Location
  • Japan
    • Tokyo
    • Osaka
    • Fukuoka
    • Nagasaki
Term
Summer
Subject Areas
Asian Studies Communications Cultural Studies East Asian Studies Education Global Studies Hospitality Humanities International Relations Peace Studies Religious Studies Service Learning Tourism +3

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Housing
Host Family
Language
English

Pricing

Starting Price
2600
Price Details
Program Fee Includes:
* Housing
* Meals
* Transportation during the Tour
* Program Staffing
* Regional Learning related expenses such as entrance fees or for guides
* Access to all Planned Community Partner Resources such as Facilities, Speakers, Special Guests, as well as activities with Businesses, Politicians and Organizations
* All Program Content
* All Operational Expenses

What the Program Fee doesn't Include:
* Transportation from your home to the designated meeting place in Japan and then from a designated place at the end of the tour in Japan back to your home.
* International health insurance for the tour time.
* Extra spending money for souvenirs, socializing, shopping, replenishing toiletries, etc.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare
Apr 01, 2023
Dec 04, 2023
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About Program

World Campus International, Inc. offers you an opportunity to take part in short-term, non-traditional study abroad programs in Japan. You can choose to sign up for 3 weeks, 6 weeks or 9 weeks programs. Participants will have the unique chance to gain international experience as well as increase their personal and professional networks, all while enjoying the backdrop of Japanese culture, daily life and business through various activities.

What does having this kind of "unique access to Japan" mean?
1) A great chance to see Japanese cultural sites, eat delicious food and learn about Japanese traditions.
2) An opportunity to experience an authentic Japanese lifestyle by staying with host families.
3) A way to learn about modern Japan through interacting with local politicians, business people and teachers.
4) An opportunity to share your culture and volunteer your talents in activities with ordinary Japanese citizens, school children, disabled people and the elderly.

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 55 reviews
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  • Academics 4.6
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.95
  • Housing 4.95
  • Safety 5
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Kelly
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A unique experience!

The World Campus Japan program offers a unique experience and is naturally more academically challenging than booking your own trip to Japan! Being out of my comfort zone and connecting with citizens in a way I would never have been able to do as a regular tourist are the things I reflect most positively about. During the day it would always be in English and therefore not as interesting to me, but at the end of the day we'd all come home to very friendly hostfamilies, all excited to hear about our days and ready start sharing delicious meals. The staff was always prepared to help and answer questions, both before and during the program.

Pros
  • Hostfamily experience
  • Japanese food
  • Soft skills
Cons
  • We were inside quite often
100 people found this review helpful.
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Suzanne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A great experience

I went on the third and last session to Abiko, Mito and Tama, all right outside of Tokyo, and I had a great experience. First of all, the host families were so open, and loving and made me feel like a part of their family, despite my poor Japanese language skills. The program was packed with cultural activities such as karate with Japan's female national champion, traditional dances and calligraphy. Being a part of a group with many different nationalities, I also learned a lot from the other participants. The program was well-planned and organised, and everything felt very authentic, which was important for me. I am sure that I will go back to visit my host families again when I have the opportunity to do so.

All things considered, I really recommend this program. For me, one session was enough as the program is quite packed, but I do wish I could experience the other sessions too looking at the activities and locations!

Pros
  • Authentic
  • Living with host families
  • Well organised
Cons
  • A bit too packed program
  • The heat during summer
107 people found this review helpful.
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Alva
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Japan 2023 - A trip to remember!

My experience from my trip to Japan 2023 was beyond unique:) I highly believe and think that living and sharing a living space with locals in the different cities played a huge part for me personally. Even if there were a language barrier, which often is the biggest issue for most people I feel like, my host families were still very intrested and put the effort into actually try and keep the conversations going with me, and really trying to get to know me whilst also teaching me about their culture.

Pros
  • Living with local host families.
  • Traveling in a group instead of alone.
  • The food.
Cons
  • Early mornings.
  • Bed situation compared to my own at home.
  • Not so much free time outside from the whole groups booked schedule.
114 people found this review helpful.
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Daniel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

As great as the first!

This year, I had the opportunity to rejoin the WCI program for the second time. Previously, I joined back in 2018 fresh out of high school and went on my own. Despite the setbacks of COVID for many, this program gave me such great experiences just like before! I went in this session only knowing a basic conversational level of Japanese. While we had a mix of members who knew little to no Japanese and some who could almost speak it fluently, we all had a great time. It may seem intimidating to live with a host family if you don't speak Japanese well, but in my case, it made the experience all that much more enjoyable! I was able to stay with the same host family I previously had in 2018 and got to see them after five years. For the other two cities, I had made new lifelong connections to them and hope to visit them again sometime.

