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 a portion of the airfare. This amount includes a $15 carbon mitigation fee, but does not include the $20 cost of the required Travel Clinic 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 all students take and some non-credit “cultural experiences” such as Calligraphy, Judo, Pottery, and Japanese Tea Ceremony, all classes are taught in English. Classes recently offered include “International Relations,” “Zen Philosophy and Zen Culture in Japan,” “Politics of Japan,” “History of US-Japan Relations,” “International Economics and Japanese Society,” “Japan Through its Literature, History, and Art,” “A Cultural Comparison between the US and Japan,” “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages,” and “Moral Education in Japan and China.”
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 21, November 29, and January 5. Students will apply online at https://aegis.centre.edu/fmi/webd/#StudyAbroadApp.
• Applications due no later than noon, February 15. 2017.
• Pay your non-refundable deposit of $375 by March 15 to reserve your spot.
Spend a semester in one of nine countries: