Embedded Fall: Honors- Rutgers Meets Japan

Fukui, Japan

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Embedded Fall 2023
Jan 04, 2024
Jan 13, 2024
Aug 01, 2023
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing

This program is only available to Honors students (students in the Honors College or SAS Honors Program).  Students will enroll in a 3 credit Honors Interdisciplinary seminar + 1 credit study abroad course, for a total of 4 credits.

Applications for this program are no longer being accepted due to the high volume of applications received. Thank you for your interest!



Program Advisor

The Program

Explore Japan, old and new, as you extend your imagination to 150 years ago, when two Rutgers students from opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean discovered a friendship that bridged two worlds.

Applications for this program are no longer being accepted due to the high volume of applications received. Thank you for your interest!

The visit begins at Yokohama, a vibrant and cosmopolitan port city, where the first American missionaries laid their feet in 1859. We will visit the archives there and participate in gatherings with students and teachers at Ferris High School/University. The journey continues to Fukui, the home of Rutgers’ first Japanese student, to experience some of traditional Japan with Zen meditation at the temple, Japanese papermaking and more. We will participate in a Fukui University seminar and engage in activities with the students there. We conclude at Tokyo, the ever-changing capital city of Japan, as we follow the footsteps of Rutgers alumnus, William E. Griffis, and others who witnessed its rapid modernization in the late nineteenth century.

Japanese figure

Program Locations

Fukui Japan



In Fukui, the home of Rutgers’ first Japanese samurai student, we will experience some of the old, traditional Japanese culture (Zen meditation at the temple, Japanese papermaking, etc.). We will also join students and faculty at the Fukui University in their seminars and other activities.




We will begin our trip with a dinner at Chinatown in Yokohama, a vibrant and cosmopolitan port city, where the first American missionaries laid their feet in 1859. We will visit museums and archives and participate in gatherings with students and teachers at Ferris High School/University which was headed by Rutgers alumni in its early years.




Tokyo, the ever-changing capital city of Japan. In Tokyo, we will follow the footsteps of William E. Griffis, as we visit the ancient temple Asakusa and the University of Tokyo, where Griffis taught for two years before returning to the U.S.


Applications for this program are no longer being accepted due to the high volume of applications received. Thank you for your interest!

The field experience, led by Professor Haruko Wakabayashi (Asian Language and Cultures) and Dr. Fernanda Perrone (Alexander Library Special Collections), will explore Japan that William E. Griffis saw 150 years ago and the legacies of early Rutgers-Japan relationship that are present in Yokohama, Fukui, and Tokyo.  Through walking tours, museum and archival visits, and engagement in seminars and workshops with Japanese students and scholars, students will investigate the nature of early cultural contacts between the United States and Japan and the diverse perspectives through which the encounters have been remembered and told.

No knowledge of Japanese required. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

This trip is part of an Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar "Rutgers meets Japan: Revisiting Early U.S.- Japan Encounters". Students will register for this 3 credit course and add a 1 credit study abroad experience. 

Host institutions: Ferris Women’s High School/University (Yokohama), Fukui University, and Fukui Prefecture/City


How do Embedded Programs work?

The term "embedded" refers to the study abroad program that happens during a fall or spring semester and is tied to an in-person, on-campus course. Honors students are not able to register for the 3 credit course themselves through Webreg. They must submit an application via Study Abroad and only those students accepted will be given an SPN to register for the 3 credit course + 1 credit study abroad course. Students must participate in both courses. The course is capped at 16 students. 

Students will be notified of their acceptance into the 3+1 course around August 15th. They must leave room in their fall schedule, or drop courses in order to have space for the 4 credits earned through this fantastic opportunity. 

Housing and Meals

Students will spend time in Fukui, Tokyo and Kyoto. Students will share double rooms in hotels. Some group dinners/lunch are included. Students are responsible for other meals. 

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $1,250
Program Cost includes:

•    Housing
•    Most meals
•    Program excursions
•    In-country transportation
•    Administrative Fees
•    Emergency Insurance Abroad

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Meals $200
Personal Expenses $100
Airfare $1,300
Total $1,600.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

* A subsidy of $500 per student will be available to help cover airfare through Honors College and SAS Honors Programs.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. haruko Wakabayashi

Haruko Wakabayashi is a cultural historian of 12th-16th century Japan. Her interest lies in the social, cultural, and intellectual development of medieval Japan, and the use of visual sources in the study of history. She is currently working on medieval Japanese perceptions of natural disasters, and how these views were framed to serve various social and political circumstances in the late twelfth century.  She has also been working on medieval images of the foreign Other. Meanwhile, as a historian raised in a bicultural and bilingual environment (Japan and the U.S.) and having attended a Catholic international school in Yokohama, she has been intrigued by the history of early cultural encounters between Rutgers and Japan.

Her recent publications include The Seven Tengu Scrolls: Evil and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy in Medieval Japanese Buddhism (2012, University of Hawai’i Press) and “Disaster in the Making: Taira no Kiyomori’s Move of the Capital to Fukuhara” (2015, Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 70, No. 1). She has taught Japanese history, religion, and art history at Princeton University, the University of Alabama, and at Sophia University, International Christian University, Meiji Gakuin University, and the University of Tokyo in Japan.


Ph.D. Princeton University, 1995

B.A. Sophia University, Tokyo, 1989

Fernanda Perrone

Dr. Fernanda Perrone received her B.A. and M.A. from McGill University, D. Phil in history from Oxford University, and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University.  Since 1992, she has worked as an archivist at Special Collections and University Archives, New Brunswick Libraries (SC/UA), specializing in manuscript collections, especially the documentation of women's higher education and women=s organizations. In 2003, she was appointed Head of the Exhibitions Program at SC/UA and Curator of the William Elliot Griffis Collection, a special collection on Westerners in Japan and Japan’s sphere of influence in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.

Fernanda has published several articles related to the Griffis Collection, including “Invisible Network: Japanese Students at Rutgers during the Early Meiji Period,” Kindai Nihon kenkyu (2017); and “The Rutgers Network in Meiji Japan,” Rikkyo American Studies (2017). She also co-authored The Douglass Century: The Transformation of the Women’s College at Rutgers (Rutgers University Press, 2018).

In her community, Fernanda serves as vice president of New Brunswick Sister Cities, Inc., where she regularly collaborates with New Brunswick’s sister cities in Japan, Fukui and Tsuruoka. She has visited Japan six times.