The mission of the program is to enhance the academic experience of undergraduate students through a cross-cultural communication and cultural immersion experience that prepares them to live and work in a society that is culturally different from their own. As a result of this experience, students are expected to have a greater understanding of their own culture and that of the eastern culture of Japan. Students will be immersed in Japanese culture while exploring in depth its communication and cultural patterns, and, in particular, the Japanese health care system.
Japan: Health Care Professions
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- Academic Program
Students will earn 3 credits in EALC-E 351 (Intercultural Understanding across the Health Care Disciplines).
The program will be divided between time in class; time discussing and comparing experiences, and group and individual excursions. The class will be taught by Dr. Kuriyama and Dr. Riner, and there will be guest lecturers over the course of the program. Students will take on-line quizzes through Oncourse based on assigned readings, keep a journal and also write a final paper based on their learning about themselves, culture, and their particular discipline.
Students will meet with Japanese physicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists, social workers and public health professionals to learn about the development and current practice of these professions in Japan. Students will keep journals and also prepare final reports reflecting on their learning about Japan, about their profession, about their own culture and about themselves as individuals living in a multicultural global community.
This course will fulfill elective requirements for health care majors.
- Additional Information
- HousingStudents will stay at the Friends Center in Tokyo which has a guest house and classroom space. Students will sleep in rooms with one or two people, some on beds; some on futons, Japanese style.
- Program Eligibility
You may apply if you:
- are an undergraduate student at any Indiana University campus who is making normal academic progress
- Student must be an undergraduate preparing for a career in health care
- Student must be in their sophomore, junior, or senior year
- After the program the student must have a semester remaining at an IU campus before graduating
- have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
Students must be able to demonstrate flexibility, resilience, and self-reliance.
Complete eligibility criteria and selection criteria are outlined within the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Office of Overseas Study. Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are ineligible.
- Costs and Financial Aid
- Program fee: $1,325
(includes: housing, tours, farewell dinner, & faculty expenses)
- Airfare: $2,000
- One-week railway pass: $265
- Other transportation in Japan: $70
- Meals/food: $500
- Passport: $135
- Insurance: $30
- International study fee: $82
Estimated Total Cost: $4,407 + standard IUPUI tuition and fees
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due May 2, 2017.
Financial Aid and Scholarships:
- IU scholarships, grants and loans applicable to program costs with some exceptions. Please carefully check these exceptions before you commit to a program.
Please see our financial aid page for general information and links to additional scholarship opportunities.
- Program fee: $1,325