Winter Term

The perfect opportunity to study abroad for the first time

Our students travel across the globe every Winter Term. We hope you’ll be one of them!

2022 Programs

To participate in these trips, explore the program descriptions below. You will find links to the application materials in each program description.  Scholarships are available.

Applications for 2022 trips open Monday, September 6, 2021 and close Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Please note: due to information from the Department of State and from the Centers for Disease Control, and Eckerd College policy, this list is tentative until further notice. Global education will continue to prepare announcements and details of courses and will continue to keep you advised as we learn of changes to the policies. Program costs will be posted by September 15, 2021.
Fulfills the Arts Academic Area requirement:

WTI 1A – Music, Icons and Communication

Professor Grace Lager

Cost of program: Approximately $2,000

Music and celebrity icons are a part of our American life. Because celebrities have influential power in our culture many fans look to their favorite celebrities for interpretation of controversial social issues. Using Dolly Parton as a case study, students will learn how the channel of communication (from music to the celebrity) can influence the reception of the message across demographic markers. Through critical, textual and content analysis, students will tease back the surface layers of music as a communication form in order to better understand how issues such as race, class and gender can be communicated without alienating audiences. Travel to some key sites in Tennessee brings the content to life. Visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and Dollywood help the theories of the icons and communication tangible, giving us a deeper understanding of the interplay between race, class and gender in the music and life of Dolly Parton.

Fulfills the Arts Academic Area Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 15, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective:

WTI 2E - Tropical Marine Environments: Roatán, Honduras

Professor David Duncan

Cost of program: Approximately $3,700

This course is designed to familiarize you with diverse environments of Roatán, Honduras, and to provide you with an appreciation of the complex, interdisciplinary nature of this fragile environment. The course will examine the integrated tropical ecosystems including coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves, and rocky intertidal zones. The geological component will examine carbonate systems particularly as related to the unique geological features, and the role tropical shallow-water ecosystems play in the geological development of the region. This environment is an optimum site in which to see firsthand the interaction of geologic and biologic processes operating to produce this unique environment while requiring only a basic scientific understanding.

This course format will include preparatory lectures on campus, a field program at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences, a multi-night visit to historic ruins and a wrap-up on campus following return. The field portion will require, at times, long periods on and in the water making observations and collecting data. Consequently, good swimming skills and snorkeling abilities are required. SCUBA certification is not required, but recommended. Non-divers are welcome. A significant portion of this program will also be dedicated to examining the Roatán culture and how the population interacts with the environment. Evaluation will be based on class participation, performance on research projects and presentations and examinations.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 15, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

WTI 4E - Tropical Marine Ecology: Belize

Professors Cory Krediet and Liza Conrad

Cost of program: $4,550

Marine ecology is a subset of the study of marine biology and includes observations at the biochemical, cellular, individual, and community levels as well as the study of marine ecosystems and the biosphere. Studying in Belize offers a unique opportunity to explore ecological and evolutionary principles, with an emphasis on examples from tropical marine habitats, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves. After a brief orientation, we will travel to Belize and begin at the Blue Creek Rainforest Preserve, where students will have the opportunity to hike in the rainforest, explore limestone caves, and interact with local communities. We will then travel to South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Students will become familiar with techniques used in field studies of shallow marine ecosystems and conduct independent research projects on an array of topics related to coral-reef habitats. This is an intensive field-based course and good swimming skills and snorkeling abilities are required.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 11, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

WTI 5E – Marine Science Research Bahamas - Bimini Island

Professor William Szelistowski

Cost of program: Approximately $4,500

Learn about shark biology and research with a focus on the activities of the Bimini Biological Field Station (“Shark Lab”), in Bimini, Bahamas. This project will involve on-campus lectures about general shark biology and research techniques employed by shark biologists, in-depth study of the species found in Bahamian waters, and close reading and study of a variety of the research publications produced by the scientists at Shark Lab. A visit (5-6 nights) to Shark Lab will provide an opportunity to meet with shark researchers and hear about their past and current research projects, to get hands-on experience with the field research techniques they employ, and to see and sample a variety of shark species found around Bimini.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 11, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

WTI 6E – Marine Science Research in Tobago

Professor Patrick Schwing

Cost of program: Approximately $4,800

Northeast Tobago is Trinidad and Tobago’s most iconic conservation landscape.  It is a rare and intact Caribbean Island Ridge-to-Ocean ecosystem that includes the world’s oldest tropical rainforest reserve and an anticipated marine protected area of coral reefs and open ocean, which include hawksbill sea turtles, the eastern glass frog, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, the white-tailed saberwing hummingbird and the largest reported brain-coral colony in the Caribbean.  Participants in this course will work with local experts from the Environmental Research Institute in Charlottesville, Tobago.  This course will examine current scientific research, focusing heavily on coral reef environments.  Topics may include recent advances in marine reserve effectiveness, reef fish populations, shark biology, benthic ecology, reef structure/formation, sedimentation, and the causes of reef degradation, among others. Good swimming and snorkeling ability required. SCUBA certification strongly recommended.  Students need to bring snorkeling gear and wetsuit; SCUBA gear will be provided on-site. The course will include an approximately two-week experiential field program followed by a wrap-up period on campus. Evaluation will be based on active participation, keeping a field journal, exams, and a final oral presentation/written report based on a group project.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 11, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

