UWF in Japan: Summer Semester in Japan

Discover Japan in a hands on learning experience that includes local cultural events, field trips, homestays, and visits to historical sites.

Golden Pavilion, Kyoto
Golden Pavilion, Kyoto

Program Description

This faculty-led program provides 5 University of West Florida students the opportunity to study Japanese history and culture, as well as an academic discipline, in the Japanese environment for approximately 6 weeks during the summer. The program seeks to provide a multifaceted international education experience through emersion that will result in a better understanding of the Japanese people and their culture and is open to all majors.

Lady wearing Kimono on bridge
Lady Wearing a Kimono on a Bridge

Classes include field trips, local cultural events, and visits to cultural and historical sites in Japan. Tokyo is “home base” for the majority of the program. students will have the opportunity travel outside of Tokyo to experience a homestay with local families in Gero, Japan (Pensacola’s sister city) and travel to other cities such as Kyoto and Hiroshima. a background in Japanese language and culture is helpful but is not a requirement for participation in the program.

Program Information
Program Dates May 18 through July 1, 2018 (dates may fluctuate 3-5 days)
Eligibility Requirements UWF undergraduate with a 2.8 gpa
Program Fee $1,200 
Application Deadline March 9, 2018
Course Information JPN 3905 Introduction to Japanese Society and Culture 3.0 credits and JPN 3905 Japanese Studies Field Research 3.0 credits
Faculty Contact Dr. Douglas Trelfa dtrelfa@uwf.edu


Program Itinerary
May 18th Depart from Pensacola for Tokyo, Japan
May 21st - June 30th Class meetings, field trips and cultural excursions in Japan
July 1st End of Program

Acceptance to this program includes a scholarship for round-trip airfare and housing in Japan. 

Program Fee Includes: 

Mandatory health insurance. Some transportation costs, lodging, and excursion fees for group travel.

Program Fee Does Not Include: 

UWF tuition for 6 undergraduate credits and passport costs if student does not hold a current passport. Personal expenses including meals, entertainment and local transportation are not included in the program fee. Students are encouraged to budget $1,500-$2,000 to cover personal expenses (most students spend less).