Japan

Searching Reciprocity in Japan

2018 registration is now open!

Mondays-Fridays from 9:00AM to 4:30PM

VERY IMPORTANT : New set of policies for Honors Study Abroad Programs!  PLEASE check them at the bottom of the page.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

We will observe Japan from 1600 to 1868, focusing on various perspectives from the society of the Tokugawa years—also known as the Edo period. We will research Edo’s ecological and reciprocal lifestyle in downtown Tokyo first, and then research the spiritual interrelation between nature and the Ainu people (indigenous people) in Hokkaido. The Ainu have maintained a reciprocal lifestyle with nature and animals. A multi-perspective approach will be used to discuss and analyze the development of the Edo and Ainu societies.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $2,900 + airfare

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Hotel accommodations (including breakfast)
– Long distance bus fare in Hokkaido
– Domestic airfare in Japan, round trip fare from Tokyo to Hokkaido
– Group visits, activities in Ainu Village
– Theater, Museums, etc.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– Airfare
– $250 Honors College administrative fee
– $175 Office of Study Abroad fee
– FIU tuition
– Passport, and other necessary documents
– Lunches and dinners
– Local transportation fee both in Tokyo and Hokkaido (such as subway fare)
– Personal expenses

WHEN WILL YOU TAKE THE PRE-TRIP CLASS?
2018 spring semester: Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:15pm (hybrid course)

WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
2018 Summer A: May 21 – June 18

WHAT IS THE FOCUS?
Learn and share the reciprocal and sustainable way of living in downtown Tokyo and Ainu village in Hokkaido. Then experience reciprocal elder care in Tokyo, Ainu tourism and their reciprocal way of living in Akan Kotan.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Activities: Searching for Edo’s society, we will explore old towns such as Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi, Asakusa, and Ryogoku area in Tokyo. Then in Hokkaido, we will visit Sapporo University and attend the Ainu Youth Circle. In Akan Kotan (village) we will learn their traditional craft making, cooking, songs and dances, and experience Akan Ainu people’s spiritual interaction with animals. We will assist elder people’s day service program in Tokyo and Sapporo.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Edo society’s traditional reciprocity, Ainu people’s traditions and their art, Ainu Villages’ tourism, and their reciprocal models caring for the elder and the children.

WHERE WILL YOU GO?
Tokyo:
Edo Tokyo Museum, Fukagawa Museum, Meiji Jingu, Senso-ji temple, and several Japanese gardens, Kabuki Theater, Sumo museum, and community cafes for elders.

Sapporo:  Hokkaido University Ainu Indigenous Research Center, Hokkaido Ainu Museum, Sapporo University Ainu Project Center. Akan Ainu Village: their Chise (theater), community center, and elementary and middle school, and canoe ride for exploring Akan nature.

WHO WILL BE INTERESTED?
Great for students with interests in Japanese culture and society, Edo period culture, ecology, reciprocal society, indigenous tourism, sociology, anthropology, architecture, theater, art, dance, music, botanical design, agriculture-based economy, religious studies, ecology, cuisine,  environmentalism…There is something for everyone.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There is a 2018 spring course, (3 credits) and then the trip to Japan in 2018 summer (3 credits). These 6 credits will fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Masako Kubota (M.A., Asian Studies) is an adjunct instructor of Asian Studies and Modern Languages, teaching Japanese Culture and language. A former advertising executive and founder of non-profit organizations. Masako is highly regarded for her student-centered teaching and pedagogy. Beyond the classroom, she is committed to participating in campus activities that enrich the university experience, such as Japan Immersion Day and the Florida Statewide Japanese Speech and Skit Contest at FIU. In November 2017, she invited seven Ainu artists from Akan Kotan and performed a special event at FIU, exchanging programs between Ainu and Seminole people.

HOW DO YOU REGISTER?

It works on a first come, first served basis! 

