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, Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Shimoda, Hiroshima and Nara. 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 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, JSE 13, and JSE. You are welcome to post your questions.

There will be Japan Summer Experience 2016 with 8 students for 10 days. We will explore Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka.

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Want more information? Contact Izumi Tokunaga​

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