Centre In Japan
Internationalizing College Faculty Through Study Abroad
Milton Reigelman, Director of International Programs
In the last decade, virtually every college and university in the country has added “global citizenship” or “cross-cultural learning” or “international focus” to its mission and strategic plan. To support this new emphasis, faculties and administrators across the country have worked furiously to “internationalize” their curricula in various ways: by setting up programs in Islamic studies or world ecology, by sponsoring faculty travel seminars to foreign places, by requiring students to achieve “competence” in a foreign language and select one course from a list of courses that might include “Japanese film,” “The European Union Today,” “The Latin American Novel,” etc.
Study In Japan
The Centre-in-Japan program is housed at Yamaguchi Prefectural University, a small university in the Western ancient capital of the Ouchi culture. In this city of temples and pagodas is the famous 1442 Rurikoji temple. Nearby are the restorative baths of the ancient Yuda Hot Springs.
The program begins at the very end of September and runs through most of January. Students fly back in time for a brief rest before the start of spring term.
The cost is the same as studying in Danville, with the exception of a $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge and your airfare. This amount includes a $15 carbon mitigation fee, but does not include the $20 cost of the required travel medicine presentation that all Centre students going abroad must attend. Students with low EFC’s (Expected Families Contributions) and large “gaps” may qualify for additional help from the Davidson Fund.
Except for the Japanese language class and some non-credit “cultural experiences” such as calligraphy, pottery, and Japanese tea ceremony, all classes are taught in English. Classes recently offered include “Modern Japanese Culture”; “History and Arts of Yamaguchi”; “Politics of Japan”; “Cross-cultural Awareness”; “World History”; “Media and Communication in Japan”; “Regional Cultural Studies”; and “Teaching English as a Foreign Language.”
Deadlines & Requirements
• This program is open to all Centre students. The exchange may be of particular interest to students interested in international relations, history, government, anthropology/sociology, economics, philosophy, or Asian studies. Students who will have studied Japanese will be given preference for this program, but students who have not studied Japanese are also more than welcome to apply.
• The application process will be discussed during the three campus-wide informational meetings on November 13, November 28, and January 9.
• Applications due no later than noon, February 6. 2018.
• Apply online at https://aegis.centre.edu/fmi/webd/#StudyAbroadApp.
• Pay your non-refundable deposit of $375 by March 9 to reserve your spot.
Spend a semester in one of nine countries: