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Japanese Lived Experience

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Multiple Locations, Japan
Course # SA 10203
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 07/02/18 to 07/23/18

Program Leader

Name Kristofer Chang Alexander

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed
Applications for this program have been closed.

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 move from futuristic Tokyo to ancient Wakayama. Along the way, students will visit Mount Fuji in the beautiful Hakone region, experience traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto, learn about the birth og Japanese Buddhism in Nara, and finnaly engage in a reflective hike up Wakayam;s Kumando Kodo. This program focuses on culture and attendinf to the present through mindful contemplation as students experience nature as well as learn about Japanese culture through traveling to five unique locations.

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 Tuesday nights from 6-9pm. Dates: 1/23, 1/30, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17

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.

Once students apply to the program, they will be asked to meet the instructors.

Program Cost

Cost: $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 Groups


Some Meals (depending on the location)

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

Application Deadline

$500 deposit is due December 1st.

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