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  • Locations: Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Taipei, Taiwan & Tokyo, Japan
Early Fall 2017
August 14- September 4, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,495
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Jeffrey Hou, Makie Suzuki
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Sessions 12:30-1:30pm, Feb. 3, 2017 (Gould 100)
12-1pm, Feb. 13, 2017 (Gould 114)
  General This seminar will enable students to better understand how cities of East Asia support the everyday life of millions of residents and visitors; how they embody and reflect their distinct urban cultures and subcultures; and how they function as complex systems.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

Dense, compact, complex, and dynamic are words often used to characterize the urban landscapes of Asian cities. The fluid matrix of social life, urban spaces, and transportation networks along with proximity of activities and services clearly distinguishes the major Asian cities from their North American counterparts. The dynamism of Asian cities is best experienced on the ground with full exposure to the complex juxtaposition and overlay of movement, activities, scenery, and space. Through walking tours and “city sketching,” this traveling seminar will engage in a close-up examination of the urban landscapes of Taipei and Tokyo, two of the most iconic cities in East Asia. City sketching is a way of seeing, reading, interpreting, and documenting the city. Through site visits and sketching exercises, students will explore both the everyday landscapes of Tokyo and Taipei and their iconic structures and spaces. This seminar will enable students to better understand how cities of East Asia support the everyday life of millions of residents and visitors; how they embody and reflect their distinct urban cultures and subcultures; and how they function as complex systems.


Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan


In Taipei, the students will stay at the YMCA Hotel, conveniently located close to the city’s main transit hub. In Tokyo, the students will stay at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (aka, the Yoyogi Center), under the management of the National Institute for Youth Education. The facility is centrally located near Shinjuku. We have stayed there for all of our previous programs. Lodging cost is covered in the program fee.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is open to all students at the University of Washington. We expect that the diversity of students will enrich collective exploration and learning experience with students sharing different personal and professional perspectives. In the past, students from come from biology, computer science, fine art, and political science, as well as architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning. Selection of students will be based on achieving a desirable mix.

Knowledge and proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and/or Japanese is helpful, but not required for participating in the program.

This program requires extensive walking in dense and sometimes challenging urban environment with heaving pedestrian traffic. We will rely on public transportation (subway and bus) for getting around between locations. ADA facilities are generally available in public facilities in Taipei and Tokyo. But the density and crowded streetscapes and public transit system may pose a challenge.


5 Credits


L ARCH 495 Landscape Architecture Study Abroad (5 credits)

This traveling seminar brings students on an in-depth, on-the-ground examination of two major East Asian cities —Taipei and Tokyo. Known for dense neighborhoods, dynamic urban life, and overlays of historical and contemporary influences, Taipei and Tokyo together provide a gateway for investigating and comparing the complexity and nuances of urban life in Asia.

Learning Goals: 

  • To develop international and cross-cultural perspectives on the design of urban environment.
  • To develop a critical understanding of the making of Asian cities, using Taipei and Tokyo as two representative examples.
  • To develop skills in urban analysis and interpretation using sketching.

Program Directors & Staff

Jeffrey Hou, Department of Landscape Architecture, Program Director

Makie Suzuki, Department of Landscape Architecture, Program Director

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,495

Estimated Program Fee of $3,495, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,750* 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 $3,495 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.