• Inside-Out Classroom: Hands on learning in Japan
• Festival Season: Summer coincides with Kyoto festivals
• Old and New: Tour modern metropolis and ancient villages
What makes this Athena?
• True immersion into the Japanese culture
• No large groups
• Learning outside of the classroom
HISA was one of the first schools Athena partnered with when we began, and with good reason. We share the same mission for study abroad – personalized, quality education that starts within the classroom walls and expands into the world.
Founded in 2000 in Greece, HISA expanded its offerings to include Kyoto in 2013.
Class-sizes are minimized to ensure students receive individual attention, and
benefit from a close working relationship with their instructors.
General allocation of the courses are as follows:
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Since the invention of photography nearly two centuries ago and the rise of digital technology, the way human beings receive information, see the world, and see themselves has radically changed. In the 21st century photography has established itself as a formidable tool of expression within the arts. Aimed at encouraging creativity, this course will emphasize a critical sense of visual language in contemporary photography using Kyoto, and its environs, as inspiration for new work. We will explore a sense of place through encounters with everything that is Japan including photographic exhibitions where we will investigate social and historical contexts in photography. Camera techniques, photographic principles, and editing fundamentals with software like Photoshop will be covered. Students will participate in group critiques where they will identify an emerging line of personal inquiry in their work, culminating in a creative series or photo essay for the class.
This course is specially designed to offer students an insight into the history and significance of classical Japan, as well as introducing them to the vibrancy and variety of Japan’s hybrid modern society. It also aims to provide an inspirational energy that will assist students, no matter their major, in both creative and critical substance. Lectures and travel writing workshops will prepare students to place in artistic and historical context their impressions gained during the many field trips and excursions. The course journal and goal objectives will allow for work in creative writing/sketching/photography, and critical essays. The full immersion the course entails, along with conversational and customs orientations, will help students to gain a truly meaningful understanding of the nation’s overall relationship between its classical traditions in art, society and religion, and its modern way of life.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of
Indianapolis in Athens, and a Masters of Business Administration with
a specialization in Technology Management and Communications
National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Jennifer has helped to introduce and acclimate students to international settings while guiding their efforts to build their creative vision and portfolio development.
This intentionally small, on-the-go program is a true faculty-driven academic and experiential plunge into Japan.
Experience the classroom inside out through hands-on coursework throughout this rich country.
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Due to the fast-pace of the program, experiential learning is integrated with the academic program. Field trips and excursions are designed to enhance the quality and application of the learning content. Some of these experiential learning components include:
Why do we have this program in the Summer? Because July is festival season in Kyoto! You’ll get to be there for the Gion Festival, one of Japan’s most famous traditional festivals.
Your authentic Japanese experience continues into your accommodations. The program package includes a shared bedroom in traditional Japanese-style housing (3-4 students per room) located near downtown Kyoto.
Accommodations are fully furnished and equipped, complete with a living area, bathroom and kitchen.
Typically, 6-15 students, per term. The size of the program is kept small so that students get personalized attention from the instructors and advisors.
The program itself includes travel around the city!
Delicious! Traditional Japanese food is available and we encourage you to dive into the food, which is big part of the Japanese culture.
An adventurous eater will be very happy as there are many opportunities to explore dishes that aren’t readily available in many American restaurants.
Vegetarians: Athena’s resident vegetarian gives Kyoto an 8 out of 10 for being vegetarian friendly!
You will fly into the Kyoto airport. Do not book travel until you are formally accepted into the program and more travel details are provided.
We have partnered with STA Travel, an incredible student-focused travel agency. The good people there will be able to help all Athena students arrange flights overseas.
Yuko (the on-site advisor) was incredibly helpful. She went completely out of her way to make everyone experience what they wanted to while in Japan...Kyoto was incredibly safe.
Cleveland Institute of Art
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Kyoto is incredible to begin with, but the summer is an especially special time. In July, you will get to experience Kyoto during its Gion Festival month, which takes it to a whole other level. The festival gives you a glimpse into the enchanting traditional Japan. If you’re a fan of Japanese culture, or history in general, you won’t want to miss this. While you’re having a traditional meal at one of the many lantern-lit restaurants along the riverside, or exploring the culturally rich neighborhoods, you’ll be gaining an appreciation for the unique treasures Kyoto has to offer.
CITY PERKS: You will get to experience some of the most beloved sites of Kyoto, as well as often overlooked destinations.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2018
You will take 1-2 courses for 3 credits each
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2018
You will take 2-4 courses for 3 credits each
Note: June will be in Tokyo & July program will be in Kyoto
If you’d like some more info before you start an application, that’s not a problem. Just let us know how to contact you and we’ll get back to you asap!