Searching Reciprocity in Japan
READ THE GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the 2022 Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!
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.”
Make an educated decision! Check out the October 17, 2019 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the Japan program HERE!
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
- In Tokyo, traditional Edo culture and modern world industries intertwine. Experience this exciting city, its art, enjoy Kabuki theater, beautiful Japanese Gardens, museums, and more!
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 2022 Spring course (3 credits) on-campus
IDH 4008: actual trip to Japan in 2022 Summer A (3 credits)
These 6 credits fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.
LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:
WHAT DOES IT COST?
TBA + airfare
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– 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?
– $500 Honors College administrative fee
– $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?
2022 Spring semester: Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:15PM (hybrid course)
WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
2022 Summer A: May 23 – June 15, 2022
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.
How do we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis!
Follow these instructions:
Current Honors Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:
- Get clearance from your Honors advisor. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Patric Hambleton (email@example.com.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (firstname.lastname@example.org.) Call 305-348-4100 and ask for an advising appointment. Indicate it is regarding Study Abroad. You must have an advisor’s clearance when you go see Luli to secure your spot!
- Once you’ve been cleared, email Luli (email@example.com) to schedule a registration appointment, specifying your PID and program of choice
- On the date of your appointment, bring to DM 233 a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLY) made out to FIU. 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
- The registration process includes a group contract-signing session and online application. Calculate around 2 hours for the whole process
- You will be officially registered once you complete all 3 steps (registration & payment, online application, and contract-signing)
Newly Admitted Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:
- Email Luli (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a registration appointment, including your Panther ID number and program of choice
- Follow the instructions on the third bullet above
- Make sure together with the $350 you bring to the session a copy of the unofficial transcripts from the institution you are coming from and a copy of the Honors letter/email of acceptance
- You can register for study abroad only once you get your first FIU GPA, assuming there are still spots available. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the 2021 registration opens in April
- In order to keep your good standing with the program, comply with the Honors Study Abroad Policies and deadlines at the bottom of this page
- The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $195 administrative fee. It will be posted along with your second payment and they can be paid together
Below is the schedule of payments to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $350 fee:
Schedule of Payments:
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**Non-refundable after February 14, 2020
After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your 3 payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor.) In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program and NOT to cover other balances you may have, we strongly recommend you pay in person. Make sure to tell the cashier you are paying your Honors Study Abroad program, and which one is it (E.g. Honors Japan program, Honors UK program, etc.) The charges will be posted to your my.fiu.edu account approximately 21 days prior to the deadline or earlier.
NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.