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2017 Program Information

Faculty, Staff & Program Participants | Tomodachi Program | How To Enroll
Program Cost and What Is Included | Scheduling | Facilities | Flight Information


"This program gave me an even greater appreciation of all aspects of
Japanese culture."- 2012 Program Participant


Faculty, Staff & Program Participants:

In 2017, the program will offer an array of courses in various disciplines. The faculty along with the staff will be in Kyoto with the group. All of the teachers are familiar with international travel, are comfortable teaching in an international setting, and have seized the opportunity to adapt the specific subject matter of their courses to the enriching environment of Kyoto, Japan, and Asia. Students do NOT need to know any Japanese language in order to enroll!

Two program administrators, Mary Hicks and Noriko Ito Krenn, will accompany the program and will staff an office on location. Both will be available to facilitate participants and faculty and coordinate the logistics of the program. The academic director will also be on site to help with student and faculty questions regarding course work, accreditation, and other academic issues. Several additional Japanese speakers are able to assist with most Japanese language needs.   The participants of the UNO-Japan Program may come from all over the U.S. as well as from our host institution, Doshisha University. This program - due to its list of courses and the attractiveness of its setting - is able to accommodate a wide range of students, from the undergraduate to the adult learner. Often the most memorable experiences of our participants are the exchanges and interactions with their peers, teachers, and Doshisha University students (via the Tomodachi Program) in class as well as in daily life, the housing facility, the campus, student hangouts. . . and the friendships formed on this program are often lasting. Living and studying in Kyoto for five weeks, immersing yourself in the culture, getting to know your Japanese hosts, fellow students, and teachers will certainly leave students with a lasting impression and good understanding of this city, country, and culture.

Tomodachi Program:

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The program also offers a unique opportunity for our students to participate in what we call the "Tomodachi Program."

Tomodachi means "friend" in Japanese, and that is the primary goal of the Tomodachi program: to connect UNO-Japan students with local Doshisha students. This can lead to anything from basic language practice to friendship.

We accept applications from Doshisha students who can speak some English to volunteer, and then assign them to UNO-Japan students for meet-up during the lunch period (12:15 to 1:15 Monday through Thursday) on campus. Tomodachi program participants may then meet as often as they like, and often may make plans during evening hours and weekends to do extra things together. The name of the program was originally the "Lunchtime Partner Program," so if you wish to see pictures from prior years, they will be listed as such, and are on our "Pictures" web page.

"The Tomodachi program was a truly enriching component of the trip. Not only did I grow close to many of the American students, but to many Japanese students at Doshisha as well!" - 2012 Program Particpant

How To Enroll:

Students are required to enroll in two courses when they apply online and will earn six credit hours. All credits can be transferred to your home institution if you are not a UNO student. Remember: it is your responsibility to verify with your advisor and/or department that the credits you take on the program can be applied to your curriculum or course of study. If you are not currently enrolled in a university, you can apply for admission to UNO as a guest student (under the category of transfer student). You will need to fill out a university application for admission and meet the UNO Admissions requirements. All forms are available online (see application information).

"This trip changed my life, I have a broader world view now and have become more outgoing. I love Japan and have really enjoyed my time here!"
-Jessica Faucheaux, 2010 Program Participant

Program Cost and What Is Included:

The program fee is $4,495 for UNO students and $4,995 for guest students. The program cost is expected to cover:

  • Housing in a single room or double room (if desired, only 2 available)
  • Tuition and university fees for six credit hours (2 courses)
  • Application fee
  • Study Abroad health insurance
  • Guided city tour
  • Some class and program excursions
  • Opening reception and closing party
  • Weekly cultural activities and/or guest lectures
  • Tomodachi Program
  • Full-time staff on site
  • Use of computer lab (limited)
  • 30-day city bus pass for Kyoto
  • Credit transfer fee (for non-UNO students)

*Fees and services included may be subject to change. Such costs as airfare, passport fees, personal travel, or items/activities of a personal nature are not included.

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Program dates: May 21 - July 2, 2017
Online Intro Week: May 21-27, 2017

A week before arriving in Kyoto class will begin online (all students are required to complete the work required during this time period). In Kyoto classes will meet for 1.5 hours a day per course, Monday through Thursday. This schedule leaves Fridays for field trips, and Saturdays and Sundays for individual travel personal discoveries, or time off. During the week, there will be other planned activities such as weekly cultural activities and/or guest lectures, many of which will be optional. Be sure to check out the program calendar here.


We are using the classroom facilities on the Imadegawa & Shinmachi Campuses of Doshisha University (each within short walking distance of the housing facility), one of the oldest and most highly respected institutions of higher education in Japan. The campus is very centrally located in uptown Kyoto, just north of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The classrooms are modern, friendly, and comfortable.

For information on the housing facility, click here.

Click here to get to our calendar.


Flight Information:

In order to get to Kyoto, most will have to fly into Osaka's Kansai International Airport (KIX). There is a convenient train from Osaka to Kyoto (http://www.westjr.co.jp/english/travel/kix/index.html).

Students are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements. If possible, Mary Hicks will make her itinerary information available to program participants wishing to fly on the same itinerary. She will make this information available if necessary, and only if it is possible for her to do so. Accompanied travel is not included in the program, and is not guaranteed. Students should book their own return itinerary based upon when they wish to return.

When students are making their travel arrangements, they should keep in mind that the program starts on May 28th (arrival day) and ends on July 1st (participants should plan to depart on July 1, 2017), and that travel to Japan can span one or two dates. Pay close attention to dates when you book your travel! You should not plan to arrive any earlier than May 28th (unless you are able to reserve a room privately). To arrive in Kyoto on May 28th, you must leave the U.S. on May 26th or 27th (travel time of over 20 hours and a 14 hour time difference).

We strongly recommend you consider purchasing insurance for trip cancellation and baggage loss.  Please check with your travel agent for coverage and quotes.

Doshisha staff member Kamata-san enjoys his crawfish beads given to him by one of the '09 participants

For more information, please call or email us.
Office telephone: (504) 280-6388; or UNOJapan@uno.edu




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