Japan: Japanese Food Culture & Language

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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  • Japan: Japanese Food Culture & Language Photo
  • Japan: Japanese Food Culture & Language Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors


Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kanazawa , Japan — This program provides students at any level of Japanese language proficiency — including none! — the opportunity to experience Japanese culture with an emphasis on food. The six-week program begins in the metropolis of Tokyo, where we’ll visit markets, factories, museums, and other attractions in order to study one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. We’ll then spend a week volunteering on organic farms and living with Japanese families, before traveling to Kanazawa to explore regional differences. The program culminates with two weeks in the ancient capital of Kyoto, where we’ll learn how centuries-old traditions are melding with a new focus on sustainability. There will be opportunities to sample amazing food throughout the program. The language course focuses on putting Japanese into active use to complete real-world tasks. While there are daily classes and scheduled group outings, students will also have ample time to explore the regions on their own.

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

Japan Theatre Flickr

Cultural Information


When can I go?

May 6 - June 16, 2016 

(6 weeks)


Where will I live?

Program participants will stay in hostel-style hotel, homestay, and shared-room guest houses

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.

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 XXX: Japanese Food Culture (3 credits) AND 

JPN XXX: Japanese Language in Practice (3 credits) 

*Issues friendly (Students can fulfill entire general education issues requirement) 

Fulfills GVSU’s “Issues” and “Culture - World Perspectives” GenEd requirements

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $5,075

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Field trips and fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($2,916)
  • Personal expenses ($800)
  • Additional meals ($600)
  • Passport fees ($140)
  • Textbooks ($100)
  • ISIC card ($28, optional)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $9,559

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




To learn more about Jeremy Robinson, visit: Meet the Director - Jeremy Robinson!


Jason Herlands
D-2-104 Mackinac Hall

To learn more about Jason Herlands, visit: Meet the Director Jason Herlands! 


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