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UWP - Geography of Japan
Multi-city, Japan
Program Terms: Summer
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 Area of Study:
Agriculture, Biological & Environmental Sciences, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Ecology, Environment and Society, Environmental Management, Geography, International Studies, Japanese
 Program Type:
Study Abroad
 Program Model:
Short-Term Faculty-Led
 Language(s) of Instruction:
 Minimum GPA:
- Other, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
 Years of Eligibility:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

Geography of Japan
Summer 2014: May 20-July 1*

*Dates are approximate and subject to change annually
Course Description:

This Summer Field Seminar is collaboration between the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and the University of Kentucky.  The course is built around the examination of the physical and cultural geography of Japan.  The course is designed to cover various regions of Japan, examining physical and cultural differences and likenesses among outer regions and such well-known areas as Tokyo and Osaka.  Students have the opportunity to participate in a 3 week program (1-3 crdits) or to extend the experience and participate on a 6 week program (6 credits).

The 3 week program consists of travel on the rail system between Hokkaido and Kyushu.  Extending the program to 6 weeks gives students the opportunity to experience the campus of IEC Kyushu Kokusai College in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto (near Nagasaki), Kyushu. 

The field seminar provides a unique opportunity for students to conduct field studies and research on a variety of critical issues facing Japan's environment, culture, and economy. 


  • As a traveling program students will experience a wide variety of landscapes in Japan, visiting and observing multiple Japanese cities, regions, and cultures.
  • Travel from north to south visiting Sapporao, Hakodate, Morioka, Lake Towada in Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and ending in Fukuoka.
  • Complete field visits, including Minamata City and coastal areas and Kirishima National Park.

Academic Credit and Application procedures:

Students may either apply through UW-Platteville’s Education Abroad office or apply directly through University of Kentucky. 

  • Students who apply through UW-Platteville will enroll in GEOG 3960 and will pay UW-Platteville Education Abroad application and administrative fees and University of Kentucky program fees.
    • Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2014
  • Students choosing to enroll directly through University of Kentucky are responsible for getting transfer credit approval and are not eligible for the UW-Platteville International Study Grant.  Please visit the University of Kentucky’s Education Abroad page to learn about application requirements and program costs.
    • Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2014

Students Applying through UW-Platteville:

Level: 3000-level course work

Term: Summer 2014

Prerequisites: Must have 2 semesters of college credit completed at time of application
                        2.5 GPA

Application Materials required:  two letters of recommendation and Statement of Purpose

Course load: 1-3 credits for 3 week program, 6 credits for 6 week program

Grading: A-F only, cannot be audited; must be enrolled in course for credit

Students will receive credit for GEOG 3960.  This course satisfies the criteria for General Education Requirements in International Education if taken for 3 credits.  If taken for less than 3 credits, other credits from other courses must be used to obtain the 3 credit total. 

Program Instructors:

Dr. H. Todd Stradford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the UW-Platteville. 

Dr. P.P. Karan is Professor of Geography and co-Director of the Japan Studies Program at the University of Kentucky.

Housing and Meals:

Students on the 3-wek program will board rail cars throughout the first 2 weeks and then will be housed in hotels for the final week.

Students on the 6-week program will board rail cars throughout the first 2 weeks and then will be housed in a hotel for one week.  Students will live with local families for the remaining 3 weeks.

Meals are out-of-pocket expenses except during the home stay (6 week program) when breakfast and dinner will be provided. 

Program Fees:

A $50 non-refundable application fee is due before your application can be reviewed.

The estimated program cost for 3 weeks is $4,471*.  This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, rail pass, hotel accommodation, excursions and site visits, and emergency medical and accident insurance. 

*Program cost based on 4 students

The program cost for 6 weeks is $4,983*.  This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, rail pass, hotel accommodation, excursions and site visits, host family placement, Fukuoka trains costs, Kumamoto entries, and emergency medical and accident insurance. 

*Program cost based on 4 students

Cost DOES NOT include passport, transportation to gateway airport, international airfare, meals, textbooks, and personal spending. Out-of-pocket estimated costs: $2850-$3000

  • Fees may change based on final enrollment, changes in fuel prices, and exchange rates
  • Fee differentials apply for non-WI/MN residents ($100) and TSI students ($40)
  • Veterans: Please contact the Education Abroad office if you have eligibility under the Wisconsin GI Bill

Payment Schedule:

A first deposit of $1500 is due February 15, 2014.

  • Second payment is due March 15, 2014.
  • Third payment is due April 15, 2014.

Cancellation Policy:

Students who withdraw prior to the first deposit, and have already made payment(s), will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable $50 application fee).  Students who withdraw on or after the date of the first deposit will be financially responsible for a $115 Education Abroad administrative fee and all non-recoverable expenses.  Non-recoverable expenses include anything UW-Platteville has paid for on behalf of the participant and is unable to recover from an organization or vendor.  Students who withdraw on or after the program start date will be financially responsible for the entire program fee.

Grants and Scholarships:

Apply for the UW-Platteville International Study Grant by visiting the Education Abroad website.  Applicants must show financial need on their FAFSA to qualify. Grant awards will be dispersed into student's PASS account approximately two weeks before program departure.


Passports should be valid for at least six months after program end date.  To learn more about applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.


Visas are not required for U.S. citizens to enter Japan for this program.  Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for determining visa requirements for your country of citizenship. 

For more information:

UW-Platteville Program Instructor:
Dr. H. Todd Stradford
Geography and Geology
Phone: 608-342-1674
Office: 262 Gardner Hall

Education Abroad Program Coordinator:
Krista Uhrig
Phone: 608-342-6151
Office: Royce Hall 102

This program is currently not accepting applications.
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