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IEX J-Term 2019: Discover Japan: Language, Life, and Culture in Tokyo and Kyoto
Kyoto, Japan; Osaka-shi, Japan; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: January Interim
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Program Provider:
Gustavus Adolphus College
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Program Term(s):
January Interim
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Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
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Housing Options:
Hostel/Hotel, Residence Hall
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Areas of Study:
Japanese Language & Literature
Program Description:
Program Description:
J17 students
Gain or improve your Japanese language skills and delve into Japanese culture in vibrant and dynamic Tokyo!


This course is designed for students interested in Japanese culture. By participating in Hosei University Japanese Language and Culture Program and interacting with local people, students who have no previous experience in Japanese language study will develop basic communication skills while more advanced students will further improve their proficiency. All the students will have opportunities for exploring their special areas of interest in Japanese culture such as history, art, and pop culture.  In addition to getting a taste of living in Tokyo, the students will also travel to Kyoto, Osaka, Kamakura, and Mt. Fuji.
A few highlights
  • Participate in Japanese Language and Culture Program at Hosei University, one of the oldest private universities in Japan, located right in the center of Tokyo. (No previous Japanese language experience is required.)
  • Explore both super modern (e.g., Shibuya) and very traditional (e.g., Asakusa) parts of Tokyo.
  • Travel outside of Tokyo: Kyoto, Osaka, Kamakura, and Mt. Fuji.
  • Have some NOT typical tourist experiences to gain deeper understanding of Japan, such as an introduction to traditional karate.
  • This course meets one of the two IEX (Interim Experience) requirements for all Gustavus students.
J17 students with Fuji
Tokyo is one of the largest cities of the world with the population of over 13 million in its metropolitan area.  Despite being such a densely populated city, it is remarkably clean and safe.  (The crime rate in Japan is among the lowest in the world.)  Winter weather in Tokyo is mild with the average January temperature of High 9.5C (49F) – Low 0.9C (34F).  Hosei University, where Japanese language classes take place, is located right in the center of Tokyo; its campus is adjacent to what used to be the moat of Edo Castle.  Students will stay at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center.  Places within walking distance from the Center include Yoyogi Park (a great place for jogging), Meiji Jingu (the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo), and Harajuku (the center of youth culture and fashion in Japan).   Tokyo has one of the most advanced public transportation systems in the world, and students will learn to explore this amazing city by train, subway, and bus.  (All the transportation cost is included in the program fee.)

Academic Calendar
  • One pre-departure meeting: TBA during fall semester 2018 (students who will be away this semester should contact Prof. Sakuragi)
  • On-site program: January 7 to January 28, 2019
Students will stay at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center. The accommodation details at the Center for 2019 are still being sorted, but in previous years, students lived in single rooms with shared bathrooms in the hall. The Center is similar to a typical college dormitory with a few cafeterias, tennis courts, a swimming pool etc.

Faculty Leader
Toshiyuki Sakuragi, Japanese Studies Program, MLLC

Dr. Sakuragi teaches Japanese language and film (Japanese Film and Intercultural Film) courses.  His has published two books and various journal/magazine articles in the fields of intercultural communication, film studies, and cognitive linguistics.
Program Costs
The program fee of $3,500 will cover Japanese language instruction at Hosei University, accommodations, a pre-paid debit card for meals, ground transportation in Japan, and excursions and admissions. Please note that international airfare is not included. Students will be responsible for meeting the program in Tokyo, but CICE can help advise students who want to travel together about flight options.

All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. The course is especially well suited to students interested in Japanese language and culture.  All participants are expected to have completed their First-Term Seminar, the first Three Crowns course, or the equivalent first-year seminar or introductory writing course at other campuses.
Application Deadline
The application deadline is April 30, 2018. Prof. Sakuragi will interview all applicants.
Entry visas
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Japan for short-term tourist visits. All non-U.S. citizens should check with the CICE for visa-related advising. All program participants must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2019, by the start of Fall 2018 semester.

The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.

J17 students in Japan

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