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IEX J-Term 2018 Asian Olympic Quest
Beijing, China; Nagano, Japan; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan; Xi'an, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Interim
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January Interim
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Program Provider:
Gustavus Adolphus College
Program Term(s):
January Interim
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Program Description:
Great Wall

Using a global, issues-oriented approach, Asia Olympic Quest considers how sport, leisure, and the modern Olympic Games may inform the participant of societal and cultural themes and differences in Asia (China, South Korea, and Japan). Through daily fieldwork, excursions, interaction with guest speakers and guides, reflective journaling practices, course readings, participation in popular sports and leisure, and instructor and student-led presentations, students will have the opportunity to examine the intersection of sport/leisure and Asian society and culture.  
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A Few Highlights.
  • Hiking the Great Wall of China.  Tai Chi in a local park in Beijing.
  • Visit to 2008 (and proposed 2022) Olympic sites in Beijing.
  • Visit to the 1998 Seoul, South Korea Olympic sites, and the 2018 winter Olympic sites in Pyeongchang.
  • Visit to the 1964 and 2020 Olympic sites in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Visit to the 1998 Olympic sites in Nagano, Japan, and to the hot springs and snow monkeys.
  • Visit to the 1972 Olympic sites in Sapporo, Japan.
  • Various opportunities to participate in winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, etc.)!

  • Beijing, China
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Pyeongchang, South Korea
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Nagano, Japan
  • Sapporo, Japan

Faculty Leaders.
Bonnie and Aaron Great WallBonnie Reimann -- This is Dr. Bonnie Reimann's 13th year at Gustavus.  After completing her PhD in 2014 and achieving tenure in the spring of 2015, she is eager to further her research interests in physical education/health pedagogy, and issues related to girls and women and physical activity.  She serves as the advisor for Health and Physical Education students, advisor for coaching students, and co-coordinator of the FIT and ACT courses at Gustavus.  When Bonnie is not involved with life at Gustavus, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, photography, and travel.  The 2018 Olympic Quest to Asia will be Bonnie's 6th Olympic Quest.  She partnered with Dr. Aaron Banks on the previous trips to various locations throughout the world!

Aaron Banks -- Dr. Aaron Banks is currently a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science.  He came to Gustavus in 2002 following the completion of his doctoral degree in Physical Education Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado in 2001. An avid traveler and Olympic enthusiast, Aaron has successfully led 250+ Gustavus students on eight international January-term travel abroad courses to Australia, New Zealand, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia. In the spring of 2015, he was honored with the the Ruth Mason Award for Excellence in January Off-Campus Teaching.  

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Academic Calendar.
Approximate dates for 2018 are as follows:
Two to three pre-departure meetings: TBA during fall semester 2017 (students who will be away this semester should contact Bonnie Reimann)   
On-site program: January 2 to 24, 2018

The accommodations for 2018 are still being finalized, but they will include shared rooms, either in hotels or hostels. When possible, we will use hotels with breakfast included. Students will generally have two meals per day included in the course fee.  

Program Costs
The program fee is still to be determined, but we anticipate it will fall between $6,700 and $7,300 depending on final enrollment.  The program fee will include transportation to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, round-trip airfare to Asia, all lodging abroad, all ground and air transportation abroad, guides and entrance fees, and two meals per day.  Please contact Bryan Messerly in CICE ( with questions.

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This is an active trip with walking and hiking. A general level of physical fitness should suffice. 

Application Deadline
The last-chance application deadline is September 15, 2017. 

Entry visas
U.S citizens need an entry visa for China; CICE will assist students in their visa application. U.S. citizens do not need an entry visa for Japan or South Korea for stays of under 90 days. All students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact Bryan Messerly to check in about possible additional visa needs.

This program is currently not accepting applications.