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IAU, Europe and the Islamic World: France and Spain Winter J-Term Program

Multi-City, Multi-Country (Multi-Region)

Quick Facts

Winter 2021/22
Dates:  APPROX. December 29 - January 15
Application Deadline: October 1
Costs: $5,845
Credits: 3

*J-Term program scholarship available. Apply HERE*

*J-Term students are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,500 directly to IAU College, divided into two installments. The initial $750 deposit is due pre-acceptance and the remaining $750 is due within two weeks of acceptance or by October 15th, whichever comes first. This deposit is applied towards the program fee.

*Travel itinerary subject to change,due to COVID19.

Program Overview

The Europe and the Islamic World Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Morocco, Gibraltar, and Spain. Students participate in a series of briefings from leading academic, literary, and political experts on the European relationship with the Islamic world. In each city, students attend daily lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars from IAU in addition to local guides and experts in the fields of politics, art history, history, and culture. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of immigration to Europe and its current socio-cultural implications on the region. The Institute for American Universities (IAU) is located in Aix-en-Provence  and is situated on the Mediterranean coast. 


A Note About the Itinerary 

IAU is sensitive to the ever-changing landscape of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to continue to run our J-Term programs and have created a modified itinerary that takes travel restrictions and health and safety guidelines into consideration for 2021.

Sites Visitied on Modified Itinerary: 
France:Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseille
Spain: Barcelona

*View old itinerary here A new itinerary will be published soon



View this short video clip to get a sense of this winter intersession traveling seminar!



Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

College of Staten Island, CUNY
Russell Davis
Senior Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(718) 982-2100

This program is sponsored and administered by the College of Staten Island CUNY.

Academics & Program

Students can choose one of the following courses:

- 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

View 2020 syllabus
 HERE. Please note: details are subject ot change. 

About the Professor: 
Dr. Carl Jubran, a 1992 alumnus of The Aix Center and previous member of IAU’s Council of Academic Advisors, became IAU’s fifth President in May 2011.  He completed his undergraduate education in linguistics, participated in a Master’s program at the Sorbonne, Paris IV through New York University, and later earned his M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California. Dr. Jubran was a professor of Language and Literature at the University of San Diego (USD) and also served as Associate Provost for International Affairs. He has developed courses in French, Spanish, Arabic, world civilizations and global studies and has led and overseen programs in France, Mexico, Morocco, and Spain. Dr. Jubran’s multilingual fluency in French, English, Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew positions him well to lead students, faculty, and staff in developing multicultural understanding and learning the essential importance of the interconnections among social equity and justice, economic viability, and environmental vitality in building  sustainable  community in today’s world.


Student Life & Housing

IAU’s J-Term Traveling Seminars are unique in that the classroom and campus changes based on the location of the program. The J-Terms consist of 17-21 day academic and cultural courses led by IAU faculty and include 24/7 staff support.  The seminars are thematic in nature and involve travel through multiple countries. During the program, students have access to a variety of spaces including partner institutions, hotel conference rooms, lecture halls, and museums in which to conduct coursework and lectures. Students are housed in hotels or residence halls in each city. Breakfast is included.  

"What really made the trip and learning experiences unique were the professors and site visits. I’ve never had classes that were as thought provoking as the lectures we had. I had never thought as critically, either. I felt challenged and that I had to think of things from every perspective. This may have been because I’m a business major, but I think the professors made the classes interesting. If I had to take this at my home university, I don’t think I would have learned or had been engaged as much. There is something about experiential learning that is unique and lasting." - Cinara Foor, University of Akron, J Term 

Duration & Costs

APPROX. December 29 - January 15


Costs included: Tuition and fees for 3 credits, insurance, pre-departure advising and orientation, lodging, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, all transportation within program dates, breakfast daily and some dinners.

Costs not included: International airfare, personal expenses, meals not included in the itinerary.

J-Term students are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,500 directly to IAU College, divided into two installments. The initial $750 deposit is due pre-acceptance and the remaining $750 is due within two weeks of acceptance or by October 15th, whichever comes first. This deposit is applied towards the program fee.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively are eligible to receive a $2,000 grant credited to their spring semester invoice. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, students must participate in the
 Early Start Program during the week between the end of the January Term Seminar and the start of the spring semester. The Early Start Program allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins, receive French language instruction, and participate in local cultural activities! Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details. 


Eligibility & Deadlines

Eligibility Requirements
- Minimum class standing - students must have completed at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application.
- 2.5 GPA or higher
- Students must be at least 18 years of age

Applications to Include
- Official transcripts
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher who knows the applicant from a classroom setting
- Statement of purpose

Application Deadline
October 1

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Great Cities January Term 2017; University of Tampa

“My experience going abroad through IAU has been nothing shy of extraordinary. I went into it not knowing any of my classmates, but the professors immediately made us all feel welcome. We soon began traveling in a foreign country and with every new excursion we all became such close travel companions. Being in that type of environment forces you to step outside of your comfort zone and open yourself up to new cultures and experiences. Having been a part of this program has not only benefited my knowledge of the world, but created unique memories with people I wouldn't have otherwise met, that I will forever cherish. If you're looking for personal growth with a side of adventure, IAU abroad is your next step.”

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