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Titlesociology italy
Location Tokyo, Japan
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 26 - September 16, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,450
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors David S. Goldstein |
Christopher Lowy |
Program Manager Ruby Machado |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Wed, Jan. 17 at 3:30 (UW1-103 UW Bothell)
Thurs, Jan. 18 at 3:30  (MGH 211)
Tues, Jan. 23 at 12:00  (MGH 211)
Thurs, Feb. 1 at 12:30  (MGH 211)
General This three-week interdisciplinary course will explore the complex and shifting web of narratives surrounding Japanese national identity from a variety of perspectives, including history, politics, race, gender, age, religion, art, culture, and food.

Program Description

Students will study in Tokyo, Japan and will have access to Waseda University’s network. 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.

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). Kyoto and Hiroshima are also destinations.




Tokyo, Japan


Kyoto and Hiroshima


The National Olympic Complex has been the location of several UW programs. It’s a safe, clean, affordable, centrally located and provided many amenities for the students (cafes, restaurants, computer, pool access, safety, etc.).



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



;"5 UW Credits


Honors 384: Constructing Identity: Comparing National Narratives in Japan and the U.S (5 Credits)

This three-week interdisciplinary course will explore the complex and shifting web of narratives surrounding Japanese national identity from a variety of perspectives, including history, politics, race, gender, age, religion, art, culture, and food. Students will reflect on Japanese and American commonalities and differences relating to identity construction, both historically and currently. Students will attend lectures by faculty and have opportunities to meet current students studying at Waseda University. Students are expected to maintain a research and reflective portfolio and will present their final paper and reflection at the end of the program. Course components include: pre-departure readings and lectures; classroom time at National Youth Center (NYC) and Waseda University; excursions within Tokyo as well as to Hiroshima and Kyoto; readings, assignments, research, writing posts; reflection; individual check-ins with instructors; and free time for exploration.

Cultural Sensitivity – on this program you will be a visitor and guest in cultures other than your own. You will be living, studying and traveling in places with different political and religious views, different socio-economic dynamics, and historical (and ongoing) controversial relationships with the United States. You will also be at times traveling among a large and conspicuous group of North Americans. For these and other reasons, being a responsible, conscious and sensitive traveler and guest is critical.

Learning goals include:
VLPA/I&S/W/DIV;Honors Core Interdisciplinary Credit



David S. Goldstein, Program Director

principal lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at UW Bothell. Dr. Goldstein teaches classes in film, ethnic literature, and American culture: race, ethnicity, and immigration. David has researched and taught in Japan, collaborating with colleagues at Waseda University, Tokyo.

Christopher Lowy, Asian Languages and Literature, Graduate Student Assistant

Ph.D. student in Modern Japanese Literature at the University of Washington. He is fluent in Japanese and has lived in Japan for a number of years



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,450)
  • Food (about $35/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad 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 online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.