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Dates: 29 April–14 June 2024
Application Deadline: 1 November 2023

Get out of the classroom and come experience JAPAN! For the first part of the program, we will explore the ancient capital Kyoto—a city that offers Japan’s equivalent of Paris, London, and Rome all in one valley of astonishing beauty. Through blogs, scavenger hunts, field trips and other forms of interactive learning, we will develop our cultural knowledge and language ability while discovering the temples, shrines, parks, culinary delights, and other cultural offerings of Kyoto along with the deep pockets of coolness in neighboring Osaka. For the final part of the program, we will tour Japan by bullet train, stopping to visit war memorials in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, ancient castles in Himeji, hot springs resorts in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture, and festivals in northern Honshu and Hokkaido. We will also spend several days in Tokyo—a city renowned for its Instagram worthy street fashion, cool stationery shops, world-famous anime studios, cutting-edge architecture, otaku culture, and many many Michelin-starred restaurants—the most of any city in the world!

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Contact Us

Steve Moody
3069 JFSB
(801) 422-6405

Dan Dewey
4064C JFSB
(801) 422-6005


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students will enroll in 6 credit hours from the following courses while on this program:

JAPAN 345R—Traditional Japanese Culture (3.0 credit hours)

JAPAN 211R— Second-Year Conversation (3.0 credit hours)
JAPAN 311R—Third-Year Conversation (3.0 credit hours)
JAPAN 490R—Individual Study in Japanese (3.0 credit hours)

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint, undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduates and non–Latter-day Saint students), lodging, program travel expenses within Japan, bicycle rental, international health insurance coverage.

Does not include airfare, food, passport, and all other personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Most students will be eligible for a $500 Japanese studies scholarship. The following resources may also help fund this program:

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour). This class will be held during the second block of the Winter 2024 semester.

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants in the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will stay in the Kyoto House as they further develop language skills and learn about the culture. While traveling throughout Japan, the group will stay in hotels and inns.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline: 1 November 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Steve Moody
3069 JFSB
(801) 422-6405

Dan Dewey
4064C JFSB
(801) 422-6005
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.