Study Abroad - January Term Courses

American Diplomacy

Political Science 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century
International Relations 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century
Peace Studies 345: American Diplomacy in Action – U.S. Engagement in the 21st Century

This program is for students interested in learning about modern American diplomacy and the people who make it happen. Students will go behind the scenes at U.S. embassies in Europe and North Africa to meet U.S. diplomats at the forefront of American engagement. Cultural visits, Embassy briefings and academic lectures by IAU scholars and resident experts will place U.S. policies in their historic and geographic context, provide real-world examples of how American diplomats work, and explore the economic, security and environmental issues they face.

Europe and the Islamic World

Art History 395: Classical Islam and the European Renaissance
Cross Cultural Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
French 395: Cultural History of France and the Islamic World
History 395: Cultural History of Europe and the Islamic World
Political Science 395: European Politics and the Islamic World
Religious Studies 395: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Islamic World
Spanish 395: Cultural History of Spain and the Islamic World

IAU’s January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, Gibraltar and Spain. The academic component consists of a series of briefings from leading academic, literary and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic World. Participants will spend 17 nights in 12 cities and will attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the field of politics, art history, history and culture. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications.

Great Cities

European Studies 303: Europe and the Urban Space 
Anthropology 301: The Artist and the City 
Literature 375: The European City in Literature 
Communications 375: The European City in the Visual Arts 
Geography 201: Europe and its Cities

Traveling to some of the major European cities, this seminar will explore the rise and the establishment of the urban setting as the nexus of contemporary European culture and civilization. The course will focus primarily on the artistic conception of the city in the late nineteenth-century up to the contemporary setting, observing and studying sites that have inspired artists from Petronius to Alexandre Dumas to Franz Kafka. Through literature, cinema, music and painting, students will take advantage of the physical settings in order to better understand the aesthetic, demographic and historical importance of these cities in their European context. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and exchange their observations with experts from IAU College as well as distinguished on-site scholars and local guides in order to frame their own perception of the cities and these cities’ representation through the arts. At the end of this three-week traveling seminar, students will better appreciate the interplay between the historical realities and fictional and/or imaginary perspectives of European cities.

International Business

Management 325: International Management
Business 325: International Business
Marketing 325: International Marketing
Economics 325: Doing Business in Europe

The International Business study tour in Europe and Morocco was designed to give students a unique exposure to the different facets of international business and international economics. While in Europe, students will visit Daimler Benz (producer of Mercedes cars), the European Central Bank, the luxury goods makers Louis Vuitton and Chanel and the European Commission Trade policy department. In addition to this European-developed economy dimension, the study tour offers a developing country exposure in Morocco. Students will meet with local businesses, public officials in charge of economic policy and NGOs working on economic development issues, as well as CEOs of well-established companies and representatives of the one of the most successful microfinance companies in the developing world. They will attend talks from the president of the Moroccan Chapter of Transparency International and public officials in charge of business development.    

Mediterranean Basin

Art History 385: Ancient and Medieval Classical Art and Architecture
History 385: Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Cultural History
Archaeology 385: Greek and Roman Archaeology
Cross Cultural Studies 385: Cultural Identities in Mediterranean Europe
Religious Studies 385: From Polytheism to Monotheism, The Early Christian Period in Italy, Greece & Turkey

IAU’s January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminar promotes visual literacy in the history of art and archaeology as well as philosophical literature from the Mediterranean Basin from Antiquity to Middle Ages. It cultivates strong research and critical thinking skills, and develops students’ abilities to synthesize culture, historical, political and social information as it bears upon the visual arts. The academic component consists of a series of on-site students made by academic experts from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the field of history, art history and archaeology.

Shakespeare and the Theatre

Theatre 385: Shakespeare
Literature 385: Shakespeare
English 385: Shakespeare

There is no better place to study Shakespeare than on the banks of the Thames, the alleys of Eastcheap, and amidst the architecture and vistas that he knew. Although Shakespeare’s texts provide us with some of our richest literary experiences, the playwright hardly thought about publication. The theater was a living, money-making scheme, shaped by its location in the slums, by immediate political situations, and by the actors and patrons who entered the gates of the playhouse. This course will teach Shakespeare as one of history’s great artists – whose greatness was forged within the contingencies and pressures of the real world. Much of that world is still there to be studied and experienced.

Wine, Gastronomy & Tourism of the Mediterranean

Marketing 302: Wine Marketing and Analysis
Wine Studies 302:
Wine Marketing and Analysis
Economics 303:
Regional Wine Trade & Economics
Geography 303: 
Regional Wine Trade & Economics
Wine Studies 303: Regional Wine Trade and Economics
Business 306: The Global Wine Industry: A French Immersion
Wine Studies 306: The Global Wine Industry: A French Immersion
Hospitality Management 307: Wine and Food Pairing
Wine Studies 307: Wine and Food Pairing

The wine industry continues to develop as a global market force and France has long been considered the heart of wine production. Traveling to six major wine regions, this seminar examines the individuality and expression of this uniquely French product. Topics include the international influence of the French wine market, globalization of wine, economic and trade aspects along with cultural influences. Students will have the opportunity to speak directly with winemakers, vineyards, wine associations, retailers and restaurateurs to fully experience the vast diversity of the wines of France. Through guided visits and tastings, students will gain an understanding of the French concept and marketability of “Terroir” in regions, varieties and styles.

J-Term in Aix-en-Provence

Art 160/360Photography: Philosophy and Practice of Vision
Business 304: Business Ethics in the Global Market
French 101: Beginner French I
French 102:
Beginner French II
French 201:
Intermediate French I
French 202:
Intermediate French II
Psychology 334
: Abnormal Psychology

Students will spend three weeks on-site at IAU's main campus in Aix-en-Provence. Students may enroll in one of the four courses listed above. In addition to classroom time, students will also participate in field study tours to sites in and around Provence.