Follow these instructions:

  1. Bring your current Degree Audit printed out and $250.00 money order or cashier’s check made out to FIU to DM 233. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in your program of choice. It is non-refundable, and constitutes a serious commitment to the program. Registration will remain opened from Monday through Friday (8:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full.
  2. You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a form
  3. Apply online
  4. Upload  the Class Registration Form to abroad.fiu.edu
  5. The non-refundable  $175 OSA administrative fee will be charged with your first payment.
  6. Below is the schedule of payments** to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $250 fee:

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS:

 
1st Payment*
 
2nd Payment*
  
3rd Payment (*)(***)
  
Program
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Total
Costa Rica
Mon, May 1, 2017****
$800
Tue, Aug 1, 2017
$500
Sun, Oct. 1, 2017*
$500
$1,800
France
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Italy
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Spain
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$900
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,500
Cambodia-Vietnam
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$800
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,400
Japan
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$900
$2,900
South Africa
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,500
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,400
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,900

*Non-refundable
**If you fail to make your first payment by the October 1st deadline, you will forfeit your paid administrative fees.
***Non-refundable after February 14, 2018

After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your three payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor,) same way you pay for your regular classes. In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program, we strongly recommend you go in person. The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline or earlier.

NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.

Make an educated decision! Check the Japan & South Africa Honors Hour from Tuesday, October 17, 2017 HERE! (Search for Luli’s presentation at the end of Wednesday’s: HERE!)

For information about Study Abroad scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or at edabroad@fiu.edu.

For other questions, please contact Luli Szeinblum at 305.348.1620 or luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

NEW STUDY ABROAD POLICIES:

Note: IDH 4007 is the pre-trip class on campus, and IDH 4008 is the actual class abroad.

Payments:

  • Students that do not comply with the payment due dates stated on my.fiu.edu, Financials section, will be charged by the university a late fee of $100.00.
  • Students that fail to complete payments within 2 weeks after the deadline will not be allowed to
    participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Documentation:

  • ALL Office of Study Abroad (OSA) required documentation must be uploaded to abroad.fiu.edu by December 15, 2017, 11:59pm, for summer 2018 programs and August 1, 2017, 11:59pm, for winter break session 2017 programs (Honors Costa Rica). Students who do not comply with the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • The documentation required by OSA is at abroad.fiu.edu. It includes: Medical Form, Course Registration Form, copy of valid passport, and four questionnaires: 1) personal information form, 2) emergency contact form, 3) special needs form, and 4) financial information form.
  • The Medical Form is valid for only one year as of the date it is signed by a physician licensed in the United States and cannot expire before the end of the trip.
  • Passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip.
  • Students that do not have a valid passport by the deadline mentioned above must instead submit proof that the passport application/renewal process has been initiated, and must replace it with a copy of their actual passport no later than the end of IDH 4007. If they fail to comply by the deadline, they will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 5, 2017 (AND JULY 20, 2017 FOR COSTA RICA):

The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until March 19, 2018, and October 30, 2017 respectively (final DROP date). Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

  • Students must clear any existing holds by April 30, 2018 (and December 1, 2017, for Costa Rica.) Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Physicality:

  • Study Abroad programs can be physically demanding. Students must be physically able to participate in the programs.

Academics:

  • Students have to be in good Honors academic standing (see http://honors.fiu.edu/students/policies/) in order to secure a spot in an Honors study abroad program. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • A minimum grade of C in IDH 4007 is required to be enrolled in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be
    awarded.

Behavior:

  • Students who have been sanctioned under the FIU Student Code of Conduct (https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-conflict-resolution/student-code-of-conduct%20/_assets/Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf), which results in loss of privileges and/or other sanctions that result in the student not being considered to be in good standing with the University (e.g., conduct probation,) are not eligible to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students studying abroad are expected to represent the Honors College and FIU honorably and maturely. The faculty director and/or staff are authorized to end the trip early for students whose behavior becomes disruptive (and/or whose behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct), and the student risks dismissal from the Honors College in accordance with the posted dismissal policy for misconduct.
  • By signing up to participate in a study abroad program, students are assuming all the above-mentioned responsibilities and are committing to comply with them without further notices.