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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (505) 566-3525.
Current Travel Study Programs:
England: Cryptography and the Codebreakers
This course is designed to expose students to codes and cryptography, specifically in the context of the World War II codebreakers and the Enigma machine with a study of Alan Turing and his team, who broke the unbreakable Nazi code.
Iceland: Geology and Biology of Iceland
Explore tectonics, volcanology, glaciology, and the adaptation of plants and animals to Iceland's extreme environment to understand Iceland's unique geological and biological systems.
India: Solar Project in the Himalaya
Help install a Photovoltaic (PV) system in a remote Buddhist monastery in the Ladakh region of northern India while exploring the culture of the area.
Past Travel Study Programs:
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.
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."