Call for Applications: Global Japan Studies Summer Program 2018
About the Program
Japan’s postwar period is most often described as four decades of high growth “economic miracle” followed subsequently by a prolonged recession dubbed “the lost two decades” (1990-present). Japan’s postwar, however, points to a far more complicated and ongoing process of social, cultural, and political changes, which this program is set to explore.
Participants will be immersed in a ten-day intensive program of
- interdisciplinary academic lectures (in humanities, social sciences, and engineering),
- carefully planned field trips in Tokyo and surrounding areas,
- Japanese language lessons tailored to individual participant’s needs.
Through a well-designed combination of on- and off-campus study, the program challenges participants to critically analyze a variety of sociocultural, political, and technological issues, such as sustainable urban planning, poverty, and historical memory. These issues are key for understanding not only Japan’s postwar itself but also the larger world to which Japan is closely connected and of which Japan is intrinsically a part.
By the end of the program, participants will have gained a more nuanced understanding of Japan’s postwar as a complex and changing society; learned analytical skills with which to analyze social phenomena in Japan and other parts of the world; improved their Japanese language as a result of Japanese lessons and intermingling with Japanese students from the University of Tokyo; improved their intercultural communication skills as a result of collaboration in research projects and presentations with fellow students from different countries of the world. Perhaps most important of all, you will have made a lot of friends from all over the world who will share your memory of summer 2018 in Tokyo!
Number of Participants:
About 20 in total (including 3-5 undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo).
Eligibility and Language Requirements:
Undergraduate students in all academic majors and currently enrolled in a university of the world, and whose GPA at the moment of application is 2.3 or above on a 3 point scale, are eligible to apply.
The summer program does NOT require submission of proof of English language proficiency such as TOEFL or TOIEC scores, but participants must have sufficient English proficiency to attend lectures and field trips in English and give presentations in English.
This program has NO Japanese language requirement. Knowledge of Japanese, however, will be helpful for your participation in the program. Japanese lessons are offered in the program.
Tuition and Fees:
JPY 280,000 (inclusive of accommodation, lunches, and refreshments, exclusive of participants’ round-trip airfare and field trip transportation expenses (bus and subway fares).
Please refer to the program website for detailed directions on how to make payment. Only online credit card payment is accepted.
The program will book a hotel for all international participants. International participants do not need to make their own reservation.
It is the responsibility of applicants to apply for a visa to enter Japan. Program will issue a letter of acceptance or other documentation to assist your visa application. Not all countries need a visa to enter Japan. Check with your university to find out if you need a visa. Visa application takes time. Please start your application as soon as possible.
International participants will be covered by health insurance during the program period. The insurance premium is included in above-mentioned tuition and fees. No extra fee is required.
Required Application Materials:
- one 3-page double-spaced essay in English outlining why you are interested in this program and what you want to learn from it;
- your most updated and official transcripts issued by your university;
- passport copy;
- photo (unprocessed).
How to Apply:
To apply, please go to the program’s online application portal.
All applications should be submitted at this portal. No paper submission is accepted.
What Happens after You Applied:
The program committee will carefully evaluate the entire dossier of every application before making a decision on admission and financial aid. Acceptance decisions will be announced early May to all applicants. Accepted participants are required to make credit card payment of tuition and fee to the University of Tokyo by May 21, 2018 (Mon.), 23:59 Japan Standard Time.
In case of cancellation of participation after payment, you will be refunded the amount of JPY 270,000 (exchange rate at the time of refunding will apply).
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