Why YOU Should Participate in a Global Education Program

The Japanese faculty strongly encourages its students to take advantage of ASU’s many Global Education opportunities in Japan. Study abroad is an ideal way of raising proficiency in language, gaining a better understanding of Japanese culture and developing as global citizens. SILC has ASU faculty-directed programs and numerous partnerships with Japanese universities that allow students to participate in programs suited to individual interests and schedules.

A Message from the School of International Letters and Cultures

“Languages are gateways into the world, and they function in particular cultural and historical contexts. In order to be able to use language skills in meaningful ways, we also need to acquire cultural literacy. Our Study Abroad programs provide you with both, an opportunity to enhance your language skills and an experience of the cultural context in which languages live. In addition to a wide range of enhanced career opportunities, studying abroad affords you with a unique experience that you will remember for life.”

- Professor Nina Berman, Director School of International Letters and Cultures

Planning Your Program

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

With advance planning and working closely with Japanese faculty members and your academic advisor, you should be able to fit a Global Education program within your four years at ASU. As a School of International Letters and Cultures Japanese major or minor, there are a number of terms available for you to participate in a Global Education program. The optimal time for a language and culture major or minor to participate in a Global Education program is when language proficiency is at the intermediate level or above (202 or higher). If you wish to participate in a Global Education program before you reach this level, we recommend that you have at least one semester of study in the language before participating in a language program abroad. Review our recommended options below:

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall - Spring Begin researching Global Education programs; speak with Japanese faculty or with a SILC advisor for program recommendations. Visit the Global Education Office website to review program options
Summer Option 1:Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 2


Fall- Spring Option 2: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring Global Education program
Summer Option 3:Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 3


Fall - Spring Option 4: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring Global Education program
Summer Option 5: Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 4


Fall - Spring Option 6: Complete a fall semester, winter break, spring break or post-spring Global Education program

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the School of International Letters and Cultures

The School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) recommends that you speak with Japanese faculty members and meet with your SILC major/minor academic advisor to help guide you in deciding which program will best help you to achieve your academic and personal goals. SILC has provided a list of Global Education programs that have been reviewed and recommended for students majoring or minoring in Japanese. Typically, Global Education courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives.

Advice from the Global Education Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your Global Education journey.

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a GEO Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.

Attend a Financing Your Global Education Program workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to Global Education programs, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for Global Education scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

  • Call (480) 965-6281 to schedule an appointment with a SILC academic advisor.

  • Visit a SILC advisor during walk-in hours on the 4th floor of the LL building.

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?

  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?

  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?

  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will a Global Education program impact my progress?

  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?

  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?

  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet With the Global Education Office

Meet With the Global Education Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have participated in various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Stop by the Global Education Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Global Education Office website.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Global Education Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Global Education Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Global Education Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for Global Education programs?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Pursuing a global experience is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your global experience.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a Cost Sheet for your program on the Cost Info tab of the Global Education Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while participating. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Global Education Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses as needed since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your global education program. You can receive funding for your program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general global education scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funded their programs.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to your global education program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for my global education program? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I participate on a GEO program?
  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The School of International Letters and Cultures offers Global Education scholarships for which you may apply.

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Global Education Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer Financing Your Global Education Program Workshops through fall and spring semesters. Join us to learn how to finance your global education program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

Recommended Programs

Although Japanese majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the School of International Letters and Cultures recommends the following programs. To request more information, please contact Bradley Wilson (wilson.sensei@asu.edu), or another member of the faculty.



Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Japan
Unique Features: Study with ASU faculty at Hiroshima Shudo University and earn 5 credits in Japanese Language and 2 credits in Japanese Religion and Culture over five weeks. This program includes weekend day trips and one overnight trip to historical cultural sites in and around Hiroshima. Students may explore the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hiroshima: the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Itsukushima Shrine of Miyajima.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: Japan
Unique Features: Study at Hiroshima Shudo University for the spring semester or the full academic year. The very small class sizes at this institution are ideal for rapid development of Japanese language skills, with a small number of English-taught electives also available for enrollment. Experience Hiroshima’s modern culture, largely shaped by the redevelopment of the city after the dropping of the atomic bomb and dedicated as a peace and memorial city.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: Japan
Unique Features: The ancient city of Kyoto sees nearly 40 million tourists each year. Visitors seek the essence of all that is traditionally Japanese, with a long legacy of history, culture and religion. Kyoto University offers courses across multiple disciplines, in addition to Japanese language courses. On-campus housing is guaranteed for participants on the exchange program.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: Japan
Unique Features: Kyushu University is located in Fukuoka, a friendly and culturally fascinating city located halfway between Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai. Exchange participants study Japanese language and culture and other topics, including independent study and research, through the Japan in Today’s World (JTW) program. JTW offers a culturally diverse environment in which you can meet and exchange ideas with people from around the world.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Japan
Unique Features: The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at Nanzan University offers a comprehensive range of courses for participants on this exchange program. Courses at the CJS provide an excellent introduction to Japanese language and culture, and fit well with the ASU Japanese major. Additionally, many culture, history, political studies, art and other courses are taught in English. Outside of the classroom, the Greater Nagoya area is home to over seven million people, and in recent years has been one of the main focal points of development in Japan.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year
Country: Japan
Unique Features: Ryukoku University is located in Kyoto, Japan, the former capital of Japan and widely considered the heart of Japanese culture and politics. Students participating in this program will enroll in the Japanese Experience Program in Kyoto (JEP Kyoto), which provides an opportunity for students to take courses in Japanese language and culture, and Asian Studies. Ryukoku University is an excellent choice for Japanese majors seeking to enhance their Japanese language skills.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: Japan
Unique Features: Study at Waseda University, one of Japan’s prestigious and cutting edge universities with more than fifty thousand students, including 4,000 international students. Located in Tokyo, one of the most developed areas of Japan, students should expect to experience modern flourishes as well as time-honored tradition in the form of its shrines, ryokans and many museums. Enroll in the Japanese Language Program (JLP) to engage with students from around the world while being immersed in intensive Japanese language courses.