• Japan
Subject Areas
Asian Studies Cultural Studies East Asian Studies Environmental Studies Sustainable Development

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters


Starting Price
Price Details
We strongly believe in providing accessible and inclusive learning opportunities. We will consider financial need-based discounts on a case-by-case basis.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airfare Classes Meals Transportation Travel Insurance
What's Included (Extra)

24-hour on-site support

What's Not Included (Extra)

Personal travel expenses (e.g., transportation to/from your home airport, souvenirs, snacks, etc.) and out-of-pocket medical expenses related to participating (e.g., costs associated with COVID-19 vaccination, testing, or quarantine, if required).

Feb 01, 2022
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About Program

Explore the city of Rikuzentakata and learn about the community's journey towards recovery and sustainability after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Participants will discuss the United Nations' Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and collaborate cross-culturally to present their reflections on sustainable community development. This seven-day program invites students from the US, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore to reflect on sustainable development through guest speakers, site visits, and team projects.

Learning Objectives
- Understand social issues in rural Japan through the lens of disaster recovery.
- Develop a global perspective on community implications of disaster recovery.
- Explore SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and consider how its targets may be applied in different contexts to develop more sustainable communities.
- Build connections with peers from the US, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore

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Program Highlights

  • Presentations, discussions, and interactive activities led by VIA and Rikkyo staff
  • Tour of Rikuzentakata City and visits with local enterprises and nonprofits, including Riku Cafe, Marugoto Rikuzentakata, Waiwai Cafe, Yagisawa Shoten Soy Sauce Company
  • Small group discussions and presentations collaborating with peers from the US, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong
  • Connections to an international network of VIA alumni who provide support, inspiration, and opportunities to collaborate

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