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Study-Abroad Program · Summer · Three Weeks

Program Overview:

Through this program, you will experience Japan through the lens of history and literature while exploring the ancient imperial capitals. After participating in a three-week online course, you will visit the ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto for three weeks, experiencing Japan's vibrant culture through cuisine, art, architecture, religious establishments and museums. From Nashville, we will fly to Osaka and then continue on to Mie Prefecture. In the following days, we will visit the Shinto Shrine at Ise and the imperial court grounds and the Buddhist temples in Nara. The itinerary is tentative and subject to change.

Lodging and Meals:

You will stay in Japanese-style hotels and guest lodging provided by the local international center. You may have the opportunity to stay in a Japanese family's home for a short while, experiencing typical Japanese living arrangements. The program includes the cost of meals.


3-6 credit hours


You may register for one of the following history or literature courses: HIST 4910: History Abroad, Japan's Ancient Capitals (6 credit-hours); ENGL 2030: World Literature; ENGL 340P: Topics in World Literature (3 credit-hours); ENGL 5700: Literature Across Culture (3 credit-hours, graduate course).

Payment Schedule and Deadlines:

A non-refundable deposit is due when completing the online appliacation that is due by February 15. The travel grant application is due by March 1.  

Financial Aid :

Your current scholarships and financial aid may apply toward the cost of the program. After you have completed your mandatory advising appointment with the Office of International Education, feel free to call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (931) 221-7907 to schedule an appointment with Cathy Naef or Jennifer Ellis.  Additional scholarships and travel grants are available through the Office of International Education.  View more information on financial aid.


Dr. David Rands (History and Philosophy) at (931) 221-7936 or
Dr. David Major (Languages and Literature) at (931) 221-7927 or 

Travel Advisory - This is not a complete list of travel advisories. Please see the U.S. State Department travel site for an up-to-date and extensive list.

Please review the Student Code of Conduct that applies to all students participating in APSU study-abroad and exchange programs.

Austin Peay State University reserves the right to make cancellations, date and fee adjustments and any other changes that may be required.