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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan; Nara, Japan; Nikko, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Spend two weeks traveling with UMSL students and professors while meeting a variety of business leaders and exploring numerous cultural sites.

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  • Participants will enjoy cultural exploration combined with a study of a fascinating global economy and/or society.

  • The trip will include lectures, language study, company and/or museum visits and breathtaking trips to sites of major interest.

  • Earn 3 credit hours towards your degree while abroad!

  • Travel with UMSL faculty and students!


Professor Keiko Ueda
Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese

Professor Hiroko Yoshii
Adjunct Instructor of Japanese

Dr. Norihito Furuya
Founder and CEO of IGB Network-Tokyo
Visiting Professor of International Business-UMSL

Professor Amy Michael (organizing but not leading)
Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese


See program costs above for summer.



BEST MAJORS: Business Administration, International Business, Japanese

Also Good: Any student needing an elective in Business or Humanities

This program works well for the UMSL majors listed above, but most programs can work well for all majors if students can take courses for elective credit. Check with your academic advisor and the study abroad office to learn about your options!



  • INTBUS 3283: Japanese Business & Society

  • INTBUS 5289: International Business Strategies (grad students only)

  • ?HONORS 3010: Advanced Honors Seminar in the Humanities

  • JAPAN 3210: Japanese Culture & Society?

The Japan Study Tour program incorporates company visits, government briefings, language training, cultural education, and introductions to modern and traditional aspects of Japanese society for a well-rounded study abroad experience.Participants will enjoy cultural exploration combined with a study of a fascinating global economy and/or society. The trip will include lectures, language study, company and museum visits and breathtaking trips to sites of major interest.



UMSL students studying abroad on the Japan Study Tour will pay UMSL tuition and earn UMSL credit (not transfer credit). This means that studying on the Japan Study Tour satisfies the UMSL Academic Residence requirement.





Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

Nikko is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, most famous for Toshogu, Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, and Nikko National Park continues to offer scenic, mountainous landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys and hiking trails.

Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. As the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784.Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples.

Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face. Over the centuries, Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.

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Students will live in a combination of hostels and hotels while traveling.



Students will spend eight days in Tokyo, one day in Nikko, six days in Nara/Kyoto. Optional day trips to Osaka, Hiroshima, and Takayama (Japan Alps) may be available. 


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/23/2018
02/23/2018 05/15/2018 05/29/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.