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Study Abroad

Tokyo, Japan | FALL QUARTER 2021


Important Update: 

If a student gets sick while in Japan and suspects they may have COVID-19, medically necessary, diagnostic testing is covered under the plan at no charge to you. In the event you need treatment, those services are covered according to policy guidelines. In addition, the reparation benefit would be applicable in the case a student was hospitalized due to a life-threatening injury or illness and it was deemed by medical professionals that they needed to return home. Visit LewerMark coverage for COVID-19 for more information. 

While our group insurance plan does NOT cover evacuation for healthy travelers due to travel advisories related to a pandemic, the individual package that LewerMark offers does cover the cost of airfare in the event of trip cancellation or interruption (return home early). That plan costs about $140.

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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.

Detailed Brochure

Unlike many study abroad programs, you will not be traveling alone as you study in a far off country. This program will give you built in friends and classmates, allowing you to explore a new part of the world with 25-30 other inquisitive, adventurous students like yourself!

Patrick Navin, an experienced Green River College faculty member will lead the group and teach alongside local faculty members. Local program managers will serve as hosts and advisors and will arrange for Japanese students to serve as campus guides. These students will assist you with language, customs, cultural adjustments, and city exploration. It is a great opportunity to practice their English, so everybody wins!

To apply, please fill out and submit this application to the Study Abroad office at Snohomish Hall 301. You will also need to turn in the following documents:

  • 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.

Set up an appointment with us here if you have any questions!

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!

This is a study program so you must carry a three-course, 15 credit load, and are expected to fully participate in all activities.

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. Includes readings of sample fiction and poetry.

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.

Peoples of the World-Japanese Culture (5 credits)-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."

The program includes cultural activities and several organized field trips which may include:

  • Harajuko: Meiji Shinto-Jingu, Yoyogi Park, Takeshita-Dori and Omotesando Street
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku and Shinjuku Koen Photography galleries
  • Asakusa: Senso-Ji, Asakusa-Jinja and strolling Nakamise-dori
  • Ueno: Ueno=Koen, Tokyo National Museum and the Ameya-Yokocho
  • Ebisu: Tokyo Metropolitan museum of Photography, Dainen-Ji
  • Roppongi: Roppongi Hills, Mori Art Museum
  • Akihabara Electric Town
  • 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.

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).


  • 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


  • College tuition and books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Meals
  • Curriculum activities admissions
  • Local transportation
  • Personal and entertainment expenses/independent travel
  • US and Japanese airport fees and taxes
  • Anything unspecified in program

Application Deadline: July 5, 2021

Program Dates: Approximately September 25-December 5, 2021

Program Fee Due: Approximately July 5, 202

For information on deadlines contact

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!

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