Japan: Japanese Theater & Language
A GVSU Faculty-led Program
Tell me about this program
Open to: All majors
*** PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is for the 2017 program. Updated 2018 program information will be available soon. Program details may be similar, but are subject to change. ***
Tokyo, and Osaka , Japan — This unique program provides students at multiple language levels the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture. The trip begins with three weeks in Tokyo, the nation's capital and cosmopolitan center, continuing with three weeks in Osaka, Japan's second largest city and center of the historically and culturally important Kansai region. Students will explore Japan's past and present by exploring Tokyo urban centers such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Akihabara and ancient shrine and temple complexes in Nikko, Kyoto, and Nara.
The program includes two courses, one in Japanese theater and the other in Japanese language in practice. The Japanese theater course focuses on nô, kyôgen, kabuki, and bunraku, the four major genres of traditional Japanese theater, but also extends to more modern genres and the role of performance in everyday life. The language course is focused on putting language into active use and is open to students at all ability levels. Both classes take full advantage of the Japanese setting, with field trips to view live theatrical performances and regular language activities centered on completing concrete tasks through interaction with native speakers in the community.
Past participants have shared their experiences about this faculty-led.
When can I go?
May 2 - June 12, 2017 (6 weeks)
Where will I live?
Program participants will stay in hostel-style hotel, homestay, and shared-room guest houses
Who is eligible to participate?
Open to all majors. No previous language experience required. 2.5 GPA required.
Non-GVSU Students: Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/nongvstudent for detailed information on how to apply.
How do I apply?
To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.
** 2018 Program application will open late summer 2017 **
APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018
Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information
What credits will I receive?
Students will register for a total of 6 credits:
EAS 333: Japanese Theater (3 Credits) AND
JPN 285: Japanese Language in Practice (3 Credits)
*Issues friendly (Students can fulfill entire general education issues requirement)
How much does the program cost?
Program Fee: $4,668
- Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
- Field trips and fees
- All ground transportation
- GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($3,036)
- Personal expenses ($600)
- Additional meals ($600)
- Passport fees ($140)
- Textbooks ($100)
- ISIC card ($28)
TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $9,172
To contact the Financial Aid office, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail.
Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs.
Who can tell me more?
D-2-136 Mackinac Hall
To learn more about Jeremy Robinson, visit: Meet the Director - Jeremy Robinson!
All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.