Japan

Each study abroad program fulfills one year (6 credits) of Honors credit requirements.

Registration works on a first come, first served basis!

2023 Searching Reciprocity in Japan

All Honors College study abroad websites may contain information reflective of last year's programs. We are updating each program website with new information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have specific questions regarding 2023 program information, please contact Allen Varela at honorsabroad@fiu.edu. This year, we established the new Honors Study Abroad WhatsApp group where faculty directors, Honors alumni and students who completed Honors Study Abroad will describe their experiences as well as do their best to answer your questions.  You can join this group by emailing honorsabroad@fiu.edu.   

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The Japan program offers wide-ranging and unique learning experiences. Students visit the Sapporo University to learn about the Ainu Culture through the Urespa Project, an Ainu youth support project. They also visit the Waseda University’s and its Global Studies Japanese Culture Program (JCuIP) and share experiences on Linguistic Landscapes. Throughout the program, students learn and share the concept of “RECIPROCITY.”

To watch the Japan Study Abroad Honors Hour Session held on September 20, 2022, please visit here.

COURSE SYLLABUS:
2023 Spring Syllabus
2023 Summer Syllabus

WHAT IS THE FOCUS?
This trip offers students inimitable experiences to learn and share “RECIPROCITY” by visiting six distinguished cities. The program focuses on sharing American culture with people in Japan. In each place, carefully designed activities motivate students to engage in the trip’s concept. For instance, during the spring class on-campus, students research the Seminole tribe history and culture to later share with the Ainu people, and the Miami Linguistic Landscape to compare it with the Tokyo Landscape with Waseda University students.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Activities included, just to name a few:

  • Heian period history and temples in Kyoto
  • Kukai’s spiritual retreat place in Koyasan
  • Field trip with Waseda students
  • Akan-Kotan spiritual Ainu arts and festivals with Ainu locals
  • Akan lake canoeing
  • Learn from the elders Ainu traditional cooking, dance, and songs
  • Upopoi-National Ainu Museum and Park
  • Meditation experience at the Koyasan Temple

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
With a carefully designed itinerary and activities, students learn, study, and share Japanese “RECIPROCITY” embedded deeply in Japanese society. Most importantly, once students learn and share Japanese “RECIPROCITY,” they implement its value among friends and in their daily lives.

WHERE WILL YOU GO?
Six cities: Osaka, Koyasan, Kyoto, Sapporo, Akan Kotan (Ainu village,) and Tokyo!

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, landscaping, agriculture-based economy, religious studies, ecology, cuisine, environmentalism…There is something for everyone!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
IDH 4007: prerequired 2023 Spring course (3 credits) on-campus
IDH 4008: actual trip to Japan in 2023 Summer A (3 credits)

These 6 credits fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.

LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:

3–Moderate

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $2,600 + airfare

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– $500 non-refundable Honors College administrative fee
– Hotel accommodations (including breakfast)
– Limousine service from the airports to hotels
– Domestic airfares: Kyoto to Sapporo & Kushiro(Akan) to Tokyo
– Group activities: canoeing, making music instruments, Kabuki theater, museums, etc.
– Long distance buses and local transportation (subway, etc.)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– Airfare
– $195 Office of Education Abroad fee
– FIU tuition
– Meals (except breakfast)
– Passport and other necessary documents
– Personal expenses

WHEN WILL YOU TAKE THE PRE-TRIP CLASS?
2023 Spring semester: Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:15PM (hybrid course)

WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
2023 Summer A: May 22 – June 12, 2023

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Masako Kubota (M.A., Asian Studies) is an adjunct instructor of Asian Studies and Modern Languages, teaching Japanese Culture, language and East Asian history and societies. 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 the special seminars of Ainu Culture. In November 2017, she invited seven Ainu artists from Akan Kotan to perform at a special event at FIU and exchange programs with the Seminole people.