Learn about the unique challenges facing Japan's environment firsthand!
Length: 4-5 weeks, from mid-May through mid-June
Eligibility: Minimum 2.5 GPA, open to college students of all majors
Language of instruction: English
Tuition discounts: Students attending a JCMU Consortium school pay a discounted rate
Summary: Learn about the unique challenges facing Japan's environment firsthand! This course will introduce you to many of the environmental issues facing Lake Biwa (the largest freshwater lake in Japan) and the region from a variety of scientific and socio-cultural perspectives. You will get the chance to study topics such as forestry & wildlife, water turbidity, conservation, pollution, sustainability, and more!
Location: Built as a castle town during the early 1600s, Hikone retains much of its original charm. Spend your time visiting sites such as Hikone Castle, one of only twelve Japanese castles to remain in its original construction. After a day of sightseeing, head back to our campus directly on the shores of Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan and the third oldest lake in the entire world.
Looking for modern conveniences? In Hikone's vibrant downtown area, you can chill out in large malls, eat at a wide variety of restaurants, and even sing your heart out at one of many karaoke shops. Want to explore other parts of Japan? The city is only a short train ride away from the cities of Kyoto and Osaka, and on the bullet train line to Tokyo.
Cultural demonstrations: Visit the local Japanese universities, travel the country with your classmates, and engage in weekly cultural activities right on JCMU's campus.
Field trips & other benefits: You will be provided with your own bike to use while on the program. In addition, you will have the chance to go on a field excursion with your classmates! The location & date of the excursion are subject to change on a yearly basis, but past students have been taken to Kyoto, Nara, Uji, and more.
You will take the following classes while you are on the program:
- (3 credits) Keystone course in environmental sciences: This course will introduce you to many of the environmental issues facing Lake Biwa (the largest freshwater lake in Japan) and the region from a variety of scientific and socio-cultural perspectives. Lectures are complemented by field trips and practical research activites. Past students have had lectures while exploring wildlife museums, hiking through forests, entering large caves, and so on.
- (3 credits) Introduction to Japanese culture & society: This course will present you with the opportunity to further explore the foundations of Japanese culture and society and how they shape the lives of the Japanese people, which will help you understand the culture that you will be living in. Classroom lectures will be enhanced with guest lectures, site visits, and Japanese cultural demonstrations and activities.
ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS AND MORE
Want to learn what past students have said about their time in Hikone? Or do you want to read about what our recent students have been up to? Then visit the Alumni Testimonials and Events sections of the JCMU Official Blog!