Japan: Theatre and Language

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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  • Japan: Theatre and Language Photo
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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors


TOKYO & OSAKA, JAPAN: This unique program provides students at multiple language levels the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture. The six-week program begins with four weeks in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city and the center of the historically and culturally important Kansai region and continues with two weeks in Tokyo, the nation’s capital and cosmopolitan center. Students will explore Japan’s past and present by exploring temple complexes in Kyoto and Nara, and Tokyo urban centers such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Akihabara.

The program includes two courses, one in Japanese theater and the other in Japanese language in practice. The Japanese theater course focuses on nô, kyôgen, kabuki, and bunraku, the four major genres of traditional Japanese theater, but also extends to more modern genres and the role of performance in everyday life. The language course is focused on putting language into active use, whatever the level of the individual student, and is thus open to students at all ability levels. Both classes take full advantage of the Japanese setting, with field trips to view live theatrical performances and regular language activities centered on completing concrete tasks through interaction with native speakers in the community.

Past participants have shared their experiences about this faculty-led.

Japan Theatre Flickr

Cultural Information


When can I go?

May 7 - June 17, 2015 (6 weeks)

Where will I live?

Program participants will stay in individual rooms in hostel-style hotels with shared kitchen/ lounge space.

Who is eligible to participate?

Open to all majors. No previous language experience required. 2.5 GPA required. 

Non-GVSU Students: Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/nongvstudent for detailed information on how to apply.


How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

The deadline for the 2015 program has passed. The 2016 program application will be available Fall 2015. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2016 Program): February 1, 2016 

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits:
EAS 333: Japanese Theatre (3 credits)
JPN 285: Japanese Language in Practice (3 credits)
Fulfills GVSU’s “Issues” and “Culture - World Perspectives” GenEd requirements

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,991

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Field trips and fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($2,826)
  • Personal expenses ($600)
  • Additional meals ($600)
  • Passport fees ($140)
  • Textbooks ($100)
  • ISIC card ($28, optional)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $9,285

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.
Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad for information on other grants and scholarships. 

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:

Jeremy Robinson

D-2-136 Mackinac Hall




Jason Herlands
D-2-104 Mackinac Hall

Meet the Director!


All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.