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've never dreamed of and immerse yourself in a unique culture.

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 are able to offer such a variety of courses.