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.

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.

Past Immersive Term Study Abroad Courses

2018 - Brazil – Brazilian Culture and History

Students focused their study on Brazilian history and culture, including the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the relationship between European immigration, race, and the development of soccer as a national pastime. Students also experienced and visited a samba school, a capoeira school, and the beach. Led by Lourdes Hurtado and Edward Chikwana

2018 - Ireland – Sport, History and Culture

In this course, students examined the deep historical and cultural roots of Ireland while also exploring the Irish Sport and Health Industries. Students explored the role that sport played in the Irish struggle for independence and identity. Led by Max Adolphs and Kristin Flora

2018 - Japan – Discover Japan: Architecture and Culture in Japan

Students explored various aspects of Japanese architecture, from temples built in the year 670 to modern buildings. Students also focused on Japanese culture through discussions, tours, and workshops, learning how traditional practices and new technologies coexist. Led by Fumie Sunahori and Ann Smith

2017 - Model UN (NYC) - The Role of the Diplomat

During January, students researched and learned about an assigned state and a set of three related pre-determined topics of international concern. They also learned aspects of playing a role and how to politick in a forum employing Robert’s Rules. This January class-time served as preparation for attendance and competition at NMUN-NY, the world’s largest international simulation of the United Nations, with travel for this course held in late March. Led by Randy Smith and Emily Jones

2017 - Uganda - Drawn Together: Understanding Uganda through the Arts

This course looked at the culture of Uganda as reflected in the arts and examined the role of the visual arts in the alleviation of poverty and to heal a country devastated by war. Service learning was an integral part of this study away course. Led by David Cunningham and Angie Walls

2017 - Guatemala - Coffee and Ethical Consumerism

This international travel course to Guatemala provided an opportunity to learn about coffee and ethical consumerism. Coffee has played an important role in the history of industrial nations and the structuring of colonial and post-colonial societies throughout the world. Students examined its impact in Latin America, focusing specifically on Guatemala. This Winter Term location also offered students the option of a Spanish-language immersion program. Led by Águeda Formoso Mayán and Doug Grant; Spanish language immersion is also available.

2017 - Germany-The Holocaust: Identity, Agency, and Moral Dilemmas in Europe

This course studied The Holocaust as it impacted Europe from 1933-1945. What were the realities, the roots, the important and difficult questions that stem from the Holocaust? Students used historical, literary, religious, and artistic materials. This course traveled and learned in Berlin, Krakow/Auschwitz, and Prague to focus on various aspects of The Holocaust. Led by David Chandler and Kelli Jones

2017 - France - Vive La Différence: French Culture through an American Lens

This three-week immersion in French culture helped students understand first-hand why so many Anglophone writers throughout the centuries have been fascinated by it. While in France, students read, discussed, and wrote about multiple types of literature (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, essay, blog, etc.) that dealt in some way with French culture from an outsider’s perspective. This Winter Term location also offered students the option of a French-language immersion program. Led by Richard Erable and Kristin Wasielewski French language immersion is also available.

2017 - Greece - The Origin of Sport, Medicine and the Olympic Movement

From an academic and cultural perspective, Greece offers fantastic opportunities for students to visit and study the ancient history of Greece, trace the origins of the Ancient and Modern Olympics movement, and explore the global influences of Greek civilization. This course served as an introduction to the foundations of medicine, sports medicine, and the Olympic games. Led by Kathy Remsburg and Wendy Shapiro


Did You Know?

There were 102 travelers for Winter Term 2017.