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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Honolulu, United States; Kameoka, Japan; Nara, Japan; Sapporo, Japan; Tamano City, Japan; Tokyo, Japan; Toyota City, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Sarah Malloy Housing Options: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Language Courses Offered: NO Credit Type: U of A Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: NO Credit Hours Available: 6 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Business (Economics), Business (General), Business (International) Program Duration: 5 weeks
Open to Graduate Students?: NO
Program Description:

WCOB Japan 1


Prospective students should contact Dr. Robert Stapp for summer 2017 before applying online. Background research on the Japanese Economic System will start in the fall semester.
You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.


WCOB Japan 7This program will give students first-hand experience of the Japanese economic system. Students will tour many of Japan’s foremost manufacturing facilities gaining knowledge of the different production and management techniques ranging from JIT (Just-In-Time) to paternalistic corporate cities which have contributed greatly to the country’s progress.  Embossed on the Japanese economic system are its culture and history.  This class will impart the students with a fuller understanding of the significance that they play on the Japanese style of business.  Students will visit companies such as Toyota, Sharp, Hitachi, Daiwa Steel, Wal-Mart Japan, Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding, The Tombo Company, Takata Orimona, Asahi, Shoyeido, Ishiya Chocolate, and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, among others. 

The trip is led by Professor Robert Stapp from the Department of Economics in the Walton College of Business.


Students must:
  • Undergraduates must have completed the WCOB pre-business core by the beginning of the program abroad
  • Undergraduates should have completed at least 24 credit hours* with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application. *Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
  • Display an academic record demonstrating maturity in an interview with the faculty trip leader
  • Commit to attend all group meetings held throughout the fall and spring semester on campus preceding the program travel dates, as part of the preparation for the program


WCOB Japan 3Credit Hours: Six (6) credit hours

Credit Issued By:  University of Arkansas

Courses:  Offered at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels
                  ECON 330V (6 credits; UGRD)

Japan has a very singular economic system. It was the first non-western country to have a successful industrial revolution. Since the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Japan has undergone a remarkable change from a frozen-feudal system closed off from the rest of the world for two and a half centuries to an outgoing export-oriented economy.  The dichotomy between state of the art technology co-habitating with an ancient culture is unique. In 1955, Japan had the seventh largest economy in the world; by 1967 Japan was the second largest. Since the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, the Japanese economy has never grown by double digits again. Since the end of the 1980s, Japan has suffered from a stagnate economy seemingly unable to be jump-started by a multitude of government stimulus programs. 

Textbook and Other Materials
“Japan Its History and Culture” 4th Edition by W. Scott Morton, Published by McGraw-Hill
ISBN 0 – 07 – 0434239  (This will also be one of the books used for the Japanese Econ Class)

Eyewitness Travel JAPAN and Eyewitness Travel JAPANESE PHRASE BOOK
These are coupled in a special deal through for approximately $23.50
(The Eyewitness Travel JAPAN book at Barnes and Noble costs approximately $25 by itself)
Japanese for Busy People Romanized Version + Japanese for Busy People Workbook + Japanese for Busy People Kana Workbook available from for $43.70
Prior to your departure to Japan, you need to acquire a very basic understanding of survival Japanese. NHK has a website that offers a spoken Japanese lesson each day. Look under the Japanese lessons. These may be challenging, but give them a shot! 
You should consult the plethora of websites and tour guidebooks about the various parts of Japan you will be visiting. Start to plan what you will do with your free time that you have in the various parts of the country.

Grade Determination
Term Paper, Diary and Personal Accounts                            70%
Participation, Conviviality and Helpfulness                            20%
Hiragana and Katakana Quizzes prior to going                     10%


Students will stay in hotels, usually two people to a room, during their stay in Japan. 


WCOB Japan 2In addition to visits to multinational companies, such as the businesses listed above, cultural activities in past years have included rice planting, pottery, a Hanshin Tigers baseball game, martial arts, and a visit to Hibi Elementary School.  Students also will have three nights of home stay with a Japanese family.  Students visit sites such as the Golden Pavilion, the Peace Park in Hiroshima, Todaij (the largest all-wood structure in the world housing the largest Buddha statue in Japan), Shinto Shrines, Himeji Castle, Matsuri Festivals, and Hiezan Temple.



Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.

In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program.  If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 

U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.


For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.

 For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leader:

Robert Stapp 
Department of Economics
WCOB 424


WCOB Japan 4
"This program left me with a greater and more whole understanding of Japan and the world. I was able to learn and explore new things every day."

"I wanted to receive college credit while gaining an international experience. I probably would have never gone to Japan on my own, and the faculty led program was a great way to learn about a completely different part of the world. Employers like to see international experience, and I feel that my participation early in my college career will make my my application more competitive in the future job and internship market."

Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad! 
WCOB Japan_info sheet.pdf


Andrea Kathol, summer 2015


This program is currently not accepting applications.