Contemporary Japan is exemplary of how a country can uphold its ancient traditions and coexist fluidly with a new economic grace. Where else is it possible to participate in a traditional tea ceremony against a backdrop of suburban sprawl, which contains some of the largest corporations in the world? Tokyo, Japan's capital and economic hub, is a shining example of how old traditions and new high-tech culture meld to create one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Japan's industrialized, free market economy is the second-largest in the world. The public transportation system is efficient, well run and inexpensive. Taxis, buses, and bikes are alternate means of transportation. Japan, a country of islands, extends along the eastern or Pacific coast of Asia. Japan's highest mountain is the world famous Mt. Fuji (12,385 feet).
CIEE program at Sophia University
Bentley students will be joining other US and international students as a part of the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE)'s program. This unique opportunity allows students to take Japanese language classes at Sophia University while also studying business and liberal arts, taught in English.
The Resident Director is available to assist students with a variety of needs, and is the primary resource for all students on the program. The Resident Director is a staff member familiar with both Japanese and American cultures, and is trained to assist students while studying on the CIEE program. This unique feature allows students to feel comfortable while learning about how to integrate into Japanese culture.
Sophia University is a private, Jesuit institution well known for its international environment. It is one of the preeminent universities in Japan with over 10,000 students. Sophia's campus is located in central Tokyo near Shinjuku, the Meiji Shrine, and the Imperial Palace. CIEE has an office on campus that provides support to students while studying at Sophia University.
CIEE students take courses at the Faculty of Liberal Arts. Approximately 80% of the students studying in this faculty are Japanese. The Faculty of Liberal Arts is unique as it allows international and Japanese students to study together in seminar classes taught in English. The Sophia faculty is very international and thus, course structure varies. Some courses are more discussion-based, while others are lecture-style.
Students take two classes for 6 credits during their summer in Tokyo.
Students will stay in a Japanese style dormitory located at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (NYC). You will stay in a private room, suitable for quiet study with plenty of dining options both within and outside the facility. The location is within walking distance of some of the most popular hotspots in all of Japan.
Please visit: http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/japan/tokyo/summer-japanese-studies/