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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: Kumamoto University Type of Instruction: Lecture, Service-Learning
Classes With: Local Students, UGA Students Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: Host Professor(s), UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
College/School: Public Health Academic Area: Health Promotion and Behavior, Public Health
Minimum number of credit hours: 6 Maximum number of credit hours: 6
Participant Selection: Not competitive Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.00 or above
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Program Description:

Japan Shrine
Public Health, Culture and Aging Issues in Japan

The College of Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavior Department is offering a Summer Session in Japan that focuses on international public health issues, such as aging, environmental problems, community health, and chronic and infectious disease.  The program will be held at Kumamoto University and Shizuoka University of Art and Culture with faculty and students from Japan and other countries.  The program will consist of both lecture and service learning opportunities.  The program is physically challenging and may not be suitable for all students.   

Program Location

The setting for the University of Georgia's Japan Study Abroad Program is Kumamoto, Japan at Kumamoto University and Hamamatsu, Japan at  Shizuoka University of Art and Culture.  Hamamatsu is a large city with generous food options, gardens, and castles.  Kumamoto is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.  This is a metropolitan area with a population of around 1.5 million people.  The city is home of Kumamoto Castle, many Japanese gardens, beautiful temples, and two large outdoor walking arcades (what we would call a mall) in the center of the city. This allows for students to have an abundance of Japanese culture, including endless food choices, shopping, and entertainment.  Most importantly, the Kumamoto Prefecture mascot, Kumamon, is a favorite of the people of Kumamoto and of the UGA faculty!  We will also visit the city of Hiroshima and the Hiroshima Peace Museum.  

Kumamoto University and Shizuoka University of Art and Culture 

The program takes place at Kumamoto University and Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, where UGA students will engage in studies with students and faculty who attend and teach formally at Kumamoto University.  This will give our students the opportunity to engage in a true integrated experience in Japan. 

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

While in Hiroshima, we will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Park.  It is an amazing and humbling experience.


We will also visit the island of Muyajima.  This is an island famous for its giant tori gate, Itsukushima Shrine.   


Contact Information

Jessica Legge Muilenburg

Katie Darby Hein

Academic Program


July 7, 2019 - All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Japan. In order to arrive in on July 7th for the beginning of the program, July 6th is the last possible day to depart the United States for Japan. 

July 8th, 2018 - Official start of the program

July 24th, 2017 - Official end of the program

Program Itinerary



Students will be housed in the an "apartment hotel" while in Japan.  

Program Costs
The basic cost of the program is estimated at $2,130. Tuition is not included in this cost. See for tuition rates. The cost of the program includes:
  • Program Deposit (due after acceptance to program) - applied towards total program cost
  • International Health Insurance (UGA requirement)
  • Charter bus and/or train transportation on planned field trips
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Some dinners while traveling with the program group
Students who are not residents of Georgia or do not attend a University System of Georgia University or College pay an additional $250.00.

Classes Offered 

Classes being offered for Undergraduate students are: 

HPRB 3050S, Service Learning in Health Promotion 

HPRB 4180 Health Promotion Program Study Abroad

Classes being offered for Graduate students are:

HPRB 8000, Directed Study in Health Promotion

HPRB 8050, Advanced Service Learning in Health Promotion

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Program Reviews:
Bernard Ming Yin Hsia, Summer 2017 Participant
This was a very unique and rewarding experience. I met a lot of different people and was able to experience many aspects of Japanese culture.

Summer 2017 Participant
I always wanted to go to Japan, and now I can say I have! Not to mention, I got two course credits for it that count towards my degree!

Summer 2017 Participant
Great program - the homestays, beach, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial were highlights of this study abroad. I feel that this study abroad exposed us more to the cultural differences in Japan than we wouldn't have gotten just traveling on our own.

Learn key phrases like "thank you," "hello," and so on in Japanese and become familiar with traditional Japanese food because it's very different from American-Japanese food. Make sure you buy the Wifi hotspot so you can have internet access where ever you go - bring an external battery to charge cameras/cell phones etc. Bring comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to do A LOT of walking. Consider traveling to Japan a week early by yourself or with other students to see more cities and tourist places outside of what the study abroad program offers. Take time to rest and get a good night's sleep - take care of your body in general! Learn to use chopsticks!!! Take sunscreen for the beach! The Japanese students are so excited to meet with American students, so download their form of social media (LINE) and meet up with them for dinners and karaoke!!! Pack light - there are washer/dryer units at all the hotels/hostels - that way you have more room to bring back souvenirs! Japan is a very safe country and everyone is so polite, so be sure to be respectful! Don't let the costs of the program deter you from participating - it was an amazing cultural experience and so worth it!!!
     — Camilla Herndon, Summer 2017
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