Welcome to the Japan summer study abroad program sponsored by the Asia Council of the University System of Georgia. This program provides you with the opportunity to experience a unique culture that still remains mysterious to Westerners. Considered the cultural heart of modern Japan, Kyoto, only 30 minutes away from our campus, is one of the architectural treasures of Asia. Once the capital of Japan, the city is a showcase of Japanese heritage that reflects a distinctly Japanese outlook. Combining ancient castles, modern high rises, Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines, and museums with an exciting nightlife, art, music, entertainment, the Osaka/Kyoto region is certain to offer something of interest to everyone.
Studying abroad in Japan offers students a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Japan, earn college credits, and bring back a lifetime of memories. The program allows students the opportunity to earn from three to six credit hours during the four weeks abroad. Weekends offer optional group excursions to important cultural and historical sites in the Osaka area. A special feature of the program is the Japan rail pass and travel to Hiroshima and Tokyo during the last week of the program. A visit to the Atomic Bomb Memorial Museum, Miyajima, and famous tourist sites in Tokyo is included.
Duration: June 16 - July 14, 2018
Location: Osaka, with trips to Tokyo and Hiroshima
Program Fee is $4,900. ALL PAYMENTS ARE HANDLED THROUGH VSU SITE.
$300 ASAP Deposit to reserve a spot
Payments (Made through VSU online): January 30, 2018 - $2100
March 1, 2018 - $2500
||Whats NOT included?
- Round-trip airfare Atlanta -Japan -Atlanta
- Dormitory lodging at Kansai University
- Health Insurance
- A one-week Japan rail pass for travel around Japan
- Tuition and fees at Georgia Gwinnett College
- Spending Money
- Some field trip expenses
- Passport or visa fees
- Education Abroad Portal Fee $30
A $300 nonrefundable application fee is due at the time of application and is subtracted from your total fee.
***Program fee does not include tuition, textbooks, visa application fees, passport and related expenses.***
Application deadline is February 15th, 2018.
RELN 4700 Japanese Buddhism and Shinto
JAPN 3000 Japanese Culture and Language (GGC equivalent RELN 3700 Religion and Culture)
*****6 CREDIT HOUR REQUIRED
Some field trips are required as they relate directly to classroom topics. Students, in some cases, may be required to pay admission to museums. Field trips will depart at times designated in the schedule or by the professor. For some field trips, the instructor will organize transportation; in other cases students will have to use public transportation in order to travel to a particular site. You must participate in the field trips to receive course credit.
Students should attend all classes and field trips. The primary reason for the Program is to gain the educational experiences available through these courses and to glean from the expertise of our professors and guides. There are fewer class sessions than in the U.S, so attendance is mandatory. Any absence without a doctor's excuse in either the class or the field trip will result in a grade reduction of one letter grade per absence.
Tardiness is not only impolite to others, but a hindrance to your personal education. Students who are tardy 3 times will be considered absent for one class period.
Enrollment and drop/add policy
Students must enroll for classes at their own institution or as a transient student at Valdosta State University for summer semester. Signing up for the program itself does not enroll students into the actual classes. Remember: tuition is not included in the program cost.
Students cannot withdraw from all their courses and remain in the program; they must carry at least three hours of course credits. If a student must drops his or her classes, he/she will be returned to the United States at his/her own expense. Students must make final course decisions by May 10, 2017. No courses may be added after that time.
Students are strongly discouraged from dropping courses after departure. After departure, the program staff will not handle course withdrawals for students. They must call or e-mail the institutions where they are registered and handle the process by themselves, making sure to provide the faculty member and program director with evidence that they have in fact dropped a course.
Dr. Michael Stoltzfus - (470) 217-5924 - email@example.com
David Starling - (229) 219-1246 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Irina McClellan - (229) 333-7410 - email@example.com