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Earlham's Studies in Cross Cultural Education (SICE)


Earlham's Studies in Cross Cultural Education (SICE) program provides students a unique opportunity to learn about Japan by participating in a Japanese community. Students become a member of a local school by serving as a foreign language (English) teaching assistant. About ten students participate in SICE every year. The program is located in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of Japan.

Students live with host families during their stay in Morioka. Each student is provided with a private room and is expected to take part in family meals at breakfast and dinner. Host families make the student a part of the family, often planning weekend trips and outings together.

During the semester, students travel to the Tohoku coastline including the city of Miyako and the village of Tanohata. Students meet with government officials to discuss the recovery efforts following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami; tour some of the devastated areas and learn about risk management planning for the future; and visit households and businesses that have a long relationship with Earlham College.

Click here to apply online for the Japan SICE Program.

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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 - Pre (1 credit) prior to departure and Cross-Cultural Explorations - Post (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 - Pre is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.

Academic Programs

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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 Earlham-approved study abroad program during their college career.

Additional Cost

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.

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