Having the chance to experience cultural immersion and gain an appreciation for various worldviews and customs is at the heart of the Core Program. This is one of the reasons why SJC instituted Winterim, an extended Christmas break that allows for students to take a course for credit in a foreign country. Winterim also offers many other courses for students and anyone who is interested.


Tuition is half the normal credit hour rate. For Term 13W, tuition was $455 per hour with a $15 technology fee per hour. Additional costs will be incurred for overseas travel.

Financial Aid

For most students, financial aid will not be available. However, students should check with Student Financial Services for additional information.


Registration for Winterim will open each April prior to the term. Current and admitted prospective students can register for Winterim. An application process for SJC or STE students is not necessary. Students registering for Winterim non-study abroad courses may register at the times announced in the Catalog or Course Schedule.

Students participating in Winterim study-abroad courses must register no later than the Wednesday of add/drop week for the fall 2014 semester unless permission is given by the instructor.

This date will be the final commitment date for all courses that involve overseas travel. After the commitment date, there will be NO REFUND on the overseas travel expenses. Tuition and fees may be adjusted according to the refund policy.


 No on-campus housing is available during Winterim. 

Past Course Offerings (2013-14)

  • ENG 359 Writing for Business (online course) – taught by Prof. April Toadvine
  • CHM 100 Math for Science Students (online course) – taught by Prof. Anne Gull
  • Core 7: India (study abroad) – offered with all course work required in addition to a travel component -- taught by Prof. Susan Chattin
  • Winterim booklet with all courses listed


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Explore the Core
  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.