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Study Abroad in Japan

Summer Session: May 19, 2019 – June 9, 2019

Japan Study Abroad Interest Form - Submit your contact information to receive more information about studying abroad in Japan. Review trip presentation (PDF). Connect on Facebook

Japanese Food and Culture

Japan, specifically Nagano Prefecture, is known for having the longest lifespan in the world. In addition, Nagano Prefecture is a sister state of Missouri and has been for over 50 years. This three-week immersion experience will introduce students to the benefits of the Japanese lifestyle through food, culture, and physical activity. The course will begin in Tokyo before heading to Nagano, where the majority of our experiences will occur, and will end in Tokyo before returning home.

The experience begins in Tokyo in the Asakusa area. This culturally rich area houses the Sensoji Temple and is our home base for exploring the Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Skytree, the Edo Tokyo Museum, the Tsukiji Market, and Harajuku Street (known for street fashion). There will be ample time for students to explore the area on their own to gain a familiarity with an urban Japanese environment during this time before taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagano City.

japanese temple

While in Nagano City, instructors from Mizzou have partnered with the Nagano Prefectural Government, the Nagano Prefectural College, and Seisen Jogakuin College to provide a range of experiences for students. The Nagano Prefectural College will be providing a lecture on food culture as well as a cooking class and will facilitate a cultural exchange opportunity with students from the college. Seisen Jogakuin College will arrange for several cultural classes including a Kimono Ceremony, a Tea Ceremony, a Calligraphy class, and a class on Floral Arrangement. In addition, students from Seisen Jogakuin College will accompany Mizzou students on a trip to Obuse via the Jigokudani Monkey Park where students will have an up close and personal experience with snow monkeys. Mizzou instructors will lead students on additional excursions to Iiyama, which is home to the Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum, and Matsumoto City where they will visit several museums and explore Matsumoto Castle. In addition, students will learn to make soba noodles while in Nagano City as well as visit a local elementary school for lunch and participate in a Hazo-zen Etiquette Lunch. Perhaps the highlight of the trip occurs on the way back to Tokyo from Nagano City when students will experience a Farm Stay experience in the Tateshina region of Nagano Prefecture. Groups of students will experience a traditional Japanese home for an overnight stay that includes hands-on experiences working in agricultural fields before heading back to Tokyo via Shinkansen.

The return to Tokyo includes a visit to Kappabashi Street (a long street that houses several dozen stores selling restaurant and home cooking supplies), a visit to the Ghibli Museum, and optional activities such a visit to Akihabara, which is known for its Otaku (anime, manga, cosplay, etc.) or exploring the city further. Our last night in Tokyo will include a group dinner and a group reflection of the experience.

Students will earn three credit hours by participating in educational classes held by the Nagano Prefectural College and Seisen Jogakuin College as well as numerous Instructor-led excursions in Nagano Prefecture and Tokyo. Students will be routinely required to read in the course texts, provide written responses to instructor provided prompts and participate in informal discussions during activities. Prior to leaving for Japan, students will be required to prepare for and attend two training sessions to familiarize themselves with the particulars of the program and basic Japanese culture, food, and etiquette.

Students must enroll for a minimum of three credits.

Missouri Residents: Non-Missouri Residents:
Missouri Resident Cost Overview (PDF) Non-Missouri Resident Cost Overview (PDF)

* Based on fees for the Fall 2018 semester. Summer 2019 fees may vary. Non-Missouri residents pay an additional $569 per credit hour.

For questions, contact Laura Franklin, Business Support Specialist II
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
204 Gwynn Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-8550
Fax: (573) 884-4885

The financial aid that is typically available for regular classes at MU should apply to the cost of the program. Additional grants, loans or scholarships may be available to offset the extra costs incurred in this program. Please see the advisor for study abroad financing at the MU Financial Aid Office for more complete information.

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Non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold a place in the program. The deposit money will be billed to your student account once you submit your online application.

  • Attend the informational meetings on:
    • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 12-1 pm in Gwynn Hall, Room 327
    • Monday, November 12, 2018 from 5–6 pm in Gwynn Hall, Room 327
  • Textbooks will be identified at a later date.
  • Japan Study Abroad Interest Form - Submit your contact information to receive more information about studying abroad in Japan.
  • Connect on Facebook

Course instructors:

Christopher Hardin, PhD
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
(573) 882-4288

Tina Roberts, MS, EdS
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
(573) 882-1039