Japanese Summer Study Abroad (updated Nov. 13, 2017)

“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: (2018)

Online application:  
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 in Japan, students are based in Kyoto for the first few days and then move to ASU campus in Nagoya for the rest of the week.  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.  We will make one-day-trips to Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island), Shirakawa-go (a remote village in a mountain), and Tokyo (popular cultural sites such as Akihabara; Shibuya, and Harajuku). Right after the Summer I program is over, students can continue their language study at ASU or go to Osaka and participate in an internship program at OKU (only an hour or so by Shinkansen train from ASU).  JPN 211-700* (on-line culture course) will be conducted before, after, and while you are studying in Japan (either at ASU or OKU or back in the US) to deepen your cultural awareness and understanding of Japanese society. 

Summer I (three language credits of JPN 101, JPN 102, or 200 level)
May 16, 2018:  JPN 294-700 (summer I) No Pre-requisite, three
-credit, face-to-face (or on-line videoconference if you are not at UNCW) language course will start.

June 16 (arriving in Japan on 17th) - June 25 (leaving Japan or continuing at a university in Japan or traveling on your own)   Click here for tentative itinerary.   

Click here for a sample course syllabus  (It is still 2017 syllabus.  It will be updated in May, 2018 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  (three language credits at Aichi Shukutoku University (ASU)and/or another three credits of JPN 211-700 on-line culture course while at ASU or Osaka Kyoiku Univ (OKU)
June 25 - July 7 (tentative):  Internship at Osaka Kyoiku Univ. (OKU) in Osaka, Japan
June 26 - July 21: Japanese language program at Aichi Shukutoku University (ASU) in Nagoya, Japan.   JPN 294-700 or JPN 101 is required before you participate in the ASU course.
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 Length in Japan Total credit hours Time in Japan Cost
JPN 294-700 1 week 3 credits June 16 - June 25 Program fee $1260 + UNCW in-state 3 credit tuition $561  + minimum expenses in Japan $350 + airfare $1500 - $2000
JPN 294-700 & 211-700* with  OKU internship*** 3 weeks 6 credits June 16 - July 6

(at OKU June 25 - July 6)
Program fee $1260 + 
UNCW in-state 6 credit tuition $1,122 +
minimum expenses in Japan $350  +
airfare $1500 - $2000 +
OKU Internship fee (It was 40,000 JPY in 2017 and 50,000 JPY in 2016.) to be directly paid to OKU +
minimum expenses in Japan $???($350 x 2 additional weeks for meals etc.)
JPN 294-700 and ASU program**
5 weeks 6 credits June 16 - July 21 Program fee $1260 +
UNCW in-state 3 credit tuition  $561 +
one-week minimum expenses in Japan $350  +
airfare $1500 - $2000 +
ASU program fee 131,000 JPY ($1152 USD as of May 12, 2017)  +
minimum expenses in Japan $??? ($350 x 4 additional weeks for meals etc.)
JPN 294-700 & 211-700* &  ASU program**
5 weeks 9 credits June 16 - July 21   Program fee $1260 + 
UNCW in-state 6 credit tuition $1,122   +
minimum expenses in Japan $350  +
airfare $1500 - $2000 +
ASU program fee 131,000 JPY ($1152 USD as of May 12, 2017)  to be directly paid to ASU+
minimum expenses in Japan $???  ($350 x 4 additional weeks for meals etc.)
AS only for those who have taken JPN 294 before 4 weeks 3 credits June 24 - July 21  Airfare $1500 - $2000 +
ASU program fee 131,000 JPY ($1152 USD as of May 12, 2017) +
minimum expenses in Japan $??? ($350 x 4 additional weeks for meals etc.)

*JPN 211-700:  The last on-line meeting is tentatively on July 30, and the final report due is August 6, 2018.   Students going to OKU Internship have to register to this course.

** ASU program details and application at    http://www.aasa.ac.jp/institution/international/jlc/

*** OKU program in summer 2017 as a sample (Details will come sometimes in Feb. or March 2018)  To receive three UNCW credits, register JPN 211 (Summer II 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 102levels during Summer I and Summer II, you will complete the UNCW Language Requirement.  Also, JPN 294 is one of Exploration Beyond Classroom (EBC) courses to complete the EBC requirement.

Q2.  Are they counted toward the Japanese Minor?
Yes. 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 completely on-line from your residence.  Or you can come to a class on campus to meet the instructor and other students face-to-face.  We will meet at least twice a week face-to-face as a class on-line or on-campus as you choose in the mornings.  If you can come on campus, we would like you to take tests on campus.

Q4. How do I purchase an airfare?
Since very 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 they 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 use their 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.  If you have to arrive a day late, consult Kano-sensei.  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.  If you are arriving at  the same hotel as the program hotel in Kyoto, contact Kano-sensei in advance to make a reservation for extra days and pay the extra stays directly to the hotel.

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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/

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