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  • Locations: Nishinomiya, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English Only
Language Interest: English Academic Focus: Education & Human Development
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Description:


Nishinomiya_garden Nishinomiya, Japan is an ideal location for learning how to teach English as a second language and discovering the wonders of Japanese culture.  Nishinomiya, a city located in the Hyogo Prefecture between the cities of Osaka and Kobe, is a sister city to Spokane, WA. WSU College of Education has had a long and beneficial partnership with the Nishinomiya Board of Education and its schools.  For 27 years, faculty, staff, and students have visited, lived, done research, and lectured in the city of Nishinomiya.  Throughout those years WSU has hosted many educators and administrators at our campuses in Pullman, Spokane, and Vancouver. 

Through this transformative and life-changing experience, prospective students will:
  • Complete 6 credits towards their degree (graduate or undergraduate) and/or area of specialization (ESL/EFL)
  • Learn about Japanese rich culture, history and language
  • Be immersed in Japanese culture
  • Practice teaching English as a second language
  • Learn about the challenges of functioning in a different linguistic and cultural environment
  • Engage with, and understand, Japanese culture and society at fairly sophisticated and complex level

Sponsoring Unit: College of Education

Program Dates: May 12 - June 3, 2018

Program Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Program Specific Eligibility:
    • All majors welcome with instructor approvals
    • Please Note: a minimum number of participants is needed for this program.



Cost Information

2018 Total Program Cost Estimate (including additional estimated student expenses): $3,868 + 6 credits WSU tution

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Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses).  A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.

Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU

Participation Expense* $1,157
WSU Tuition (estimated UGRD tuition until NOV 2017) $2,964
Global Learning Application Fee $125
International Insurance Fee $46
Total Paid to WSU $4,292

 *Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.

Estimated Additional Expenses*

Personal Expenses       $1,000
International Airfare $1,300
Books and Supplies $100
U.S. Passport** $140
Visa** $0
     Total Estimated Additional Expenses $2,540

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.

Billing Schedule:

This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.

Financially Responsible as of: February 1, 2018
Program Fee Date Billed Date Due
 Participation Expense 1st Payment  $500 Feb 20, 2018
Feb 24, 2018
 Application Fee  $125
 International Insurance  $46
 Participation Expense 2nd Payment  $657 March 17, 2018
 WSU Tuition (estimate until NOV 2017)  $2,964 (UGRD)
*Grad students pay GRAD rates* 
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released.  Participants must budget accordingly.





WSU Courses (6 credits):  

Undergraduate students on the program will take:
  • T&L 339  Communicating in Multilingual Classrooms (3 credits)
  •  T&L 401 Practicum in Bilingual/ESL Education (3 credits)
GRAD students on the program will take the following:
  •  T&L 549   Communicating in a Multilingual Society (3 credits)
  •  T&L 501 Practicum in Bilingual/ESL Education (3 credits
Course Pre-requisites:
  • Please check with your academic advisor or course guide for any pre-requisites.
Grades and GPA:

All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.

Non-WSU Courses:
  • Will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided.   Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



Faculty-led Orientations

All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure.  Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
  • Faculty-Led and Financial Planning: This is an online training that is a required application component that provides additional details on the application process, costs of the program, billing, financial aid, and other relevant information. This training is accessible once an application is started.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application.  Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
  • Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.
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Destination Details

Site Descriptions
Located in East Asia, Japan is an island in the Pacific Ocean. Japan is a small but diverse country with a rich history.  It offers everything from exceptional sushi to Buddhist temples, skyscrapers and a thriving pop culture scene. 

Language: Japanese is primarily spoken.
Currency: Japanese Yen (Compare to U.S. Dollars)
City Size: Nishinomiya: As of October 2011, the city was estimated at around 483,598 people (Japanese census sources).
Weather: June starts the rainy season in Japan, and it becomes hot and humid in July.  The average temperature in March is 74-86°F.

Accommodation Information

All accommodations will be in hostels/hotels near the Nishinomiya center. Students will have access to a variety of amenities while at the hotels, but may need to share a bathroom with the program members in a dorm-style setting.

Internet access should be easily accessible in hotels and local internet cafes.

Students will be responsible for the majority of meals on this program- an estimated amount has been added under the "Estimated Expenses." Student should create a budget for personal spending and meals prior to departure. 

This program includes multiple excursions and group meals covered in the Program Expenses Fee. In the past, students have gone to Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Similar excursions are planned for summer 18.

Students will also take part in a non-credit bearing Japanese language course offered by the Board of Education.

Please contact the faculty director for more specific information regarding accommodations.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Japan does not require a visa for stays up to 90 days (as of Sept 2016).
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.



How to Apply

Before the Deadline:
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. Click "Apply Now" to begin an application.  You will be in "Application Phase." Complete the application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (if applicable)
Please Note: Items which say “NOT Required by Deadline” can be submitted after the deadline but are due before you depart to go abroad.
  1. Once all materials have been completed, your application will be moved to either the “pending” or “accepted” phase. 
  • “Accepted” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline.
  • “Pending” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements, and your application is being reviewed before your participation is determined.  After review, if you are accepted your application will move to the “Accepted” phase.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “accepted” phase, you will see a box appear asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the program. 
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After you commit and are in "Committed phase", complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
  4. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  5. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  6. Create your budget
  7. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information

Japan PagodaFaculty Director:
Thomas Lee Salsbury 509-335-8853

Global Learning Department:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.