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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: VCU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA Required: 2.0 VCU Program: GLOBE Students only
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
2016 brochureTokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Matsue, Japan 
3 credits in Global Education (GLED 391)
5 July 2017 – 27 July 2018
$1,800 + airfare + applicable VCU tuition

Program Directors
Dr. Jill Blondin, Director, VCU Globe

Dr. Naomi Kagawa, Shimane University

Registration deadline: 15 April 2018

The Global Education Office and VCU Globe are pleased to offer its participants a unique opportunity to learn about intercultural communication in Japan, to visit museums and sites of cultural and historic importance in Japan, and to study alongside students at Shimane University. Students will participate in social and academic activities at Shimane University with Shimane University students. Participants will earn three credits for GLED 391.

Course and credit options
Students will earn 3 credits in GLED 391: VCU Globe in Japan
The Education Abroad office will enroll students in the course upon receipt of the registration and approval of course of study by the program directors.

Course description
Dr. Jill Blondin, Director of VCU Globe, and Dr. Naomi Kagawa, Assistant Professor of Education at Shimane University, have developed this “VCU-Shimane Global Summer Project,” a reciprocal, continuous education abroad program, in which students and faculty from Virginia Commonwealth University and Shimane University spend three weeks each in Japan and in Virginia. Together with students from Shimane University, VCU Globe students will visit sites in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, before participating in courses and activities in and around Shimane University in Matsue, Japan. The goal of this program is to enhance knowledge and to introduce tools and strategies for intercultural communication so that students become proficient communicators in intercultural settings inside and outside of the classroom. The uniqueness of this program lies in its emphasis on all participants living, working, and studying together. All students will learn about communication styles and characteristics of the cultural communities in the Richmond Metropolitan area and in Matsue, Japan. VCU Globe students will interact closely with students and visitors at Shimane University and in Matsue, Japan. Participants will encounter a wide range of individuals and groups of people and have direct and substantive contact with worldviews and experiences different from their own. 

Students must be current VCU Globe students (who have successfully completed GLED 101 prior to departure date) and must have, at minimum, a 2.0 GPA in order to participate in this VCU Globe study abroad program.  Students should expect to do a lot of walking especially in Tokyo.  There is often heavy rain in July and students should bring an umbrella.

Program cost:
$1,800 + airfare + tuition The program fee is $1,800 and includes the following:
• Shared accommodations in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Matsue • Some meals • Admissions to all excursions • In-country transportation to all excursions • Transportation from Tokyo Narita airport to accommodations in Tokyo • Study visits and tours • On-site Program Director support • Pre-departure orientation • International Student Identity Card • VCU administrative fees • Application deposit

The following are not included in the program fee. Students are responsible for:
• VCU tuition and fees • Some meals • Laundry • Passport application or renewal fee, if applicable • Personal expenses during the program estimated at $500 • Anything not specifically mentioned above

Airfare is not included.

Accommodations and Meals
Students will stay in a nearby hotel, and take public transportation to campus each day. They will have use of a Shimane University classroom. Students will be sharing their rooms with another VCU Globe student.

Program directors
The program is directed by Drs. Jill Blondin, Director of VCU Globe, and Naomi Kagawa of Shimane University. Both Drs. Blondin and Kagawa have experience leading groups of students on study abroad programs in Japan. Dr. Blondin has developed and implemented twelve study abroad programs.

Financial Aid
VCU students may apply for financial aid to participate in this program. Contact VCU Financial Aid, Harris Hall; phone 828-6669; or visit their website for more information.

Please visit the Funding Options section of the Education Abroad website for detailed scholarship information. Please contact the Education Abroad Office with questions about scholarships.

A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, please consult the State Department's website.
Payment of fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. This $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.
Students will receive one charge to their student accounts for this program reflecting the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and application fee). This bill will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear by May.
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.
Withdrawal procedures and financial commitment policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad. Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of or the entire program fee based on the following schedule:
  • Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.
Travel health
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, please visit the CDC's website.
Health Alert:  Zika Virus
The CDC has issued a travel alert for countries where the Zika virus is prevalent.  Check the CDC’s travel notices regularly as new countries are being added to this list.  Check VCU Student Health to stay updated as well.

VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Please visit their website for full details.


Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.