International Education

Environmental Studies and Sustainability in Japan 2015

WILLAMETTE STUDENTS MUST USE THE COMMON STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION.  The study abroad application process is being revised for the 2015 summer program, so check back soon for application instructions and links.  The deadline will be December 3, 2014 for summer 2015 participation.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND SUSTAINABILITY IN JAPAN 

Are you interested in Japan and Sustainability?  Students approved for this program will spend three-and-a-half weeks in Japan, based at Tokyo International Univeristy (TIU), and go on many excursions to study traditional agriculture and forestry practices as well as contemporary recycling and reuse policies.  This summer study abroad program will run from late May to early June, allowing students to participate in other activities later in the summer.  Students will earn 1 credit in interdisciplinary studies (IDS 344), and the course carries an “Understanding Society” MOI, and a Service Learning designation. This experience is designed for students interested in Asia generally, Japan specifically, and Environmental Studies. 

Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Pending approval by appropriate departments, this credit may be applied to interdisciplinary majors such as Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, International Studies, and Environmental Studies.  History majors may also seek credit toward a major with an Asian concentration. There will be a language component to this summer course: Beginning level classes for students with no background in Japanese; and Intermediate level with vocabulary and exercises focusing on environmental and sustainability issues for students with some background.

Partial scholarships may be awarded to outstanding applicants who demonstrate financial need.

  • Location:  Kawagoe, Japan
  • Professor:  Professor Cecily McCaffrey, History and Professor Scott Pike, Environmental & Earth Sciences.
  • Credit:  Earn 1.0 WU credit, IDS 334: Field Studies: Environmental Studies and Sustainability in Japan, US MOI.
  • Dates:  TENTATIVELY Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, June 19, 2015. Students will need to travel on May 26 but will be given specific instructions after acceptance.
  • Costs:  Still being determined for 2015. In 2014: $3800 for Willamette students though a portion of the program costs may be covered by a grant from the Luce Foundation leaving students with an approximate cost of under $2,000 plus airfare.  The program cost includes WU tuition, lodging, some meals, local transportation, travel insurance, museum fees and field trips.  Program cost DOES NOT include passport costs or transportation to and from Japan (est. $1,700).

Information Session:  Please see http://www.willamette.edu/dept/oie/abroad/events/index.html  for list of study abroad information sessions.

For more information, contact Ron Loftus (rloftus@willamette.edu) Joe Bowersox (jbowerso@willamette.edu) or oieadvising@willamette.edu.