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Study Abroad in Tokyo
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Old and new. Traditional and ultra-modern. Japan is a country of amazing and exciting contrasts and a fantastic place to spend your summer.

Tokyo, the economic, technical, and political hub of the country, is truly one of the world’s most vibrant and fascinating capitals—and a fashionista’s and gastronome’s delight! With housing in a central and easily accessible area, language training, and exceptional cross-cultural activities, you can pursue your academic interests while immersing yourself in a challenging and enriching international experience.

By choosing summer study abroad in Japan you will:

  • Learn through a liberal arts and Japanese language curriculum integrated with daily activities and get an outstanding introduction to Japanese society, language, and culture
  • Benefit from the services and resources of the CIEE Study Center, located on the Sophia University campus in the heart of Tokyo
  • Visit Meiji Shrine and contemporary and traditional Japanese places and events like the Ghibli Museum, a tea ceremony, and more
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Enroll directly in classes at prestigious Sophia University alongside Japanese and other international students. Take advantage of courses ranging from art history and anthropology to international business, literature, religion, and political science, as well as two levels of Japanese language.

Cultural Activities

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To enhance cultural learning during the summer study abroad program, Sophia University arranges a visit to Meiji Shrine, and events that give you exposure to traditional Japanese arts. Past activities have included Noh, Kabuki, a tea ceremony, and flower arranging. In addition, CIEE arranges events with a contemporary focus such as excursions to Akihabara, the Ghibli Museum, and a Japanese baseball game.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Airport pickup (all students arriving during the designated arrival window of 2:00-6:00 pm local time will be met at Narita Airport by CIEE staff, and all those in country ahead of time need to return to the airport to meet staff)
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer 2016 (4 wks)
04/15/2016
07/14/2016
08/13/2016
$7,150

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,437
Housing ***
$2,295
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$800
International Airfare *
$1,700
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses **
$900

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** includes local cell phone rental fees ($10 for duration of program), but does not include usage fees

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Summer 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
07/13/2017
08/12/2017

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • Non U.S. citizens should contact CIEE prior to applying for this program, as additional documents may be required for a visa.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the summer is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students are required to take two courses during the summer session, both taught in English. Optional beginner and low-intermediate Japanese language courses are also offered.

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About the City

About The City

Contemporary Japan is a land of intrigue. This is a country that has mastered the ability to balance both ancient traditions and ultra-modern conveniences. Where else is it possible to participate in a traditional tea ceremony against a backdrop of suburban sprawl that contains some of the largest corporations in the world? Tokyo, Japan’s capital and economic hub, is a shining example of how old traditions and new high-tech culture meld to create one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Darren Biggs

Program Coordinator

Darren Biggs has a B.A. in Media Arts with a minor in Japanese from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After graduating, he participated in the JET Program and lived in Okayama Prefecture for two years. Upon completing the JET Program he went on to work in Japanese-English translation, interpretation, and language instruction for several years. Darren joined the team in October 2013 after receiving an M.A. in Global Studies from Sophia University.

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Hiroko Watanabe

Student Services Coordinator

Hiroko Watanabe has a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She lived in the U.S. for 10 years. After graduation, she worked for a Japanese company in the U.S. and a French company in Japan as a translator/bilingual assistant for staff and their families. As a native of Harajuku, Tokyo, Hiroko provides valuable local knowledge, which enhances the program and student experiences.

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Atsuko Yamada

Coordinator, Finance and Administration

Atsuko Yamada earned a B.A. in English and American literature from Jissen Women’s University in Tokyo. Her favorite American author is Alice Walker. While she was in college, she studied abroad for a year at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Before joining CIEE, Atsuko was an advisor for Japanese students wanting to study abroad at universities in the United States and other English speaking countries. With over 10 years of experience working in the study abroad field, she is a valuable member of the Tokyo team.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Sophia University, a private institution founded by Jesuits, is one of the preeminent universities in Japan with over 12,000 students from around the world. CIEE summer students take courses through the Office of Short Programs, which works in conjunction with the Faculty of Liberal Arts. Located in central Tokyo near Shinjuku, Meiji Shrine, and the Imperial Palace, Sophia’s Yotsuya campus includes a library, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, and sports grounds. The CIEE Study Center, located on campus, provides support to CIEE students studying at Sophia University.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Hotel Accommodation—Housing and breakfasts are included in the study abroad program fee. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. Students stay in hotels approximately 30 minutes from campus. Students are housed in single rooms with a private bathroom. Shared laundry facilities are available in each hotel. High speed Internet access is provided. Commuting fees from the program hotels to Sophia University are covered in the program fees.

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Orientations

Orientations

A mandatory orientation in Tokyo and Nikko takes place prior to the beginning of courses. The CIEE orientation introduces you to the country and the culture, as well as provides practical information about living in Tokyo. In addition, Sophia University provides an academic orientation. You'll receive ongoing support through events and individual appointments with CIEE staff. A three-day excursion is included to give you an overview of a historically and culturally rich area outside of Tokyo.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have free access to email and the Internet at your hotel, the CIEE study Center, and Sophia University.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

Based at Sophia University, this study abroad program provides students a supportive environment in which to study at one of Japan’s top-ranked universities while experiencing life in Tokyo. CIEE participants enroll in Sophia University’s summer session of Asian Studies alongside Japanese and international students. The CIEE resident staff members also organize a special orientation and various cultural activities designed to introduce students to many different facets of Japanese society.

