Travel Study

San Juan College is dedicated to promoting international understanding among our students and community members. We offer short-term travel study experiences that allow you to journey beyond the boundaries of the Four Corners with SJC faculty. Each travel study program is offered as part of an academic course. By journeying outside the classroom, you have the opportunity to learn about the topic in a real, profound, and often life changing way. 

You do not need to be a current SJC student to apply, but you must become a student at SJC to enroll in the program.  Becoming an SJC student is easy, free, and can be done completely online. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to apply; high school students enrolling in dual credit courses at SJC are NOT eligible to enroll in travel study courses for dual credit.

Scholarships are available for current SJC degree-seeking students! Applications are available in the Office of Global Studies. The priority deadline to apply is February 14, 2014.

Please visit the links below to explore this year's travel study options. If you have a general question about travel study at SJC, you can reach the Global Studies Office by emailing or calling (505) 566-3525.


Spring Break 2014


Italy: Italian Renaissance & Baroque Art History

Travel to Rome, Florence, and Venice to discover the Italian Renaissance! The Renaissance was the “rebirth” of Greco-Roman philosophy and architecture in Europe, so this program will connect the influence of ancient Rome to the ideas and art of the Renaissance.


Summer 2014

Belize: Adventure and Ecology

Go camping, caving, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and sailing on this adventurous outdoor leadership program to explore the ecology and natural resources of Belize.


China: Cultural Explorations of the Tibetan Plateau and Solar Panel Installation

Live in a remote Tibetan village while learning about the local geography, geology, and cultural traditions of the Tibetan people. Students will also install a solar energy system for a rural village medical clinic.


Costa Rica: Geology and Biodiversity

Costa Rica contains 5% of the earth's biodiversity and an active geologic record due to its proximity to tectonic plates. Explore everything from volcanoes to tropical rainforests, and learn the Costa Rican meaning of "pura vida."


England and Scotland: Harry Potter's London

Explore the people, place, and psychology of Harry Potter!


Ireland: An Adventure in Celtic Music

Experience the culture and roots of Celtic music as a story telling medium, historical oral record, and a political war machine while visiting the Irish countryside and villages from which the music is based.


Italy: Da Vinci's Italy (postponed until 2015)

As a Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci applied his knowledge of math to his experiments in science, engineering, and art. This course focuses on the interplay of mathematics, art, and engineering in ancient and medieval Italy.


Japan: Japanese Economics and Culture

We will visit Japan’s three most important cities – Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto as well as Hiroshima. Not only is this the journey of a lifetime, it is also an exposure to one of the most successful and ancient cultures on our planet.


Ukraine: Behind the Iron Curtain

Study the social, cultural, and historical contexts of Ukrainian culture! An emphasis will be placed on southern Ukraine during the Cold War era.

Global Studies
Room 1624C
505-566-3525 or