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.
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.
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Students will earn 3 credits in Summer A course:
This course aims to give students the overall understanding of Japan and its culture through first hand experiences in Japan. Students will develop understanding of Japanese society and culture through reading and field trips. Through the course, students will be able to learn about another country, compare and contrast cultural differences with one’s own, and then broaden their perspectives.
Syllabus: Coming soon!
This program is open to USF students from any major, non-USF students, and non-student community members.
2018 Program Cost: $4289.06
Program Fee Includes:
Medical and evacuation insurance
24/7 emergency support via USF International Assistance Line
Program Fee does NOT Include:
How and When to Pay
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Health and Safety
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
U.S. citizens going to Japan on this program must have a passport valid for the dates of travel (Last Updated: July 2015). Please see the Department of State website for Japan.
Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for inquiring about passport validity and visa requirements.
Students will stay in hotels, as well as one night at a Zen temple in Kyoto.
Faculty and Contacts
Professor Mako Nozu (Department of World Languages) has been teaching Japanese at USF since 2004. She enjoys teaching all levels of Japanese language courses and focuses more on communicative language teaching. She also actively participates in various cultural events in the community. She loves baking and eating cakes in her spare time.
Professor Mako Nozu
Department of World Languages, CPR 435