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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Student Type: Binghamton and SUNY Students Only Class Level: Undergraduates: All Levels
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Program Type: Faculty-Led Flight Arrangements: Group Flight, No Deviations Allowed
Program Advisor: Allison Nyamuame: Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:

Japanese Contemporary Art Animation and Beyond

Rieko OUCH, 2016

I have the future. Rieko OUCHI, 2016

Academic Features
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
More Information


Students will be staying for about 2 weeks in Tokyo, Japan's capital and largest metropolis. Tokyo is comprised of many distinct wards and neighborhoods, from quieter residential areas to bustling areas of shopping and business. Tokyo has also kept aspects of "traditional Japan" with Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples throughout the city. There are so many places to explore in Tokyo, including the anime and video game district of Akihabara, the busiest crosswalk in the world outside Shinjuku station, the ever popular temple and shopping stalls of Asakusa, just to name a few. Students will be staying in the Ikebukuro disctrict, known for its restaurants and shopping. Students will be staying in shared rooms in the Sakura Hotel/Hostel. This hostel has wifi, laundry facilities, English speaking staff, and air conditioning, along with its own restaurant. Classes will then take place at Nihon University on their Ekoda Campus. There will be chances as well, both with the group and during some free time, to explore other parts of the exciting city of Tokyo. 

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The 2018 program is scheduled for July 1-July 16, 2018. An additional mandatory component of the course is online coursework that will take place from June 11- June 29 before departure, and July 17-July 20 upon return. 

Academic Features

Mainstream Japanese animation, Anime, is a popular form of entertainment around the world. Similar yet different in its unique ways is Japanese art animation, a genre of Japanese film well received typically by scholars, film curators, and enthusiasts. Art animation is diverse in style and different from Anime in that the former is mostly created by an individual artist, while the latter usually requires a team of creators working for a film studio. This course will offer students the chance to learn more about this special genre of Japanese animation, and through its analysis, a better understanding of Japanese culture. 

The course is CINE 220 or AAAS 281B and is 4 credits.  It also fulfills the Aesthetics (A) General Education Requirement. Students will be doing pre-departure online assignments, in-country lessons, and reflective online assignments upon return. The class will be taught by Prof. Tomonari Nishikawa from the Cinema Department with co-leader Prof. Rumiko Sode from the Asian and Asian American Studies Department. 

Students will have classes at Nihon University and learn about Japanese art animation, especially the trends of contemporary art animation along with having interactions with local students from Nihon University. Students will have the opportunity to learn about traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, through lectures, discussions, film screenings, workshops, and out-of- classroom activities like museum visits.

2018 Japan Draft Itinerary.pdf gives an good idea of what to expect on a daily basis during the program. 

*Please note that the itinerary is likely to change due to availability of museum exhibits and guest lecturers. The dates and locations may not be followed exactly.

Estimate of Costs

Please download the cost sheet here for details on costs: Faculty JapanArt Sum 18 (1).pdf 
*Costs are subject to change

Financial Aid
The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study. Students at other campuses should talk to the financial aid office at their institution.

Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the:
Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas Scholarship (up to $1,500 for summer programs), and 
Myers Family Scholarship ($1,500) if eligible. Scholarship deadlines are March 1st. 

For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.

Withdrawal Policy
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University 
Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the spring semester. The final deadline to complete the application is March 1, 2017. This program is open to both Binghamton and other SUNY students from any major. Binghamton students will be able to submit their unofficial transcripts, while other SUNY students will need to have their official transcripts sent to Binghamton. Students will also need one recommendation for the application. No Japanese language experience is required!

More Information

For questions about the academic course, please contact Prof. Tomonari Nishikawa,
For questions about the application, please contact the program advisor Allison Nyamuame,


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.