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. 

As a community college, the San Juan College travel study programs are open to anyone who wishes to enroll as a student at the college.  To apply for a travel study program through San Juan College, applicants must first set up a student account by applying for admission to San Juan College.  Becoming an SJC student is easy, free, and can be done completely online. Once an applicant has been given a student ID number, they are able to apply for SJC travel study programs.  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.  

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.



Current Travel Study Programs:

Summer 2015

Germany, Austria, Czech Republic: History & Psychology in Germany from the Third Reich to the Present

This course will focus on the history of non-Germans and "the other" during the Third Reich, East Germany under communism, and the present from historical and social psychological perspectives. 


Italy: Da Vinci's Italy

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.


St. Kitts: Sea Turtle Preservation in the Caribbean 

Sea turtle populations are threatened by human impact on their environment.  Work with the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network to help monitor sea turtle nesting and protect the leatherback, hawksbill, and green sea turtle populations.


United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain: Ethics & Economics in the Middle East 

Petroleum has provided the Arabian Gulf with economic excess in recent years, allowing for extreme growth but also resulting in a contrast and coexistence between extravagance and traditional values. Explore the economic and ethical issues related to such rapid growth by visiting cities in the region, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha.



Past Travel Study Programs:


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."

Global Studies
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