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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2017 02/24/2017
Rolling Admission 05/14/2017 05/28/2017
NOTE: The original application deadline of 2/10/2017 has been extended to allow new applications to be submitted for consideration on a space-available basis. Applications submitted after 2/10/2017 will be reviewed in the order they are received until 2/24/2017 or until the program reaches capacity. To receive optimal consideration, be sure to complete applications as soon as possible.

Those traveling on U.S. passports generally do NOT need a visa. Those traveling on passports issued by any country that does not appear on the Exemption of Visa list likely will need a visa. Students who need a visa should consult with the JCMU East Lansing office before creating a new application to confirm that there will be sufficient time to process the visa prior to departure for the program.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Areas of Study: Anthropology, Japanese Art, Japanese Cultural Studies & Activities, Japanese History
Housing Type: Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Minimum Japanese Language Requirement: None
Program Description:
The application deadline has been extended! We will continue to accept applications until Friday, February 24th, and will review them on a rolling basis.

Course Description
– This course will offer a comprehensive overview of the sociocultural characteristics of contemporary Japan, as they are expressed in Japanese cultural heritage, observed in museums and monuments. 

Using an anthropological approach, students will explore the various factors that have shaped the country Japan is today--its environmental setting, geographical characteristics, historical framework, myths of origin, and socio-political institutions. Japanese language,  values, social structure, economics, and politics  will all be examined as “compass points” of Japanese culture from which students will analyze their own chosen aspects of Japanese cultural heritage.

Instructor – E. L. (Liza) Cerroni-Long, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Eastern Michigan University

Cultural Opportunities – Site visits are likely to include (among others):
  • An original feudal castle
  • Historic ninja dwellings
  • Shigaraki pottery kiln
  • Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple in Kyoto)
  • The Kyoto National Museum
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum

Housing - Students will live primarily in the JCMU apartments. The JCMU student apartments are designed for double occupancy. Each furnished apartment consists of two private bedrooms/ studies and a shared kitchen, dining area and bathroom. The residential building also includes a computer lab, wireless internet, laundry room, TV room, weight room and lounge. Bicycles are provided to each student for ease of transportation and to explore the beautiful surrounding lakeside area and Hikone city.

Scholarships: All students coming from one of our Consortium schools (Michigan's 15 public universities) will receive an automatic $200 Consortium Scholarship towards their  program fees! To see if your school is a member of our Consortium, please visit our Consortium Scholarship webpage.

This program is currently not accepting applications.