WCCCSA Program – Japan Fall 2020

This is a WCCCSA program. For how to start the application, please refer to “How to Apply” page.

Apply by early July, 2020

Program dates: Sep-Dec, 2020

You can be part of a cohort group of 20-30 students from Green River College and other Colleges to live and study in Tokyo, Japan in this 10-week study abroad program.  Earn 15 Bellevue College credits in Digital Photography, Creative Writing, Japanese Language and Culture.

Experienced Community College faculty members will lead the group and teach the curriculum along with local Japanese faculty members.  Japanese students will assist as language partners and to help with customs and cultural adjustments.

Japan offers a rich environment of arts, culture and history where centuries-old traditions exist in contrast with ultra-modern life-styles. Experience Sumo wrestling, Kabuki Theater, ancient castles and temples dating back to the days of the Samurai warriors. How about some trendy Tokyo street fashions in the Harajuku district, the latest in high technology, electronics and gadgetry, anime, and a city that never sleeps. Tokyo has many faces and each neighborhood is unique and has its own distinct character. From the elegant Ginza shopping district, historical Asakusa, to the trend-setting Harajuku and Shinjuku wards, the fascination is endless.


Students holding calligraphy

Academic Program:
This is a study program. Students must carry a 15-credit load and are expected to fully participate in all class activities.  The courses offered are specially chosen to give participants interesting, valuable and relevant instruction that exposes students to the cultural, history, fauna and geological differences that are unique to Japan.


HUMAN 205 Peoples of the World-Japanese Language and Culture (5 cr.)
co-taught by Green River College faculty and local Japanese Faculty 

This course offers students an introduction to Japanese society and culture by examining its history, people and traditions. Students will engage in critical discussions about the differences between American and Japanese cultures. This course aims to facilitate student orientation to Japan and will provide students with essential conversational Japanese language skills needed to communicate in basic daily life.

Two additional courses, digital photography and creative writing will be offered.


While in Japan, the group will be hosted by Kogakuin University, at the Hachioji campus, a university focused on teaching engineering and architecture to first and second-year students.

Hachioji is known as a college town, boasting many large colleges and universities.  It is a scenic area surrounded on three sides by mountains, forming the Hachioji Basin.  It’s about 40 minutes west of downtown Tokyo and is easily accessible by bus or train, providing an ideal location for student life and exploration.


While at Kogakuin University, students will be accommodated in shared apartments contracted by the university.  These are small Japanese-style lodgings with futons, a kitchenette and bathroom.  Students will generally share an apartment with other students in the group.  Housing accommodations are subject to change depending on availability (alternate arrangements provided).

Students can find many food choices right at the Hachioji campus, while the town of Jachioji offers many additional food options, including grocery stores and familiar chains such as Starbucks and Burger King.  Pizza is widely available, or try a French-style pastry shop for delicious baked goods.  While Japan has the reputation of being expensive, one can make the same inexpensive and everyday food choices that are enjoyed by the local population.  Small noodle shops offer delicious and very reasonably priced dishes while others offer Tempura, Sushi and Bento-box lunches.


The program includes cultural activities and several organized field trips which may include:

  • Harajuko: Meiji Shinto-Jingu (Shrine), Yoyogi Park, Takeshita-Dori (Avenue) and Omotesando Street
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku, Shinjuku Koen, Photgraphy galleries
  • Asakua:  Senso-Ji (Shrine), Asakusa-Jinja (Temple) and strolling Nakamise-dori (Avenue)
  • Ueno:  Ueno-Koen, Tokyo National Museum and teh Ameya-Yokocho
  • Ebisu:  Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Dainen-Ji
  • Roppongi:  Roppongi Hills, Mori Art Museum
  • Akihabara Electric Town
  • Mt. Takao, Kamakura

Additional Optional Activities: Other field trips are optional and may require an additional fee.  There will also be plenty of opportunity to do your own exploring using convenient public transport or tour specialists.

Program Fees

Program Fee: $6,490

Program costs include airfare and transfers to/from Narita airport.
Land-only option $5,590 (excludes airfare and overseas airport transfers)

A $450 (non-refundable) deposit is required to be paid with your application to hold your place in the program.


  • Round trip group airfare on program dates from Seattle/Tokyo/Seattle
  • Group transfers to/from Narita airport
  • Student housing accommodations while at Kogakuin University (Hachioji Campus)
  • Some cultural activities and excursions
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Welcome and farewell parties
  • Student basic medical insurance

Not Included:

  • College tuition and books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Local transportation
  • Meals
  • Curriculum activities admissions
  • Personal and entertainment expenses
  • Independent travel and expenses
  • US and Japanese airport fees and taxes
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

Last Updated January 8, 2020