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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 04/01/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Stephanie LaCava
Language of Instruction:
Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Description:
The Program
  • Assess how culture and history shape the policies of states and the worldview of citizens in this dynamic course that compares social movements in the United States and Japan.
  • Gain an in-depth, experiential introduction to Japanese culture and society and the way these factors influence views of the state apparatus compared to the United States.
Your Host City: Kyoto
Modern Kyoto has a population of 1.5 million. Its economy is based on IT and other hi-tech industries—Nintendo has its headquarters here—as well as more traditional products like sake and kimonos. During your time in the city, be sure to walk the Path of Philosophy, which runs along a canal and is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Kyoto also has an active music scene, ranging from jazz to pop. If, on the other hand, you prefer the sound of your own voice, the nearest karaoke bar is never more than a mere stroll away.

   Faculty Director Profile:
Gulbahor Saraeva

Professor Saraeva teaches courses related to comparative politics and international relations in the Department of Political Science. 

Email Dr. Saraeva at

To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

End of the Cold War has shifted many priorities in international politics and with the Asian Economic Miracle, the international attention has increasingly shifted towards Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific has emerged as a focal point of international economic and political experimentation and dynamism. Asia Pacific states, small and large, are noted for their incredibly rapid economic growth and relative political stability.

However, the image of a successful Asia-Pacific has been increasingly tarnished by more current developments such as slowing economies of Japan, charges of human rights abuses, pollution and environmental challenges, and nuclear instability in the region. China’s recent awakening as an economic powerhouse and flexing of its political muscles has led to the United States’ rebalancing attitude to Asia, as America tends to shift its focus to the Asia Pacific as its interests in the region are at stake. There are many opportunities and challenges that this region offers and one of the main goals of the course is to explore the driving causal factors of many tremendous changes overtaking the Asia- Pacific.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the host community.  Possible excursions in Japan include the Peace Memorial, Hiroshima and Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. 
Excursion - Hiroshima
Students in front of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) during an excursion to Hiroshima

Accommodations and Meals
The program fee includes accommodations in a hotel in central Kyoto, in double-occupancy rooms with other members of the program. Some group meals will be provided, but students will be able to buy food and groceries from local establishments as they explore the neighborhood and the city. 

Financial Information
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet

For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.