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Study Abroad

Hofstra in Japan

Hofstra in Japan Program
June 26-July 14, 2017*
(*June 29-August 4, with an optional trip)

Discover Japan through a three-week study abroad program with the option of an additional two-week trip after staying in Tokyo.  Hofstra in Japan 2016 offers a comprehensive and unique learning experience.  Tokyo-our main program home ground – has everything from traditional Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, to modern skyscrapers, vast underground shopping malls, and the most well-managed commuter train system in the world, as well as traditional arts to modern pop culture as exemplified in Akihabara  culture.

Program Highlights

  • TOKYO—Tokyo is the center of political, economic and cultural power in Japan.  Despite the glitz and neon lights, traditional Japan coexists with modern-day Tokyo. Ride the trains and subways, and witness firsthand the largest and most well-managed urban transportation network.

Optional Tour
In addition to the above, our optional tour includes:

  • HIROSHIMA/MIYAJIMA ISLAND—Experience Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. Visit the Peace Museum and then the beautiful “floating” shrine on the secluded Miyajima Island.  Enjoy Okonomiyaki pancake in the evening!
  • Koya-San—This year’s trip includes a visit and stay at a Buddhist-temple. We experience meditation as well as Shojin-Ryori, an elaborate vegetarian cuisine developed by monks deep within the mountains.
  • NAOSHIMA — With its modern and fusion art, Naoshima Island was designated one of the top 10 wonders of the world that people should visit in their lifetime according to one of the leading international travel magazines.
  • KYOTO—Relax and enjoy all the beauty that this ancient city has to offer.  Kyoto is the place for World Heritage shrines, temples and traditional arts.
  • Hachinohe – How about relaxing in front of one of the most beautiful coast lines of Japan?  Internationally known Chef Sato will welcome you with his all-natural cuisine.  After enjoying excellent seafood, we stay for two nights to experience the life of ordinary Japanese people during our home-stay program.
  • Tohno – Tohno is the home of Japanese folktale and legend.  You will experience the world of Miyazaki Hayer’s Totoro where light green rice paddies spread out and old houses remind you of the folktale period of rural Japn. Your mind will be purified with nature and old legends.
  • Rikuzen-Takata – When the Great East Japan earthquake hit the coast in 2011, 10 percent of its population perished due to the unexpected high tsunami in the city.  After six years, this city is showing amazing recovery.  This is the best place to learn about the patience, tenacity and strength of Japanese people often hidden in the reserved and modest appearances.
  • Nagoya/Gujo-Hachiman – Our schedules are filled with so many exciting events in this central region of Japan: Japan’s national sport Sumo watching, sample food making, sword making observation, fishing by cormorant and a Toyota automobile factory visit.
  • Matsuyama – The city of Matsuyama on Shikoku Island is known for onsen (hot spring) and Ohenro-san pilgrimage.  Experience the amazing hospitality of “Osettai” where local people provide free food for the pilgrimage visitors. This is also the home of the Haiku or Japanese poem now known to the world.
  • Kyushu – The Program is back to the western Island of Kyushu this year.  You can enjoy the ancient gateway for Japan to China and Korea as well as the movie location spot of the mysterious Kami-shikimi Kumano-imasu shrine.

Hofstra in Japan Program
June 29-July 14, 2017*
(*June 29-August 4, with an optional trip


Students from Hofstra and visiting students from other universities are encouraged to apply to the program.


Main Program (Tokyo)
The program fee of $2,700 includes roundtrip airfare**** ($1,100 without airfare), accommodations, and meals (breakfast and dinner) in Tokyo (except for Sundays between June 29-July 14).  For local transportation, lunch, and entrance fees, students should expect an additional cost of approximately $500.

Optional Tour
The additional fee for the optional tour is $2,900 and includes intercity transportation and accommodations, so if a student chooses to do the entire program (June 29-August 4), the total program fee is $5,600 with airfare or $4,000 without airfare**** A student should expect to bring an additional $1,000 for local transportation, meals and entrance fees.

In addition to the program fee, students pay standard Hofstra tuition and fees for three or six credits regardless of the option.
***The program cost quoted above is subject to change.

****Students can opt for their own flight arrangements. You may find a cheaper flight to Japan by doing so although it is not guaranteed. If students make their own flight arrangements, we will meet in Tokyo when the main group arrives.  Hofstra University is not responsible for your own flight arrangements if you choose that option.

Application Information
For an application, please visit Hofstra.edu/studyabroad and click on “Study Abroad Applications” under the “Useful Resources” tab.  Download and complete the Hofstra in Japan application and the four (4) necessary forms.  Bring the completed application, necessary forms and $400 nonrefundable deposit receipt to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by March 7, 2016.

For more information about the program, please contact:
Dr. Takashi Kanatsu
Program Director, Hofstra in Japan
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Telephone:  516-463-5602
Email:  Takashi.Kanatsu[at]hofstra.edu

Available Courses


Hofstra in Japan Program
June 29-July 14, 2017*
(*June 29-August 4, with an optional trip)

  • ASST 21: Discover Japan: The Nexus of Japanese Culture, History, Politics and Society   (CC, IS)   3 s.h.
  • PSC 145: Japan: Government and Politics   (BH, CC)  3 s.h.
  • ASST 150: Special Topics - “Traditional Tea Ceremony”  1 s.h or 3 s.h.
  • MGT 171: *International Strategic Management  3 s.h.

*Prerequisite: MGT 101 and junior class standing

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