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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 1 - freshman, 2 - sophomore, 3 - junior, 4 - senior
Housing Options: Dormitory Area of Study: History
Program Type: Study Abroad, USA Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
USA in Japan: History and Culture


Program Overview
The Department of History at the University of South Alabama will host a month long study abroad experience in Japan from June 6 to June 28th. Students will spend three weeks living and learning in Hakodate, Japan while taking two academic classes. The summer session in Japan is designed to give students the most efficient and economical immersion in Japanese history and culture. It takes as its classroom the city of Hakodate, an early treaty port, where the climate is mild, the costs of living are relatively low, and many historical sites are readily accessible, some within walking distance of our students’ housing and lecture space in the center of town. The academic content will center on two 400- level History courses, which are tailored to Hakodate and designed to enhance the experience of living there. USA History and Culture in Japan promises the greatest possible academic and personal enrichment. No Japanese language background is required.

Accommodations and Meals:
Participants will reside in centrally located hotels or hostels in Hakodate.  Daily breakfast is included in the program. Welcome and farewell dinners and some additional meals are provided.
 
Courses:
Students will take the following courses for a total of six credit hours:
HY 461: Studies in Asian History: Japanese History and Culture in Hakodate. Taught by Dr. Harry Miller
HY 494: Directed Studies in History: Study Abroad Journal. Taught by Dr. Harry Miller
None of the courses have prerequisites and are open to all qualified students. Students not currently enrolled at USA must complete application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program.
 
Program Costs:
The cost of the USA in Japan: History and Culture summer 2018 program is $5,499.  USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. The first 8 students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $750 for the program.

Program cost does include all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time, accommodations and meals as described above, welcome and departure dinners in Japan, specified museum entrance fees, and international health insurance and emergency assistance. Tuition for six (6) credit hours is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip.Program cost DOES NOT include international airfare. However, the Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance. 

All meals, other than specified dinners, are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel based upon individual spending habits. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase.

Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 28, 2018. In order to qualify for a USA Study Abroad Scholarship, applications and deposits must be made no later than the priority deadline of February 16, 2018.  Final payment deadline is April 9, 2018. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the on-line program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 16, 2018.
 
Financial aid and scholarship moneys may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2018. This program is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
 
Refund Policy: 

Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable, and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis. 

For additional information contact:
Dr. Harry Miller
Department of History
hsmiller@southalabama.edu 

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience::
1 2 3 4 5
Program Value::
1 2 3 4 5
Academic Experiences::
1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Experiences::
1 2 3 4 5
Housing::
1 2 3 4
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/28/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/06/2018 06/28/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.