Multiple Locations – Japanese Language and Culture – CLOSED

Tokyo, Japan

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 6 - August 11, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


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.


  • CLTR 4944, NU Core humanities level 1 Dialogue of Civilizations: Globalization, Humanities, and Cultural Studies
  • JPNS 2101, 2102, 3101, 3102, 4101, 4102

Host University

Culture Seminars will be offered at Doshisha University in Kyoto, and Intensive Japanese Language Courses will be offered at Seijo University in Tokyo. Students will also participate in Conversation Sessions at Sophia University in Tokyo and attend the lecture at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Eligibility Requirements

Participating students must satisfy 3 requirements: (1) a recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher; (2) at least two semesters of Japanese language courses completed before DOC program; (3) a minimal grade of B in the most recent Japanese language course.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $ 2,750

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


Kyoto: Twin room with a private bathroom

Tokyo: Single room with a private bathroom &

Twin Japanese style room with a private bathroom

Hiroshima: Twin room with a private bathroom

Hakone: Large Japanese style room, hot springs


*The type of room (single, double) will vary per location


Kyoto – Nara – Himeji - Hiroshima - Miyajima - Tokyo - Hakone