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A Japanese Lived Experience: Southern Japan

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Hiroshima, Shikoku, Tokyo +, Japan
Course # SA 10203
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2019 05/05/19 to 05/26/19
Current Program Dates
Summer 2018 07/02/18 to 07/23/18

Program Leader

Name Kristofer Chang Alexander

Program Description

The Japanese culture is a fascinating mixture of traditional and modern. This mixture can be intoxicating and disorientating – making you feel like you have stepped onto another planet. Japan’s beauty lies within its landscapes, people and its history and traditions. This study abroad program will have students travel backwards in time as they expereince ancient, modern, and futuristic Japan.

This program focuses on culture, being present/mindful and connecting to nature.


Locations: Southern Japan (3 weeks, 6 credit hours)
Locations: Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokoshima, Iya Valley, Osaka, and Tokyo.
If you are interested in the full Japanese Experience, we off a 6-week/12-creidt hour course that covers all of Japan.
Locations: Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokoshima, Iya Valley, Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Nikko, Sendai, Cat Island, Aomori, Hiroshima, Sapporo, Nakasendo, Takaragawa, and Hakodate.
Applications open August 1st. Deadline is November 1st (or until program is filled).
We will take 20 students on this trip.

Academic Credit

6-credits overseas:

CSR 390 Culture & Health

CSR390 Japanese Way of Life

In addition, students MUST enroll for a Spring Course (2 credit hours)  that meets on a weekday night TBD (8 weeks) Dates: TBD

The course is 8-weeks long and is required in order to do the summer study abroad.

Once students are accepted into the program they receive permission to add the course to their schedules.


All undergraduate students.

Students must complete a pre-interview questionnaire (which is available the first week of classes).

Then, students will be asked to meet the instructors. Students are interviewed because we have many more applicants than we have spots on the trip. 

In 2018, we had over 150 applicants for 25 positions.

We do not look for a specific type of student (we often accept students from all years in school, majors, and backgrounds). We look for insightful students who are interested in Japan's culture, nature, and willingness to engage in mindful reflection.

Program Cost


Japanese Lived Experience: Southern Japan  $4,217.20 (with $1,000 MOVE Scholarship) - does not include airfare to/from Japan.

This cost includes: 

Travel within Japan

Entry Costs to all Museums and Group Activities


Some Meals (depending on the location)

Please note: MOVE Scholarships are only available to students who fill out a FAFSA with financial aid and their parents make less than $250,000.

Application Deadline

Applicaiotn deadline is November 1, 2018.

A $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance into the program to secure a student's place on the trip.

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