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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Fall Break in Japan: Architecture & Interiors Intensive

Tokyo Japan Skyline
*Photo by Sierra Dreisbach

Program Overview

Few countries in the world have such a unique and refined culture in craft, art, architecture, and garden and landscape design, as Japan. Nor have many cultures so impacted the aesthetic imagination of the West. This course will introduce students to the history and culture of Japan— surveying its origins and evolution into the world leading industrial, cultural and design center that it is today. Studnents will study Japan’s pre-history— Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun, to Asuka, and Nara and Heian periods—through the Kamakura and Muromachi periods— to the Edo, Meiji, and Taisho, periods—when Japan distinguished itself from all other China influenced cultures of Asia. The course will also cover the modernization of Japan from the early-Showa period of the late-19th Century-early 20th Century and Pre-World War II Colonialist/Imperialist Showa period. The course will then focus on the Post-War II reconstruction and modernization of the Heisei period of today. We will be taking an in-depth look at Japanese contemporary architecture, design, and Japan’s ecstatic Pop-culture, and its impact within our 21st century global culture.

This Intensive Course Abroad will allow students to learn about and explore the historic and contemporary architecture of Japan.  A number of preparatory meetings prior to departure will introduce students to Tokyo, Kyoto and the Central region of Honshu, as well as the history, culture, art, design and architecture of Japan, and its impact upon the today’s global culture.


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for ARCH T380: Japan Intensive for 3 credits during the fall term. The course satisfies the History/Theory in the architectural curriculum and humanities for other majors. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their fall credit load as the credits are not optional.

Pre-requisites: Arch 141-143, OR ARTH 101-103 or INT 200

Pre-Travel Required Lectures: attendance is mandatory during summer term lectures in Philadelphia. Schedule TBD.

Instructors: John Defazio and Uk Jung, Professors in Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism

Program Calendar*

Pre-Travel Required Lectures: attendance is mandatory during summer term lectures in Philadelphia. Schedule TBD.

Arrival Date: Sept. 10, 2018

Departure Date: Sept. 20, 2018

*Students traveling before or after official program dates assume all risk for independent travel as Drexel is not responsible outside of program dates

Itinerary Overview

--The program begins in Tokyo, where students will view and study its historic, modern and contemporary architecture, design, and art, as well as immersing themselves in its fast paced urban culture.

--From Tokyo there will be a day trip to the cultural/religious sites of Kamakura. 

--The group will then travel to Kyoto, home to one quarter of Japan's national treasures, countless shrines and temples, and seventeen sites recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. 

--From Kyoto there will be a day trip to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Museum and memorial parks and reflect upon the history and impact of  World War II on Japan and the world.  There will be a separate day trip Himeji Castle, its garden surrounds and temples. 

--The last two full days in Japan will be a day trip visiting the temples, shrines, parks, gardens and fauna, at the World Heritage Sites of Nara and the monastery of Uji. 

Program Fee - $1,650Kyoto Japan Geisha Photo

Due May 1, 2018: $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due July 1, 2018: $1,150 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • 13 night accommodations
  • On-site transport (train & bus)
  • Entrance fees for site visits
  • Guided tours & guest lectures
  • Two group dinners

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Round trip airfare to Japan ($1300)
  • Airport transfers ($150)
  • Passport ($135)
  • Meals ($400)
  • Spending money ($300)
*Photo by Tiffany Tse

More Information

  • US citizens are not required to obtain a visa. Other nationalities should confirm visa requirements on the Japan Embassy website.
  • A suggested flight itinerary will be provided. Students must purchase their own flights.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 05/31/2018
06/05/2018 09/10/2018 09/20/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.