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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: November-February
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
November-February 2017 25/10/2017 ** Rolling Admission 09/01/2018 31/01/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education Program Type: Short Term Partner Program - Exchange
New Colombo Plan Funded: No Language of Instruction: English
Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point Credit Type: Undergraduate
Housing Options: Own Arrangements OS Help Available: Yes
Scholarships Available: Yes
Program Description:

Sophia University - Japanese Studies - 10 x $1,000 travel grants available

About the program:
The program consists of five courses: “Japanese Business and Economy”, “Education in Japan”, “Media and contemporary issues in Japan”, “Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society”, and “Basic Japanese (Beginner level)”. Among those courses, students take a minimum of two. Each course consists of fifteen 90-minute sessions, and participants will learn about aspects of Japan comprehensively and intensively in 4 weeks. Other than class lectures, some cultural events are offered with no or a small amount of extra cost. (Events may be cancelled, and the number of participants may be limited.) This program is designed in such a way that the participants will be able to learn about and experience Japan both inside and outside classes.

Location profile:
Tokyo is the capital of Japan. This huge, wealthy and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone.
Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city. But that's not what makes dining in Tokyo such an amazing experience. What really counts is the city's long-standing artisan culture. You can splash out on the best sushi of your life, made by one of the city's legendary chefs using the freshest, seasonal market ingredients.
Tokyo may be forever reaching into the future but you can still see traces of the shogun's capital on the kabuki stage, at a sumo tournament or under the cherry blossoms. It's a modern city built on old patterns, and in the shadows of skyscrapers you can find anachronistic wooden shanty bars and quiet alleys, raucous traditional festivals and lantern-lit yakitori (grilled chicken) stands. In older neighbourhoods you can shop for handicrafts made just as they have been for centuries, or wander down cobblestone lanes where geisha once trod.
Tokyo's neon-lit streetscapes still look like a sci-fi film set – and that's a vision of the city from the 1980s. Tokyo has been building ever since, pushing the boundaries of what's possible on densely populated, earthquake-prone land, adding ever taller, sleeker structures. Come see the utopian mega-malls, the edgy designer boutiques from Japan's award-winning architects, and the world's tallest tower – Tokyo Sky Tree – a twisting spire that draws on ancient building techniques. Stand atop one of Tokyo's skyscrapers and look out over the city at night to see it blinking like the control panel of a starship, stretching all the way to the horizon.


Academic information:
Students must undertake at least 2 courses to receive 1 Deakin credit. You have to ensure the courses you chose are not scheduled at the same time.
The timetable looks as follows:

9:15 - 10:45am
Japanese Business and Economy
Education in Japan

Media and Contemporary issues in Japan
Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society

Basic Japanese

Japanese Business and Economy
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

Japan was the first “Asian miracle” economy. It rose from the ashes of World War 2 to become the world’s second largest economy. Its development was led by exports from Japanese enterprises which conquered world markets, especially in the automobile and electronics sectors. Today, Japan faces a vast array of challenges like its aging population, large public debt, and sluggish economy, as well as the effects of the continuing global economic weakness. The Japanese experience provides many lessons to other countries, which are now confronting some similar problems, or could do so in the foreseeable future. This course will provide students with an overview of the development of the Japanese business world and economy, and an analysis of the Japan’s challenges and opportunities in the “Asian Century”.

Education in Japan
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

Japan is regarded as a high quality country, accordance with an image of high tech products, and its education system has contributed to the development of the society and technology. This course covers the whole picture of education in Japan by particularly focusing on recent domestic trends and international comparison with other education systems. The course introduces the education system from early childhood to adults and discovers domestic and international issues, relating to recent social change. Two field trips to an elementary school and Ministry of Education are planned during the course. The students are expected to participate in class discussions based on their own education experiences.

Media and Contemporary issues in Japan
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

In the era of information overflow, we need to develop “media literacy” to screen out trustworthy and important information. Through analyzing news reports and media responsibilities, this course will look at contemporary social issues in Japan from labor exploitation and perpetuating poverty to gender equality and racial discrimination. Based on the understanding that we stand at the transition of media format from the conventional outlets to the cyberspace presentation, we will discuss not only Japanese media and society but where they stand in relation to the international community and its media. This course will introduce students to significant social issues in Japan and how they are reported. It is hoped that by examining the complexity of the nature and background of media, the students will become equipped to think critically about the role media play in raising awareness about and resolving the social issues, as well as think about how they can help create a better medium.

Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

This course introduces students to a contemporary view of Japanese culture and society from the perspectives of psychology, pop culture, intercultural communications, media, business, and the environment.
1.    Psychology of the Japanese: Understanding the cultural underpinnings of Japanese psychology at the individual level from the self, motivation, emotions, and development.
2.    Japanese Pop Culture: Understanding contemporary Japanese society through the lens of Japanese manga, television dramas, and other cultural phenomena.
3.    Japanese Corporate Culture and Media: Focus on corporate management and culture, media and cultural industry, and strategic communication in Japan.
4.    Water and Japanese Society: Providing a historical and cultural understanding of how water reflects Japanese society through water resources, collaborative water use, and water as an indicator for development with a case study of Tokyo.

Basic Japanese
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

This course is for students who have no knowledge of Japanese. The course focuses mainly on spoken Japanese used in daily life.
The aim of the course is to enable students to begin communicating in Japanese. Students will learn basic sentence structures, vocabulary, common expressions, and useful strategies for dealing with daily conversations. In addition, the course introduces the Japanese writing system (hiragana, katakana, and some kanji) of the beginners’ level.

Sophia University dormitory is not available to short-term program students. Some apartments and hotel rooms are recommended and are available for discounted prices. If you prefer to arrange accommodation on your own, click here for a list of accommodation past participants have stayed at.

Please note you still have to pay for housing, meals, transportation, textbooks, etc. This is an exchange program meaning a tuition is paid to Deakin University.

  • You may be eligible for the OS help loan of up to $7,880
  • $1,000 Deakin Abroad travel grants will be given to the 10 students with the highest WAM (you won't receive the grant if you are also eligible for the DBS grant as you can only receive one of the two).
  • Deakin Business School is giving away $1,000 travel grants*
- You must apply to Study Abroad in T3, 2017
- You must be enrolled in a Deakin unit and studying a Deakin Business School (DBS) degree (or a double degree with Business)
- If you withdraw from your Study Abroad program you will be required to return these funds to Deakin University.
- If you have received any other funding from Deakin for your Study Abroad (not including OS-Help) you may not be eligible – please contact to confirm.
- Grants are limited and are on a first-in, first-served basis.

Program Dates: 9th January to 31st January 2018

For more information please visit the partner website

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Short Term Partner Programs will earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.