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Gustavus J-Term 2021: Discover Japan: Language, Life, and Culture in Tokyo and Kyoto
Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: January Interim
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January Interim 2021 06/01/2020 06/01/2020 01/05/2021 01/25/2021
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Gustavus Adolphus College
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Program Term(s):
January Interim
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Minimum GPA:
2.50 Program Design: Faculty led
Program Description:
Program Description:
Gusties in Tokyo
Gain or improve your Japanese language skills and delve into Japanese culture in vibrant and dynamic Tokyo!

  • 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 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.

Mt. Fuji in background
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.

Academic Calendar
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On-campus orientation: TBD Fall 2020
Study away arrival date: January 5, 2021
Study away return date: January 25, 2021

Faculty Leader
Professor SakuragiToshiyuki 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.

Anticipated accommodations will include the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo and hotel accommodations in Kyoto.

Program Costs
The program fee of $3,250 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. Students should confer with Professor Sakuragi before booking their air tickets. Please plan to budget approximately $1,400 to $1,800 for international plane tickets and personal expenses.

All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. 

Application Deadline
Students must complete the online application by June 1, 2020. 

Entry visas and passports
US citizens can stay in Japan visa free for up to 90 days. All students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Bryan Messerly about possible additional visa needs. All program participants must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2021, by the start of Fall 2020 semester.

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

Gusties in Japan

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