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  • Locations: Chiba, 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 2019 01/01/2019
Rolling Admission 05/13/2019 05/29/2019

** 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: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Social Sciences, University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Apartment Program Lead Faculty: Junko Markovic
Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

1“Exploring Religion and Culture in Japan” will introduce students to Japanese religious traditions with an emphasis on ideas, values, and practices of Shinto and Buddhism. 
Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion. After Buddhism arrived in the 6th century, Shinto and Buddhism have profoundly influenced each other. Although they have remained distinct religions, most Japanese still espouse them at the same time. These religious beliefs and practices are so deeply entrenched in Japanese culture that without understanding them it is impossible to explain many aspects of Japanese society today. 

Through this program students will gain an understanding of how these two religions have come to co-exist without any conflict and of how the religious identities are expressed in modern Japanese society. It will consist of guest lectures, tours of historical sites, and cultural events. Students will visit major Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples and they will learn 
about the significance of various symbolic structures at these sites. They will also stay overnight at a 
Buddhist temple where they can learn Zen meditation. By attending an annual Shinto festival in Tokyo area, students will also witness directly the religious practices in contemporary Japan. Moreover, to explore the influence religions have had on Japanese literary and visual culture such as Noh theater, illustrated picture scrolls, and literature, we will watch a Noh theater play and visit art galleries and museums. Pre-departure orientation will prepare students for travel and cover essential elements of Japanese culture to deepen their travel experience.


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 Japan is one of the safest and cleanest countries in the world with exquisite cuisine and exceptional hospitality. Japan's rich cultural heritage makes it a ripe field for study and research. The program location, Chiba University is just 30 minutes from Tokyo and an hour from Narita International Airport. Students will enjoy convenient access to many major cultural attractions. A trip to Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, offers students with an opportunity to visit famous temples and shrines.

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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in Japanese culture, religion and society.

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in AIST2064 for 1-6 credits for Spring 2019.
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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Junko Markovic was born in Japan and she has been teaching Japanese at UC since 2009. Having grown up in Japan, she has extensive knowledge of cultural practices and traditions as well as key historic locations in Japan. She is able to introduce students to diverse materials and sites that reveal both ancient and modern religious beliefs and cultural identities.

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Living Arrangements

Students will stay at the International House of Chiba University. Four students will share a 2-bedroom apartment where basic amenities including laundry and a kitchenette are available. Students will also spend a weekend with host families and a night at a Buddhist temple.

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Getting There

Flying in and out of Narita International Airport
Arrival: 5/14
Departure 5/29

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Program Costs

1  2019 Program Cost:  $2,300

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • 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)
  • International airfare
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending/souvenirs
  • ISIC Card ($25)
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 $1,500.

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

Junko Markovic
Asian Studies Program, Department of German Studies
(513) 556-2737

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This program is currently not accepting applications.