If you've ever wanted to go to Japan but are unsure about this program, I cannot recommend it enough! The staff are very kind and supportive, the families are just as nervous as you may be, but everyone has one idea in common: To get to know each other and share our culture. Sure, you can definitely go on your own as a tourist. Thing is, all you will ever visit and find are things designed for tourists to visit and find. If you want to see the real culture of Japan where you get to truly experience everyday life and the hidden gems only the locals know about, then this is without a doubt the best program to join.

Now as a university student, while this trip isn't related to my field, I've gained so many valuable skills and experiences from this trip that any employer would love to have. Before this trip, I couldn't have ever seen myself not only navigating a country with a language I don't speak. Reflecting now, I've been able to create lifelong friend and family connections across language barriers on top of significantly raising my own self confidence and leadership skills.

Pros
  • In-depth experiences
  • Staff makes you feel safe and comfortable
  • Forming lifelong connections to your host familes and other members
120 people found this review helpful.
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Laurent
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Immerse yourself into a different way of life

It's been my life-long dream to go to Japan and get to experience its culture along with meeting the people, and so when I finally got an opportunity to actually visit Japan, I was strongly debating between going on going on a solo trip as a tourist, and joining the 2023 WCI Program. But eventually I decided on participating in the program, as you could've guessed by reading this review, and I couldn't have been happier with my decision.

Instead of only going around and seeing the touristy stuff in Tokyo, this program allowed me to full on experience all the wonders of everyday life in Japan and make life-long friends.
Going in to this, I have already reached a certain level of Japanese, where I was somewhat able to communicate and have a basic conversation, since I had already been learning Japanese for 3 years at the time, and yet it was shocking to realize by just how much more comfortable I've gotten with Japanese over the 3 weeks in Japan! On an unexpected note, my speaking in English has also gotten considerably better (I'm not a native English speaker), as I got to use English every day as well. It is also worth noting, that a lot of the Japanese participants and volunteers are there with the intent to also practice their English skills.
All the Japanese people, as well as fellow WCI participants that I've met were incredibly kind and genuine people, and I was able to make very good friends with them. There is simply something special about an atmosphere filled with kindness, all the while you get to see your friends every day, and possibly even make new friends every day.

Speaking of the people, the memories you make with the three different host families you get to stay with during a session are also unforgettable. It truly felt like I was a part of the family with each of the host families in the cities of Abiko (Chiba), Mito (Ibaraki) and Tama (Tokyo). They were very welcoming, accomodating, curious to learn about my culture and also really fun. And so next to all the cultural experiences organized by the WCI, I also got to spend time with my host family every day, really letting me see what the actual everyday looks like in Japan. Whether my host sister was unbeatable at Taiko no Tatsujin (A drumming game at the game centers in Japan. Definitely give this one a try), or my host mother made the best rice I have ever eaten in my life, or my host father introduced me to the godsend of a snack called karee pan (curry bread), it is all an unforgettable experience. One of my host families even made giant letters that they hung up on the wall, welcoming me, by which I was touched. And yes, I do still keep contact with all of them.

All in all, I strongly recommend this program, regardless whether you speak Japanese at all or not, as I can guarantee you, that you will have the time of your life.

125 people found this review helpful.
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Jonathan Sæthre
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I am going back to Japan

During this program, you will gain many new friends and even groups of people you will call your family. These are people who will be dear to you and who you will desire significantly to see again. These are not only the Japanese families you lived with or even the locals/students you met along the way. These people are also people among the participants. Because of this, I strongly recommend that you plan to stay for 1 - 2 weeks after the program has ended so that you can spend time after the program with the people that you have met. I did not do this myself, but I greatly regret not doing so after seeing all the fun the others who remained in Japan were having. Besides this, I often communicate with many participants, Japanese locals, and the Japanese families I lived with. Even two (2) months after the program ended.

Other than the people you meet, you will experience many different dishes. The food in Japan is fantastic. Even better is the fact that you get to experience home-cooked food.

The activities that were planned out for the program were great as well. I enjoyed everything that we did. We got to experience different musical instruments, arts, weapons, and dances. We even got to try them ourselves. Other activities were visiting middle school and university students, which were great experiences. In both cases, the students had planned different activities for us to do together.

You do not need to know Japanese to attend this program, though it would enhance the experience, of course. I knew some Japanese when I attended this program, but not nearly enough to have a decent conversation. Some other participants knew close to nothing. Still, all of us had a great time. With some families, English works out fine. When English or Japanese is not an option, translation apps work wonders. You can have some really enjoyable and engaging conversations through translation apps. It is by far the best option to use translation apps as opposed to not talking, at least. You can really tell how much the Japanese people value your attempt at communicating with them, no matter the method.

