Application Deadline & Fee

                 Application for this program is closed

Program Dates

Course and Travel: May 8 - June 5, 2024     some readings for courses given a month before travel


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. It has efficient public transportation systems and students can explore the city by themselves during their free time.  On weekends, we have day trips 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 some famous and importance historical cities; Hiroshima, Nara, Kyoto, Tokyo & Nikko.   Local Japanese university students will take us on tours in Nara and Kyoto.     

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)

LANG 291R Independent Study (3 credits)

JPNS 2110 Conversational Japanese (3 credits)
  This course can only be taken by students who have already taken JPNS 251G


Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.5

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

Physical requirements: Walking to and from classes, walking and climbing stairs at historical sites and museums, and walking all day and climbing stairs during day trips. Train and bus rides, up to 3 hours.

Many visiting sites have no wheelchair accessibility.

Most of host families in Japan will have small children and they don’t allow smokers in their homes. Host families require participants to be fully vaccinated for COVID with four doses.

Each international destination has its own Covid-19 rules and it is the traveler's responsibility to find out what is required. UVU will not be responsible for covering the cost of hotel quarantine or COVID testing in foreign destinations. Students may be required to test negative for COVID 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. Students with significant physical or mental health needs should discuss their suitability for study abroad travel with their medical professional, UVU Student Health Services, UVU Accessibility Services, and/or family before making the decision to apply.

Estimated Program Fee*

Fee covers in-country housing and transportation, excursions and program side-trips, meals while staying with host families, some guides, international insurance. The program fee does not include the listed Additional Estimated Costs.


*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 study abroad tuition* ($990 for 6 credits at $165 per credit hour)
  • International Flight (approx $1200-$2000+)
  • Meals (approx $400 for meals when not staying with host family)
  • Transportation (approx $30 from airport in nagoya to Nagoya train station)
  • Discretionary spending (approx $100 - $500 based on personal spending needs)
  • Cell phone activation fee ($30)
  • Passport ($165)

Students over the age of 73 at the time of travel may be required to purchase a supplemental international health and evacuation insurance plan through GeoBlue (approx $200-$500+)

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for travel disruptions including lost luggage, possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit, missed flights, etc.

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


*UVU study abroad tuition is charged as an additional study abroad fee in your student account. It is separate from the study abroad program fee and regular UVU summer tuition. It is not factored into the "equal payment" calculation of the UVU Tuition Table. Study Abroad students are advised to only take study abroad courses during the block of their study abroad program.


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

Financial Aid 

Pell Grants and Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to the UVU Study Abroad Advisor (LA 111) and a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105).

UVU Faculty/Staff Dependent Tuition Waiver benefits may not be used to pay for study abroad tuition or fees.

Program Director


The program directors for this program are Yasuko Saito and Hillary Howell

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.