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: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer II


  • CLTR 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations: Globalization, Humanities, and Cultural Studies, NU Core humanities level 1
  • 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 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.