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Three Great Programs...
Welcome to Japan!

From the bustling metropolis of Tokyo in the East, to the mountainous and picturesque region of Akita in the North, OUS offers three distinct programs for students to explore Japan.  There are two offerings in Tokyo, Waseda University and Aoyama Gakuin University.  One of the most prestigious universities in Japan, Waseda offers students the chance to take intensive Japanese language classes, with courses taught in English in the School of International Liberal Studies.  Aoyama Gakuin offers students the chance to experience a traditional Japanese university, with intensive language courses, as well as the option to take traditional university courses taught in Japanese.  Our newest offering, Akita International University, is the only university to provide English language instruction for all of its Japanese and international students, and provides tracks in Global Business, Global Studies, and Japan Studies.  With three distinct options to choose from, there is something for everyone interested in Japan and Japanese culture!

Akita International University/Oregon University System
Project Based Learning Program on Resilient Rural Communities

Summer 2014

Program in Oregon and Akita Prefecture, Japan

In summer of 2014, 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 aging populations and elder care, cultural heritage and tourism, and natural resource management.  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 the Akita International University campus and then to rural Akita Prefecture in Japan 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.  This 12 credit course is open to students from all majors.

Because of grant funding which helps cover program costs, this is a very affordable program. As this is a pilot program developed by OSU faculty, it is currently open only to Oregon State University students; in future years, students from all OUS institutions will be welcome to participate.   Please click on this link for more information about the program.  The application deadline is Saturday, March 1. To apply or for more information, please contact Craig Geffre at OUS International Programs (craig.geffre@ous.edu) or Michele Justice at the OSU College of Forestry (michele.justice@oregonstate.edu).

Campus Contact

Eastern Oregon University

Janet Camp

Inlow Hall 109E
La Grande, OR 97850


(541) 962-3406

Oregon Institute of Technology

Deanne Pandozzi

Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 885- 1847

Oregon State University*

Craig Geffre

1600 SW Western Blvd. Suite 290

(541) 737-6473

Portland State University

Alyse Collins

International Affairs, East Hall 101
Portland, OR 97207


(503) 725-8256

Southern Oregon University

Mary Gardiner

International Programs
Stevenson Union 321
Ashland, OR 97520


(541) 552-6336

University of Oregon

AGU program not available for UO students

Michelle Hyde-Wright

International Programs
333 Oregon Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 346-1451

Western Oregon University

Alaric Trousdale

Study Abroad &
International Exchanges
APS 501
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8493

* Also serves as the program Coordinator/Assistant.


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