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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications. Click on the disk icon to save the program to your profile, join the interest list, and receive updates.
Dates / Deadlines:

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type(s): Apartment, Hostel/Hotel Home Campus: Non-U of U, U of U: Utah Campus
Credit Type: Graduate U of U, Undergraduate U of U Language(s) of Instruction: English
Minimum Language Prerequisite: Advanced English Language Fluency, No Host Language Badge Opportunities: Career Development, Research Experience
Eligibility: Good Academic & Judicial Standing, Minimum Age: 18, OPEN to ALL Majors Pre-departure Requirements: Learning Abroad 101, Pre-Departure Orientation, Participation Requirements for Learning Abroad, Post-Decision Health Assessment, Pre & Post Commitments
Program Description:

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The program will offer an introduction to the culture and technical capacity of Japan, with some emphasis on materials science and metallurgy (historical and current). The program will be travel-based, with stays in Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka and a small island in the Inland Sea, Shiraishi. Program highlights include visits to the world’s largest bronze Buddha and the surrounding parks and shrines in Nara, as well as a tour of a culinary knife forging company near Osaka.


  • Available credit(s): 3
  • Applicants are required to enroll in the program course (Undergraduate or Graduate)
  • Courses are subject to change
  • Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites


  • Possible excursions may include:
    • Fushimi Inari Shrine and walking tour of Kyoto
    • Tokyo National Museum
    • Nara bronze Buddha sculpture, a UNESCO World Heritage site 
    • Industrial plant visit


In addition to taking classes, students enrich their time abroad by participating in Learning Abroad Badge opportunities such as, Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience, and Community Engagement:
Badge Opportunities
The Learning Abroad Badges listed in the Fact Sheet above are included in this program. Some programs offer opportunities to earn additional Learning Abroad Badges through independent options.  Students interested in earning multiple Learning Abroad Badges can participate in the Global U Program and receive special recognition at graduation.

  • Career Development
    • Students will gain an understanding of how cultural differences between societies can affect technical progress and corporate or social structures. 
    • This experience will provide valuable, comparative and practical insights into the interaction between community, history, and engineering that can be highlighted on resumes and during job interviews.
  • Research Experience 
    • As part of the program, students identify a research topic, identify sources of data, and collect the data to complete an assessment of a product, material, or process in Japan and in Salt Lake City.  
    • Research topics vary widely based on student’s individual interests. The final project could serve as a poster session abstract or the foundation of a conference presentation.


  • Mark Koopman, Ph.D.


  • See Housing Type(s) above
  • Participants are required to use the program housing facilities
  • Housing is included in the program cost


  • Click on the Budget Sheet link above for information about ESTIMATED costs
  • Participants should read the full Withdrawal Penalty Policy BEFORE applying
  • Scholarships are available for Degree-Seeking, University of Utah students
  • Financial Aid might apply, visit your Financial Aid Counselor for more information


The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's eligibility requirements, financial policies, conduct standards, administrative procedures, academic expectations, as well as visa and passport guidelines for Learning Abroad Programs. ALL participants are subject to the rules and regulations in the Learning Abroad Handbook. It is every participant's responsibility to read the Learning Abroad Handbook and contact Learning Abroad with any questions.

This program is currently not accepting applications. Click on the disk icon to save the program to your profile, join the interest list, and receive updates.