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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Housing Options: Host Family, Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Gayle Elliott
Program Advisor: Bene Khoury
Program Description:

Program Overview 1

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This study abroad experience is designed to introduce students to the cultural and professional environment of Japan. In today’s global economy, it is essential for young professionals to understand the impact of cultural differences on business and industry. The course will take place in over a 2-week period. In addition it will consist of pre-departure class meetings to prepare for travel and create a foundation in understanding Japanese culture. On-site in Japan the group will tour a variety of historical and cultural sites. 

The University of Cincinnati has offered an International Co-op Program (ICP) in since the mid-1990’s. Through this program students complete over 250 hours of Japanese instruction followed by a capstone seven-month co-op experience in Japan. The decision to participate in the ICP is a tremendous investment with a variety of “unknowns”. This study tour program is designed to give co-op students a small taste of the Japanese language as well as its history and culture in a protected environment. Students will also have the opportunity to visit ICP employers and meet with ICP students currently co-oping in Japan. 

For many students, this study tour will be their first exposure to a foreign country. It is hoped that some will return to the US having made the decision to participate in the ICP and return to for the seven-month co-op experience.

At Tokyo Institute of Technology students participate in an English-speaking activity called "Think Aloud" in which they discuss a current event or topic with Japanese students. The activity is run by Dr. Tom Hope, a faculty member at Tokyo Tech. There's also a possibility that activities with Cincinnati's sister city of Gifu will be included.

Travel by Shinkansen (bullet train) at speeds of 130 mph.
Housing in a traditional Japanese ryokan and with host families to experience traditional life in Japan.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and park.
Miyajima, a small island near Hiroshima.  Its giant orange tori gate is one of the most recognizable sites in the world.  At high tide it seems to float above the water.
Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, with a park with thousands of sacred deer, Todaiji ("Great Eastern Temple"), one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples which houses the largest statue of Buddha.
Kyoto City Tour - Japan's capital and the residence of the emperor from 794 to 1868.  Much of traditional Japanese architecture has been preserved in Kyoto.
Company and University Visits with tentative plans to visit:
One or two universities to discuss relevant topics and interact with Japanese students.
Meeting with two American CEO’s who developed their own companies in Japan.
Shimizu Institute of Technology (SIT) to learn about architecture and earthquake-resistant construction so important in Japan.
Landor to learn about design, branding and marketing in Japan.

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Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. Tokyo 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.

Served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face.  Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.

Hiroshima and Miyajima
The principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over a million inhabitants.  After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima's historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the center of the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.

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Who Can Participate?

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors 
  • Graduate students
Individual or group meeting required prior to acceptance.​

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Academic Program and Course Information

Participants in this program can earn UC credit for the following course(s):  1


  • PD2060-002 Industry and Culture in Japan for 3 credit hours for spring 2020 term

Through this study tour students will:

-Develop an understanding of Japanese culture through the home stay program with a family.
-Research and identify cultural differences in the professional work environments of US and Japanese companies.
-Be exposed to Japanese history and culture.
-Be provided with the tools to compare and contrast various aspects of the American and Japanese cultures.

All students in this program are required to enroll in PD2060-002 Industry and Culture in Japan for 3 credit hours for Spring 2020 term.
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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Gayle Elliott is a professor and Chris Cooper an Associate Professor in the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education. Professor Elliott developed this study tour as well as a study tour course to China. she has been responsible for the International Co-op Program, through which students learn German, Japanese, Spanish or French and co-op in a country speaking one of these languages for more than 25 years. Professor Cooper has been involved in this study tour as well as developed a study tour course to Ireland. He also developed a new course in 2019 to prepare students to select international experineces and succeed abroad.

Chris Cooper is an Assistant Professor and Computer Science Faculty Co-op Advisor in the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Cooper is actively involved in the development of short- and long-term international experiential learning opportunities in several countries and has co-led a yearly study tour to Japan since 2013.

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Living Arrangements

Throughout the two-week period we utilize a variety of accommodations to give students a well-rounded experience in Japan. They are:
Hotels - single or double occupancy.
Traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) - usually triple or quadruple occupancy
Homestay with a family

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Getting There

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Program Costs

2020 Program Cost $3,900 

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition for PD 2060– (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • Visa application/processing fees (~$) 
This program has been awarded an $500 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). 

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship 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

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for 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 medical and security advice. UC code 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 abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

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

  • Gayle Elliott
    Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education, 8th floor, Steger Student Life Center
    (513) 556-5433

    Chris Cooper
    Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education, 8th floor, Steger Student Life Center
    (513) 556-0377

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This program is currently not accepting applications.