Study Abroad


Trans-Pacific Encounters: U.S. Cross-Cultural History with Japan

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2015-16 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4661
SAU Course Equivalency:  IS210, Selected Topics in Culture and Civilization (four credits)
Instructors: Dr. Louise Edwards-Simpson, Asst. Professor of History and D'Ann Urbaniak Lesch, Assistant Director of St. Catherine University's Community Work and Learning program, St. Catherine University
Dates: January 3-25, 2016. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Kyoto, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Yokahoma, Honolulu
Price: $7,415 (subject to change)

Program description

This course will travel to Japan for two weeks and to Hawaii for a third, to visit important historical and cultural sites as we aim to understand the partnership, conflict and mutual fascination that developed between the nations of Japan and the United States, starting in 1853 with the opening of Tokyo harbor, extending to the Edo period of rapid modernization and Japanese emigration to Hawaii, through the World War II era and on into the present day. In addition to our site visits, we will meet with local academics and share classroom experiences with Japanese college students in the cities of Yokohama and Hiroshima, and we will read creative and historical works by Japanese, U.S. and Japanese-American authors as we seek insight into the complex connections between these two nations.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Transportation and course arrangements as indicated
  • Accommodation in twin and triple rooms
  • Meals - most breakfasts and some lunches and dinners
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals - most lunches and dinners - estimated cost is $753.
  • Personal baggage fees

How to apply

Application deadline - April 13, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application. 
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload the form into your online application or submit it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Choose an airport and fill out a Deviation Form (pdf). 
Step 4: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • April 13, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Deposit checks should be made payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL. 
  • November 1, 2015: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SPRING 2016 term.

Payment details

  • Read the UMAIE Rules and Procedures regarding additional payment policies.
  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.