Academic Culture

Students enroll in two, two-hour and 10 minute courses (130 minutes) held daily Monday through Friday. There are no classes on Saturday. Students should limit personal travel to nearby destinations on weekends and reserve more extensive travel until after the program has ended.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with CIEE, Japanese, and other international students.

Grading System

Assessment is based on exams, quizzes, presentations, and papers. Letter grades of A-F are given.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by Sophia and guest university faculty.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Sophia University Summer Session Courses

The following is a sample list of available courses. Actual courses for the upcoming session are listed in the CIEE enrollment materials.

Development Issues: Asia and the World
This is a course on development issues comparing experiences in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The issues examined will include economic policies, relations between public and private sector, governance, role of small and medium enterprises, information technology, environment and sustainable development, and cultural impact of development.

Contemporary Japanese Economy
The aim of this course is to help students understand the Japanese economy by using standard economic theory. Several aspects of the development and characteristics of the modem Japanese economy are analyzed and discussed. Major themes include Japan’s economic growth and development, integration with the world economy, and government policies.

Contemporary Japanese Politics
This course invites students to consider the impact of electoral, administrative, and economic reforms on contemporary patterns of communication between masses, political elites, and powerful interest groups.

Contemporary Japanese Society
In addition to providing a general overview of contemporary Japanese culture and society, this course presents a more in-depth examination of specific issues and problems (such as the role of education, status of women, place of religion, influence of popular culture, and so on). As much as possible, these special topics are linked to the study of Japanese culture and society. Special attention is also given to the basic issues involved in interpreting and teaching about Japan.

Foundations of East Asian Culture
This course presents an overview of cultural formation in East Asia, beginning with the emergence of civilization in continental East Asia. It gives students an opportunity to examine important achievements of classical East Asian traditional thought about society. Reviewing characteristic patterns of East Asian social life as studied through social sciences, the class prepares students to analyze features of social organization pertinent to understanding contemporary transformations of East Asian culture.

Japanese 1 (A or B: Morning or Afternoon Section)
Although Japanese 1 is a basic introductory course designed for students with little or no background in Japanese, CIEE recommends that students interested in enrolling it, have some previous familiarity with Japanese characters and learning approaches to Japanese language. As the Japanese 1 course is very intensive, students not prepared to memorize vocabulary and grammar four to six hours each evening following their classes may find passing it to be very difficult. The goal of the course is to help students acquire daily survival skills in Japanese by integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Emphasis is put on the thorough mastery of basic functional grammar of Japanese through oral practice. By the end of this course, students are able to handle various daily conversational situations and read and write simple texts with Hiragana and Katakana, as well as approximately 50 Kanji (Chinese characters) for production and recognition.

Japanese 2 (A or B: Morning or Afternoon Section)
This course is designed for students who have already acquired basic communication skills in Japanese and are familiar with Hiragana, Katakana, and some Kanji. It aims to help students further build their basic functional Japanese grammar, and develop communicative abilities by integrating speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Japanese Art
The course covers the history of Japanese art from the early Neolithic period to the end of the Edo period. Some aspects of the Meiji era are introduced. The emphasis is on sculpture and painting. Classes are designed to let students obtain an overall understanding of the major trends in Japanese art and be able to identify the important works. Lectures consist primarily of discussions of stylistic evolutions and technical developments, as well as foreign, social, and historical influences. Slides accompany the lectures to illustrate the topics.

Japanese Business and Management
After introducing students to the structure and organization of the Japanese industry, this course covers distinctive Japanese managerial practices and how they relate to strengths and weaknesses of Japanese businesses in recent years. A recurring theme is the debate whether Japanese business practices are converging to a more “Western” business model. Each class deals with a different subject matter through lectures, student presentations, and group discussions. During the course, each student is required to give one short presentation based on assigned reading materials.

Japanese History: Edo and Tokyo
This course provides a general overview of Japanese history. Particular attention is given to the Edo and Modern periods, especially in terms of how Japanese history can be studied by making use of resources, sites, and museums.

Japanese Literature and the City
This course provides an introduction to the study of Japanese literature, exploring the ways in which the city and its social life have been shaped by and portrayed in literature.

Japanese Popular Culture
This course explores contemporary Japanese popular culture from an anthropological perspective. To approach these questions we will want to understand how emblematic media forms such as anime, television programs, idols, anime, etc. constitute and participate in some particular ‘culture’ in distinctive ways, and how these cultures relate to existing socio-historical conditions and aesthetic traditions. We take the following questions as a general guide: What makes particular materials Japanese popular culture. How is popular culture constituted more generally? And finally what underlies the term “culture” in the first place?

Japanese Theater
The Kabuki theater and Bunraku puppet theater, both developed during the Edo period, were famous around the world as sophisticated and entertaining forms of theater. This course examines the history of these two genres by focusing on a number of plays in detail, and comparing them with the classical Noh theater. Students also watch videos of stage performances.

Survey of Japanese Religions
This course provides an historical overview of various religious traditions in Japan and assesses their significance in contemporary Japanese culture and society. Throughout the course, a simple, yet problematic question—What is Japanese religion?—is continually raised, with discussions centering around such important themes as religion and nature, religion and politics, belief and practice, syncretism, and religion and community.

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