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Belmont in Japan

Geisha and Samurai

This three-week program offers students the opportunity to visit Tokyo then travel to Shizuoka, where you will experience a homestay with a Japanese family. In Kyoto, you will be able to interact with geisha, visit temples and other historic sites, as well as meet Japanese college students. You will also participate in aspects of traditional Japanese cultures such as the tea ceremony and flower arranging, both of which were first practiced by samurai, then by geisha, then by everyone.

Program Dates:
Maymester Study Abroad: May 6 to May 27, 2014

Interest Meeting:

Friday, October 18,10 a.m. in McWhorter 231


Students enroll in one to four of the following courses:

HUM 3950: The World of the Geisha and Samurai (Jr. Cornerstone)
HIS 3950: Kyoto: the Old Capital
ASN 2950: Tea Culture in Japan
JPN 3950: Conversational Japanese
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing

  • Open to qualified Belmont students or students from other institutions
  • Students can be from any discipline
  • Undergraduate students need GPA of 2.5 or above


Maymester 2014 Tuition and Fees: 3 to 12 hours of tuition offered at the special Study Abroad rate of 1/3 the cost of normal Maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.


Undergraduate: Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn three to twelve hours of Belmont University credit.

Application Deadlines:

January 31, 2014

Faculty Contacts:

Naoko Ozaki, Ph.D.