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Japan

Dates

June 1 – July 1, 2019

Cost

$4,560 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Japanese, Religious Studies

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Japan program offers students an opportunity to discover the multidimensional image of Japan to gain insight into its complex and dynamic culture and society. The program will visit Nara, Tokyo, Nikko, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. In addition to regular classes, students will attend flower arranging and calligraphy workshops, and visit the educational institutions and historical and cultural sites. Students also will experience an 8-day homestay in Nara. Note: Students should be aware that excursions may be physically strenuous and involve walking several miles at a time.

Language Requirement: None. Most courses taught in English. Optional Japanese course.

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 per room / Homestay, 1-2 per family (portion of program).

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Prof. Yoko Hatakeyama, yhatakeyama@murraystate.edu

Courses

Courses are taught in English except JAPN 210 and JAPN 310. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

JAPN 115 Introduction to Japanese Culture

Prof. Makoto Nakamura

This course is designed as a survey of Japanese animation known as “anime” from their beginnings in the 1960’s to the present. We aim to explore anime as historical moments, artistic movements and popular cultural properties, thereby developing an understanding of the media involved.

JAPN 210: Intermediate Japanese Conversation Abroad

Prof. Makoto Nakamura

A course designed to develop the vocabulary and oral communication skills of the student with a background of one year of college Japanese or equivalent.

JAPN 310 Advanced Japanese Conversation Abroad

Prof. Yoko Hatakeyama

This course is designed to develop the vocabulary and oral communication skills of the student with a background of two years of college Japanese or equivalent. Emphasis will be placed on bringing the student into contact with the Japanese people in order to acquaint students with Japanese culture.

RELS 399 Topics: East Asian Religious Traditions

Dr. Steve Watkins

This interdisciplinary seminar will investigate the cultural and religious development of several East Asian Sacred ways. The seminar will look centrally at Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto and some folk varieties of religious practice. Examination of primary sources such as selected Buddhist scriptures, the Tao Te Ching, and selections from Japanese epics.

RELS 399 Topics: Shinto in Japanese Life

Dr. Steve Watkins

This interdisciplinary seminar explores the ancient roots of Shinto and the historical development of this sacred Japanese way of life through the centuries, and explore how parallel Japanese religious practices, such as Zen Buddhism, have blended with some other more traditional folk forms Japanese religion.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,560 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Japan

Accommodations

Two meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), luggage delivery fees (around $40), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $1000 minimum), locker fee at Himeji Station (approx. $6), independent travel ($600, optional) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,700 – $1,800

The Japan program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Japan with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket on your behalf. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville. Visit flights for more information.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Japan is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Japan to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

June 1 – July 1, 2019

Cost

$4,560 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Japanese, Religious Studies

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Japan program offers students an opportunity to discover the multidimensional image of Japan to gain insight into its complex and dynamic culture and society. The program will visit Nara, Tokyo, Nikko, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. In addition to regular classes, students will attend flower arranging and calligraphy workshops, and visit the educational institutions and historical and cultural sites. Students also will experience an 8-day homestay in Nara. Note: Students should be aware that excursions may be physically strenuous and involve walking several miles at a time.

Language Requirement: None. Most courses taught in English. Optional Japanese course.

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 per room / Homestay, 1-2 per family (portion of program).

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Prof. Yoko Hatakeyama, yhatakeyama@murraystate.edu

Courses

Courses are taught in English except JAPN 210 and JAPN 310. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

JAPN 115 Introduction to Japanese Culture

Prof. Makoto Nakamura

This course is designed as a survey of Japanese animation known as “anime” from their beginnings in the 1960’s to the present. We aim to explore anime as historical moments, artistic movements and popular cultural properties, thereby developing an understanding of the media involved.

JAPN 210: Intermediate Japanese Conversation Abroad

Prof. Makoto Nakamura

A course designed to develop the vocabulary and oral communication skills of the student with a background of one year of college Japanese or equivalent.

JAPN 310 Advanced Japanese Conversation Abroad

Prof. Yoko Hatakeyama

This course is designed to develop the vocabulary and oral communication skills of the student with a background of two years of college Japanese or equivalent. Emphasis will be placed on bringing the student into contact with the Japanese people in order to acquaint students with Japanese culture.

RELS 399 Topics: East Asian Religious Traditions

Dr. Steve Watkins

This interdisciplinary seminar will investigate the cultural and religious development of several East Asian Sacred ways. The seminar will look centrally at Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto and some folk varieties of religious practice. Examination of primary sources such as selected Buddhist scriptures, the Tao Te Ching, and selections from Japanese epics.

RELS 399 Topics: Shinto in Japanese Life

Dr. Steve Watkins

This interdisciplinary seminar explores the ancient roots of Shinto and the historical development of this sacred Japanese way of life through the centuries, and explore how parallel Japanese religious practices, such as Zen Buddhism, have blended with some other more traditional folk forms Japanese religion.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,560 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Japan

Accommodations

Two meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), luggage delivery fees (around $40), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $1000 minimum), locker fee at Himeji Station (approx. $6), independent travel ($600, optional) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,700 – $1,800

The Japan program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Japan with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket on your behalf. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville. Visit flights for more information.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Japan is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Japan to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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