WTI 7E – Cultural and Natural Environments of the World: Bahamas

Professor Gregg Brooks and Instructor Rebekka Larson ’01

Cost of program: Approximately $4,100

Although the Bahama Islands lie as close as 50 miles off the east Florida coast, they are completely different from a cultural and environmental perspective. There are over 700 islands in the Bahamas, and Andros Island is one of the largest, but least populated. Environmentally, Andros Island offers a wide variety of tropical terrestrial and marine environments including pristine coastal environments, spectacular coral reefs, blue holes and extensive tidal flats. This course will explore all of these environments (and more), but will focus primarily on marine and coastal aspects, as well as how the Bahamian culture has adapted to modern life while preserving their traditions and environment. We will spend approximately 10 days touring Andros and offshore islands, experiencing their unique environments and culture. Accommodations will be at the Forfar field Station on the eastern shore of Andros Island. This will be an active trip, which may at times, be physically demanding, including hiking and snorkeling, with opportunities (but not required) for SCUBA diving.

Course expectations include active participation including water activities, group projects dealing with aspects of marine and/or terrestrial environments and Bahamian culture. Grades will be based on participation, a field journal, exams, and a written report/oral presentation on the group project.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 11, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

Fulfills the Global Perspective:

WTI 1G – Language Immersion in Montpellier, France

Professor Ashley Scheu

Cost of program: $7,900

Montpellier’s stunning Place de la Comédie at the city’s center encapsulates the heart of this culturally vibrant city on France’s Mediterranean coast. Nineteenth-century buildings and the central fountain of the Three Graces give a nod to the city’s rich history while sleek trams and students bustle below, an indicator of Montpellier’s modern upgrades and university culture (students account for about one third of Montpellier’s population). As the city also boasts of reputable language schools, there is no better place to immerse yourself in French language and culture. Upon your arrival, you will be placed in an intensive course at the Institut Linguistique du Peyrou (ILP) where you will study French every morning. True beginners to advanced students are welcome. In the afternoons, you will learn about French culture through activities ranging from cooking classes with a French chef to a session on French music at the ILP and a visit to the grounds of a local chateau and winery. On some afternoons, we will gather in a local café to sip coffee, eat pain au chocolat, and discuss French culture. This winter term also includes excursions to nearby cities such as Avignon and Marseille. Successful completion of this winter term will count as one semester of French language study.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 15, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

WTI 4G – Language Immersion in Salamanca, Spain

Professor Yanira Angulo-Cano

Cost of program: $5,400

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to study and learn Spanish while living and exploring one of Spain’s most historic and celebrated cities, Salamanca. Attend intensive classes (four hours daily) by the staff of Hispano Continental School. Exposure to and knowledge of Spanish history and culture through discussions and lectures. Students, upon arrival, will be tested and place in appropriate language levels for classes. Evaluation by written test and oral interviews. Successful students will earn a full semester language credit. Excursions to nearby cities include LaAlberca, Pena de Francia, and Avila-Segovia. Also included in the program are a tapas party, dinner at a Zamora winery, cinema, dance lessons and horseback riding.

Fulfills the Global Perspective. 

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 15, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

WTI 5G – London: Street Markets: How Londoners Live, Buy and Sell

Professor Frank Hamilton

Cost of program: Approximately $4,400 + flight

This course will immerse you in the bustling street market life of London, one of the most exciting and lively cities in Europe. You will have the opportunity to visit some of the many street markets in London and observe the behavior of Londoners as they buy and sell products from fresh produce to flowers, antiques, books and a wide variety of products. Street markets occur daily in different parts of the city. With over 100 markets to choose from, students will be divided into teams to visit and sample different markets and observe consumer behavior and selling techniques. Additionally, we will visit sites such as the Museum of London, the Docklands Museum, the Churchill War Rooms and the Tower of London, all of which will provide the historical context of the street markets. Visits to Stonehenge, Salisbury and Windsor are planned, all the while you will learn how to hone your skills in making sense of, evaluating, documenting and writing about these experiences to share with your travel mates and others. No prerequisites.

