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Study Abroad in Japan

Summer Session: May 16 – June 4

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 17 day 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 then on to Kanazawa (aka little Kyoto) before heading back for a Ryokan experience in Tokyo.

The experience begins in Tokyo in the Asakusa area. This culturally rich area houses the Sensoji Temple and is our home base for exploring Tokyo with planned experiences including the Edo-Tokyo Museum, seeing the Sumo Wrestling Grand Tournament, teamLab*Borderless, the Ghibli Museum and more. 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 Seisen Jogakuin College and the University of Nagano to provide a range of experiences for students. The University of Nagano 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 range of cultural exchanges on and off campus.  Mizzou instructors will lead students on experiences including to Matsumoto city (to experience the ancient Matsumoto Castle and to visit the Matsumoto City Museum focused on the works of Yayoi Kusama), Obuse, Jigokudani Wild Snow Monkey Park, and more. We then head to Kanazawa, one of Japan’s most beautiful and well preserved cities. There we will visit another ancient castle (Kanazawa Castle), one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens (Kenrokuen Garden) and the Omicho market. We then return to Tokyo to stay in an authentic Ryokan (traditional Japanese lodging) to finish our time in Tokyo and Japan.

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 2020 semester. Summer 2021 fees may vary.

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.

  • Meeting dates to be announced.
  • 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