If you are having any difficulty using this website, please contact the Help Desk at Help@nullHofstra.edu or 516-463-7777 or Student Access Services at SAS@nullhofstra.edu or 516-463-7075. Please identify the webpage address or URL and the specific problems you have encountered and we will address the issue.

Skip to Main Content
Study Abroad

Hofstra in Japan

Hofstra in Japan Program
June 19-July 4, 2018*
(*June 19-July 24,2018, including an optional three-week excursion)
Registration for the Japan Summer 2018 program is now closed.

Discover Japan through a two-week study abroad program that includes an optional three-week trip in and around Tokyo following the program’s conclusion. Hofstra in Japan 2018 offers a comprehensive and unique learning experience. This year, the program has partnered with Kansai University of International Studies, which is located near Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka, and will enable students to explore the areas with a host family and learn about traditional Japanese art, architecture, and 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 three-week tour
In addition to the above, our optional tour includes:

  • HIROSHIMA/MIYAJIMA ISLAND—Students will explore Hiroshima and the site where the first atomic bomb was dropped.
  • Koyasan Temple—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.
  • 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.
  • Nagoya – Activities in this central region of Japan will include observing the ancient sport of Sumo and visiting a Toyota automobile factory.
  • Matsuyama – The city of Matsuyama on Shikoku Island is known for onsen (hot spring) and Ohenro-san pilgrimage. The excursion will include a tour of Matsuyama Castle, followed by a visit to one of the best-known hot springs in Japan.
  • Kobe/Kyoto/Osaka-The partnership with KUIS will enable new experiences during a three-night stay with a host family.

Hofstra in Japan Program
June 19-July 4, 2018*
(*June 19-July 24, 2018, including an optional three-week excursion)


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


Main Program (Tokyo)
The program fee of $2,600 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 $3,200 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 $5,800 with airfare or $4,300 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. Students 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 that option is selected.

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 Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

For more information about the program, please contact:
Patricia Welch
Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature
Department of Comparative Literature, Languages and Linguistics
312B Calkins Hall
Hofstra University
Hempstead NY 11549
Email:  patricia.m.welch[at]hofstra.edu
(516) 463-6453

Available Courses


Hofstra in Japan Program
June 19-July 4, 2018*
(*June 19-August 24, including an optional three-week excursion)

  • 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

Hofstra in Japan Blog