Gender and Culture: Japan

Summer 2017

May 15 - June 5, 2017

Program Highlights

  • Live downtown in the largest city in the world
  • Study and socialize with Japanese students from Bunkyo Gakuin University
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum
  • Immerse yourself in everyday and traditional Japanese culture
  • Visit the Ghibli Museum
  • Explore Tokyo through walking tours and on your own
  • This is a Gender (GE) designated Common Curriculum Course (pending approval)

Program Description

This program is centered around the class Gender and Culture: Japan. Students will stay downtown Tokyo on the grounds of Bunkyo Gakuin University. There you will have the opportunity to study alongside Japanese students, attend some guest lectures, and socialize with Japanese college students during your free time. The program will include visits to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and a stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan.

The class will exmaine the ways in which gender and sexuality are experienced and lived in Japan. Students will examine the ways in which gender can intersect with such forms of identity as nationality, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, and religion. 

Read what past students have said:

  • We had classes in our home, at cafe shops, climbing a mountain, in the midst of metro traffic...everywhere was a learning opportunity. And the classes were great. 
  • I liked the information that we were learning, as well as the challenge of being in a different country while learning about culture and gender. I loved that we had the structure of going places together and meeting with interesting and amazing people, but also had time to explore and learn on our own.
  • My program director was awesome, he did a great job with the academics and getting conversations started and giving us useful and interesting information. The meetings that we went to and places we visited were great as well. Overall it seemed to be a very well put together trip and had a wonderful assortment of activities. 

Course Information

Course Name: Gender and Culture: Japan

Course Number: GEND 180 (pending approval)

Credit Number: 2

Designation: Gender (pending approval)

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $3800 plus the cost of 2 CSB/SJU credits at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $573 per credit).

This price includes:

  • Round-trip international airfare from Minneapolis to Narita International Airport
  • Accommodations during the program
  • All local transportation for group activities
  • Course related excursions including: admission to museums and cultural attractions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Program administrative costs and fees
  • Most group meals (approximately 1/day)

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Individual meals (there is a reasonable cafeteria on campus and many nearby options under $10/meal)
  • Personal spending money
  • Any post-travel plans or adjustments to airfare will be the cost of individual students


For the majority of the program, students will stay in Bunkyo Gakuin International Student Dormitory. Students will sleep two to a room, have a communal shower and bathroom, and access to WiFi. Bedding and linens will be provided. For the group excursion, housing will be determined based on the group size and gender of participants. At least one night will be spent in a traditional Japanese Rykon. 


Shane Miller is a professor and chair of Gender Studies. This will be his third time leading a program to Japan and sixth overall study abroad program.