Study Abroad – Immersive Term Travel

Would you like to have the opportunity to study and travel with a Franklin College professor and your fellow Grizzlies? Then consider participating in an Immersive Term study away course.

Franklin College offers a variety of faculty-led Immersive Term study away courses for students. These courses are academically rigorous courses in locations around the world. Students have the opportunity to learn about different subjects in a variety of worldwide locations. Opportunities vary by year, but past locations have included Costa Rica, England, Spain, France and Uganda. Courses have covered different subject matter, including: history, service-learning, languages, religion, architecture and sport.

Immersive Term study away courses are an exciting part of the Franklin College curriculum.

Locations for the following Immersive Term are released to campus in early February.

Immersive Term Dates

Immersive Term is held each January. Courses vary in length but will spend approximately 2-3 weeks overseas.

Application Due Date

Applications are available outside the office of global education and are due March 15.

Program Fee

International Immersive Term study away courses have an all-inclusive fee of $4000. The $4000 program fee covers international flights, international health insurance, overseas accommodations, overseas transportation, course excursions, cultural activities, classroom accommodations, historical site tours, local guides, and Franklin College academic credit.

Financial aid is available for Immersive Term study away courses. Students interested in discussing aid options should contact the Franklin College Office of Financial Aid.

The fee for domestic Immersive Term study away courses will vary on location.

Academic Credit

All Immersive Term study away courses are offered for 3 academic credits.



Students must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 the two semesters preceding the time away. For instance, students taking part in a 2014-15 Immersive Term course must obtain a GPA of 2.0 in the spring of 2013-14 and the fall of 2014-15.


Students may not be on social probation the two semesters preceding their desired participation in a semester away.


Student must maintain that their student account is in good standing with the Franklin College business office.

How to Prepare

Students should begin preparing now to study away. It is never too early to start saving funds for an overseas experience. Pick up a guidebook or research potential study away locations online.

How to learn more

The office of global education is available to help make your traveling dreams a reality. Stop by our office in JCFA to learn more about the Immersive Term study away program or connect with us on Facebook.

2021 Immersive Term Study Abroad Courses

2021 - Austria & Germany - Dark & Light: The Psychological Underpinnings of WWII

Course Instructor: Kristin Flora, Course Coordinator: Bill Eller

The origins of psychology are deeply rooted in understanding the dark side of human nature. Two men who have contributed to this legacy, Sigmund Freud and Adolf Hitler, illustrate how one’s personal quest for glory - shaped by competition and quest for dominance, political strife and personal failures - can have disastrous consequences. Traveling from Vienna, Austria to Munich, Germany students will follow the paths of Freud and Hitler, learning how both personality and environment shaped their values and beliefs.

2021 - France - Bon Appetit! French Gastronomy from Paris to Southern France, and French Language Immersion

Course Instructor: Richard Erable, Course Coordinator: Kristin Wasielewski

France - French Language Immersion
Course Instructor: Kristin Wasielewski

While in France, students will be encouraged - through what they read, discuss, and write about - to concentrate much of their critical acumen on the ways French culture expresses itself through its attitudes toward the selection, preparation, and consumption of food, and students will also be encouraged to think about the ways French attitudes toward food are similar and different from American attitudes, and about what they can learn from the comparisons and contrasts they notice.

2021 - Guatemala- Spanish Language Immersion and Fair Trade

Course Instructor: Agueda Mayan, Course Coordinator: Tara Ricke

This course will provide an opportunity to increase language skills through dynamic immersion experience in Spanish social and cultural context. Along with Spanish immersion, students will learn about fair trade in the coffee industry and its practice of sustainable agriculture in Guatemala. They will experience firsthand how to cultivate, harvest and roast coffee.

2021 - Italy - Language and Culture of Italy

Course Instructors: Nick Crisafulli and John Boardman

Italy, and specifically Florence, remains a focal point for the emergence of European Renaissance ideas and remains an aesthetic foundation for western art and architecture. Specifically, students will see how the ideas of politics, sex, and religion are represented in the art and architecture as well as the patronage behind the creation of these lasting works, while studying the Italian Language. Italy is the perfect location to see the evolution of medieval art into the humanist aesthetic that became popular during the European Renaissance.

2021 - Morocco & Spain - Moroccan Culture and its Influence on Southern Spain

Course Instructor: Cheryl Crane, Course Coordinator: Jarrod Brett

The Kingdom of Morocco’s history shaped its culture, as evidenced through music, food, religion, and architecture. This course will visit Casablanca (where DJs mix folk music in clubs to reclaim Morocco’s identity from its colonial past) and Rabat (host to one of the largest music festivals in the world). We will depart for southern Spain to witness the influence of Morocco on Andalusian culture. The culture’s marks are in the Arabic architecture and Mediterranean cuisine of the region, but what role does it play in shaping traditional and contemporary Spanish music? The primary focus of this course is on cultural tourism - learning by visiting famous cultural sites in two of the most diverse and culturally rich capitals in the world.

2021 - South Africa - Sport in South Africa: A Racial Divide & Future Transformation

Course Instructor: Adam Heavrin, Course Coordinator: Jason Jimerson

This course will explore the connection between a rich tradition of sport and the history of apartheid driven racism and oppression in South Africa. Students will learn the culture of South Africa is in many ways, defined by its connection to some of the world's most popular sports: rugby, cricket, and soccer. This connection will be investigated through the lens of sociocultural impact apartheid has had on the region. Students will have the opportunity to take in the rich culture and participate in immersive physical activities around Cape Town. 

2021 - New York City - Art and the City

Course Instructor: Nicole Dular

This domestic course will take students to one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, New York City. In this ample context, students will learn to analyze, through first-hand experience, two of the most fundamental and most abstract questions about art. First, what makes something art? And, second, what makes something good or bad art? In exploring these questions, students will be exposed to a variety of mediums which have both traditionally and non-traditionally been considered art, including: visual art, music, written art, dance, fashion, comedy and food.

2021 - New York City - Model United Nations

Course Instructor: Randy Smith, Course Coordinator: Lisa Mahan

This course offers students an opportunity to assume the role of the Machiavelli’s Prince and employ game theory in democratic arrangements in simulation of international diplomacy. Within the United Nations, students will learn to employ rules of procedure and methods of conflict resolution to affect policy in a manner that best suits their assigned state’s interests. Students peer into the complexity of the United Nations through the study of current pressing inter-national issues.

NOTE: Travel for Model UN will occur during the spring semester.


Did You Know?

There were 77 travelers for Immersive Term January 2020.