Japanese Summer Study Abroad (updated 12-05-2019)

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views on men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one corner of the earth all one’s lifetime” – Mark Twain

The program lead by: Kano-sensei, Senior Lecturer in Japanese (kanoy@uncw.edu)

Brochure:  Coming soon.

Online application:  (will be ready soon.)
UNCW students:   http://educationabroad.uncw.edu/
Non-UNCW students: http://educationabroad.uncw.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11626

Financial aid
: Please refer to the brochure for information.  Essence Collins is
the main Education Abroad person in the Financial Aid office. 

During the Summer I   The first week in Japan, students will be in Tokyo, Kyoto, and then move to ASU campus in Nagoya for the rest of the program.  In Kyoto you can experience the ancient and modern faces of Japan, venturing to famous sites, locations, and the biggest flea market in Kyoto where you can find anything ancient or modern and Tokyo (popular cultural sites such as Akihabara; Shibuya, and Harajuku). Right after the Summer I program is over, students can continue their language go to Osaka and participate in an internship program at OKU.  JPN 211-700* (on-line culture course) will be conducted before, after, and while you are studying at OKU in Japan to deepen your cultural awareness and understanding of the Japanese society. 

Summer I (JPN 294  six language credits of JPN 102, or 200 level)
May 20, 2019:  JPN 294-700 (summer I) Pre-requisite JPN 101, three
-credit, face-to-face (or on-line videoconference if you are not at UNCW campus) language course will start.

June ??? (arriving in Japan on ???th) - June ???  (leaving Japan or continuing at a university in Japan or traveling on your own)  

Click here for tentative itinerary.  (coming soon) 

Click here for a sample course syllabus  (It is still 2018 syllabus.  It will be updated in May, 2019 but the content is similar.)
Orientations will be held in April on campus (or on-line if you cannot come to UNCW) for more detailed logistics for your travel to/in Japan.

Summer II  JPN 211-700 (on-line culture course) can be taken wherever you are in Japan or in the US or elsewhere.

Programs at a glance:

Courses Program Length Total credit hours Time in Japan Cost
JPN 294-700 2 weeks 6 credits June ??? - June ??? Program fee $??? + UNCW in-state 6 credit tuition $1122 (as of summer 2018)+ minimum expenses in Japan $350 + airfare $1500 - $2000
JPN 294-700 & 211-800* with  OKU Internship*** 4 weeks 9 credits June ???

(at OKU June ???)
Program fee $???+ 
UNCW in-state 6 credit tuition $1122 (as of summer 2018)+minimum expenses in Japan $350  +
airfare $1500 - $2000 +
OKU Internship fee (It was 40,000 JPY in 2018 to be directly paid to OKU + 
minimum expenses in Japan $???($350 x 2 additional weeks for meals etc.)

*JPN 211-800:  The last on-line meeting is tentatively on July 30.    Students going to OKU Internship have to register to this course.

*** OKU program in summer 2017 as a sample (Details will come sometimes in Feb. 2019)  To receive three UNCW credits, register JPN 211 (Summer II JPN 211 Japanese Culture) before the trip.

Frequently asked questions:

Q1. Does this satisfy the UNCW language requirements? 
Yes. If you complete the required level of language course with C- or above grade.  For example, You have never studied Japanese at high school or other institutions and study at survival/elementary JPN 101 and 102 levels during Summer I, you will complete the UNCW Language Requirement.  Also, JPN 294 is one of Education Beyond Classroom (EBC) courses to complete the EBC requirement.

Q2.  Are they counted toward the Japanese Minor?
Yes, if you are taking above 200 (Intermediate) levels. You can complete up to 9 credits hours (half of the minor requirements) if you are taking above 200 (Intermediate) levels during the summer program.  JPN 211-700 is one of the minor electives.

Q3. Is the Summer I course completely on-line?
Yes and No. You can take it on-line from your residence or you can come on campus to meet the instructor in person and other students.  We will meet at least twice a week face-to-face as a class on-campus or on-line as you choose.   If you can come on campus, we would like you to take tests on campus.

Q4. How do I purchase an airfare?
Since every student comes from different locations, the airfare is purchased by each student.  The detail information/direction will be given for students to get to the hotel safely in Kyoto.  Some students travel together if you will be the same route to Japan.  We recommend you to use a travel agent or on-line search engine such as Google Flight to find a reasonable airfare.  Some students use frequent flyer miles or other airline benefits of your family members to purchase the airfare at reasonable price.

Q5.  Can we arrive in Japan early or late? 
You need to arrive to Japan before the first day of the program.  As long as you arrive before the first day of the program, you can arrive any date but you need to find and pay for your hotels on your own.  The one night lodging right before the program starts, is included in the program fee.  If you are arriving early than a night before the first program date and would like to stay at the same hotel as the program hotel in Kyoto, contact Kano-sensei in advance to make a reservation for an extra day(s) and pay the extra stays directly to the hotel.

"How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter?"
"Studying or working in another country can make us better thinkers—more flexible, creative, and complex—if we’re willing to adapt and learn from other cultures"
Read more at http://time.com/79937/how-studying-or-working-abroad-makes-you-smarter/  (accessed 5-2-2014)


Country Risk Report by HTH Workdwide https://www.hthstudents.com/tools/security_country_profile.cfm?cid=93

City Health Profiles of Kyoto, Japan  https://www.hthstudents.com/tp2_cityhealth/fullview.cfm

If you are planning to travel on your own, here is the train search site:  http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

This site introduces great apps in Japan:  http://www.supercheapjapan.com/best-free-apps-for-traveling-in-japan/