Programs by Country: Japan


Multiple Locations – Japanese Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tokyo, Japan

Faculty leader:  Kumiko Tsuji (ku.tsuji@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: Thursday October 30 from 6 - 7 pm at RY277.

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • CLTR 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations: Globalization, Humanities, and Cultural Studies
  • JPNS 2101, 2102, 3101, 3102, 4101, 4102 (Multiple Levels)

Description:

The Dialogue program in Japan is an immersion course in language and culture. It will be held in two key cities, Tokyo and Kyoto, including visit to Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Himeji, and Hakone.

 

First, we will visit Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, where there are many historical and well preserved temples and shrines. Students can learn about development of Japanese wooden architecture and the art of Japanese gardens. Cultural seminars such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and calligraphy will be offered at Doshisha University. During the stay in Kyoto, we will visit Nara, another ancient capital, and Himeji, the city famous for the Himeji Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

We will also stay in Hiroshima and visit the A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum.

Students will have an opportunity to think about the importance of peace in our society. We will also visit Miyajima, a small island that is famous for the beautiful shrine gate.

 

Next, we will visit Tokyo, the modern capital of Japan. Students will have a chance to see two faces of Tokyo: traditional and contemporary.    In Tokyo students will take an intensive language course at Seijo University. Also, they will attend the lectures on the related subjects. Students will also have an opportunity to live with Japanese host family for a few days. It will be a wonderful experience, as they can learn the custom and culture through homestay.

 

We will also visit Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and relax in hot springs.

 

Both in Tokyo and Kyoto, students will have an opportunity to interact and practice Japanese

with local college students on daily basis. It will give students a chance to practice Japanese and

learn the life, ideas, and interests of Japanese college students.


Multiple Locations: Politics and Culture in International and Comparative Perspectives

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tokyo, Japan

Faculty Leader: Philip D'Agati (p.dagati@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: POLS4937: Government and Politics - Learning Abroad

POLS 4938 International Politics - Learning Abroad

Description:

Students who participate in this Dialogue will be immersed in the politics and culture of Japan. They will have the opportunity to learn about the politics and culture of Japan while exploring important sites in and around Tokyo, Nagano, and Hiroshima.  Students will also participate in a political and cultural dialogue with students from Meiji University while staying three days at a traditional guesthouse near Mt. Fuji.  Students will continue to develop their knowledge of Japanese society and culture through directed visits to Japanese sites of political, historical, and cultural importance.  Meiji University students often accompany our students, providing a unique opportunity to augment the site visits with a local Japanese perspective.  Written work and group projects will compare Japan and the U.S. on a host of domestic and international topics.


TOKYO: J.F. Oberlin University

Traditional | Tokyo, Japan

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Students will participate in J.F. Oberlin University's Reconnaissance Japan Program. This program was developed to allow students from other countries to study Japanese language and culture for one Semester or an academic year. The Reconnaissance Japan Program is a part of Oberlin's School of International Studies, which is dedicated to educating Japanese students about the outside world. Thus, students will be a part of a truly international student body. Oberlin's Center for International Studies offers a varied program of cultural activities and excursions in and around Tokyo. In addition to the formal program activities, students are also encouraged to take part in club or social activities on campus.


TOKYO: Meiji University

Traditional | Tokyo, Japan

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Meiji is situated in the center of Tokyo's educational and cultural district, surrounded by Asia's largest area of used bookstores. Meiji which started as a Law School in 1881, currently has a population of 33,000 students, enrolled in the Schools of Law, Commerce, Political Science and Economics, Arts and Letters, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Business Administration, Information and Communication, and the Graduate School.

Each of the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools has its own educational philosophy and aims. Each School also has its own faculty and its own curriculum, independently organized. This enables the students to study the discipline of the school that they are enrolled in from the start of their education at Meiji. Meiji University has approximately 450,950 registered alumni and has been accepting international students since 1896. Famous graduate include former Prime Ministers such as Mr. Takeo Miki and Mr. Tomiichi Murayama. Currently there are approximately 650 international students studying various disciplines at Meiji University.