What is JanTerm?
JanTerm is more than just another month at school for the students of Austin College—it’s an adventure between traditional semesters where students immerse themselves into unique opportunities. JanTerm classes allow students to travel abroad, explore real-world careers, and stretch their talents in focused courses on campus.
How can one month change your life?
Alumni & Faculty Stories
Executive Director and Co-Founder of LaAsociacion CREAR Andrea Keith is in her happy place. As executive director and co-founder of La Asociacion CREAR in Samara Playa, Costa Rica, she’s found the beautiful balance of helping young people develop—and living on the beach. “I was not a very adventurous kid,” Andrea said. “I was terrified before… [Read More]
Ironroot Republic Distillery in Denison, Texas, owned and operated by Austin College alumnus Robert Likarish ’09 and his brother Jonathan, celebrates a historic alliance with Britain’s oldest wine and spirits merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd. The story began long ago when Texas was a nation. After Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1836, Texas Republic… [Read More]
My Janterm to the Dominican Republic was my first trip abroad. I was nervous to say the least, but after getting there, I quickly found that adventure was around every corner. I got to know my host family as they whisked me off for a weekend excursion to the other side of the island and I began exploring… [Read More]
My 20 students spent 3 and a half weeks in Costa Rica, living with host families in the Pacific coast beach community of Sámara. Each student took 56 hours of Spanish language and Costa Rican culture classes at Intercultura Spanish School. Students took courses according to their language level, which ranged from low intermediate to… [Read More]
No other course I teach is anything like Jan Term; it is a time for me to focus on one thing and to dive in deeply. I typically take a travel course to New York City with 15 to 20 students, most of whom will have their first experiences with hearing classical music live in… [Read More]
I met famous authors, saw inspiring art and architecture, attended plays and concerts, and made lifelong friends. I travelled to Mexico City, London and Greece for three different Jan Terms while at Austin College. Neither Jim nor I can imagine a more valuable legacy than making international travel accessible to students. We would like to… [Read More]
JanTerm 2017 VIDEO CHALLENGE
In 2017, JanTerm ’Roos studied all over the world, including England, Japan, Greece, Cambodia, Costa Rica, and Panama. And, many of our students were on campus using science to bust myths, learning the craft and chemistry of wine-making, studying the possibility of life beyond Earth, and researching city leadership in municipalities in Texas. We invite you to explore more and share in their unique experiences. Follow us on Facebook and interact with the stories, photos and videos on this page.