Study sustainable development in amazing Japan, with superb mass transportation, low crime, and endless things to do and see! This ten-week summer program is home based on the lovely campus of Kobe University, one of Japan’s premier universities. One week of the program is devoted to exploring the beautiful Japanese countryside, including visits to Fukushima, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Himeji. Through field trips, lectures, and multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural problem-based learning, this program aims to equip students with the tools needed to understand and respond to the broad issues of sustainability and the challenges confronting large cities and rural towns.
Japan offers the perfect natural laboratory for exploring issues of sustainable development. The program is based in Kobe, a lovely historic port city in close proximity to Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Japan boasts the world’s lowest crime rate, a peerless mass transit system, progressive energy and environmental protection policies, and farsighted planning for urban development. Kobe is a hub in the Kansai Area, which presents a unique blending of traditional and modern as reflected in gleaming skyscrapers and bustling department stores alongside zen gardens, stately temples and shrines, and ancient arts. The travel portion of the program includes visits to historically and culturally important sites that offer insights into Japan’s unique culture and society. In this way, the Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development highlights the challenges of sustainable development in the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe mega-region and in diverse settings – all within the framework of Japan’s unique socio-cultural and institutional context. Each of the program’s four courses – including the capstone seminar – brings Georgia Tech students together with Kobe University students in multidisciplinary, cross-cultural teams tasked with devising solutions to real-world sustainability problems.
Dates: May 25 – August 3, 2019… 12 credits
Open to all students, especially those pursuing the
- Global Development Minor
- East Asian Studies Minor
- International Affairs Minor
- International Plan
- Global Engineering Leadership Minor
There are no prerequisites or language requirements.
Although this is a Georgia Tech program, students from other universities are welcome to apply. If accepted, non-Georgia Tech students would pay an additional $250 enrollment fee.
This Program is affiliated with Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain.