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F&M in Japan: Kumamoto - Past, Present and Future
Kumamoto, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Language of Instruction: English Term: Summer
Program Advisor: Dean Sue Mennicke Area of Study: International Studies, Japanese
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Description:
Program Description:

F&M in Japan: Kumamoto - Past, Present and Future

taught by Prof. Ken-Ichi Miura

Program Highlights:
  • Students will spend one week in Lancaster and 2 1/2 weeks in Japan with Prof. Miura and other F&M students.
  • While in Kumamoto, students will stay in a downtown hotel and have class at Kumamoto University, allowing F&M students to meet students from KU.
  • Field trips include visits to a “hidden Christians” village on Amakusa Island, Minamata, as well as Kumamoto Castle.
  • Students spend the final two days in Tokyo to further consider the uniqueness of Kumamoto in comparison to Japan’s capital city.
  • The objectives of this course include in-depth understanding of the uniqueness of Kumamoto, Japan, from historical, sociological, and cultural perspectives. Prior to departure, students will gain basic knowledge about the area and its significance in Japan and in the global community through reading and visual materials. In Kumamoto, in addition to such materials, more active learning will be incorporated. For example, students will visit the actual historical sites discussed in class in order to gain a more complete understanding of the history and culture of this region of Japan.

Course: Kumamoto: Past, Present and Future will satisfy a Non-Western or Humanities requirement.

Pre-requisites: none

Housing: Students will stay in single occupancy rooms at the Tokyu Inn, a “business hotel”  in downtown Kumamoto. The hotel is approximately 10 minutes by bus to Kumamoto University, where the classes will be held. The location of the hotel is very convenient in terms of access to transportation, restaurants and various stores.

May 19 - 26 in Lancaster
May 27 - June 10 in Kumamoto
June 10 - 12 in Tokyo

Cost: $4,950
Includes: tuition (1 F&M credit), housing, airfare, transportation to the airport, field trips, some meals (breakfast at the hotel and occasional group dinners)
Does not include: passport/visa fees, meals while in Lancaster, meals in Japan not listed above, personal expenses, cell phone
*Please note students are automatically considered for funding for Summer Travel Courses. More information available in the information sessions.​

For more information, please contact Prof. Ken-Ichi Miura or Dean Sue Mennicke, or plan to attend a program info session. All applicants will be required to attend one info session OR meet individually with the faculty leader.

Information Sessions in the Joseph International Center:
Tuesday, November 19, 11:45am-12:30pm

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