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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Dorm/Residence Hall, Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Comparative Studies, History, International Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Click here for a definition of this term GE Requirements: GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the US; Global Studies), GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Comparative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Rebecca McMunn
Program Description:



Despite the differences that mark the two cultures, the histories of modern Japan and the United States are deeply entangled with one another, and the current social and political realities of both nations are being shaped by transnational flows of production and consumption that reflect and resist flows of global capital. This course takes up Japanese popular culture in order to get at big questions about nationalism and cosmopolitanism, appropriation and authenticity, and what it means to be human in a world of commodities. We will explore some of Japan’s contributions to the global culture industry—anime, J-Pop, manga, Pokémon, sushi, Zen—and the ways that American consumers take pleasure in, and ownership of, those products. 

By participating on this program, students will be able to:
  • gain an understanding of some of the cultural, economic, philosophical, political and social aspects of Japan, and of the ways in which the United State has been implicated in the history of modern Japan
  • practice the skills of patient participant-observation and critical inquiry 
  • gain a critical appreciation for the complexity of popular cultures and an aesthetic appreciation for diverse global cultures 
Students will achieve these goals through a variety of course work, including regular guided discussions, fieldwork, and assigned readings. 


The first two weeks of this program will take place in Columbus (approximate dates: May 8-9 and May 13-16).  The overseas component will be based in Tokyo, Japan (May 18-June 3, 2019). 


Students will stay in shared accommodation in a residence hall and hotels in Japan.  

Resident Directors

Dr. Barry Shank 
Department of Comparative Studies

Dr. Melissa Curley
Department of Comparative Studies 

Ohio State Program Contact

Rebecca McMunn
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one.



Courses and Credit

Admitted participants are required to register for 3 hours of Comparative Studies 3798. This course can be used to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE and the Diversity Global Studies GE. The course will begin in Columbus (tentative dates: May 8--9 and May 13-16) and will finish in Tokyo, Japan (May 19-June 3). 





In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.This program is open to all majors and ranks.

Application Requirement

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4,979 program fee. The program fee will include, housing, required excursions, most meals, and international airfare. It will not cover some meals, a passport or immunizations. 

Please refer to the budget sheet to view all estimated costs of participation.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.



Information Sessions

  • Thursday, October 18, 4-5pm, 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Friday, November 30, 3-4pm, 160 Enarson Classroom Building  


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/03/2019
01/15/2019 05/18/2019 06/03/2019
NOTE: Dates include travel days.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.