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  • Locations: Kyoto City, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Type: Faculty-led Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
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Japan's History and Culture in Kyoto | Faculty-led Program
The most recent Japan's History and Culture in Kyoto faculty-led program was proposed to take place in Summer 2021, but was cancelled due to COVID-19. This faculty-led program may be offered in summer 2023 or summer 2024. 

As part of this faculty-led program, you will experience Japan's history and culture through Kyoto, the ancient capital and cultural heart of Japan. You will experience all aspects of Japanese society - a blend of the ancient and the modern, by visiting Kyoto and its surrounding areas such as the metropolis of Osaka. Exploring ancient temples and shrines designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 'Samurai' warrior castles, you will learn how ancient traditions are still well preserved in modern society. You will be given the unique opportunity to view Japan's centuries-old craftsmanship and to experience tea ceremony, calligraphy, Zen meditation, wearing Kimono and crafting traditional Japanese sweets. Students will examine how Kyoto has long been viewed as "the ideal."

The major topics to be covered in this course include Japan's history, religion, art, architecture, and cuisine. The course explores how those topics are interrelated. Integrating the historical and cultural resources of Kyoto and cities near the Kyoto area (e.g. the metropolis of Osaka) into the academic program will enhance an understanding of Japanese history, culture, religion, arts and innovation. Students will gain insight into Japan's distinctive blend of ancient and modern culture.

Students need the ability to walk at least several miles a day (with slight slopes) in urban/tourist areas.

PLEASE NOTE: A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.

12-16 days in May

Kyoto, Japan
Students will take one of the following courses as part of this program:
  • GS 320: Japan Travel Study (3 credits)
    • Counts as GEP Goal 5
  • GS 350: Cross-cultural Field Experience (3 credits)
  • Open to all students with priority for students who have taken at least one semester of Japanese language training (JPN 101) or equivalent
Enrollment in GS 315 for 1-credit during the spring term prior to travel

  • The typical cost range for this program is between $5,700 - $6,900 depending on enrollment min/max. 
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition and university fees for the 3-credit GS 320 or GS 350 course, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational experiences, international health insurance for the duration of the time in Japan, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee. 
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.

Dr. Miho Nagai (                     

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.