December 20, 2011

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) will hold a six-week summer intensive program in June-July 2012 with topics related to Japan after the 3/11 earthquake. While TUJ’s usual summer semester courses are 10 weeks long, this special short program is designed to fit academic calendars of various educational institutions of different countries, thereby making it easier for overseas students to attend. With a timely topic as well as official university credits awarded upon successful completion, it is expected to encourage college students in various countries to take advantage of their summer vacation and visit Japan.

This summer intensive program consists of three courses: (1) Rebuilding Japan: Social and Political Implications of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Crisis on Japanese Society, (2) Japanese Popular Culture, and (3) Practical Japanese for Non-Majors. Each course will have two or three intensive classes (six hours total) a week between June 6 and July 18, 2012. Students are recommended to take all three courses in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of modern day Japan, but enrollment in just one or two courses is also possible. Upon successful completion of each course, three academic credits will be awarded by Temple University.

Since the total length of stay in Japan can be less than seven weeks including orientation and other events, students who apply from overseas do not have to apply for a student visa*. This is expected to encourage students from overseas to come visit Japan during their summer vacation.

Japanese students -including those who come home temporarily from study abroad during summer break- can also enroll by meeting certain qualifications. This is a great opportunity for Japanese students to learn about their own country from different perspectives.

This summer intensive program is not only open to students. Anyone can enroll, regardless of occupation or nationality, as long as they meet the qualifications as non-degree-seeking students and prove to have college-level English writing skills.

Note: Only those who come from countries with which the Japanese government has a visa-waver agreement for a short stay of under three months.

  1. Rebuilding Japan: Social and Political Implications of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Crisis on Japanese Society
    Faculty: Kyle Cleveland (Associate Professor of Sociology who has visited affected areas many times since the 3/11 quake)
  2. Japanese Popular Culture
    Faculty: Patrick Galbraith (the author of The Otaku Encyclopedia)
  3. Practical Japanese for Non-Majors

    Faculty: Ryoko Osada (Instructor of Japanese Studies)

See course descriptions on the events page: Six-Week Summer Intensive Courses at Temple University, Japan Campus

For application-related questions, please refer to the admissions information on our website or contact TUJ Admissions Counseling (+81-3-5441-9800 / The application deadline is April 1, 2012.