If your first thoughts of Japan are Pokémon and Samurai, prepare to be blown away. A visit to the Kansai region of Japan introduces you to the special mix that thousands of years of Japanese history and culture can produce.  Once known as the cradle of Japanese civilization, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka flourish today as castles and temples age alongside skyscrapers and apartment complexes. Travel to Kansai Japan and be surprised by what you can discover from ancient and modern architecture, from visits to art museums, castles, ancient temples, and bunraku theater.  Learn more about popular culture and street food.  Reflect on Japan’s remarkable history of yesterday and its place in the globalized consumer culture of today.  

2018 marks the first year that the summer Japanese intensive language program will be followed by a ten-day study abroad program. Students have the opportunity to learn firsthand, to try out what they have learned in language study over the summer, to immerse themselves in the culture, and hopefully to inspire them to take more Japanese at an advanced level at Pitt.

The study tour is not limited to summer intensive language students.  Any interested student is eligible to apply.  Formal instruction will take place while on the tour and participants receive two credits for successful completion of the program. 

The estimated cost of the program is $3,500, which includes: roundtrip airfare, housing provided by Konan University, and entrance fees for cultural and academic visits. Generous stipends are available!

For more information about the study tour and to sign up by May 1st, contact Leslie Ann Smedley (smedley@pitt.edu) in the Study Abroad Office (http://www.abroad.pitt.edu/) or Elizabeth Oyler (eaoyler@pitt.edu) in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, or visit www.deall.pitt.edu/summer-programs.

To confirm your place in the program, you must email Leslie Ann Smedley by May 1st.  A $350 non-refundable deposit (that will be credited to the cost of your program if you participate) will be due by May 15th.