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Japan

Dates

May 30 – June 29, 2020

Cost

$4,560 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Economics, Intermediate – Advanced Japanese

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2019: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2020: 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. Economics and JAPN 115 taught in English.

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

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 18 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.

ECON 410-1 Topics: International Money and Finance

Dr. Nancy Sowers

This course focuses on the theory and practice of international finance, with special emphasis on managing the risk inherent from exchange rates changes in multinational firms. Instructional focus will be on field experiences, case studies, and discussion for firms operating in Japan.

ECON 410-2 Topics: The Japanese Economy: post-WWII to Abenomics

Dr. Nancy Sowers

The course explores economic expansion, stagnation, and revitalization in the post-WWII Japanese economy. The emphasis is placed on the economic behavior of financial institutions, Japanese firms, and households.

JAPN 115 Introduction to Japanese Culture

Prof. Nathan Patton

This course will introduce important themes to help students analyze and understand modern Japanese culture. Emphasis will be placed on trying to understand not only what Japanese might tend to do in any given situation, but also the underlying reasons for why they do it.

JAPN 210: Intermediate Japanese Conversation Abroad

Prof. Nathan Patton

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.

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

Japan Rail Pass

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

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 day. 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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Dates

May 30 – June 29, 2020

Cost

$4,560 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Economics, Intermediate – Advanced Japanese

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2019: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2020: 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. Economics and JAPN 115 taught in English.

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

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 18 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.

ECON 410-1 Topics: International Money and Finance

Dr. Nancy Sowers

This course focuses on the theory and practice of international finance, with special emphasis on managing the risk inherent from exchange rates changes in multinational firms. Instructional focus will be on field experiences, case studies, and discussion for firms operating in Japan.

ECON 410-2 Topics: The Japanese Economy: post-WWII to Abenomics

Dr. Nancy Sowers

The course explores economic expansion, stagnation, and revitalization in the post-WWII Japanese economy. The emphasis is placed on the economic behavior of financial institutions, Japanese firms, and households.

JAPN 115 Introduction to Japanese Culture

Prof. Nathan Patton

This course will introduce important themes to help students analyze and understand modern Japanese culture. Emphasis will be placed on trying to understand not only what Japanese might tend to do in any given situation, but also the underlying reasons for why they do it.

JAPN 210: Intermediate Japanese Conversation Abroad

Prof. Nathan Patton

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.

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

Japan Rail Pass

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

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 day. 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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