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Studying in Japan

Art and Culture Intersections
(AT1019 / AT2019)

Prerequisites for AT1019: good academic standing and special considerations below
Prerequisites for AT2019: 1000-level AT, EN 1011/1015, FY Studies and special considerations below (or permission of instructor)

THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE IS FOR THE 2017 PROGRAM. 2019 INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED SHORTLY.

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Primary goal: to understand and experience the links between the culture and art of Japan

  • Establish a working understanding of Japanese culture and history, and how its island geography has shaped its culture.
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by living in Tokyo and taking a multi-day excursion (by the famous “bullet train”) to the cultural capital of Kyoto.
  • Explore how Japanese cultural is reflected in daily life via food, patterns of communication, kinds of services, transportation, religious practices, media, entertainment, etc.
  • Study historical and contemporary Japanese art forms through observation and interactions in locations such as museums, galleries, and studio demonstrations.
  • Choose and explore an art form for a final, in-depth study, in subjects such as ceramics, woodblock printing, work in bamboo, and contemporary Japanese art.

Special considerations:

  • The flights to and from Japan are l-o-n-g (over 13 hours from New York). Your program will start while you are still experiencing jet lag.
  • Housing is tight, so there could be multiple students to a small room.
  • Food options may be limited so dietary flexibility is necessary. (Example: a breakfast might consist of fish, rice, and soup without other options.) There will be meals when the program will not be able to accommodate individual dietary needs.
  • Amphetamine stimulant drugs are strictly prohibited in Japan. Adderall, in particular, cannot be prescribed, purchased, or brought into Japan.

The following abilities are prerequisites for this program:

  • Ability to function independently in a large city without direct faculty guidance
  • Ability to respect cultural expectations of group conformity
  • Ability to draw and reflect on connections between experiences and class concepts

Syllabus for AT 1019

Syllabus for AT 2019

Itinerary

Country Handbook

Travel Information

Cost for the trip is $6,500* and includes:

  • 3-credit course
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Some group meals

Price does not include individual spending money.

Limited financial aid is available; contact Michael Mertes, Director of Financial Aid.

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