Arizona in Kyoto: Experience Japanese Culture

Program Facts

Program Type: UA Faculty-led

Credit Type: UA Direct Credit

Level of Study: Undergraduate

GPA: 2.5

Class Eligibility: Sophomore , Junior , Senior

Language of Instruction: English

Program Open To: UA and Non-UA Students

Explore Arizona in Kyoto: Experience Japanese Culture

Summer 2024 Dates: TBD

Information Session: 11/13/23!

Kyoto, the former capital of Japan for over a millennium, is the heart and soul of the nation’s cultural traditions. Students will explore a variety of aspects of the city, delve into the rich culture of Kyoto, and discover how Japan’s enormously influential culture took root and flourished. Past program excursions have included visits to the International Manga Museum, a sake brewery, a Hanshin Tigers baseball game, and one of Osaka's famous fish markets. This is a can't-miss opportunity to immerse yourself in Japan's history and culture!

***This program is limited to a maximum of 16 students.***

Students will have the opportunity to enroll in two courses:

  • JPN/RELI 220: Religion in Japanese Society (3 credits)
    • Introduction to texts, images and activities, both historical and contemporary, that comprise Japanese religion.
  • JPN 272: Japanese Civilization (3 credits)
    • The study of the evolution of Japanese social values, aesthetic expression, religion and political institutions in order to understand Japan's cultural heritage and contemporary society.

For students who have already completed one of these courses, an independent study option (EAS/CHN/JPN 399) is available.


Professor Chieko Nakano

Professor Takashi Miura

Students will be staying in apartments or a hotel. Please note, participants are required to utilize the housing provided by the program.

Department of East Asian Studies

Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) Study Abroad Scholarship

SILLC Global Award Fund

College of Humanities Scholarships

UA Study Abroad Scholarships

Gilman Scholarship (for Pell Grant recipients)


Good to Know:

LGBTQ+ Equality Index rating: Japan rates 55/100 (with 100 being the most equal) on Equaldex’s LGBTQ+ Equality Index.

Global Peace Index rating: Japan ranks 9/163 in the Global Peace Index. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country.

Languages spoken: Japanese

Term: Summer
Application Deadline: February 25
Start Date: Early June
End Date: Early July

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