Japan Orientation

University of East Anglia

“We are hosting this innovative course to enthuse others with a passion for Japan; past, present and future.” - Dr Simon Kaner, Director of Centre for Japanese Studies, and Mami Mizutori, Special Advisor for Japanese Studies at UEA.

The significance of Japan today is based upon a fascinating past which informs the present in a multitude of ways. Japan is at the forefront of issues challenging human society in the 21st century, from demographics to sustainable development, and the impact of new technologies and advances in communication.

The course draws upon the Centre’s dedication to producing excellent interdisciplinary research on Japan and provides an introduction to generating a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of Japan. Delivery will focus on stimulating discussion with contributions from a number of programme speakers who are leading researchers in the field of Japanese Studies.

This module is delivered by Centre for Japanese Studies, Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities in partnership with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. 

Field trips may include:

Two day trips to London and Cambridge to visit cultural sites such as the British Museum and the Cambridge University Library. There is also likely to be some time spent off campus in Norwich at the Sainsbury’s Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

By the end of the module students will:

  • Be able to be a more intercultural member of society, having gained knowledge about Japan’s social, political and cultural context. 
  • Have a greater understanding of Japan’s history and geography. 
  • Have an appreciation of Japan’s significance within European society. 
  • Have enhanced study skills, in particular the ability to present information and express ideas about materials studies in oral and written formats.


Location Norwich, UK
Period 29 Jun 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
Level Bachelor / Undergraduate
Credits None
Program fee 3,095 GBP
Accommodation fee Included in program fee
Fee extra info:
Apply before 31 March 2019 and receive a £200 discount. Partners receive a £400 discount.
Application deadline 1 May 2019
Entry requirements:
The course is suited to those who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest approaches to Japanese Studies. No specific prior knowledge is required, except a desire and willingness to learn and engage.

Contact information & application:

Email: summerstudyabroad@uea.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 1603 592255

Arts 0.73
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
NR4 7TJ Norwich, UK

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