January Term

January Term at Luther College alters the pace of the academic year. It's a time to focus, explore, and try new things.

On campus, it's not as busy as fall and spring, which allows time to think, reflect, and make connections. Off campus, it's a chance to gain experience, test new skills, or go somewhere you'd never dreamed of and really get to know the place and people.

All Luther students take at least two January term courses: First-Year Seminars and January Term 2. Most Luther students participate in J-term all four years.


There is no separate billing for January term on campus. Tuition and on-campus room and board are included in Luther's annual comprehensive fee. This feature of our J-term is quite different from many schools with January or May terms, and it's one reason we've been able to offer so many varieties of courses.