Our CSB/SJU Japan program is located within central Tokyo, which is ideally located for a study abroad program. The city offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts. With a population that exceeds 35 million people, Tokyo is the world's most populous metropolitan area.
This program is hosted by Bunkyo Gakuin University, a collaborative partner of CSB/SJU for more than twenty five years. Located in central Tokyo with a subway station at its front entrance. All courses are taught in English and include studies in Japanese language (no prior competence required), culture, history, arts, politics and economics. In your classes, CSB/SJU students will be joined by other international and Bunkyo Gakuin students. The faculty consists of a CSB/SJU program director who accompanies the group, and professors from Bunkyo Gakuin University. Extensive excursions enhance the students' learning experience including trips to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Karuizawa and Nara, as well as visits to important sites in the vicinity of Tokyo.
For a complete list of classes please refer to page 2 of the Japan brochure.
Students on this program have many opportunities to engage at the University and the surrounding community. Early in the semester our program completes an overnight excursion to a local resort town called Karuizawa with the other international students and many Bunkyo Gakuin students. This creates a great bonding experience for all students involved. Another way to get involved with Bunkyo is to participate in one of the over 25 clubs that the University offers. All CSB/SJU students also participate in a Homestay weekend during the semester in Japan. Many times, this weekend is a gateway for more interaction with the student's assigned family.
Students will be housed in the International Student Dormitory a 5 minute walk from the Bunkyo campus. The rooms are furnished and heating/air conditioning is provided. The dormitory has laundry and kitchen facilities, computers and printers, as well as a furnished lounge for visiting with fellow CSB/SJU and international students and guests. Housing is included in the cost of the program. The cafeteria at Bunkyo is only open to purchase lunch starting at the end of September.
The approximate program dates for Japan are late August to mid-December.
For more information on the "Program Fees" for this program, please refer to the Japan Program Brochure for specific information. Another great resource is the Financing your Experience brochure. In this brochure, there are estimates of what past participants spent on this program. Also included in this brochure is information regarding scholarships and financial aid.
Fall 2016 Program Director: Stephen Saupe, Biology