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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Kanazawa, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: May
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
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Faculty Leader:  Rob Hodson (, Andrew Dell'Olio (

Program Dates: May 2019

Location: Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo

            Program fee: $4,400
            Airfare (estimate): $1,100
            Tuition cost: $0 (all students receive a scholarship for 4 credits of tuition)
            Total: $5,500 

Course Options -  4-8 Credits 
IDS 280, fulfills GLI requirement
**May complete one additional general education requirement with instructor approval.

You may register for 2-4 additional credits to fulfill one additional general education requirement.

Important Dates: 
            Application Deadline: December 1, 2018
            Scholarship Deadline: December 1, 2018

Program Overview: 
This seminar serves as an introduction to the rich cultural traditions of Japan. A series of lectures and field trips as well as personal contact with Japanese students will give a unique perspective on various aspects of contemporary Japanese society.

Classes are held on the campus of Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. The university setting allows Hope students to observe and participate in student activities on the campus and interact informally with Japanese university students. The class lectures focus on the study of culture and religion, social and economic issues in Japan, Japanese education, as well as some "survival" Japanese lessons. Class content is reinforced with field trips to an elementary school and relevant business, social service, religious, and historical sites. Students are housed in the central area of Tokyo with easy access by train or subway to museums, commercial and shopping areas, and cultural centers.

An important aspect of the program is an optional weekend home stay with a Japanese family. Usually Japanese families entertain guests outside of their homes, so this is a special opportunity to learn about Japanese home life first hand.
Since one cannot fully understand contemporary Japan without understanding its historical and cultural traditions, the participants will travel to the historic and cultural centers of Japan. Near Tokyo these centers include Nikko, with its famous ornate architecture, and Kamakura, site of the great outside Buddha and many temples and shrines. The last week of the program we will travel to such places as Kyoto, which offers 2000 years of history: Hiroshima, site of the Peace Memorial Park, a tribute to the victims of the atomic bomb: and Miyajima, which is designated as one of the most beautiful natural sites in Japan.

Knowledge of Japanese language is not required.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.