J Term News and Notes
URI professor back from Cuba to reach out to local business leaders about new opportunities on the Caribbean island
Business opportunities are opening up in Cuba following a thawing of relations between the Communist nation and United States, and Rhode Island should get in on the action. That’s the word from University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley, back from a 10-day trip to Cuba with 20 URI students.
University of Rhode Island students will have a chance to explore the Caribbean island and its culture during the winter break as part of URI’s thriving J Term session.
For those who are behind on completing the general education requirements or for those who wish to lighten the load for Spring semester, the Winter J Term option might be something to look into. In its second year, it will run from Jan. 2 to Jan. 16.
The University of Rhode Island quadrupled the number of students it expected to enroll in its very first Winter J Term, which ran for a two-week period in January.
A dozen University of Rhode Island students traveled to Indonesia during J-Term last month to study problems related to water and public health and examine sustainable technologies that may enable people in developing countries to escape poverty.
Sure, some students dream of a winter break on the beach, but many now plan to take advantage of our new Winter J Term, a mini-semester running each January and offering the chance to earn credit for unique classes, community service, career exploration, or world travel.
USA Today featured URI in this story about the growing popularity of winter J-terms at colleges across the country.
The University of Rhode Island will launch its inaugural “mini-semester” January Term this winter at its Kingston and Providence campuses. The J Term will run from Jan. 2 to Jan. 17, during the break between fall and spring semesters, and will offer 21 undergraduate- and graduate-level on-campus, online and 9 travel courses.
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