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Summer: Rutgers- Asia-Pacific Relations in Multi-Dimension (Japan)

Kyoto, Japan

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2020
Jun 13, 2020
Jun 27, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Junior
Rising Sophomore
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

ようこそ!Yōkoso! Welcome!

Assess how culture and history shape the policies of states and the worldview of citizens in this dynamic course that compares social movements in the United States and Japan. Gain an in-depth, experiential introduction to Japanese culture and society and the way these factors influence views of the state apparatus compared to the United States.


Program Location

Kyoto Summer



Modern Kyoto has a population of 1.5 million. Its economy is based on IT and other hi-tech industries—Nintendo has its headquarters here—as well as more traditional products like sake and kimonos. During your time in the city, be sure to walk the Path of Philosophy, which runs along a canal and is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Kyoto also has an active music scene, ranging from jazz to pop. If, on the other hand, you prefer the sound of your own voice, the nearest karaoke bar is never more than a mere stroll away.


To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here.  Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

End of the Cold War has shifted many priorities in international politics and with the Asian Economic Miracle, international attention has increasingly shifted towards Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific has emerged as a focal point of international economic and political experimentation and dynamism. Asia Pacific states, small and large, are noted for their incredibly rapid economic growth and relative political stability.

However, the image of a successful Asia-Pacific has been increasingly tarnished by more current developments such as slowing economies of Japan, charges of human rights abuses, pollution and environmental challenges, and nuclear instability in the region. China’s recent awakening as an economic powerhouse and flexing of its political muscles has led to the United States’ rebalancing attitude to Asia, as America tends to shift its focus to the Asia Pacific as its interests in the region are at stake. There are many opportunities and challenges that this region offers and one of the main goals of the course is to explore the driving causal factors of many tremendous changes overtaking the Asia- Pacific.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Summer 2019

May 16, 2019

May 29, 2019

Housing and Meals

The program fee includes accommodations in a hotel in central Kyoto, in double-occupancy rooms with other members of the program. Some group meals will be provided, but students will be able to buy food and groceries from local establishments as they explore the neighborhood and the city.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $3,490 $3,760
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

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.
Airfare $2,000
Meals $400
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $600
Total $3,100.00
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, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, 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.



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.