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IEX J-Term 2020: Australasia Olympic Quest: Understanding Sport & Leisure in Australia & Japan
Cairns, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Nagano, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: January Interim
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HouseOlympic Quest considers how sport, leisure, and the modern Olympic Games reveal societal and cultural themes and differences.

  • Explore former and future Olympic sites, including the venues of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
  • Meet with representatives and potential athletes of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games to learn more about the Olympic experience.
  • Participate in Olympic events and leisure activities, including downhill skiing in Nagano, Japan and surfing in the ocean near Melbourne, Australia.
  • Swim, snorkel, and dive at one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef, featuring the world’s largest coral reef system.
  • Cheer on your favorite professional tennis player at the world’s greatest sports and entertainment event held annually in January; the Australian Open!
  • Enjoy the unique culinary cuisine of Australia and Japan!
  • Observe Japanese Snow Monkeys in their nature habitat!
  • Attend a centuries-old Sumo wrestling tournament in Tokyo’s premier arena!
  • Better understand the history and importance of the modern Olympic movement and its impact on world culture.
  • Examine and improve one’s personal wellbeing by understanding and adopting elements of Olympism.
  • Gain cultural competence by participating in new experiences, interacting with others, and embracing differences.
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Olympism is a philosophy of life that promotes balance amongst the mind, body, and spirit by blending sport with culture and education.  Olympism seeks to create a way of life based upon the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility, and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. To that end, Olympic Quest considers how sport, leisure, and the modern Olympic Games may inform the participant of societal and cultural themes and differences. Through daily fieldwork, excursions, interaction with guest speakers and guides, reflective journaling practices, course readings, participation in popular sports and leisure activities, and instructor and student-led presentations, participants will have the unique opportunity to examine the intersection of sport and leisure within Australia and Japan.

  • Tokyo is the site of 1964 summer Olympic and upcoming 2020 Olympic games.
  • Nagano is the site of 1998 winter Olympic games.
  • Melbourne is the site of 1956 summer Olympics and Australian Open tennis.
  • Sydney is the site of 2000 summer Olympic games.
  • Cairns is the home of two world heritage sites -- rain forest and Great Barrier Reef.
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Expected dates
Fall 2019: orientation meetings on campus
Study away arrival date: Jan 3, 2020
Study away return date: Jan 26, 2020

Faculty Leader(s)
ReinmannBonnie Reimann, Associate Professor, ACT/FIT Coordinator, and HPE Major and Coaching Minor Advisor in Health and Exercise Science
This is Bonnie's 14th 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.  Bonnie is teaming up with Aaron Banks on another January term - this one the Asian Olympic Quest in January 2018!

Bonnie and AaronAaron Banks, Professor in Health and Exercise Science
An avid traveler and Olympic enthusiast, I have successfully designed and led 250+ Gustavus students on eight international January-term travel abroad courses. Olympic Quest investigates the history of the ancient and modern Olympic Games through a cultural, philosophical, societal, and athletic lens, focusing upon the impact that the Games have had on the development of Western civilization.  A popular course, Olympic Quest has traversed around the globe, bringing participants 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, I was honored to receive the the Ruth Mason Award for Excellence in January Off-Campus Teaching.  

Anticipated accommodations will include hotels and youth hostels.

Program Costs
The program fee will cover flights from Minneapolis to Japan, from Japan to Australia, and Australia back to Minneapolis; all lodging and local transportation in Australia and Japan; two meals per day; necessary visas; supplemental accident and sickness insurance; and instruction, guides, activities, entrance fees and excursions. CICE estimates the final fee to be between $7,600 and $8,300 per student, depending upon final arrangements and and course enrollment. Students will be responsible for the cost of one meal per day and personal expenses. 

All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. 

Application Deadline
Students must complete the online application by May 1, 2019. 

Entry visas and passports
US citizens are allowed visa free visits of up to 90 days in Japan, and for Australia, US citizenship holders are required to have an ETA. All students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact Bryan Messerly to check in about possible additional visa needs. All program participants must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2020, by the start of Fall 2019 semester.

The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.

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