Programs by Language: Japanese + Dialogue of Civilizations

Multiple Locations – Japanese Language and Culture *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tokyo, Japan

Faculty leader:  Kumiko Tsuji (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Information Session: Thursday, November 7th, 3-4 PM in 220 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II

Courses: CLTR 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations: Globalization, Humanities, and Cultural Studies

JPNS 2101, 2102, 3101, 3102, 4101, 4102 (Multiple Levels)


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 visits to Hiroshima, Miyajima, Nara, 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 the 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 intensive language courses 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. Students will enjoy a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji, that was selected as UNESCO’s World Heritage site in 2013, and relax in hot springs.

Both in Kyoto and Tokyo 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.