East Asian Studies

Picture entering an ornate temple in Taiwan and listening to its whispers of antique tales. Imagine attending Songkran, a water festival in the middle of the hottest month of the summer, and being a part of a country-wide celebration. Visualize yourself sitting front row at a Japanese theater witnessing a powerful and colorful Kabuki performance. Imagine gaining hands-on experience and earn course credit in a hospital or youth at-risk clinic in Cambodia, as a journalist in reporting and writing in Shanghai, in program development for an NGO in Thailand or a Foreign Service internship in the Philippines. Research the possibilities! Studying abroad offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the cultures that captivate you.

East Asian Studies Study Abroad Programs

East Asian Studies major minor

Japan

Immersion into the culture/s that you are studying will bring you much closer to understanding their true nature. GVSU has multiple faculty-led programs in East Asia including a philosophical journey through China, a look into Kabuki theater culture in Japan, and a trip to India focused around service and spirituality. Exchange programs in China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea provide study abroad opportunities for a summer, semester or even an academic year. You can also study in Thailand, intern at a NGO in the Philippines, or volunteer in Cambodia. Options exist essentially anywhere in Asia: simply do research or ask where!

Academic Advice

  • Students should make sure they will have met prerequisites such as language and other foundation courses before they go abroad; it is important that students have prepared themselves adequately in the language of the country they will be visiting to maximize their study abroad learning experience. 
  • Many study abroad programs offer a wide selection of courses, including East Asian Studies for your minor and History courses. 
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!
  • No restrictions have been specified by East Asian Studies program.
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and external options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill General Education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other external options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available 

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Faculty-Led

China

Summer School

Summer

   

Faculty-Led

Japan

Japanese Food Culture & Language

Summer- Information coming soon

   

Partnership

China

East China Normal University

Semester, academic year or summer

Partnership

China

ESSCA Shanghai

Semester, academic or summer

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Academic year or summer

 

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Semester, academic year or summer

Partnership

Japan

Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)

Summer

   

Partnership

South Korea

SeoulTech

Semester or Summer

 

Partnership

Taiwan

National Taiwan Normal University

Semester, academic year or summer

External Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Direct Enrollment

South Korea

Duke Kushan University

   

External

China

USAC- Yonsei University

 

External

South Korea

ISA: Busan

External

Indonesia

American Councils: Indonesian culture

 

External

Singapore

Education Abroad Network: Singapore

 

External

Indonesia

Asia Exchange: Udayana University in Bali

 

External

Vietnam 

ISA: Ho Chi Minh City

 

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

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Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Varies

Varies

Internships Abroad

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Kin Ma (Primary)
(616) 331-3351
B-4-204 Mackinac Hall

makin@gvsu.edu