The Geographic Perspectives course examines the interactions between the history of Japan and contemporary issues in Japanese society, politics, the economy, and education while exploring the development of human cultures through the observation of literature, the arts, design and architecture. The Applied Ethics course explores Japanese worlds, both ancient and modern aiming to use Hermeneutic Phenomenology to expose and exhibit how ethical and aesthetic ideas are shaped by various practices within Japanese culture. We will visit schools in Sendai that we worked with during the semester as well as historical places in Kyoto, Toyota related industrial museums in Nagoya, and the Gifu University. Throughout the trip, students are fully exposed to various Japanese traditions past and modern as we walk through different towns.
This program is open to Honors College students who will take the IDH 4200 level Geographic Perspectives - Japan course in Spring 2018 and those who previously took the course as well as the IDH 3600 level Honors Seminar in Applied Ethics.
Participants in the Spring 2018 courses will earn 3 credits and previous students will earn 1 internship credit.
Total Program Cost: $3,300
Pre-departure class sessions and instruction
Accommodations (shared occupancy)
Events on itinerary
USF-provided sickness/accident, emergency medical insurance
Course Tuition through Honors College
Passport/Visa fees (if applicable)
Meals which are not including in program
How to Apply
Applicants are encouraged to submit their online application as early as possible. Please read the following carefully so that you understand how you can best secure for yourself a place in the program.
Applications will be processed as they are received and students who are accepted into the program will have a place reserved for them in the program until the enrollment limit is reached.
Students who are accepted into the program after the enrollment limit is reached will be placed on a waiting list. After the deposit deadline, any reserved spaces in the program that become available will be given to wait-listed students, who will be required to submit the deposit immediately in order to secure that space.
Read all of the information about the program posted on this website carefully: especially regarding courses and fees.
Contact the Program Coordinator or Program Director with any questions - contact details included at the bottom of this page.
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.