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Japan: Japanese Culture and Society

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Photo by Director of Internation and Off-Campus Study Allen Bertsche from a site visit.

One of two partnering Japan programs which will travel jointly to Kyoto, Tokyo and Inayuma, the Japanese Culture and Society program will offer students a four credit course in Asian Studies with a focus on the history, culture, religious beliefs and social structures linked to the sites visited during the three week tour program.

The program will begin with a stay in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital.  There students will be able to visit the city’s many temples, shrines and palaces as they explore the history and culture of Japan.  The group will then travel to see the famous Inayuma Castle and the Uraken Japanese Garden. The final stop on the tour will be the ultra-modern, yet equally ancient city of Tokyo, where the group will be able to experience Kabuki theatre, explore the famous Ginza, Shibuya and Shinjuku districts and meet with Japanese students from Augustana partner schools in the city.


Eligibility and program cap:  Requires sophomore status and a 2.00 GPA.  No prior study of Japanese language is required, though the program is certainly recommended for students interested in Japanese or Asian Studies. The program will be capped at 14 students.

Course(s) and credits: Students will enroll in JPST 250: Japanese Culture & Society (PH,G) for four credits. It is not possible for students to enroll in both this course and the partner sociology course, only one of the two is possible.

Faculty contacts: For information on this program and the accompanying course, please contact M. Nagase (world languages, literatures, and cultures)

Dates: January 2020, with pre-departure orientation meetings required in Fall Semester 2019.

Budget and fees

Program fee: $4,625. Augie Choice eligible for juniors and seniors.

Includes: Airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, excursions and international travel health insurance.

Does not include: Discretionary spending

Out of pocket estimate: $200-$500