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Department of Communication Studies

Study Abroad

Explore Japan

The Department of Communication Studies invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students (all majors) for its Summer 2018 travel seminar in Japan

Admission is competitive.  Deadline is February 15, 2018


  • Satisfy Major, Minor, or Elective course requirements (including Leadership Studies minor requirement)
  • Satisfy K-State 8 Global Issues and Perspectives requirement
  • Satisfy K-State Honors Program requirement (with contract)
  • Utilize Financial Aid to fund this 2-week course and apply for K-State and other scholarships (check "Helpful Links" for details)

Please contact Program Director: Professor Soo-Hye Han 


Program Description:

In this course, students will explore the complex relationship between communication and culture in a variety of contexts. Students will engage in class discussions and assignments designed to enhance their intercultural experience, global cultural literacy, and theoretical understanding of how culture is constructed, negotiated, and maintained through communication practices.


We will embark on a two-week trip to Japan (6/6-6/21). During the trip, students will be exposed to a myriad of opportunities to learn about Japanese culture, its history and values, and how people live and interact with each other. Students will visit various sites (such as ancient temples and shrines in Kyoto and Nara, modern skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, the site of the first atomic bomb drop in Hiroshima) and engage in intercultural communication firsthand by interacting with Japanese college students in Tokyo.


By the end of the course students will gain a better understanding of commonalities and differences across cultures, identify and appreciate challenges and opportunities in intercultural communication contexts, develop a more global multicultural perspective, and become more self-reflective communicators who understand and appreciate their own culture as well as others.



  • Participate in classes and interact with students at Rikkyo University in Tokyo
  • Learn to navigate the world’s busiest subway system in Tokyo
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Genbaku Dome (where the first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945).
  • Visit the Itsukushima Shrine and its “floating” gate
  • Visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto and Nara (including Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Great Buddha of Todai-ji temple complex)
  • Participate in the Japanese tea ceremony lesson in Kyoto
  • Ride the high-speed bullet train (Shinkansen)
  • Enjoy delicious local food available at all sites 


The application, eligibility, itinerary, tuition and associated investment, and deadlines can be found at:


For more details, check “Helpful Links” (on the top right-hand corner of the page) or contact Program Director, Prof. Soo-Hye Han (soohye@ksu.edu).


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