Environmental Studies and Sustainability in Japan 2015

WILLAMETTE STUDENTS MUST USE THE COMMON STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION. The deadline is December 3, 2014 for summer 2015 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 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: May 25-June 15, 2015 (but subject to change). Students will need to travel on specific dates but will be given instructions after acceptance.
  • Costs: Still being determined for 2015 but tentatively set at $1,900 (a grant from the Luce Foundation covers about 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, 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.