Environmental Studies and Sustainability in Japan 2016

WILLAMETTE STUDENTS MUST USE THE COMMON STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION. The deadline is December 2, 2015 for summer 2016 participation. When you are ready to apply, start here: http://willamette.edu/dept/oie/abroad/apply/index.html.


Are you interested in Japan and Sustainability? Students approved for this program will spend three-and-a-half weeks in Japan, based at our sister institution Tokyo International University (TIU).  Formal activities will include classes in Japanese language and Japanese environmental studies. In addition to readings and lectures, students will take part in fieldtrips and excursions to libraries and museums, municipal and prefectural offices, and other relevant sites where sustainability-related community activities take place, including forests, etc. Students will engage in volunteer and community-based service learning activities, and observe conservation practices where possible. Besides direct observation and reflection, students will participate in data collection, organization, and analysis.

This summer study abroad program will run soon after classes end in 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 but priority is given in high demand years to students studying Japanese language or Environmental Studies. 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.

  • Location: Kawagoe, Japan
  • Professor: Profs. Ron Loftus and Joe Bowersox
  • Special Program Note:  Limited to 15 participants
  • Credit: Earn 1.0 WU credit, IDS 334: Field Studies: Environmental Studies and Sustainability in Japan, US MOI.  Course is graded credit/no credit (CR/NC).
  • Dates: Tentatively May 18-June 10, 2016 (but subject to change until finalized). Students will need to travel on specific dates but will be given instructions after acceptance.
  • Costs: Still being determined for 2016 but tentatively set at $1,000 (a grant from the Luce Foundation covers over half of the costs for this program bringing the program cost down from $3,800). The program cost includes WU tuition, lodging, some meals, local transportation, study abroad health insurance, museum fees and field trips. Program cost DOES NOT include passport costs or transportation to and from Japan (est. $1,800). 
    • Students who will have graduated by the time the program runs are eligible to apply but ARE NOT eligible for the grant funding support and will need to pay the full cost of the program, $3,800.  If you have questions about this, please email oieadvising@willamette.edu.  Program cost DOES NOT include passport costs or transportation to and from Japan (est. $1,800). 

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.