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  • Locations: Chiba, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • 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
Summer 2019 03/01/2019
Rolling Admission 05/12/2019 05/26/2019

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Art, Architecture, Planning, and Design
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Summer
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Residence Hall
Program Lead Faculty: Peter Chamberlain Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program OverviewJapan Packaging

The Summer 2019 Culture and Packaging Workshop experience is a 14 day trip to Japan to participate in a two-week package design workshop.
This workshop, which began in the summer of 2017 exposed students to historically and socially significant sites, visited with Japanese Design firms to understand the spirit of Japanese design, and gave students an in-depth view of everyday Japanese life. Two weeks will go by quickly as students are exposed to a whirlwind of exciting research and travel, make new friends with Chiba University students, and create new and innovative packaging design solutions. Participating students are sure to come away from the experience with new perspectives on design and problem solving, some unforgettable memories, and perhaps even a new outlook on their everyday life in America.


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LocationChiba Uni, Japan

Japan is a very unique country with a strong cultural identity. Besides being famous for its art forms and cultural heritage, Japan is a land of dualities and contrasts. Old and new, high tech and low tech, Eastern and Western, small and large, mountains and beaches... The thoughtfulness and intentionality embedded in everyday Japanese life shows in experiences and products wherever one goes. While many aspects of Japan and Japanese life are world famous, there is much more to learn about everyday life in Japan than meets the eye (internet and TV lenses into Japan). Students will have the opportunity to "live" this unique country through typical experiences such as going to the grocery store for research, and behind the scenes tours.


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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduate design & graphic design students are eligible to apply.  A short, written essay explaining why you want to join this experience is a component of the application process.

Note: At time of application, students should already have their passports.  If a student does not yet have their passport, they should take steps to apply or renew theiw passport before acceptance into program. 

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Academic Program and Course InformationKamakura, Japan

All students in this program are required to enroll in DSGN 3060 - 002, International Travel for 1 credit for Summer 2019.

The summer 2019 Culture and Packaging Workshop at Chiba University will expose our design students to the rich design-relevent everyday culture of Japan through the fascinating lens of packaging design. Students will gain invaluable experience through conducting field research at various venues and interviewing packaging consumers. Students will take insights from a week of research and travel and bring their new perspectives and understanding into the studio to conduct a week-long intensive workshop, creating new and innovative packaging designs working in teams alongside Chiba University students and faculty.

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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Peter Chamberlain is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Design degree from the Graduate School at Chiba University, located just outside of Tokyo, Japan. He has worked in the Rapid prototyping industry and for companies in transportation-related manufacturing technology in both Japan and the United States. His continued international experience has been formative in developing a body of research that considers the unique role that culture plays in the appreciation of everyday products and experiences - packaging design in particular. His research considers how deeply embedded culturally driven sensibilities can provide inspirational sources for design innovation.

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Living Arrangements

Accommodations for housing during the stay in Chiba, Japan will be the international dormitories at Chiba University. This clean and safe dormitory is located in Inage Japan, just one stop (5 minutes) from the main Chiba University campus in Nishi Chiba. The surrounding area has convenient stores and is located only a 5 minute walk from the nearest train station.

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Getting There

Students are expected to travel to Chiba, Japan (Narita International Airport) on the same flight together with travel monitor. Students traveling from locations other than Cincinnati will be expected to have arrived and be ready to board the flight to Japan beginning at the Cincinnati Airport. International airfare is included in the program costs. 

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Program Costs

  2019 Program Cost:  $3600

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals 
  • 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 – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
  • Visa application/processing fees (If applicable, US passport holders do not require a visa to enter Japan for a stay up to 90 days) (~$)
This program has been awarded an $800 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $2800. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for the scholarship.  

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

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

Peter Chamberlain
Associate Director 
Associate Professor - Industrial Design
Myron E. Ullman Jr. School of Design
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
University of Cincinnati

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This program is currently not accepting applications.