Students earn a total of 18 semester credits for the successful completion of the program. The following courses will be offered:
- Japanese Language (6 hrs)
- Field Study in Education (6 hrs)
- Cross-Cultural Educational Perspectives (3 hrs)
- Special Faculty Seminar (3 hrs)
In addition to these courses, students are required to participate in a variety of group activities, including concerts, festivals, and trips to historic sites. Participants are responsible for negotiating credits with their academic advisor before departure.
Pre-Departure Course and Post-Return Course
Students accepted to the SICE Program in Japan are required to participate in Cross-Cultural Explorations I (1 credit) prior to departure and Cross-Cultural Explorations II (1 credit) after they return. Pre-departure sessions are designed to prepare students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, activities, films, lectures, and discussions with former participants of the program. A weekend retreat is part of this course. Students and parents will receive a Handbook of important information prior to the program. Following return to campus, students will participate in a 7-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. Credit for Cross-Cultural Explorations I is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.
Program fees are equal to tuition, room, and board for one semester at Earlham. The program covers academic and educational costs, including tuition, field excursions, accommodations, meals, and administrative costs during the program.
Students on financial aid may apply their aid to one Earlham or GLCA-recognized study abroad program during their college career.
Each student must budget for additional money to cover round-trip airfare, passport and visa fees, personal expenses, such as books, gifts, and costs during independent travel periods.
Students will be responsible for making their own travel plans, both to and from the program, as well as during any independent travel periods. Information on travel and flight reservations will be available during the orientation.
The language requirement is one year of college level Japanese or the equivalent. Students are encouraged to continue their language study until departing for Japan. Undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.