Tokyo, Japan | SPRING QUARTER 2022
Be part of a cohort group of 20 to 30 students from Edmonds College and other Colleges to live and study in Tokyo, Japan in this 10-week study abroad program. Earn 15 Edmonds College transfer credits in Digital Photography, Creative Writing and Japanese Culture.
Experienced faculty members will lead the group and teach the curriculum along with local Japanese faculty members. Japanese students will assist as language partners and to help with customs and cultural adjustments.
Japan offers a rich environment of arts, culture and history where centuries-old traditions exist in contrast with ultra-modern life-styles. Experience Sumo wrestling, Kabuki Theater, ancient castles and temples dating back to the days of the Samurai warriors. How about some trendy Tokyo street fashions in the Harajuku district, the latest in high technology, electronics and gadgetry, anime and a city that never sleeps. Tokyo has many faces and each neighborhood is unique and has its own distinct character. From the elegant Ginza shopping district, historical Asakusa, to the trend-setting Harajuku and Shinjuku wards, the fascination is endless.
In the town of Hachioji there are many food options, including grocery stores and familiar chains such as Starbucks and Burger King. Pizza is widely available, and you may try a French-style pastry shop for delicious baked goods. While Japan has the reputation of being expensive, you can make the same inexpensive and everyday food choices that are enjoyed by the local population. Small noodle shops offer delicious and very reasonably priced dishes while others offer tempura, sushi, and bento box lunches. Japanese cuisine is healthy and offers a great deal of variety.
Program Dates: March 28-June 7, 2022
Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
*$450 deposit due with your application (non-refundable)
Program Fee Deadline: December 20, 2021
Tuition Due: check academic calendar
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- Two letters of recommendation
- A one page essay
- Your unofficial Edmonds College transcript
Our office will review your documents and let you know if you have been accepted to the program and how to proceed. Please note that students that have been sanctioned by the college are disqualified from applying to, or participating in, an Edmonds College study abroad program.
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This is a study program, so you must carry a three-course, 15 credit load. You are also expected to fully participate in all activities. These courses will count towards your Spring quarter.
Creative Writing (5 credits): A discussion and application of the principles and techniques used in writing fiction and poetry. Development of analytical skills to enhance the writing of fiction and poetry. Students will write fiction and poetry and peer review each other's work.
Beginning Digital Photography (5 credits): Introduces the aesthetic and technical theories and techniques of digital photography. Through classroom instruction and field trips to exciting Tokyo neighborhoods such as Harajuku, Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Tsukiji fish market, you will learn about camera and lens operation, memory cards, file formats, exposure, white balance, composition, lighting, creativity, and image editing software. You will also visit various Tokyo photography museums and galleries. The course requires a digital camera and laptop computer. Rental cameras may be available through the GRC photo department.
Peoples of the World-Japanese Culture (5 credits): Offers an introduction to Japanese society and culture by examining its history, people, and traditions. You will engage in critical discussions about the differences between American and Japanese cultures. This course facilitates student orientation to Japan and will provide essential conversational Japanese language skills needed to communicate in basic daily life. Cultural and language activities may include welcome, Halloween, and sayonara parties, a game night, field trips to shrines, temples, museums, pop culture centers and neighborhoods, a school festival, sports festival, food, movies, music and daily interaction with your Japanese student campus attendant friends.
Patrick Navin, an experienced Green River faculty member, will lead the group and teach the curriculum along with local faculty members. Local program managers will serve as hosts and advisors and will arrange for Japanese students to serve as campus attendants. These students will assist with language, customs, and cultural adjustments and city exploration. It is a great opportunity to practice their English, so everybody wins!
The program features cultural activities and several organized field trips which may include:
- Harajuku: Meiji Shinto-Jingu (Shrine), Yoyogi Park, Takeshita-Dori (Avenue) and Omotesando Street
- Shinjuku and Shinjuku Koen Photography galleries
- Asakusa: Senso-Ji (Shine), Asakusa-Jinja (Temple) and strolling Nakamise-dori (Avenue)
- Ueno: Ueno-Koen, Tokyo National Museum and the Ameya-Yokocho
- Ebisu: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Dainen-Ji
- Edo Tokyo Museum
- Mt. Takao, Kamakura
While at Kogakuin University, Hachioji Campus, you will live in shared apartments contracted by the university. These are small Japanese-style lodgings with futons, a kitchenette and a bathroom. You will share an apartment with other students in the group. Housing accommodations are subject to change on availability.
In the town of Hachioji there are many food options, including grocery stores and
familiar chains such as Starbucks and Burger King. Pizza is widely available or try
a French-style pastry shop for delicious baked goods. While Japan has the reputation
of being expensive, you can make the same inexpensive and everyday food choices that
are enjoyed by the local population. Small noodle shops offer delicious and very reasonably
priced dishes while others
offer Tempura, Sushi, and Bento-box lunches. Japanese cuisine is healthy and offers a great deal of variety.
Program costs include airfare and transfers from/to Haneda airport. Japan has one of the most efficient and impressive mass transportation systems in the world. High speed bullet and local trains connect to subways and buses providing speedy and convenient access to all major points of interest. You will have ample opportunity to explore all that nearby Tokyo has to offer and make visits to the port city of Yokohama.
ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Additional field trips are optional and may require a separate fee. There will also be opportunities to do your own exploring using convenient public transport or a tour specialist. Optional activities may include: Hakone, Tokyo Disneyland, Hot Springs, Public Hot Bath, Theater Performance and Martial Arts Introduction.
Program Fee: $6,490.00 - INCLUDES AIRFARE (Land-only option: $5,590 excludes airfare and airport transfers)
(A $450 deposit is required to be paid with your application (non-refundable).
INCLUDED IN COST:
- Round trip group airfare on program dates Seattle/Tokyo/Seattle
- Group transfers to/from Narita airport
- Student housing accommodations while at Kogakuin University
- Arrival and farewell parties
- Some cultural activities and excursions
- Pre-departure and arrival orientations
- Student basic medical insurance
NOT INCLUDED IN COST:
- College tuition and books
- Passport and visa fees
- Curriculum activities admissions
- Local transportation
- Personal and entertainment expenses/independent travel
- US and Japanese airport fees and taxes
- Anything unspecified in program
Please consider visiting our "Funding Your Experience" page to know of more ways to fund your study abroad program costs.
WCCCSA stands for the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad. Edmonds College (EC) is one of 17 member colleges who jointly sponsor and offer all of the study abroad programs you see on our website. For quarter-long programs, WCCCSA awards two $1,000 scholarships to selected program participants. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator. Click here for rules and elegibility.
It is important that before planning your trip to Japan, consider all the medications you need to take with you, in case you have any medical condition or need to take a certain medication.
For this, it is necessary that you go to a trusted doctor so they can give you a certificate that you certainly need these medicines, so Japanese customs do not confiscate your medications, and if you need to get more of these and are not available in Japan, you can import them.
To find out more, make an appointment with your study abroad advisor!