Whether a first year who just heard the word “J-term” or a fourth year who has never explored the possibility, the concept of UVa’s J-Term can seem a bit different and abnormal at first, but read on to discover more about J-term at UVa!
Short classes, quick learning
Short for January Term, J-Term at UVa consists of two weeks of classes students can take between the fall and spring semesters. Normal J-term usually allows domestic as well as international classes, however travel abroad is currently in limited offering due to Covid-19.
This year’s classes for J-term will be held run Jan.4-15 and UVa is allowing tuition to cover one class. A number of different disciplines and departments offer courses. Classes are often unique and cover current or interesting topics. As they are run for only two weeks, students must be prepared for an intensive structure to the course.
Students have specific enrollment times for both semesters of classes as well as for J-term classes. Students can log into SIS and under enrollment view their J-term enrollment date and time starting October 23. Open enrollment begins Nov.13 but students are allowed to begin enrolling before then depending on their year. At that scheduled time, students may enroll in the J-term classes of their choosing.
Classes to consider
Though the class offerings list is tentative, some interesting ones to consider include Interpreting Genocide with Associate Professor Jeffrey Rossman, studying Bollywood and Indian Culture and Politics with Associate Professor Aswin Punathambekar, and studying Dracula with Assistant Professor Stan Stepanic. Most importantly, students should reach out to their advisor with any further enrollment questions or issues.
A full list of J-term course offerings can be found here.
Questions about J-term at UVa to discuss on Ohlelo:
- What classes sound interesting?
- What classes would you create for J-term if you were a professor?
- Would you take any J-term classes and what are the advantages of taking them?
- What do you think about UVa including a j-term class with tuition?