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UW-Platteville Short-Term Faculty-Led - Geography of Japan
Multi-city, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Website: Click Here for Additional Information
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 04/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students 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:
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:
     Hello Kitty & Student in Tokyo     Red gate at Miyajima in bay     Students in Mountains in Japan

Geography of Japan
Summer 2015: May 19-June 30*

May 19 - June 8, 2015 (1-3 credits)
May 19 - June 30, 2015 (6 credits)
*Dates are approximate and subject to change annually
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Course Description:

This Summer Field Seminar is collaboration between the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and the University of Kentucky Japanese Studies Program.  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 Kyoto.  Students have the opportunity to participate in a 3-week program (1-3 credits) 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 interact with Japanese homestay families and 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 Sapporo, Otaru, Hakodate, Morioka, Tokyo, Matsumoto, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and ending in Kyushu.
  • Complete field visits from Yatsushiro, including Minamata City and coastal areas and isolated mountain environments.

Academic Credit and Application procedures:

Students must apply through UW-Platteville’s Education Abroad office. 

  • Students will enroll in GEOG 3960 and will pay UW-Platteville Education Abroad application and administrative fees
  • Non- UW-Platteville students are responsible for getting transfer credit approval and are not eligible for the UW-Platteville International Study Scholarship.  Please visit the University of Kentucky’s Education Abroad page to learn about available UK grants.

Students Applying through UW-Platteville:

Level: 3000-level course work

Term: Summer 2015

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-week program will board rail cars throughout the 3 weeks staying in business hotels along the way.

Students on the 6-week program will board rail cars throughout the first 3 weeks staying in business hotels and then will be housed 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 $4,890*. This includes international airfare, 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 $5,555*.  This includes international airfare, 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, 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:

First payment and confirmation deposit of $2000 is due March 30, 2015.

Final payment of remaining balance due April 30, 2015.

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 Scholarship 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. 

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