Program Administrator: 
IE3 Global
Location: 

Wallawa County, Oregon and Akita Prefecture, Japan

Duration: 
Summer
Language: 
English
Japanese
Housing: 
Residence Hall
Host Family
Requirement: 

3.0 GPA

Program Details: 

Dates: 6/15/2015 to 7/17/2015

Together with Akita International University students and faculty, study the issues facing rural communities in these two nations.  In summer of 2015, Oregon students have a unique opportunity to join Japanese peers and Akita/OSU faculty in a cross-cultural program sponsored by a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education.  Focusing on the opportunities and challenges that affect rural communities in both countries, students will work in a cohort to examine such issues as natural resource management, cultural heritage and tourism, and caring for an aging population.  Students will spend three weeks together in Oregon, starting on the OSU campus in Corvallis, and moving to Wallowa County in Eastern Oregon.  From there, they will travel to Japan to the Akita International University campus on the north of Honshu Island and then to rural Akita Prefecture to experience first-hand how the same issues impact communities in Japan.  Course work will involve research and preparation of information that will serve both areas, and students from OSU and AIU assist one another in understanding their respective cultural worlds.  This 12 credit course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all majors. 

This program began in 2013 - learn more about it at: http://rrc.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

Led By:
Dr. John Bliss, Forestry
Dr. Nancy Rosenberger, Anthropology
Dr. Ayumi Sugimoto, AIU Faculty

Deadlines:
Summer: March 1

Program Costs: 

Program cost and application information will be forthcoming.

Academic Emphasis: 
Agricultural Sciences
Anthropology
Asian Lang & Cultures
Environ. Science
Forest Eng.
Forestry
Geography
Japanese
Liberal Studies
Natural Resources
Political Science
Public Health
Sustainability
Country: 
Japan