Although January 2014 seems a long time away, many students are planning ahead and applying for short-term study abroad courses for next J-Term. Study Abroad had 448 completed applications by the priority deadline on April 11.

“It’s great to see so many students applying to study abroad,” said Lauren Viner, study abroad program coordinator. “There has been a lot of interest in popular destinations as well as those more off the beaten path. Everyone should be able to find a program that will both interest them and help them toward graduation.”

Many students are interested in traveling to the Southern Pacific, Italy and England; however, the Study Abroad office also is offering courses in Tanzania, Thailand, Cuba, Brazil and Ecuador.

This was also the first year that the Study Abroad office marketed for its co-sponsored programs’ January Term courses. Almost 30 students are applying for courses through IES Abroad, American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Arcadia University, and the Center for Cross-Cultural Study (CC-CS).

“Many of our students already study abroad through the co-sponsored programs for a semester or year,” said study abroad adviser Sarah Huesing, “so it is wonderful to see the programs beginning to offer J-Term courses as well.”

A complete list of the courses that are full, waitlisted and open will be available on the Study Abroad website in early May. The final deadline is not until Oct. 1; however, while students have time to apply, Viner says not to wait as the courses fill up quickly.