• 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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This course is designed to move the student forward from film survey into a close analysis of the work of four important Japanese directors with different focus and historical significance: Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Hayaho Miyazaki and Hideaki Anno. Individual selected films and oeuvres as a whole are considered for their cinematic concerns as well as influence on other filmmakers in order to give the student a strong sense of the significance of each auteur within the scope of film history and Japanese cultural development, as well as within an intellectual, social, and technical context. Filmmakers will be discussed in terms of their own development as well, and attention will be given to genre and the evolution of critical approaches to their work. We will examine both universal and local themes throughout the films including but not limited to war, existentialism, individualism, family roles, enduring traditions and clashing cultures, modern values and mythology. Analysis, group discussions, and individual student presentations will accompany each film, along with readings from the texts below.
Creative writing in Japan is designed to introduce employment and experimentation with the important artistic concepts found across a broad range of Japanese arts, in a creative writing workshop. Through a guided exploration of a selection of writers, students will be introduced to distinguishing features of Japanese literary styles. Through creative writing activities utilizing theory and practical techniques we endeavour to integrate these concepts into student creative works. We will begin by taking a look at employment of mono no aware sensibilities in the composition of Murasaki Shikibu’s Tale of Gengi. Through an introduction to the literary styles of Matsuo Basho and Junichiro Tanizaki, we will explore the concepts and exhibition of wabisabi and ma, valuation of imperfection or transience and creation of profound space. Later, we will delve into the extremely complex and personal writing style of Yukio Mishima. The course will end with an examination of modernism in Japanese literature through uses of metaphors and surrealism in the works of Banana Yoshimoto and Haruki Murakami.
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:
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, 2018
You will take 1-2 courses for 3 credits each
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 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!