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SAU Japan Semester

Open to all majors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher by application

Fall & spring – 13 weeks
  • $1,950 for those with full CCS benefit
  • $3,350 for those with half CCS benefit
  • $4,750 for those with no CCS benefit
Summer – 11 weeks
  • $1,050 for those with the full CCS benefit
  • $2,450 for those with half CCS benefit
  • $3,850 for those with no CCS benefit

To all program costs above, add SAU tuition and $150 study abroad fee

Spend three months — spring, summer or fall — in Japan helping teach English to Japanese pre-school/ kindergarten children as a service project. Gain CCS credit, other credits toward graduation, service learning credits, and up to 50 of the 120 required EDU field participation hours. Enjoy weekend family invitations and excursions in the Tokyo and Chiba area. Visit Nara and beautiful Kyoto, the ancient capitals of Japan. Experience the Japanese tea ceremony. See Diane Kurtz in the CCS office for more information and for an application to the program.

The grace I encountered and the love I experienced in japan are unquantifiable. Try as I may, no words (English or Japanese or otherwise) sufficiently express just how beautiful and marvelous and lovely and beloved Japan and her people are. And never have I seen the Spirit working so powerfully and wonderfully as I did serving at Shion World Kindergarten. With a belly full of sushi and miso, hands filled with origami crafts, an armful of memories of children giving hugs, and a heart overwhelmed with love, I left Japan completely different than when I arrived. Even now, as I reflect on the splendor of Japan, my eyes fill with tears. They are tears of sadness, surely, just as they are tears of gratitude and joy. But they are also tears of excitement, for I know that I will one day return to the land that has so beautifully transformed me.

Joey Dearduff

The Japan summer has been the best experience of my life so far! Being an international business major, the opportunity to spend a significant length of time in another country interacting with the culture on a first-hand basis helped me better understand the differences in business practices from culture to culture. The people I met – the Nishimura family, the children at the kindergarten, the church members and sometimes perfect strangers – have left a significant impact on my heart and changed the way I view the world. I had a phenomenal experience and I would not change it for the world!

Jenna Long

SAU Japan is an experience that I will never forget. I was blessed with the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, visit places I never would have before, and was given chances to grow as a person and as a teacher. The experience taught me that love truly knows no language. I recommend this program for anyone with a heart for people and a passion for children.

Shannon Sramek
Spring Arbor students with hosts in traditional Japanese dress on sunny rural bridge

This experience, like all CCS experiences, is subject to political and safety realities at the time of departure. CCS options can be physically and emotionally intense and stretching. Before enrolling, all participants should consult the disclosures on Physical Hardships of CCS.

Your financial aid package applies to this program. Also, any CCS benefit for which a student is eligible can be applied to the cost of the airfare and direct program costs.

NOTE: Students who are Pell Grant recipients and U.S. citizens may apply for the Gilman Scholarship (up to $5,000). Students who are U.S. citizens, receive need-based financial aid, and are planning a semester in Asia may also apply for up to $3,000 Freeman-ASIA scholarship. Attend a Gilman workshop with the CCS Director to learn how to apply for the scholarship.

To learn your next steps toward participating in this program, attend an SAU Semester Abroad workshop to get an application for important details in your planning.

Passport and immunizations required (both at additional cost).

CCS summer program costs do not include summer school tuition charges. Participants who are full-time students at SAU both fall and spring semesters 2022-2023 are encouraged to consider NOT taking a class for interim (January 2023), as the available January credits may then by applied to the summer school tuition charges of a summer 2023 CCS. Tuition and program costs are separate monies.

CCS program costs do not include: tuition, passport, immunizations, or the $150 study abroad fee. The study abroad fee provides the basic international ID, insurance, travel photos and support services. For semester/summer abroad students without medical insurance, the Premium international ID card is required and costs $75.