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  • Locations: Okayama, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/27/2018
Rolling Admission 06/23/2018 07/10/2018

** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Luehrmann, Laura, Dr.
Supporting Department: Political Science Registration Term: Summer B
Language of Instruction: English Credit Hours: 3.0
Program Description:

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Program Description:

The Summer B 2018 Ambassador Program to Japan will spend 2.5 weeks exploring various cities in Japan. Some of the cities are: Kyoto, Okayama, Hiroshima, Nobeoka and ending in Chiba just outside of Tokyo. Students will be immersed in culture, language, art, culture, economics, and modern technologies. Participants will be guests of our partner universities and  be part of a group of students from Japan, Brazil and the US. Past participants have had the opportunity to experience Japan by attending festivals, museums, zen gardens, and temples. Moreover, they have also participated in martial arts demonstrations, traditional silk-dying, and jade carving. Students experience guided tours of ancient Japanese castles, taken part in a traditional tea ceremony with monks, visited a public bath, and tours factories and made their own udon noodles. Students have been able to meet with high ranking governmental officials, speak with a survivor of the WWII atomic bomb drop in Hiroshima, had tours of The National Diet and Bank of Japan in Tokyo.  Each year, this exciting experiential-learning program ends with a day at Tokyo Disney! This program is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Academic Course Information:japan

This program is open to all students of any major and will be offered in Summer Session B. There are no prerequisites for this program and  is open to anyone wishing to apply.
Students will meet as a group a few times before traveling to Japan, studying introductory Japanese language, customs, and political history.  Students are also responsible to complete all pre-departure materials required by the UCIE.
Students will register for 1 of the following 3 credit hour courses :

RST 2610: Regional Studies: Japan (Honors Section)
PLS 4700: Special Topics in International Relations
UH 4000: University Honors
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About the Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Laura LuehrmannDr. Laura Luehrmann is a professor of Political Science at Wright State University, where she also directs the graduate program in international and comparative politics.  She has served as the faculty advisor for the Model United Nations team, and is the past co-director of national orientation programs for American high schoolers traveling to Japan with the Youth for Understanding international exchange program.  She is extremely excited to return to Japan, where she lived as a high school exchange student (and where her interest in Asia began to blossom).  Dr. Luehrmann has lived in and traveled to many countries, including China (her primary area of research), Germany, and Spain. Her courses at Wright State include general education courses on the developing world, Chinese politics and foreign policy, political ideologies, social movements, and democratic transitions. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Luehrmann also regularly meets with personnel at Wright Patterson Air Force Base to lecture on China and the role of the US in Asia.  She is also an avid sports fan and enjoys coaching youth basketball and assisting with scout programs.   


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Meals and Accommodations:WSU Students in Japan

While in Japan, students will be on the move, staying in a combination of hotels, dorms, and a weekend home stays with a Japanese Families.  In most cases students will have western beds although they will sleep on a tatami mat at some locations.  Students will have many opportunities to explore authentic regional cuisines, however western food is often available. 

Accommodations and all meals (except 1 or 2 meals) are included in the program cost.
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Space is strictly limited to 10 students. Apply as soon as you can.  There are no prerequisites. An interview will be required of all applicants. Acceptance into the program will be based upon several factors including a 2.5 GPA, motivation, and interest in the program.
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Before You Leave:Building

Students will meet a few times as a group to prepare for travel.  Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation online a few weeks before departure.

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Getting There:

Students will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets to and from Japan. Students are highly encouraged to be on the same flight to arrive as the same time as the faculty program advisor and the rest of the group as there is only one scheduled time for airport pick-up.   

Student are free to arrive early or stay later but should be aware they are not part the program during those times and are not covered by WSU insurances. 

UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students.  They may be able to provide payment plan options: STA Travel and Student Universe.
Japanese Arch
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Program Costs:

The $100 application fee for this program has been waived!

The cost of the program is $2750. This  includes all lodging, all meals (except 1 or 2), travel within Japan, excursions, and health and accident insurance.

Not included expenses are tuition, airfare, passport application costs, 1-2 meals, and personal expenses. 

To officially reserve a spot on the program, you will need an application fee of $100 and a program deposit of $500
$1125 being due on March 1st
$1125 being due on May 1st 

All payments are non-refundable.
The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the program price by 10%.
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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.
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Passports and Visas:WSU Students in Japan

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with  UHP International Insurance through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Megan Trickler
University Center for International Education 

Faculty Program Advisor:
Dr. Laura Luehrmann
Professor, Political Science
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This program is currently not accepting applications.