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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Spring Break Japan                                                      

Program Description
This program will explore the rich culture and high tech world of contemporary Japan from Akihabara to Zen temples. During Spring Break 2018, students will spend 10 days exploring Tokyo and Kyoto. 

Tentative Itinerary: 
March 3 - Flight from Chicago to Tokyo
March 4 - Arrive in Tokyo and check into accommodations. Attend group Welcome Dinner.
March 5 -  Explore Asakusa and visit Senso-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple and one of the most visited spiritual sites in the world. 
March 6 - Morning: Explore the National Science Museum with hands-on physics and robotics experiences. 
              Afternoon: Visit the Akihabara neighborhood, traditionally viewed as Japan's electronics, gaming, and otaku hub. Check out the arcade for some Japanese gaming!
March 7 - Depart Tokyo for Kyoto by Shinkansen (bullet train). Arrive in Kyoto and check into accommodations. 
               Optional Activity: Visit Shunkoin Temple for a guided Zen experience.
March 8 - Morning (Computer Science): Visit a local university with guest lecture by Computer Science Faculty. 
               Morning (Urban Japan): Excursion to East Kyoto to visit Kiyomizu dera and Kenninji.
               Afternoon: Guided tour of Kyoto's Gion District, one of Japan's most well-known historical Geisha Districts.  
March 9 - Morning: Visit Nijo Castle, the historical wooden palace that was once home to the Tokugawa Shoguns. 
Afternoon: Explore Shijo Nishinotoin neighborhood. 
March 10 - Morning: Depart Kyoto for Tokyo on the shinkansen (bullet train) and check into accommodations upon arrival.
Afternoon: Visit the Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park, and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
March 11 - Morning: Visit the National Museum of Emerging Science, an extremely interactive museum with exhibits about environmental issues, robots, information technology, biology, and space exploration.
Afternoon: Excursions to be determined.
March 12 - Free day to explore Tokyo independently with Farewell Dinner and visit to Roppongi Hills in the evening. 
March 13 - Depart Tokyo for return flight to Chicago. 

Students have multiple course options with this program:
CS 290: Emerging Technology in Japan
CC 330: Urban Japan
EAST 340: Urban Japan

*All courses will fulfill general education requirements.
*Credit for more than one course may be given.
*Courses may fulfill cultural diversity credit. 
*All courses are open to freshmen students.

All courses will meet multiple times during the spring semester. Additionally, the courses will include a spring break learning experience in Japan. 

Program dates for Spring Break 2018 are March 3rd - 13th. 

Application Requirements and Deadlines
This program is open to all students and has no prerequisite requirements.

The deadline to apply for this program is October 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by faculty leaders Polly Wainwright and Jennifer Prough alongside the Office of International Programs staff after the deadline has passed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email. 

Click the Apply Now button at the top of this page to begin an application.

Cost Information
Please refer to the budget sheet above. 

Program Contact Information
Faculty Directors
Name: Dean Jennifer Prough
*For questions about academic content and coursework for EAST 340 and CC 300

Name: Professor Polly Wainwright
*For questions about academic content and coursework for CS 290

Study Abroad Advisor
Name: Nicole Hughes
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor 
Phone: 219-464-5923
*For questions about Japan study abroad program and application process. 

Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program's end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport or proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here


This program is currently not accepting applications.