Dates: May 28 – August 3, 2018
Program fee (preliminary): $6,209 (excludes tuition & airfare)
- Introduction to Global Development (INTA 2050)
- Sustainable Global City – Tokyo (INTA 4803)
- Energy, Environment, and Policy (INTA 4813)
- Global Development Capstone (INTA 4744)
There are no prerequisites or language requirements.
One week of the Program is dedicated to traveling across Japan. The provisional plan begins with a ride on the super-fast, super-smooth “bullet train” (shinkansen) from Tokyo to Hiroshima, followed by a visit the Peace Memorial Park and iconic Miyajima. We will then move on to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient cultural capital and home to seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites. Ample time will be allowed for visits to Kyoto’s innumerable temples, shrines, gardens, palaces, and teahouses. Also, nearby Nara – Japan’s ancient ancient capital – beckons with its stately temples, shrines, and scores of wild deer that inhabit temple grounds and stroll down city streets. Finally, we will visit a rural community for on-the-ground observation of the problems of sustainable development. For a 2017 student’s perspective on the contrasting challenges of metropolitan as opposed to non-metropolitan sustainability, take a look at this photoblog. And for the Tokyo Tech perspective, click on this link or this one.
Tokyo Sightseeing, Day Trips, and Long Weekends
Throughout most of the Program, lectures will be held Monday through Thursday, providing students with long weekends to pursue their own interests while exploring Japan. A peerless mass transportation system makes it easy to get anywhere in Tokyo and across the country. Indeed, there is much to do and see in amazing Tokyo – such as Asakusa, Akihabara’s anime district, Shibuya and Shinjuku, Harajuku and Meiji Shrine, quirky Odaiba, the brand new Tokyo Skytree and trusty Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace, professional baseball or kabuki and the traditional arts, and countless museums, parks, and gardens. It is even possible to shop at the Pokemon Store and its numerous counterparts on “Character Street” en route to Ginza and its swanky department stores. The numerous day-trip destinations from Tokyo include Kamakura and Enoshima, Nikko, Yokohama, Hakone, and Mt. Fuji. [Yes, a number of students on the 2017 Program made the arduous climb to the iconic summit of Mt. Fuji.]
Some long weekend destination possibilities include the ruggedly beautiful Japan Sea coastline, quaint villages in the “Japan Alps,” stately castles, and even Hokkaido, Shikoku, or Kyushu. Each locality in the mountainous Japanese countryside boasts unique traditions, crafts, and foods. It is also possible to catch a flight for a long weekend in South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, or even Thailand, which require no visa for U.S. passport holders.
The Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development employs a unique instructional construct founded upon problem-based learning. In each of the three content-based courses, students are tasked with integrating theory and knowledge in deconstructing complex problems into manageable elements. These diverse skills and knowledge are then brought together in a capstone seminar in which student teams are tasked with proposing solutions to concrete problems of sustainable development. A unique aspect of this Program is that it brings together Georgia Tech students with Tokyo Tech students in collaborative multidisciplinary, cross-cultural teams.
Problem-based learning enables students to take ownership of a research problem, foster comradery and https://coe.gatech.edu/news/study-abroad-and-sustainability-worlds-largest-citycreate a division of labor, and, ultimately, assume responsibility for acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills to propose sound solutions. The Program’s overarching objective is to equip students with the mindset, skills, and knowledge to confidently approach and solve even the most complex problems of sustainable development.
Study abroad programs organized and managed by Georgia Tech provide supplemental insurance to all participants. This supplemental insurance includes medical, repatriation, and evacuation coverage. All students who participate in GT study abroad programs are required to have this study abroad insurance plan coverage; students pay for this study abroad insurance in their program fee.
The medical coverage is intended as a supplement to study abroad participants’ primary health insurance policies. The policy is valid for the duration of the program. The policy provides some coverage for injuries sustained or conditions diagnosed while abroad, but that coverage is limited in terms of time and amount so participants are strongly encouraged to keep their regular health insurance active while abroad. Information on the terms and limits of the coverage provided by the policy is explained in the brochure, “Georgia Institute of Technology Study Abroad Insurance Plan,” which is provided to all study abroad participants at the prep meetings conducted by the Office of International Education.
Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage**
In the unfortunate event of an accident or other medical emergency, repatriation and evacuation coverage provides funds to pay for one’s return to the U.S. Information on the terms and limits of the coverage provided by the policy is explained in the brochure, “Georgia Institute of Technology Study Abroad Insurance Plan,” which is provided to all study abroad participants at the prep meetings conducted by the Office of International Education.
**The policy that will be used by GT study abroad programs is administered by T.W. Lord Associates and is underwritten by ACE American Insurance Company.
PLEASE NOTE: GT study abroad programs DO NOT provide other types of supplemental insurance coverage, such as theft insurance, trip cancellation insurance, etc.
Half of the program fee is due January 15, 2018, with the remaining balance due on February 15, 2018. Although half of the first payment is refundable, no refunds will be granted after February 15, 2018. Students receiving financial aid should notify the Program Director. Once the program begins, withdrawal is not permitted.