Japan: Theatre and Language
A GVSU Faculty-led Program
Tell me about this program
Open to: All majors
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.
When can I go?
April 28 to June 8, 2014.
Where will I live?
Program participants will stay in double occupancy furnished apartments.
Who is eligible to participate?
This program is open to all majors, and there is no previous language requirement. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. A complete application must be submitted to the Padnos International Center by February 1, 2014.
GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.
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 2014 program has passed. Applications for the 2015 program are not yet being accepted but will be due by February 1, 2015.
Non-GVSU Students: Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad for detailed information on how to apply.
What credits will I receive?
Students will register for 6 credits:
JPN 285 Japanese Language In Practice
JPN 386: Japanese Theater
How much does the program cost?
Program Fee: $4,993
- Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
- Field trips and fees
- All ground transportation
- GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($2,742)
- ISIC card ($28, optional)
- Passport fees ($140)
- Textbooks ($100)
- Personal expenses ($600)
- Additional meals ($600)
TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $9,203
Additional Program Cost Information
Cost Comparison for GVSU Cost of Attendance for Spring/Summer 2014, based on 1/2 Time Enrollment (In-State Undergraduate): $6,966
Contact Nick Bromley in the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Include in the email your G-number and the name of your study abroad program.
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.
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?
D-2-136 Mackinac Hall
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All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.