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  • Locations: Okayama, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/30/2019 07/16/2019

** 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:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Wamwara, Wakiuru, Dr.
Supporting Department: Business, Raj Soin College of Registration Term: Summer B
Language of Instruction: English Credit Hours: 3.0
Payment Value 1: 100
Program Description:

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Program Description:

PLEASE NOTE!!  The dates of this program are estimated and are subject to change slightly.

The Summer B 2019 Ambassador Program to Japan will spend 2 weeks exploring various cities in Japan. Some of the cities are: Okayama, Hiroshima, 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, visiting museums, zen gardens, and temples. Moreover, students have also participated in martial arts demonstrations, traditional silk-dying, and jade carving. Students experienced guided tours of ancient Japanese castles, took part in a traditional tea ceremony with monks, visited a public bath, and toured 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 (senate) and Bank of Japan in Tokyo. This program is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Academic Course Information:

Students will meet as a group a few times before traveling to Japan, for pre-departure orientation that will cover basic introductory information such as language, customs and political history of Japan. Note: Fluency in Japanese is not a requirement of participation. Selected students will also be responsible for satisfactory completion of UCIE pre-departure requirements. In order to earn WSU credit, students will register for one of the following 3 credit hour courses.

RST 2610:  Regional Studies: Japan
UH 2020:    Studies in the Social Sciences (Honors Course)
UH 4000:    University Honors Seminar (Honors Course)
MKT 3300:  International Marketing
MKT 4850:  Special Topics in Marketing (Global Society: Cultural, Business, Technological and Political Aspects in Japan)

Japans Technology & TraditionJapan's Technology and Tradition

Japanese CultureJapanese Culture
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About the Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Wakiuru WamwaraDr. Wakiuru Wamwara is an associate professor of marketing at the Raj Soin College of Business and Economics where she teaches international marketing courses.  Dr. Wamwara has extensive experience travelling with college students. She has served as advisor to the American Marketing Association –WSU’s chapter where she has travelled with students to New Orleans for 5 years.  Dr. Wamwara is also the advisor to the Association of Black Business Students (ABBS) and has travelled to New York City with ABBS. Additionally, Dr. Wamwara is uniquely prepared to understand U.S. students’ experiences overseas since she taught on Semester at Sea (SAS), a program that took her to over 17 different countries over the course of four months. On SAS, she led multiple student groups all over the world, in countries as diverse as Ghana, Brazil and Argentina. Dr. Wamwara speaks four languages and is an avid traveler who has been to over twenty countries. Dr. Wamwara is a past Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellow and is on the Fulbright Specialist roster as an African Region Specialist for a tenure of 3 years ending in 2020.  Dr. Wamwara has been a regular guest speaker at Wright Patt Air force Base.  Dr. Wamwara is really looking forward to going to Japan and is excited about the opportunity to introduce/experience Japan’s unique culture, history and cutting technology with WSU students.


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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 stay with 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 cost of the program is $1900. This will include all lodging,  all but 1 or 2 meals, 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
$700 is due on March 1st
$700 is 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.  UC citizens do NOT require a visa to travel to Japan.  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. Wakiuru Wamwara
Associate Professor of Marketing
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