J-Term, or January Term, is a special month-long study period in which Carthage students explore ...

Where will you go for J-Term?

J-Term, or January Term, is a special month-long period of study in which Carthage students explore subjects outside their majors or minors, discover new interests, and test their creativity through classes held both on campus and around the world. It’s a month to experiment, create, and dream.

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Students and faculty on the 2023 study tour to the Galápagos Islands.

J-Term 2024 Study tours announced: Where in the world is Carthage?

What’s the best way to study the religion and culture of Tanzania or explore a Caribbean coral reef ecosystem? How about traditional and nontraditional healing in India? Or the indigenous arts and creativity of Costa Rica? Ask students who have traveled during J-Term, and they’ll tell you: The best way to explore a topic is to dive right in. See it — and experience it — for yourself.

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J-TErm in Photos

On a day trip from Valencia, Carthage students sit atop Calpe Rock along Spain's eastern coast.

January Term: No. 6 in the country

Since January 1973, Carthage has offered students the opportunity to leave the Wisconsin winters to explore the world and learn lessons that can’t be taught in the classroom. The ongoing commitment to offer these opportunities is reflected in the “Open Doors” report published yearly by the Institute of International Education which has rated Carthage No. 6 among baccalaureate institutions for student participation in short-term study abroad.

Nationally Ranked

First-Year Experiences

Students in the 2023 Paris study tour pose for a photo outside The Louvre.

Financial Aid Awards for J-Term

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Carthage has scholarship funds available to support students with financial needs and who wish to participate in short- or long-term study abroad programs.

Applications are now open for study abroad and experiential learning program awards for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and J-Term 2024!

Learn more about the available scholarships

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