• Inside-Out Classroom: Hands on learning in Japan
• Intimate Tokyo: Massive city, personalized experience
• See it All: Many excursions included
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 Japan 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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Yuko Yamauchi is a graduate of Hokkaido University Medical School in Sapporo, Japan, and a certified occupational therapist. For six years she worked for the Red Cross Hospital in northern Hokkaido. Having earned her degree in Psychology from the University of Indianapolis, she plays an important role in the program both as counselor and coordinator of student affairs. She also oversees the orientation and cultural excursion modules that are so integral to HISA's vision of social and creative immersion.
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:
Shitamachi (Old Tokyo)
Mt. Takao & Monkey Park
Tokyo Animation Center
Harajuku Fashion Street
Meiji Shrine & Yoyogi park
Kamakura Great Buddha
Odaiba entertainment district
Yokohama & Chinatown
These intentionally small, on-the-go programs are a true faculty-driven academic and experiential plunge into Japan.
Your authentic Japanese experience continues into your accommodations. The program package includes a shared bedroom in a Tokyo apartment (2-4 students per room).
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 Tokyo an 8 out of 10 for being vegetarian friendly!
You will fly into the Tokyo 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.
Simply being in such a beautiful country with such well planned cultural excursions was amazing and I felt by the end...I could have made it on my own in Japan.
Saginaw Valley State University
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When one thinks of Japan they usually first think of Tokyo. And for good reason! This city is unlike any other. As one of the largest cities in the world, its ability to merge Japanese pop culture and traditional Japan creates an architectural hybrid city that showcases the ultramodern with neon-lit skyscrapers, and historic with its temples.
From museums, temples, & public gardens, to karaoke bars, fish markets, and the best sushi you’ve ever had, you’re sure to get the full Japan experience in this city
CITY PERKS: You will get to experience one of the world’s most iconic cities and dive deep into a well rounded understanding of Japanese culture by exploring the temples, gardens, & markets that make up Tokyo.
More than 35 million people live in Tokyo, making it the largest metropolitan area in the world.
The Eiffel Tower was the inspiration for the Tokyo Sky Tree. The tower is repainted every 5 years by hand. The process takes an entire year to complete.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2019
You will take 1-2 courses for 3 credits each
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2019
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!