Our signature program.
Your personal experience.
What if you could take a whole month off and dive into something you’re deeply passionate about? Would you choose to build on a skill you already have? Pursue something entirely new? Or even travel to a foreign country and experience an altogether different set of cultural values and customs?
At SMC, this is not a hypothetical question. It’s the foundation of January Term, a program that’s unique to Saint Mary’s College and widely adored by students and faculty alike. You’ll choose from courses and experiences on campus and around the world to design a unique academic experience that’s tailored to your interests.
We offer on-campus, travel & remote courses.
In January Term, students have an incredibly wide variety of courses they can take on campus, as well as travel, and remote courses. SMC instructors create their own classes from their passions, expertise, and curiosity. This gives our students and faculty the opportunity to branch out and try out something new.
Explore past Jan Term experiences
With so many unique opportunities available, the freedom is yours to explore what interests you. Check out some of the January Term courses and the influence they had on students.
Disaster Relief Abroad
January Term course DIRT is a program where students are sent to disaster relief areas and challenged to collaborate with host communities to address quality-of-life issues.