Summer Abroad Japan

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Life Sciences in Japan

Kusatsu (near Kyoto), Japan

Arrive Date:  June 21, 2020    End Date:  July 17, 2020

Program Overview

Study biochemistry while living in Japan. We will stay at Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu. Only 20 minutes from Kyoto, this home base offers many opportunities to explore one of the world’s most treasured cities (UNESCO World Heritage Site). With ample free time, students can visit Osaka or Tokyo, shop, delve into manga, dine in foodie heaven, or relax in an Onsen town. Class excursions to aquariums, science museums, botanical gardens, and fermentation facilities producing beverages or foods demonstrate how Japan presents science-related topics to the public. Excursions also include visiting some of Kyoto’s most famous and beautiful historic sites such as Fushimi Inari and Ryoanji. Students will broaden their intercultural experience by meeting with Ritsumeikan students who also study life sciences and are pursuing similar career goals.

Taught In:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

Program CoordinatorKaren Larke


Biological Sciences (BIS) 102. Structure & Function of Biomolecules (3 units)

Biological Sciences (BIS) 198Directed Group Study (5 units, P/NP)

Tutors enroll in an alternate course.

Prerequisite Note: Summer Abroad will be enforcing prerequisites for this program.

Program Highlights

  • Live, study, and make friends at Ritsumeikan University.
  • Take in the natural beauty and meet the kind people of Japan.
  • Experience the wonders of Kyoto: historic sites and modern life.
  • Personal travel possibilities to Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, Mt Fuji, Tokyo, or elsewhere.
  • Enjoy the food: ramen, yakitori, okonomiyaki, sushi, & many other delights.

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