Study Abroad in Japan 2018

Learn, experience and explore in Japan
Deadline to enroll: March 15, 2018

May 21 - 25 (Course taken at Glendale Community College)
May 27 - June 10 (Trip and course taken in Japan)

Expand your understanding of Japan by immersing yourself in its intricate mix of traditional and modern culture! This study abroad program will take you to Tokyo, which is world famous for its rich, unique culture, tradition, and dedication to technological advancement.

The daily schedule in Tokyo will include morning instruction in the Japanese language and culture, followed by visits to Tokyo’s traditional and popular hot spots such as Asakusa, Harajuku, the Ghibli museum, and Akihabara. You will also experience hand-on academic activities which include the tea ceremony, cooking, and museum visits in the afternoon. You will spend weekends exploring historically and traditionally rich sites such as Kyoto (the Kiyomizu temple, Kinkaku-ji, and the Fushimi Inari shrine), Nara (Todai-ji), and Nikko (the Toshogu shrine), as well as the Peace Memorial Museum, dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II.

You will stay at a Japanese style inn where you will experience traditional lifestyle and hospitality, incorporating elements such as tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style baths, and washoku for breakfast, which UNESCO designated as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage. This study abroad program will provide you with a great opportunity to experience a life-changing adventure.

Program Costs

Program cost is $2,726 with in-state tuition rate, provided 15 students enroll.

What’s Included:

  • Group airport pick-up and drop-off at Narita International Airport
  • On-site orientation with snacks
  • Housing in Japanese-style hotel, breakfast included
  • Hotel in Kyoto
  • Group transportation
  • Internet in the classroom and hotels
  • Excursions to Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, and Nikko with tour guides and entrance fees
  • Cultural activities - cooking class and tea ceremony
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition ($258.00 in-state tuition; $975.00 out-of-state tuition)
  • Registration ($15.00)
  • Course fee ($3.00)
  • Program fee ($2,450, provided 15 students enroll)

What's not included:

  • International airfare
  • Passport
  • Textbook
  • Personal expenses


5/21-24, 2018
9a-12p at GCC

Travel & Class:
5/27-6/10, 2018



*With in-state tuition; provided 15 students enroll



March 15, 2018

See Schedule of Important Deadlines

Information Sessions:

  • October 17, 2017
  • October 24, 2017
  • November 14, 2017
  • January 30, 2018
  • February 20, 2018
  • March 6, 2018

​1:00 p.m. in CL-42
See map of CL building


Course Offered:

JPN 115
Beginning Japanese Conversation

(3 credits) (Prerequisites: none)

The Japan Study Abroad program is open to students from any of the Maricopa Community Colleges as well as community members. 

Map of Japan