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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
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 Location Tokyo, Japan
Early Fall 2017
August 28 – September 18, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,450
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Julie Villegas; Peter Moran
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) 12:30, January 5, MGH 211 and 3:30, Feb. 20, MGH 211
  General Students will learn about Japanese history, culture, and arts as a foundation to the program focus on identity construction and citizenship policy in Japan and the U.S.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

Students will learn about Japanese history, culture, and arts as a foundation to the program focus on identity construction and citizenship policy in Japan and the U.S. The recent elections and the identity politics that emerged in the U.S. are foundational text for investigation of Japan’s construction of race and gender related to national identity. Students will reflect on Japanese and U.S. commonalities and differences relating to identity construction and migration/immigration policy, both historically and currently.

There will be visits to monuments and memorials such as the controversial Yasukuni War Memorial and the Edo-Tokyo Museum. The program will also investigate the changing identity of Japan (what remains and what is shifting) through the eyes of Japanese youth. Site visits include Harajuku and Shinjuku districts and there will be an excursion via express train to the nearby shrines and temples of Nikko and Kamakura (and possibly Hakone).


Tokyo, Japan


Students will stay in a youth hostel in central Tokyo. Housing recommended and coordinated by partners at Waseda.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is open to students in the Honors Program and students across campus. The program is focused on recruiting a diverse group of students, especially those students who have an interest in global leadership and Japanese/U.S. relations.

The program welcomes students of all majors, freshmen-seniors. Freshmen are especially encouraged to apply.

Acceptance into the program will be decided based on application materials, interviews, and student's demonstrated motivation to challenge themselves intellectually across academic disciplines and cultures and to work collaboratively in small groups.

There are no prereqs or language requirements, although the program directors will encourage students to learn basic words and phrases in Japanese.

There are no physical requirements beyond the ability to travel through the city by foot, train, tram, and bus. There will be many days where students will be on their feet, walking through the city, for much of the day.


5 Credits


Honors 384 (5 credits): Construction of Japanese Identity: a comparative look at national narratives in Japan and U.S.

The recent elections and the identity politics that emerged in the U.S. are a contemporary foundational “text” for investigation alongside Japan’s construction of race and gender as they relate to national identity. Students will reflect on Japanese and U.S. commonalities and differences relating to identity construction and migration/immigration policy, both historically and currently. Students will hear from Japanese professors and graduate students, as well as Japanese students. They will also need to be close observers of Japanese culture and life during their time in Tokyo, and use those observations to fuel their reflections on national narratives. Students are expected to maintain a research and reflective portfolio and will present their final paper and reflection at the end of the program.

Learning Goals: 

  • Students will reflect on ways in which both Japanese and U.S. society tell compelling—and sometimes contradictory— stories about themselves. How is nationalism expressed? Where is the “real” nation located, and what is it defined against? How is an oppositional identity constructed?
  • Monuments, popular art forms, sites of national “pilgrimage,” museums: students will learn how to examine these critically and historically, rather than view them as static representations of facts.
  • There will be both group and individual work. Students will be asked to engage in anthropological observations during their time in Tokyo, and are expected to maintain a research and reflective portfolio. Students will present their final paper and reflections at the end of the program.

Program Directors & Staff

Julie Villegas, University Honors Program, Program Director

Dr. Villegas, Associate Director of the University Honors Program, International Programs and affiliate assistant professor of English, manages the Global Leadership Fellows Waseda Program. In 2015, she was recipient of the International Educators Fulbright Fellowship to Japan. Her research interests are in the areas of border studies and critical mixed race identity politics.

Peter Moran, UW Study Abroad, Program Director

Peter Moran is the Director of UW Study Abroad. He has most recently co-led a short term (9 days) program to Japan through the Kakehashi project over Spring break 2016. He has worked with partner universities in Japan on behalf of UW, most importantly Waseda University in Tokyo. His academic research focused on identity and modernity; national and (transnational) cultures; and the politics of cultural representation.

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,450

Estimated Program Fee of $3,450, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $40/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,500* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,450 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.