At Hollins, you’ll hear students and faculty talking about J-Term, January Term, or Short Term. They all mean the same thing: a month set aside for students to engage in one of a variety of activities. Students see January as an interlude between fall and spring semesters, a time to expand their intellectual and geographic horizons. Test drive a career with an internship, take a travel/study course, or sign up for an engaging seminar.


Learn from the Pros

Hollins students intern everywhere. From law offices to Capitol Hill. From a local television station to MSNBC. From a doctor’s office to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Hollins Interns in DC 2022
Study Abroad and Away

See the World

Students often travel to a variety of countries, including Ireland, Greece, and the Caribbean. During January Term 2024, students will travel to Ecuador, Florence, and Kenya.

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Exclusive for First-Year Students

Conflict & Collaboration Course

In your first year, you’ll take Conflict & Collaboration. This interactive course is designed to help you hone your ability to engage in constructive dialogue with others, a “superpower” that can help you improve your relationships, strengthen your decision-making, pursue positive social change, and boost your professional success.

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Independent Study

Take the Lead on Your Learning

Students propose a topic to a faculty member and work independently on a project. Students working on honor theses often use J-Term to do research and writing.