the benefits of studying abroad for a Jan Term versus the benefits of studying abroad for a semester/year. 

    Jan Term Abroad Semester/Year Abroad
1 Length 4 weeks in January
(minimum 3 weeks abroad)
Semester: 3.5-5 months
Year: 7-10 months
2 Taught By One or two Linfield faculty Non-Linfield faculty (with
exception of Oaxaca program)

3
Language of
Courses
English Depends on location
4 Interactions Close and less formal
interaction between
students and faculty
Culture-centered: lengthy
immersion into a specific
foreign culture

5
Enrollment
Restrictions
Open to every Linfield
student, although some
courses have
pre-requeisites
Various enrolling procedures
depending on program; some
programs require proficiency in
foreign language


6
Engagement
with Host
Culture
Various levels of
engagement with
the host culture
Resident oberservers and
partakers of the culture (family
stay mandatory or other options
provided, depending on program)
7 Emphasis Emphasis on group
experience and
reliance
Emphasis on experiential
learning, individual resiliance
and adaptability; transformation
in self-awareness and world view
8 Courses In-depth and fast-paced
exploration of a specific
topic in one or several
cultures
Holistic approach: variety of
courses related to target culture
(art, history, politics, sociology, etc.)
9 Discipline Multidisciplinary and
usually not major
specific
Multidisciplinary and usually not
major specific, other than year-
long language based programs

10
Service
Learning
Normally 20 to 30% of
course offerings are
service oriented
Lengthy commitment to
volunteering and community
service (required for some
programs)

11
Curriculum
Design
Most courses carry a
Linfield Curriculum
designation
Most courses carry a
Linfield Curriculum
designation

12
Major/Minor
Credits
May count toward a major
or minor
Courses count toward various
majors/minors

13
Student
Population
Ideal for transfer students,
but all students welcome
Recommended for all students

14
Travel
Opportunities
Limited independent travel
during the term
Possibility for individual travel
during semester breaks

15
Selectivity of
Applicants
Participation based upon
a competitive selection
process
Participation based upon
a competitive selection
process

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