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  • Locations: Beppu, Japan; Fukuoka, Japan; Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Nara, Japan; Oita, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
USF Japan Study Program: Culture, History, and Society

May 14 - June 3, 2018


Program Description

This three-week intensive academic course is designed to facilitate a successful knowledge base of Japan. Overall concepts investigated include Japanese culture, history, and society. This course seeks to nurture students’ multicultural awareness which needed to successfully navigate in today’s society. Even though the main focus of the course is the three-week learning trip to Japan, during the pre-departure phase, the students will be assigned a series of reading materials designed to impart the basic knowledge of Japanese culture and history to students and provides a foundation for the three-week learning experience to Japan. In the post-trip phase, students prepare essays that highlight their Japan experience. During the fall semester 2017, the students will be requested to present their experiences in Japan at a USF J-Club meeting.

Japan Students
The learning trip begins in Fukuoka. Fukuoka is located in Kyuushuu in far western Japan and the Fukuoka metropolitan area is the 4th largest city in Japan. While in Fukuoka, students will have a day trip to Nagasaki as well as short excursion to Beppu in Oita for experience and learn about hot springs in Japan. Then, students will travel to Hiroshima by taking a bullet train. In Hiroshima, they will visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Miyajima, where the UNESCO World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine is located. After leaving Hiroshima, students will stay in Kyoto for a week. In Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, students will stay at a Zen temple for a night, experiencing zen culture and meditation. They will enjoy the traditional culture of Japan in Kyoto, by visiting Buddhism temple and Shintoism shrines and exploring downtown Kyoto-city. While staying in Kyoto, students will have day excursions to Osaka and Nara, as well. During the last few days of the trip, they will stay in Tokyo, the world's largest metropolitan area, and will experience modernized Japan, such as Tokyo Skytree and Nissin Cup Noodle Museum as well as popular districts like Shinjuku and Akihabara. During the learning trip in Japan, students will also attend lectures and presentations and take part in cultural workshops and events.

This program is currently not accepting applications.