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.

2019 Immersive Term Study Abroad Courses

2019 - Costa Rica - Special Olympics in Costa Rica

Course Instructor: Kyra Noerr, Course Coordinator: John Shaffer

Costa Rica has a large number of individuals (approx. 35,000) who participate within Special Olympics. This course may help students to learn about cultural diversity as well as diversity in ability. The cultural norms associated with caring for individuals with disability are different in Costa Rica and the human rights issues relating to disability in a developing country will be explored through this study abroad course.

2019 - France- French Gastronomy: Its History, Influence, and Practice

Course Instructor: Richard Erable, Course Coordinator: Kristin Wasielewski

France- French Language Immersion
Course Instructor: Kristin Wasielewski

This three-week immersion in French culture and gastronomy will have a number of objectives. It will 1) introduce students to the history of French gastronomy, 2) help them identify and trace the worldwide influence of French cuisine—especially its influence on American cuisine, 3) think critically about the ways French cuisine itself has been influenced by other world cuisines, 4) better understand the French attitudes toward food and dining and how it is different from some American attitudes, and 5) experience first-hand what goes into the preparation of some French dishes.

2019 - Guatemala- Study of Fair Trade Coffee

Course Instructor: Agueda Mayan, Course Coordinator: Doug Grant

This international travel course to Guatemala will provide an opportunity to increase language skills through a dynamic immersion experience in the Spanish social and cultural context. Along with the Spanish immersion program 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. Coffee cultivation has played an important role in history and we will examine its impact in Latin America, focusing specifically on Guatemala.

2019 - London & Paris- D-Day: A London to Paris Experience

Course Instructor: Ray Begovich, Course Coordinator: Jarrod Brett

The primary focus of this course is history's most massive, intricate, inspiring, and valorous military operation- the invasion of France by Allied forces in World War II. The secondary focus is on cultural tourism- learning by visiting famous cultural sites in two of the most diverse and culturally rich capitals in the world.

2019 - Uganda- Drawn Together: Understanding Uganda through the Arts

Course Instructor: David Cunningham, Course Coordinator: Jason Jimerson

Drawn Together: Understanding Uganda through the Arts is a unique opportunity to study the rich culture of a people who continue to work to overcome extreme poverty, tribal racism, British colonialism and years of bloody gorilla war. From art therapy being used in Northern Uganda to heal the wounds inflicted by the LRA, to the selling of paper beads in the craft stalls in Kampala, art is an ever present balm healing and nurturing a people. 

2019 - New York City- Model United Nations

Course Instructor: Randy Smith, Course Coordinator: Ann Smith

This course offers students an opportunity to assume the role of Machiavelli’s Prince and employ game theory in democratic arrangements in a simulation of international diplomacy. Within the context of 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 international issues, the basics of international law and the variety of international perspectives on these topics. 


Did You Know?

There were 101 travelers for Immersive Term January 2019.