For three years, selected incoming freshmen have explored a new country and met new classmates. For free. Through the generous support of the Japan Foundation, these students spent two weeks traveling through Japan with Furman professors and other incoming freshmen during the summer before they began their studies at Furman.  Along the way, they experienced Japanese language, culture, and history. And by the time they got back to Furman, they had some great friends and great memories!

Explore Japan

The trip itinerary varied depending on which professors led the trip. We've gone to Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo. There were plenty of opportunities to learn on these trips. We weren't in a traditional classroom, but at least one of the professors on each trip was an expert on Japan, providing lots of chances to ask questions about the cultural and historical sites visited.

Our accommodations

While we were in Japan, we stayed at hotels as a group. We had the chance to sample authentic Japanese food both at local hotels and restaurants.

Our costs

The scholarship covered all all travel-related expenses. travel-related expenses. Participants simply needed to commit to two semesters of Japanese language and take a First Year Seminar on Japan.

"Like" the Summer Japan Experience Facebook page and read the students' testimonials and see the photos from JSE 12 and JSE 13. You are welcome to post your questions.

There isn't a Japan Summer Experience this year, but there are plenty of opportunities to explore Japan through language, history, philosophy and anthropology classes at Furman.  And we offer three exchange program opportunities for study away in Japan!

In 2015 we will offer a Summer China Experience, so check it out, too.

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