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  • Locations: Chiba, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 01/31/2018
Rolling Admission 05/28/2018 06/14/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Host Family, Hotel, Residence Hall Program Lead Faculty: Gergana Ivanova
Program Advisor: Cory Smith, Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

This study abroad program titled “Gender and Sexuality in Edo Literature and Art” will explore the wealth of Japan’s art and literature that developed from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Examining issues related to visual and literary representations of gender and sexuality during the Edo period (1600-1868), the course will trace the roots of Japanese popular art and literature, and offer new ways of approaching and understanding contemporary mass culture. Through a survey of a broad spectrum of literary works, puppet theater and kabuki plays, and paintings from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, it will explore key topics in the cultural history of Japan: women and Confucianism, courtesans and the construction of femininity, kabuki actors and gender bending, youthful love, and family and gender roles during the Edo period. The course will draw from multiple disciplines, including Japanese literature, art history, history, and gender studies. In addition to reading literary works in English translation, students will view a performance of kabuki play, visit museum collections of original woodblock prints and rare books, and participate in tours of important cultural and historic sites in Tokyo.

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Japan is one of the safest and cleanest countries in the world with exquisite cuisine and exceptional hospitality culture. Japan's rich cultural heritage makes it a ripe field for study and research.

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Who Can Participate?

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course Information

The course will be team-taught by Prof. Gergana Ivanova and faculty members from Chiba University, and attended by students from UC and Chiba University. Although the theme of the program may attract students in Asian Studies, Art History, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, it will appeal to anyone with an interest in Japan and Asia in general.

All students in this program are required to enroll in AIST 2064, WGS 5113, or WGS 6013 Study abroad Japan 1-6 credits for Spring semester.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Gergana Ivanova is Assistant Professor of Japanese literature. She teaches courses on Japanese literary and visual culture. Ivanova has extensive experience of living and studying in Japan, specifically in Tokyo and its surroundings. She is excited at the opportunity to introduce students to rich material related to Japanese cultural history and cutting-edge research and share with them her passion for Japanese Studies.

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Living Arrangements

We will stay at the International House of Chiba University. Four students will share a 2-bedroom apartment. Students will also spend a weekend with Japanese families.

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Getting There

Narita Airport
Arrival: May 29, 2018
Departure: June 14, 2018

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Program Costs

2018 Program Costs:

$2,200 program fee

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • Some meals
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • International Airfare
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • Visa application/processing fees (~$)
Note that both program charges will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Gergana Ivanova
Asian Studies Program, Department of German Studies
Old Chemistry 728E
Tel. 513-556-2752

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This program is currently not accepting applications.