Study Abroad

Hofstra in Japan

Hofstra in Japan Program
June 9 – June 30 + a two-week optional tour

Discover Japan through a three-week study abroad program. We partner with Tokyo University of Agriculture (Nōdai) and Tokyo Future University. Students learn about Tokyo and Japan through coursework and excursions that aim to show the culture and continuity of sustainability “Japan-style,” as well as the interconnectedness of Japan’s urban and rural areas. Tokyo has it all: modern skyscrapers, shopping, amazing food, and transportation, and many traditional Buddhist temples.

The main program includes a three-day homestay at Aoki-mura in Nagano, Japan. While there, students will engage in activities with their host families and other students, including soba making, taikō drumming, and more. The main portion of the program may also include an overnight visit to the Fuji-Hakone area and Atami. Your time in Japan will include a number of excursions, and free time, which students can also use for travel to various sites, including Nikkō, Fuji-Hakone, castles, beaches, and onsen (hot spring baths). Students will have at least one free weekend for independent travel.

Students on the optional trip will broaden their experiences through a journey that takes them to some of Japan’s most beautiful and significant locations. While the route is still under discussion, it may include Hiroshima and nearby Miyajima (home to a beautiful floating shrine), and Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. We then travel deep into the mountains for an overnight stay at Buddhist temple. Our visit may also take us to Kanazawa City, home of the Maeda clan and an important economic and cultural center during the Edo Period, then to beautiful Hida-Takayama and nearby Shirakawa-go in Gifu-ken. Before returning to Tokyo, our optional tour will likely finish up with a brief stay in Nagoya where we will visit a Toyota Factory (or the Toyota Museum) and experience a sumo wrestling tournament.

Registration for HIJ 2020 will close early this year because in Summer 2020, Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics.

Courses offered:
ASST 21: Discover Japan: (CC, IS), 3 s.h.
LIT 96: (LT, CC) Devouring Tokyo: Literature, Food, and Film. 3 s.h.

Program Costs: (Program costs are subject to change)
Main Program: $4000
The program fee includes RT airfare, accommodations, including Aoki Village excursion, IC card (providing most local transportation and meals) and some entrance fees/activity fees.

Optional Tour: $2600
The additional fee includes intercity transportation, accommodations, and entrance fees to many of the activities. Breakfast will be included every day of the optional tour, as will between 3-5 lunches and/or dinners. (Full program students will pay a total of $6600, airfare included.)

Regardless of whether a student selects the main program or the full program (with optional tour), all students will pay standard Hofstra tuition and fees for 3 or 6 credits, depending on the number of courses they take.

“Make your own travel plans” discount: Students who choose to make their own travel plans will receive a discount of $1200, which will be credited to their account. If you choose to make your own flight arrangements, please notify the director of your travel plans.

Japan

Hofstra in Japan
June 9-30, 2020

+ 2-week optional tour
July 1-14, 2020

Eligibility
Students from Hofstra and other universities are encouraged to apply.

Application Information
For an application, please visit hofstra.edu/studyabroad and click on “Study Abroad Applications” under the “Useful Resources” tab or use the tab on the left side of the HIJ Program Page. Complete the Hofstra in Japan Program application (this is a fillable form) and the four (4) necessary forms. Bring printed copies of the completed application, necessary forms and your $500 nonrefundable deposit receipt to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by March 7, 2020.

Costs*
The program fee of $4000 covers round- trip airfare, transfers, accommodations, local transportation and meal card (PASMO) covering two meals daily, and local excursions, including a homestay in Aoki-mura and (pending confirmation) a short stay in Atami (near Mt. Fuji) or Nikko.

Optional Tour
For an additional fee of $2600, students can participate in a 2-week optional tour to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, and more. The fee will cover transportation, lodgings, and most excursions related to the optional tour. It will also include breakfasts and 3/5 additional meals.

In addition to the program fee, students pay standard Hofstra tuition and fees for a three-credit course.

*The program fee quoted above is subject to change.

Contact
For further information about the program, please contact:
Professor Patricia Welch, Director,
312B Calkins Hall
130 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
(T) 516-463-6453
patricia.welch [at] Hofstra.edu

Available Courses

Japan

Hofstra in Japan 2020
June 9-30, 2020

ASST 21: Discover Japan: (CC, IS), 3 s.h.
This course provides a cultural history of Japan (with an emphasis on Tokyo) through activities, readings, and reflection. The megalopolis Tokyo grew out of Edo, a small fishing village which became the seat of Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate, or military bureaucracy. For our primary text, we use Azby Brown’s Just Enough, to see how the sustainable practices of the Edo period have been carried over (or not). Once a model sustainable society, since the Triple Disaster of 2011 (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown.) Japan has begun to seriously reconsider what it means to be sustainable.

LIT 96: (LT, CC) Devouring Tokyo: Literature, Food, and Film. 3 s.h.
The goal of this course is to give a “taste” of Japan through food, fiction, and film selected to complement our three-week (or more) excursion to Japan. The course is experiential, and includes readings, viewings, activities, and discussion. The course helps provide a cultural history of Tokyo, the premier urban center in contemporary Japan, and its relation to the rural periphery. This course relies heavily on direct experience and reflection.

Courses typically meet Monday - Thursday mornings, though schedule may vary due to excursions and activities.

Application

Hofstra in Japan
June 9-30, 2020

+ 2-week optional tour
July 1-14, 2020

Application Link

Eligibility
Students from Hofstra and other universities are encouraged to apply.

Application Information
For an application, please visit hofstra.edu/studyabroad and click on “Study Abroad Applications” under the “Useful Resources” tab or use the tab on the left side of the HIJ Program Page or this link (HIJ 2020 application) to access the HIJ in Japan application directly. Complete the Hofstra in Japan Program application (this is a fillable form) and the four (4) necessary forms from the Useful Resources tab. Bring printed copies of the completed application, necessary forms and your $500 nonrefundable deposit receipt to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by March 7, 2020.


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