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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
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 Location Tokyo, Japan
Spring Break 2017
March 20 - March 28, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $775 (includes airfare)
 Credits 1 UW credit
 Prerequisites Priority will be given to Foster School of Business undergraduate students already admitted to the business school. Applicants must be a US citizen or green card holder (special stipulations for green card holders apply).
 Program      Directors Kathryn Dewenter & Aaron Robertson
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline November 1, 2016
 Information  Session(s) Foster Study Abroad Info Sessions:
Thurs 10/6, 12:30pm, Dempsey Hall 233
Wed 10/19, 12:30pm, Paccar Hall 456

Please email Kathleen Allen ( at the Foster Global Business Center with questions or for an advising appointment about the program.
  General The Kakehashi Project is an exciting opportunity to visit Japan through an almost fully-funded, spring break study tour that focuses on Japanese business, economy, and culture. This program is supported by the Japan Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the UW Foster School of Business.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

The Kakehashi Project is an exciting opportunity to visit Japan through an almost fully-funded short-term study program made possible by the Japan Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the UW Foster School of Business. Kakehashi promotes people-to-people diplomacy between students in Japan and the United States, fostering an environment of inquiry and understanding between our two cultures.

The objectives of the Kakehashi Project include: - Promoting mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and the USA to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation. - Promoting a global understanding of Japan’s economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics and foreign policy, especially its industry and local products.

During this spring break program, students will travel to Tokyo, Japan where they will spend 8 days exploring the cultural, economic and business environment in Japan. The program will include the following types of activities: - Lectures on Japan’s history and culture - Talks and discussion on Japan’s economy and business culture - Visits to economic sites, high-tech and traditional industries, small to medium sized enterprises, and agricultural facilities - Possible company/industry visits include: Heavy industries like Mitsubishi, Toyota or Honda; Nintendo; Pharmaceutical companies; or a Sogo shosha - Traditional cultural experiences and cross-cultural events - Possible one or two night homestay

The primary audience for this program is Foster School of Business undergraduate students. However, students from other majors are welcome to apply.


Tokyo, Japan


Students will stay in hotels as well as possibly in a homestay for 1 or 2 nights of the program.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

Priority will be given to Foster School of Business undergraduate students already admitted to the business school. Students from other majors may apply. Students should never have traveled to Japan before. Applicants must be a US citizen or green card holder (special stipulations for green card holders apply). Students are required to attend all pre-departure meetings.

There are no language requirements or prerequisites.


1 credit


IBUS 490: International Business: Special Topics (1 credit)

Students will participate in several pre-departure sessions and an 8-day study visit to Japan. This course will include lectures, briefings, group discussions and site visits to introduce Japan. The course will prepare students to understand important aspects of international political economy and also examine contemporary Japan’s enterprise systems in a historical and cultural context.

The pre-program sessions and the in-country visit will introduce students to Japan, Japanese history, culture, and business and economic landscape. Students should learn about some of the challenges and opportunities facing contemporary Japan, especially from a business and economic perspective.

Students will be assessed on the following:

  1. Their presentation during our pre-program sessions;
  2. Their active participation in the program; and
  3. Their contribution to the blog with reflective posts.

Program Directors & Staff

Kathryn Dewenter, Department of Finance & Business Economics, Program Director

Aaron Robertson, Foster School Undergraduate Programs Office, On-Site Staff Director

Kathleen Hatch Allen, Global Business Center, On-Campus Advisor

Program Expenses

Cost: $775

Estimated Program Fee of $150, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($325), the Foster School Study Abroad Fee ($300), food (about $20/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($2/day), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

Airfare is provided by the Japan Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

*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
Foster School Study Abroad Fee $300 January 20, 2017
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $325 January 20, 2017
Program Fee Balance $150 January 20, 2017


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, one recommendation 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 $325 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.