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CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Year (Spring-Fall)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.75
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,Japanese


Arts +Sciences

TOKYO, JAPAN

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Program Overview

Take your arts and sciences studies a step further in a city that radiates light and energy (along with anime, Godzilla, and Hello Kitty). Prestigious Sophia University presents challenging academics and every level of Japanese language instruction you need – and plunges you into an international scene full of students both local and international. Add colorful trips to explore beyond Tokyo, and you’ve got one amazing global adventure.


Unique Experiences

TAKE GIANT STEPS

in your Japanese language skill, with classes at your level, from pure beginner or nearly fluent.

TAKE THE BULLET TRAIN

to explore Hiroshima’s famous Peace Memorial Museum and see firsthand, the impact of the world’s first atomic bomb.

SHARE CLASSES

and lasting friendships – with Japanese students.

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Excursions & Activities

  • Take a weekend trip to Hiroshima, where peace memorials, Peace Institute discussions, and bomb survivor stories bring history to life.
  • Visit the island of Miyajima, where a Shinto torii gate seems to float on water.
  • Find your Zen in an authentic garden of the same name.
  • Get involved in campus life by joining a club at Sophia University.
  • Academic-year students take an additional weekend to discover other regions like Sendai, Kansai or Inuyama , practicing the language while they explore.
  • Choose from a range of group cultural activities – there’s always more to see and do.

Projects

  • Volunteering:Just ask our team for suggestions, or perhaps you can find your own gig: helping at a local school; collecting food for homeless people, or offering support to disabled youth.
  • Cultural Reimbursement: Take advantage! We’ll reimburse you for the cost of attending Japanese movies, traditional music concerts, or theater performances, as well as visits to museums and sites.
  • Internships: We are happy to assist you with ideas for non-credit opportunities.




What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Japanese culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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Why CIEE

  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included

Questions?

Our highly experienced staff have extensive knowledge of all CIEE programs and services. If you are a student with questions about completing your application, or you want to sign up to receive program updates and news, our staff are happy to help.

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To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

UMD partners with CIEE to offer affiliate program options to UMD students across the globe. While you will maintain your UMD student status while you are away, you will work directly with CIEE program staff as a participant on their program. Your EA advisor will assist you with this process and can answer questions you may have about the application process.

Academics on a CIEE program
All CIEE courses are considered for transfer credit. However UMD cannot yet approve transfer credit for CIEE’s field studies, internships or experiential learning courses.  Study tours and classes offered on a pass/fail basis are not transferable.

Transcript from a CIEE program
UMD will require the CIEE School of Record transcript from Tulane University in order to apply your study abroad credits to your UMD degree. CIEE waives the fee to issue a School of Record transcript for UMD students. Please ensure that the transcript from Tulane University is sent to UMD Education Abroad at the end of your semester abroad. CIEE will provide instructions and deadlines for submitting your School of Record Request.

Costs & Billing for a CIEE program
The affiliate program costs apply to this program.  All fees are billed to your UMD student account unless otherwise noted. The following CIEE program fee discounts apply to UMD students: 

  • $2,000 off of CIEE semester program fee (MSI Grant)
    • Pell-eligible students are also guaranteed free airfare through the GAIN travel grant (see below)
  • $750 off of CIEE summer program fee (MSI Grant + UMD discount)
    • Pell-eligible students are also guaranteed free airfare* through the GAIN travel grant
  • Waiver of $500 school of record fee

As part of your program application to CIEE, you will pay a $50 application fee to CIEE directly. If accepted, you will then pay a $300 confirmation fee (deposit) to CIEE directly. The remaining CIEE program fees, including housing, will be charged to your UMD student account. You will be able to use any financial aid you receive from UMD towards these charges.

Scholarships
Scholarships for this program are available through the UMD Education Abroad Scholarship and for up to a maximum of $4,000 for the semester and $2,000 for the summer in CIEE Scholarships & Grants, including need-based awards, and automatic CIEE discounts and awards for UMD students (see above).

In addition to the guaranteed UMD student discount or MSI grant, CIEE competitive scholarships and grants, Pell-eligible students automatically qualify for the following:

  • *Guaranteed* GAIN travel grant, which covers the cost of airfare (up to $2,000) to your CIEE program site. 
  • Gilman Go Global Grant of up to $2,500 for semester programs and $1,000 for summer programs if you qualify and apply to the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship (regardless of whether or not you receive the Gilman scholarship).

To be considered for the CIEE funding, just check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your CIEE program application.

 

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 01/01/2019
Year (Fall-Spring) 2019 03/15/2019 01/01/2019
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 06/01/2019 03/27/2020 07/31/2020
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Year (Spring-Fall) 2020 10/15/2019 06/01/2019