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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • 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: Health Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Eligibility Restrictions: Nursing Students Only Minimum GPA: 3.0
Language Courses Offered: Yes Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Program Lead Faculty: Tasha Turner-Bicknell
Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

 students in Japan Often described as a combination of old and new, Japan is an exciting, dynamic country that reaches out to meet travelers with open arms.  Although steeped in history and tradition, Japan is a modern country with a first-class health care system.  Japanese citizens enjoy easy access to healthcare service and boast some of the world strongest health outcomes.  Join College of Nursing Faculty as we visit Tokyo, meet with nursing students and faculty, and experience their extensive public health system.  Additionally, we will learn about disaster nursing and preparedness in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  We will also journey to Kyoto the home of 27 Unisef World Heritage Sites, countless shrines and temples, as well as beautiful lantern-lit streets.  
  Through collaboration with both students and faculty in the host country, students are provided the opportunity to engage with peers and collaborate in the planning and delivery of patient care under the auspice of UC faculty.  Within the structure of such an experience, students have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of culture, which enhances the development of cultural competence.  The development of culturally competent healthcare practitioners is at the heart of the UC College of Nursing’s mission.

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student drumming in japan
Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto, Japan

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Who Can Participate?

College of Nursing students with a 3.0 minimum GPA. 

In-person interview and 1 letter of recommendation required.

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Academic Program and Course Information

nursing students in classroom
All students in this program are required to enroll in NBSN3040C for spring 2019 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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Tasha Turner-Bicknell - As a facilitator, I strive to provide my students with the tools necessary to think critically and solve problems. My goal is to provide an engaging experience that encourages each student to become an active participant. I believe that through the understanding of cultural diversity we increase our knowledge of the human experience. I hope to create experiences that challenge students to question previously held assumptions and explore new ways to appreciate diversity.

Rachel Smith-Stiener will be co-leader for this program. 

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Living Arrangements

students ordering food
In this program we will stay in dormitory style hostel or "guesthouse" accommodations. Students will stay 4-6 students in a room. In Kyoto we will have a very special opportunity to stay in a Zen Temple. There will be 4 students per room with a bathroom. We will sleep on traditional tatami mats in Shunkoin temple.

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Getting There


student on public transport

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Program Costs

 2019 Program Cost:  $3700

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • 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 – (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). 
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded an $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). UC International Scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA . This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $3100. 

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

Tasha Turner-Bicknell

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This program is currently not accepting applications.