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Language and Culture in Japan

Deadline to apply:  November 18, 2016 Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.

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Language and Culture in Japan

Deadline to apply:  November 18, 2016 Click here to apply.

For scholarship information click here.


Language and Culture in Japan 

Language and Culture in Japan - Japan is a land of vast cultural diversity, modern cities, Buddhist mountain sanctuaries, feudal castles, and diverse arts. Students are immersed in the culture of the language they are learning in order to apply their knowledge more effectively and retain more vocabulary critical for future application. Students will additionally find a mixture of old and new, where old traditions, modern technology and the latest pop culture fluidly meld together. It is the most complete and comprehensive way for students to learn and apply the target language they are studying.



Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan



May15-18, 2017 (On Campus); May 22 - June 6, 2017 (In-Country); and June 12-15, 2017(SAC Campus)



Elementary  Japanese  I  (JAPN  1411)  or  Art  Appreciation (ARTS 1301) 



Students will earn six hours of credit upon successful completion of the program.  



2.0 GPA and 12 cumulative academic credit hours. Alamo Colleges expects study abroad participants to perform academically at standards commensurate with on-campus performance. This includes attending class, taking exams, reading  required materials, completing homework, etc. If students' GPA drops below a 2.0 before they study abroad, they will not be allowed to participate in the program.  


Professor  Yuko  Kawabe  will  be  the  lead  faculty  for the Japan program and will teach Elementary Japanese I (JAON 1411).  Presently, Kawabe is a faculty member in the Foreign Languages Department at San Antonio College. She  is  a  native  speaker  and  is  familiar with the Kyoto  and  Tokyo  areas.   Professor  Kawabe  has  extensive experience traveling with groups of students. She has led successful programs  to  Japan  in  2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 with Alamo Colleges. Contact:  

Professor Sabra Booth is a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist. She presently is a faculty member in the Fine Arts Department at Palo Alto College. Ms. Booth will be the lead faculty for Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301). She was a Fulbright Scholar to Finland. Her mediums include animation, installation, mixed media, and printmaking.  She is an MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and a BFA graduate from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. She has led a group of students to Italy in 2015 and Japan in summer 2016. Contact:  




*$4,300    Includes    airfare,   lodging,    in-country   transportation, some  meals,  and  entrance  fees.  This  does  NOT include tuition, passport  fees, visa  fees, books, materials and spending money. Financial aid is available.



November 18, 2016 ................................... $200 due with application (non-refundable) 

Once students are accepted into the program,they will follow the scheduled payments:

December 2, 2016 ................................. $500 initial deposit

January 20, 2017 .................................... $1,200

February 10, 2017 .................................. $1,200

March 10, 2017 ....................................... $1,200

Failure to pay by the scheduled deadlines will result in cancellation of participation in the selected Study Abroad program.




May 15-18             San Antonio College Campus

May 22                  Depart San Antonio to Japan

May 23                  Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport and Welcome Dinner

May 24                  Edo Museum, Asakusa area

May 25                  Mount Fuji trip (World Heritage Site)

May 26                  Shibuya area

May 27                  Tokyo to Kyoto (Homestay)

May 28                  Fushimi Shrine and Toji Temple

May 29                  Nara: Tōdai-ji Temple, Nara Park

May 30                  Himeji: Himeji Castle

May 31                  Kyoto City Sightseeing: Golden Pavilion, Nijō castle

June 1                   Manga Museum, Kyoto Culture Center    

June 2                   Kyoto to Tokyo

June 3                   Tokyo Kamakura (Big Buddha temple)

June 4                   Ghibli Museum

June 5                   Free day

June 6                   Depart from Tokyo to San Antonio




A  valid  passport  is  required  to  travel. You can visit for additional information.


 Students receiving a Pell grant are eligible for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. If awarded, students may receive up to $5,000. Learn more at   


Maria Rivera-Midence

(210) 485-0084




*Alamo Colleges has taken considerable care in preparing information and materials for specific Study Abroad programs,but this information is subject to change. Although accurate at the time of publication, external events could result in changes in dates, itinerary,costs and other aspects of a program. Revised information will be provided as soon as it is made available, and participants should check with the faculty leader or the District Office of International Programs for the most recent information. Alamo Colleges will not be held responsible for unintentional misinformation.







Contact Information

Maria Rivera
Alamo Colleges District Office
201 W. Sheridan
Building C, Room 7

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