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Study Tours at Pierce College

Applications for the 2023 Japan Study Tour Program are now closed.

Osaka and Kyoto Study Tour Application

Study Tours are a one to two week study abroad program for students with busy work schedules or family obligations. Pierce College is pleased to announce a Study Tour to Japan in 2023. Please note these plans are subject to change based on world health conditions. Pierce College follows both State Department and CDC recommendations for travel. Please visit the State Department site on international travel to view the latest travel advisories for Japan for more information.

To participate in Study Tours, students must be 18+ years old by travel date, in good academic standing, and have a valid passport. Please note that passports can take up to 12 weeks to be processed.

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Osaka and Kyoto, Japan

August 27 - September 6, 2023 (dates approximate)

We are pleased to announce our 2023 study tour to Japan! Applications will be available on this site soon.

Professors David Roholt (Art) and Min Pak (Digital Design) will lead students on a 10-day art and humanities adventure in the cities of Osaka and Kyoto, Japan. This program requires students to enroll in a 5 credit class that can be a Humanities 101 or Art 100 class and will be on your Fall Quarter schedule (the study tour will happen between the end of Summer and beginning of Fall Quarters). Participants must be 18 years or older by the trip departure date.

We will spend the first 4-5 days in Osaka followed by 4-5 days in Kyoto. In Osaka, students will experience Japan’s third largest city which is known for amazing street food, comedians, and the National Theater of Bunraku (Japanese puppet theater). Activities will include visiting a wood cut experience workshop, the Osaka Museum of History, Nakanoshima Museum of Art, and more.

Kyoto is known as Japan’s cultural capital and home to 17 Unesco World Heritage Sites such as Kinkaku-ji, the “Golden Pavillion” and the Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple. In Kyoto, students will attend a music and dance performance in the Gion area, do field sketching at the Tenryu-ji temple and Togetsu-kyo Bridge, and participate in a Roketsu textile dyeing workshop. Students will have free time to visit other sites in both Kyoto and Osaka.

The program fee is $2,650 and includes airfare, lodging, travel health insurance, some ground transportation, and entrance or admission fees for activities included in the official itinerary. One group meal and some breakfasts will also be included in the program fee.

The program fee does NOT include the following:

  1. Tuition for the 5 credit course
  2. Most meals
  3. Spending money and incidentals
  4. Passport application fees ($165 non expedited)

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Osaka and Kyoto Study Tour Application