Notes:

  • Students should plan to arrive in London at the Ridgemount Hotel, 67 Gower Street, on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 and to depart on Friday, January 21, 2022.
  • Costs do not include airfare, round trip transport to and from the airport to the Ridgemount Hotel or London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 15, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

WTI 7G – Odysseys of Ancient Greece

Professors Louise Daoust and Michael Goyette 

Cost of program: $7,150

One of the central themes of Homer’s Odyssey is that of hospitality. As Anthony Verity puts it, the epic poem’s “basic morality is articulated through good hosts (such as Nestor, Menelaus, Eumaeus) and bad ones (like Polyphemus or Circe), as well as by good and bad guests (most notably suitors)”. In this course, we’ll engage Greece’s present and ancient past through encounters with people, artifacts, and historical texts and sites. In doing so, we will grapple with themes relating to voyage, otherness, and cultural understanding. We’ll read selections from Homer’s classic text alongside new work in the philosophy of travel, asking questions about the nature of travel as it relates to topics such as prejudice, gender, and global citizenship. En route, we will explore the consequences of our own journey through travel writing.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 11, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

WTI 8G – Dolphin Studies in Honduras

Professor Erin Frick

Cost of program: $3,400

The bottlenose dolphin is a keystone species for our ocean animals, partially due to their global prevalence and distribution. This course provides students with a unique opportunity to gain experience in the animal studies field by immersing themselves in the study of the behavior, cognition, and communication of Bottlenose dolphins and how human animal interactions surrounding this species impact dolphins and other marine animals’ perception and conservation.  On campus students will be introduced to the field methodologies in the study of animal behavior, cognition via behavioral indicators, and species local to Roatan who share their world with the bottlenose dolphins. Then the students will travel to Roatan, Honduras where they will live and work alongside their resident bottlenose dolphin pod. While abroad students will participate in data collection and training sessions with bottlenose dolphins and other animals in this region, and investigate human-animal interactions and their impact on the surrounding environment and community. Students taking this course will be expected to engage in a wide range of field-work activities (e.g., scuba/snorkeling, walking over rocky terrain, swimming, going out on boats etc.). Students are also expected to work on developing a research project investigating bottlenose dolphin behavior, cognition, and/or conservation issues related to human-animal interactions with cetaceans.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 15, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

Fulfills the Natural Sciences Perspective

WTI 1N - History of Science in London

Professor Steve Denison

Cost of program: $3,750 + flight

Many of the greatest scientific discoveries in history were made in England. Darwin wrote “The Origin of the Species” at his home in South London. The structure of DNA was discovered in Cambridge and Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in his laboratory at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. From our home base at the Eckerd College London Study Centre on Gower Street, we will explore a wealth of recourses in and near London in our study of the history of science. We will visit sites including the British Museum, Kew Gardens, the London Zoo and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. We will also take trips to Cambridge, Charles Darwin’s House in Kent and Bletchley Park/National Museum of Computing. In addition, we will explore the arts in London by visiting the Tate Britain and Tate Modern Museums and attend plays or musicals. Students will have time to explore London on their own.

Notes:

  • Students should plan to arrive in London at the London Study Centre, 35 Gower Street, on January 4, 2022 and to depart on January 22, 2022.
  • Costs do not include airfare, round trip transport from the airport to the London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.

Fulfills the Natural Sciences Perspective

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 15, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

Additional Programs

WTI 1 – Field Methods in Primatology

Professor Timothy Bransford

Cost of program: $950

This experience-based course provides students with a hands-on opportunity to learn about animal behavior, animal welfare science, and primatology. In addition to classroom learning, students will design a research project and spend a week living at the Lemur Conservation Foundation site outside of Myakka City, Florida. Here, students will get their hands dirty and feet wet observing free-ranging lemur species while learning about field research techniques used around the world and how managed-care conservation facilities operate. Lemurs at LCF wander the forest, choose their social groups, and decide when and what to eat much like they would in Madagascar. This is a great experience for any adventurous student looking to gain experience in animal behavior research techniques without having to travel afar.

Note: The Provider requires proof of Covid vaccination.

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 15, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.

WTI – 999 Washington University Engineering & Applied Science

Professor Anne Cox

During January, Washington University offers concentrated introductory courses in engineering and applied science. These course allow students attending institutions affiliated with the dual-degree program to explore their interest in and aptitude for these fields. Students should plan for travel expenses to and from St. Louis, personal expenses, dinners, and incidental expenses.
Please see Professor Anne Cox for additional information.

Courses offered:

  • Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Circuits
  • Engineering Mechanics I

Approximate Dates: December 26, 2021 to January 7, 2022
Approximate Cost: $1,995 (airfare not included)

Application

Applications open September 6 at 9 a.m. Programs may fill quickly! We encourage you to apply as soon as applications open to be considered for the program.

Follow these steps to apply for this Winter Term program. Before you begin your application, be sure you are logged in to your Eckerd College email account.

Step 1 – Due by September 22, 2021

Step 2 – Due by October 15, 2021

The Short Term Travel Scholarship application opens on September 6 at 9 a.m and closes on September 10 at 5:00 pm.