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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.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirements:
Level of Study:
Open to:
Non-USF Applicants, USF Students
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Krissy Loveman
Sponsoring College:
College of Arts and Sciences
Program Primary Subject:
History, Humanities, Society, Culture, and Language
Program Description:
USF Japan

USF Japan Study Program: Culture, History, and Society
May 5 - June 4, 2017


Program Overview


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.

Students wishing to arrive in Japan early, or stay later are free to do so.

2017 Program Schedule: 

Fukuoka, Fukuoka 05/16 -  05/20
Nagasaki, Nagasaki 05/19 
Beppu, Oita 05/20 - 05/22
Fukuoka, Fukuoka 05/22 - 05/23
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 05/23 - 05/25
Kyoto, Kyoto 05/25 - 06/01
Osaka, Osaka 05/30 
Nara, Nara 05/31
Tokyo, Tokyo 06/01 - 06/04

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Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture
Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Tokyo City, Tokyo Prefecture


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How to Apply


To apply directly to the USF Japan Study Program, start an application by clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this page. Students are evaluated and accepted on a rolling admissions basis until the program becomes full. 
  • Submitting an application is free!
  • The application can be started, saved, and completed over time. 
  • You must submit the Course Approval Form to in order to complete your online application.
  • This program is highly popular and has a limited number of spots. Plan ahead by submitting the application early.
  • Financially liability is not enforced until you choose to "commit" after you have been accepted. 

Non-USF Students: Before applying to the program, you must first apply to USF. Please visit our page How to Apply for step-by-step instructions.

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Academic Program and Course Information


Students will earn 3 credits in Summer A course FOL 4102This 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: 2017 Summer FOL4102 USF Japan Study Program Syllabus.docx

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Course Approval Form

In order to complete your online application, the following form must be filled out and submitted to Please carefully read both pages 1 and 2 of the form for instructions. 

2017 Course Approval Form:
 CAF Japan Study 201705

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Nozu Sensei
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.  

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Program Costs


2017 Program Cost: $4058.17

Program Fee Includes:

  • Tuition  ($520.17)
  • Accommodations
  • Cultural events
  • Program-related excursions
  • Some meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • 24/7 emergency support via USF International Assistance Line
Program Fee does NOT Include:
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Some meals

Payment Schedule:

  • Upon commitment - $500 deposit is due within 5 business days after charges are posted to your account
  • 90 days before departure - 25% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
  • 60 days before departure - 75% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
  • 30 days before departure - 100% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
  • Tuition is due at the time on-campus tuition is normally due for the term. Please see the Registrar's Calendar.

Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:

Students who have been accepted and are committed to the program are liable for the following post-commitment cancellation fees. Please read the Financial Terms and Conditions in your application for more details.
  • $100 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
  • $300 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel 61 to 90 days prior to departure.*
  • 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*
*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable.

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Living Arrangements

Students will stay in hotels, as well as one night at a Zen temple in Kyoto.

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Who Can Participate?

This program is open to USF students from any major, non-USF students, and non-student community members.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

Students will be responsible to purchase their own flights to and from Japan. Please, do NOT purchase your flight before getting approval from the Program Advisor or Faculty.

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Medical Insurance

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.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Travel Documentation

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.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

  • The Education Abroad Office offers Study Abroad Scholarships. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students. Please visit here for application information and deadlines. Please note that these scholarships are never guaranteed, and awards can only help pay for a portion of your total costs. We highly encourage you to apply to many other scholarships.
  • Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad.  USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit here for further information. 
  • USF's Office of National Scholarships helps students identify and apply for national scholarships for study abroad. Access their website to get started!
  • Bulls in Asia ( is a one-stop resource for USF Students to learn about Asia-related study abroad, scholarships, internships, and post-graduate opportunities:

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Program Pictures

Cup Noodle


 Traditional Japan 
Kiyomizudera 2



Contacts for More Information

Faculty Director:
Professor Mako Nozu
Department of World Languages, CPR 435

Education Abroad Office:
Gateway Office
MSC 3301 (open for walk-in inquiries!) 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.