WCCCSA Program – Japan Fall 2024

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

Program dates

Sep 26 – Dec 6, 2024

Application Timeline:

  • Apply by June 3, 2024
  • Payment due: June 24, 2024

Virtual Info Session

You are invited to participate in the virtual Info. Session for the new Japan Study Abroad program (Fall 2024) on Thursday, March 14th, 2024, at 2:30 pm. We are going to discuss program details such as accommodations, classes, excursions, and more. Please register to the info. session here

Course Information

Students holding calligraphy

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 historical and cultural differences that are unique to Japan.

Note: Since a Japanese language course is being offered in this program, it is required for the you to memorize the Hiragana and Katagana alphabet before your trip! Having a foundational knowledge of the alphabet and the language will help you feel more comfortable navigating the class and will greatly enhance your cultural immersion experience. 


Japanese Class (Various levels)

5 Language Credits

Japanese Language classes are offered in various levels (basic-intermediate). Students will take a placement test to determine their language level and placement. It is required to learn the Hiragana and the Katakana alphabets before your trip. These classes will be taught by a Miyazaji Municipal University faculty member.

Digital Photography (Photo 111, 112 or 113)

5 Fine Arts Credits

“Introduction to Digital Photography in Japan” is a beginner-level course aimed at students interested in exploring the fundamentals of digital photography within the context of Japan’s unique geographic and cultural setting. The course will cover essential photography principles, including camera operation, composition, lighting, and post-processing, while providing students with the opportunity to apply these skills in real-world settings. Through field trips, guided photography sessions, and cultural immersion, students will gain a deeper appreciation for Japan as a subject of photographic art.

Art Appreciation (Art& 100)

5 Fine Arts Credits

Art Appreciation in Japan” offers an immersive exploration into Japanese art, aimed at students with an interest in understanding how art reflects and influences culture and society. The course covers a wide range of artistic mediums and periods, emphasizing the historical context, thematic elements, and techniques employed by Japanese artists. Students will learn to appreciate the aesthetic principles that underlie Japanese art, from the simplicity and elegance of wabi-sabi to the vibrant and dynamic forms of contemporary anime and manga.



Bellevue College Faculty – Art Department/Photography

Chad White is an award winning educator and national speaker with over 17 years of experience teaching in higher education. He received a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico and an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from Arizona State University. Chad currently serves as the Chair of the Art Department and the faculty head of photography at Bellevue College where he has taught courses in intro to film and digital photography, art & technology, studio lighting, and advanced photography. Previous experience includes leading art and photography workshops at the Phoenix Art Museum, island sailing tours within the Puget Sound, and at Olympic National Park to name a few. Recently, Chad has been extensively traveling throughout Japan for a new photographic series based on the intersection of art & technology and cultural and social phenomenon. His professional work is exhibited and published internationally and is held in numerous public and private collections.


While in Japan, the group will be hosted by Miyazaki Municipal University, located in the vibrant city of Miyazaki. This university campus specializes in offering comprehensive education in various fields, particularly engineering and architecture, catering to the needs of first and second-year students.

Miyazaki city is renowned for its academic atmosphere, housing Miyazaki Municipal University alongside other esteemed educational institutions. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes, Miyazaki city boasts a stunning natural setting, bordered by mountains and offering breathtaking views. Situated in the southern part of Japan, Miyazaki city provides a unique cultural experience distinct from urban centers, yet remains easily accessible by various modes of transportation.

Explore Miyazaki Municipal University’s campus through their promotional materials and gain insight into student life in Miyazaki by following social media hashtags such as #MiyazakiMunicipalUniversity and #Miyazakivisit.


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.

At Miyazaki Municipal University, students have various food options on campus and in Miyazaki city. On campus, there are diverse dining choices, including traditional Japanese and international cuisine. Miyazaki city offers affordable food options such as pizza parlors and French-style bakeries. Local noodle shops serve delicious dishes like tempura, sushi, and bento boxes at reasonable prices, allowing students to enjoy authentic Japanese flavors without overspending.


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

  • trips to Tokyo and  Kyoto from Miyazaki
  • additional included activities TBD

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 Fee: $7,800

Program cost includes roundtrip airfare and transfers to/from Miyazaki airport, and trips to Tokyo and  Kyoto from Miyazaki.

A $450 (non-refundable) deposit is required to be paid within 2 weeks of your acceptance to hold your place in the program.


  • Round trip group airfare on program dates from Seattle/Miyazaki/Seattle
  • Round trip group airfare on program dates from Miyazaki/Tokyo/Miyazaki
  • Round trip group airfare on program dates from Miyazaki/Kyoto/Miyazaki
  • Group transfers to/from Miyazaki airport
  • Student housing accommodations while at Miyazaki Municipal University
  • Some cultural activities and excursions
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Some Local transportation
  • Student basic medical insurance

Not Included

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

Last Updated March 11, 2024