Multiple Locations: Politics and Culture in International and Comparative Perspectives – CLOSED

Tokyo, Japan

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 11 - June 10, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 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: Philip D'Agati (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer I

Courses: POLS4937: Government and Politics - Learning Abroad

POLS 4938 International Politics - Learning Abroad


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.


POLS4937; Government and Politics Learning Abroad

POLS 4938 International Politics - Learning Abroad

Host University

Meiji University has expanded as one of the prominent private universities of Japan, celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2001. With Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-government as its guiding principles, Meiji University is committed to fostering students who satisfy the requirements of "austerity and sturdiness", "creation of new intellect" and "needs of the times". Having sent out more than 400,000 graduates into the world to date, it has contributed vastly to the progress of society. The achievements of the university's numerous alumni actively engaged in key roles in various walks of life are highly reputed.

Meiji University aims to make dramatic advances into the world as the top 21st-century urban university in Japan.

Eligibility Requirements

Recommended GPA: 2.5

Good Academic standing

2 Completed Semesters at NU

All students must submit an application, including a brief essay.  Students will be evaluated on their previous academic performance, prior travel experience, suitability for international travel, and maturity and trustworthiness to represent Northeastern University Abroad.  An interview process will be conducted with each student who qualifies for the program in an attempt to gauge their maturity, interests in attending the Japan Dialogue, and whether they are an appropriate fit for the program.

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: $ 2,000

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.



We will all stay in a hotel near Meiji University in Tokyo.  Hotel provides dormitory style housing for students with all standard hotel amenities available on each floor. Housekeeping service and wireless Internet available for free.  Onsite coin-laundry also provided.

The hotel is a short walk to where we will have class and where we will meet for trips, events, etc.  Housing is 100% covered as part of the fee for the Dialogue. Students provide meals, laundry, etc. at their own cost.  Onsite café and nearby restaurants provide reasonably priced meals.


Kyoto & Nagano:

We’ll be staying in a local hotel. All students will share standard hotel rooms and can expect typical amenities.  While in these two cities, we will have storage in our Tokyo hotel for luggage/items students won’t need while in Kyoto and Nagano.





Lake Yamanaka/Mt. Fuji


Day Trips: