Application Deadline & Fee

                 December 1; $75                          Application fee is non-refundable.

Program Dates

May 8 - June 7, 2023


Program Details

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Japan. With four weeks in this beautiful country, students will get the opportunity to listen to and speak Japanese language in real life situations. Experience how traditional and modern Japanese cultures are interwoven in the daily life of the local people, all while seeing the differences and similarities between American and Japanese cultures.

We stay in Nagoya and study Japanese culture and language for three weeks. Students will home-stay with Japanese families. During our stay in Nagoya we visit Japanese preschools, universities and nursing homes, and interact with Japanese people in different age groups and participate in activities with them. Several instructors from local universities are invited to classes and students participate in hands-on activities. On weekends, we have daytrips to selected historical sites, theaters, museums and festivals in Nagoya and nearby cities.

After our stay in Nagoya we have a one-week trip to selected cities, including but not limited to Hiroshima, Nara, Kyoto and Tokyo. Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan yet small enough to participate in activities safely and comfortably. It has efficient public transportation systems and students can explore the city by themselves during their free time. There are important historical and religious sites such as the Nagoya Castle and Atsuta Shrine, as well as world-renowned industries such as Toyota Motors and Noritake Ceramics in Nagoya and nearby cities. 

Program Sites:

Program Sites:

  • Nagoya
  • Hiroshima
  • Nara
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo
  • Nikko

Anticipated Curriculum

*Students are expected to take two courses while on this study abroad.

JPNS 251G Introduction to Japanese Culture and Society (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): None

LANG 291R Independent Study (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): None Listed

*JPNS 2110 Conversational Japanese (3 credits)
  This course can only be taken by students who have already taken JPNS 251G
  Prerequisite(s): Students need equivalent knowledge of JPNS 1020

UAS - University Advanced Standing - 24 credits completed, GPA 2.0 or higher MAT 1030 and ENGL 2010 or equivalent.

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.5

Prerequisite Course: JPNS 1010 or studies Japanese two years or more in high school

Physical requirements: Walking to and from classes, walking and climbing stairs at historical sites and muesums. Walking all day and climbing stairs during day trips. Train and bus rides, up to 3 hours. A short boat ride. Many visiting sites have no wheelchair accessibility. Must be able to wear a mask.

Each international destination has its own Covid-19 rules and it is the travelers responsibility to find out what is required. UVU will not be responsible for covering the cost of hotel quarantine or Covid-19 testing in foreign destinations. Students may be required to test negative for COVID-19 at their own expense by host countries as a condition for entry.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Education Abroad if you require such services.

Estimated Program Fee*

Fee covers in-country housing and transportation, excursions and program side-trips, meals while staying with host families, international insurance.


*This cost is tentative and based on the current exchange rate and program plans. This cost may be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations or program changes.

Additional Estimated Costs

The student is responsible for these additional costs
UVU tuition ($990 for 6 credits at $165 per credit hour)
Roundtrip international airfare (approx $1500-$2000)
Meals (approx $400)
Discretionary spending (approx $300)
Miscellaneous ($30 Cell phone activation fee)
Passport (approx $165)

Visa (TBD by Japanese government)

Students should  be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit.

All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.


There are some scholarship opportunities that are available from UVU and nationally. These scholarships are competitive and have varying application dates. Please click on the following here for more information.

Financial Aid 

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105). 

Program Director

Yasuko Saito

Yasuko Saito

Lecturer of Japanese

Professional Page


Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.