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Program Description:
Faculty Leader: Yukari Birkett (yukari.birkett@pcc.edu)

Dates: June 16 – July 2, 2018

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Course: JPN103 First Year Japanese

Credits: 5 credits

Program Type: Capstone

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Estimated Program Fee: $2,700 + tuition

Please Note: program details and fee may change slightly in the coming months.

Program Description

This program will provide students the ability to gain access to cultural and linguistic immersion through excursions, language partners, and host family experiences.

About the Location: Tokyo is absolutely unique, you have to experience it to believe it. While it is incredibly crowded, with a population of roughly 13 million, it is extremely clean and very safe compared to most other metropolises. Trains run on time, space is used in creative and ingenious ways, and the variety of shopping and entertainment available is astounding. Japan might be considered the vending machine capital of the world (there are even vending machines on Mt. Fuji!) yet customers in stores are treated royally. Despite the crowds in Tokyo, it is possible to find quiet oases, pockets of nature to enjoy, and vestiges of the past, if you know where to look.

Program Highlights
  • Day trip to Kamakura
  • Scavenger hunt to get to know major areas of Tokyo
  • Visit to Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. Attractions include Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Fuji TV Studio, and Joypolis Amusement Center
  • Asakusa area walking tour
  • Visit to Ghibli Museum to step into the whimsical world of Studio Ghibli, the production company behind Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke.
  • Visit the Tokyo National Museum
  • Ueno Park: the first public park built in Japan in 1873
  • Soba noodle making class
  • Calligraphy workshop to learn how to write Japanese characters
  • Learn about the art of Ikebana: Japanese flower arranging
  • Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Included in Program
  • Housing for entirety of program
  • 16 Co-curricular/cultural activities
  • Day trip to Kamakura
  • Some meals (breakfasts and dinners with homestays)
  • Airport pickup/drop-off
  • In-country transportation related to program including transportation (IC) card
  • Museum/park entry fees
  • On-site orientation & online pre-departure orientation
  • International insurance
  • On-site support services
  • 24/7 emergency support throughout program

Not Included in Program
  • Round-trip airfare between Portland and Tokyo
  • Non-programmed meals
  • Personal spending money
  • New or renewal of passport if needed


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/21/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/16/2018 07/02/2018

** 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.