Studying abroad in Japan
Since 2017, Hesston College students have had the chance to earn four transferrable study-abroad credits in Japan during May Term. Coursework includes preparatory study of Japanese language and culture during the last eight weeks of the spring semester, as well as a three-week mini-term during which we visit multiple locations across the southern half of mainland Japan.
Hiroshima: City of Peace
Students will stay in Hiroshima for nine days, studying language and culture in cooperation with Hiroshima Shudo University. Extracurricular experiences will include staying in a traditional guest house, visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and exploring the island shrine of Miyajima.
Then it’s all aboard the high-speed train for a tour of culutral landmarks in six stunning cities, beginning on Kyushu, the southernmost island of mainland Japan.
Japanese Language Study
- Master essential grammar, vocabulary and phrases in spoken Japanese
- Learn to read all three Japanese phonetic syllabaries: hiragana, katakana and romaji
- Start down the path of ultimate Japanese literacy by studying beginning Kanji
- Practice speaking and listening with the many Japanese international students at Hesston College
- Navigate public transportation, restaurants, and other simple, everyday situations independently in spoken Japanese
- Forge lasting international relationships with host families in Karatsu and Osaka
Japanese Culture Study
- Visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across Japan
- Become acquainted with the varied landscapes, long history and ultra-modern cities of Japan
- Develop deeper understanding of East Asian cultures and history
- Form new relationships with Japanese student partners from Hiroshima Shudo University
- Earn four credits of transferrable study-abroad coursework
- Gain a broader worldview through fulfilling study and personal experience
How to sign up
May Term in Japan appears in the 2018-19 Hesston College course catalog as IDS 121, with space for up to 15 participants.
Based on the current exchange rate between dollars and yen, the per-student cost will be $3,500. This includes airfare, transportation and lodging, program fees and most meals. An initial deposit of $1,500 is due in December 2018. Please send notice of interest and any questions to André Swartley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you in Japan!