Transylvania’s academic calendar includes a four-week May term when students concentrate on one class and often get their first taste of international study. Many May term courses are team-taught and are highly interdisciplinary.

Most classes study on campus for a week or so at the beginning of the term, and then take off for destinations all over the world. Courses change each year, but recent international travel has included Iceland, Argentina, Peru, Israel, Egypt, Ireland, and Armenia. May term classes also travel to domestic locations such as New York City, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

Studying in the classroom about the enormous power of volcanic activity to alter the environment is one thing, but standing next to a 2,100-degree lava flow is another matter altogether. That’s just one experience on a recent May term course to Hawaii, where students learned about the geological and biological evolution of the islands. Another group studied Filipino history, culture, and current events before traveling to Mactan Island in the Philippines to complete service projects directed toward public health and economic concerns. Another class surveyed Chinese art and culture from the pre-historic to the Tang Dynasty period and then toured museums and archaeological sites in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Yixing.

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