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*BGSU Summer in Japan - Nagoya Gakuin University
Seto City, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: Japanese GPA: 2.0
Housing Option: Host Family, Student Residence Hall College: Arts & Sciences
Areas of Study: Foreign Language, Japanese Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program
Programs by Department: German, Russian, & East Asian Languages Applicants: Only BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Akiko Jones
Program Description:
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sponsored by Nagoya Gakuin University, the Bowling Green State University summer study program in Japan offers students an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the Japanese language and culture through homestays, cultural activities and field trips.  Lasting approximately one month from the end of June to the end of July, students will receive 6 language and culture credits. 

LOCATION
Nagoya Gakuin University was founded in 1887 as an English language school in Nagoya City and later moved to its current location in Seto City in 1964 with expanded departments.  Seto City is located in the hills of central Japan 30 minutes from Nagoya City and is famous for its ceramics.

ACCOMODATION
While students will be housed in the university dormitory of Nagoya Gakuin University for the majority of their stay in Japan, they will experience a short homestay with a Japanese family. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get a first-hand glimpse of a Japanese household.

LANGUAGE
The program is open to students who have completed at least the elementary level of Japanese language class or demonstrate its equivalent Japanese proficiency.

COURSES
During the program, students will attend Japanese language classes in the morning and culture classes in the afternoon Monday through Friday.  Some of the Japanese culture classes include Ceramics, Calligraphy, Intercultural Communication, Sumo (traditional sport), Japanese religion, Japanese plays, Ikebana (flower arrangement), etc. Students will earn 6 credit hours of JAPN credit while participating in this program.

EXCURSIONS
In addition to classes, a variety of field trips and excursions are planned throughout the program.  Students will visit shrines, temples, museums, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, etc.

COSTS
In addition to paying the regular BGSU tuition/fees for the 6-credit hours of coursework, students will also be required pay a program fee of $1,300.  This program fee includes housing for the duration of the program, meals, and all program excursions.  Students will be required to purchase their round trip plane ticket from Detroit to Japan (approximately $1,300-2,000). 

FINANCIAL AID
As this is a BGSU program, students that qualify for financial aid for a typical term at BGSU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of the summer program. Students should consult with a Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Financial Aid for specific details about aid eligibily and summer aid forms.  In addition, students with a valid FAFSA form on file at BGSU may also apply for an International Travel Grant through the Education Abroad office.  Additional information about the grant may be found in the scholarships section of the Education Abroad website (bgsu.edu/education-abroad.html).

CONTACT INFORMATION
Akiko Jones, Director of Asian Studies, Senior Lecturer
110 Shatzel Hall,  419-372-7136
jakiko@bgsu.edu