Whenever I tell people about this program, they say they would much rather travel to Japan by themselves the first time, and attend the program at a later time. They believe that they will get the best experience by planning their trip themselves and going at it alone. I had seven (7) weeks as a tourist in Japan before attending the program. Of course, it was great, but I can say for sure that World Campus Japan definitely would be a great first experience. I would recommend anyone who has not been in Japan yet to seek out this program.

This program is perfect for people who want to develop as a person as well. Firstly you have all the activities, for example, dancing. Something I personally am not too fond of. But I chose to try. I was there to experience new things, so of course, I had to try. And it went fine, and I had a great time; it was fun. Was my dancing perfect? No, it was not. Did the other participants dance perfectly? No, they did not. What about the dance instructors? I saw some of them make mistakes, so no. Still, it was a fantastic experience, and everyone had fun. Secondly, the food in Japan might be pretty different from what you are used to. But it really does not hurt to try it. Just make sure to communicate. If you are afraid of offending the people who made the food in case you did not like it, tell them beforehand that you might not like the food. There was only one dish in my case that I had trouble with, and that was Natto. Even so, I kept trying to eat it. My host families knew that I was not too fond of Natto, and they were completely fine with it. Lastly, you will meet a lot of people. Maybe you are not too social or forward, or maybe it is difficult for you to initiate conversations. Maybe you are shy or do not know what to talk about. I strongly urge you to try even if this is the case. People want to get to know you, but they might struggle with the same things as you. What I am getting at is that I really hope that if you attend this program, you push yourself and you try new things. It will only add positively to your and everyone else's experience.

After attending this program, there is no doubt that I will return to Japan. I will attend this program again.

Pros
  • People
  • Food
  • Experiences
128 people found this review helpful.
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hugo
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

More than I imagined

I applied to this program with the goal of meeting and seeing how things functions behind the scenes of a Japanese household. I had been to Japan as a tourist before in several places and met a lot of people so I would say I knew my way around things and how to behave etc as there are a lot of customs to follow. So the goal of participating in this program was to see and experience first hand what I would not be able to as a tourist among the masses. I can definitely say that what I experienced was above and beyond. I got to meet three different families and staying with them was a blast. I got to know the families well by spending a lot of time with them during my stay and I appreciate the time we were given to socialize with our host families and it didn't feel stressed. It made me glad that the families had the same interest in making the exchange beneficial for both parties involved.

I highly recommend knowing some japanese to enhance the experience but your best interest in learning comes a long way. There is going to be some language barrier, I do not speak japanese fluently but I still had an awesome time even though I feel that if I go back I would like to know more japanese.

During the daytime we participated in different activities and got to interact with the local community which enabled us to get a different view of Japan. I can highly recommend anyone to join this program if you're curious to know about the culture in Japan, even if you've been to to Japan before or not it's going to give you a big insight into the daily life of japanese people.

Pros
  • Awesome host families
  • Fun daytime activities
  • Solo day to explore the area and things you've gotten to know about during the trip
128 people found this review helpful.
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Anni
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a lifetime experience

World Campus was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I don't regret. I was a bit nervous coming on the program, although one of the staff members was my fellow university student, but as a more introverted person the full time socialising aspect made me skeptical. But turned out it was not a problem and it really surprised me how much I got from the program even as a more reserved person! All the staff members were kind and helpful and the other participants were all very fun and happy to meet me too. I felt like I could always be myself there.

But the host families were the ones who surprised me the most - I had a great time getting to meet all of them and they were super welcoming and excited to learn about my culture while sharing me their culture at the same time! I'm still in contact with my host families and I hope I can meet them again in the future. I think the host families are definitely the best part about this program as you get to learn things about Japanese culture straight from local people. If you want to practise your Japanese, this is also a great place for that as they have great every-day slang words and phrases they can teach you! Although some host family members didn't speak English (and my Japanese is unfortunaly not very good) we still found a way to communicate by showing each other pictures or just spending time together and eating delicious food.

I think this program is also a good way to get a bit of a study-abroad experience. I have also spent a semester abroad but already these few weeks with World Campus gave me as much if not more as my previous experiences. I think staying with host families was what made the short experience feel so meaningful - I truly could immerse myself in the culture in a way, that I had not experienced before while travelling or studying in another country.

I would definitely go back to World Campus again and I can recommend it to anyone wanting to get new experiences and travel in a less touristy-way. As long as you go there with an open mind and are willing to say yes to things outside of your comfort zone, you are good! :)

Pros
  • Meeting so many new people
  • Fun schedule
  • Learning Japanese
Cons
  • Jetlag
133 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

The answer is no BUT before you actually participate you think it is not possible to go along with or to engage in a conversation with a person/ family which speaks Japanese only. Actually, at WCI you are trained how to fit into all environments whether you know how to speak their language or not.