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FAA/SAO Course Abroad: Urban Planning, UP 494: Cities of Japan (Winter)
Hiroshima, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Sendai, Japan; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Hotel, Other
Illinois Sponsor:
FAA, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:
The College of Fine & Applied Arts and the Study Abroad Office present
a Fall/Winter Faculty-Led Program:

UP 494-RO: Cities of Japan
Tokyo, Sendai, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe & Hiroshima

On-campus meetings: Second half of Fall 2015 semester, Mondays 5:30-7:30pm, 19 Temple Buell Hall, 1st class is 10/19/15
Program Dates Abroad: January 3 - 16, 2016
Application Deadline: September 15, 2015


Course Description

The purpose of the course is to introduce you to the urban form and structure of Japanese cities and how they meet the needs of residents. The deeper reason is to introduce you to urban systems that are different from our own, despite serving the needs of a similarly modern industrialized society. Using the experience of Japanese cities, you will think in fresh ways about these urban functions and will consider alternative ways to meet them.

You will visit Japan's busiest urban centers in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe; cultural sites in Kyoto; the Hiroshima Peace Memorial; traditional neighborhoods and suburban sites; coastal towns recovering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami; and more.

The course will be of greatest value to urban planning students, but would also be of interest to students from a broad range of other disciplines, such as geography, sociology, architecture, landscape architecture, international studies, and many more. You should have prior courses in urban form or urban systems (physical or social). 

Robert Olshansky
Faculty Leader Bio
Prof. Robert Olshansky teaches land use and environmental planning, with an emphasis on natural hazards. He has published extensively on post-disaster recovery planning, and has learned much from Japan’s experiences over the past two decades. He lived in Japan for two years, during which he walked countless kilometers of urban streets and travelled extensively throughout the country. 

Group Flight: As part of the Program Fee, the Study Abroad Office will organize a group flight for this course, as long as there are more than 10 participants.  The group flight is MANDATORY.  All group flights will be departing from and arriving at Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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Program Academics & Eligibility

This course is worth 3 credits. 

Application Requirements:  Illinois undergraduate and graduate students
Language of Instruction: English

*Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

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Housing & Meals

Housing: Hotels

Meals: Most meals are paid on your own.

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Program Fee

If the Study Abroad Office nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, the Study Abroad Office will bill your Illinois student account a non-refundable $305 advance fee.  This fee will be deducted from the final cost of your program fees; however, please note that this fee is not refundable should you decide to withdraw from the study abroad program.

2015-16 estimated PROGRAM FEE: $4,140 - $4,200 (Dependent on 14-15 committed participants)

*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.

Program Fee Includes: Round-trip international airfare, on-site transportation, housing and some meals, local instruction costs, program excursions, and international insurance

Program Fee Does NOT Include: Some meals (est. $350), some on-site transportation (est. $250), personal expenses (est. $200), passport & visa fees (if applicable)

2015-16 estimated TOTAL including off-budget expenses and Program Fee: $4,940 - $5,000

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Scholarship Opportunities

You should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, click here.  If you are a non-LAS student, be sure to contact your college about any possible scholarship opportunities.

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Contact Information

For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact Prof. Robert Olshansky in Urban Planning, or the Office of Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange (IAGE). The Office of IAGE is located at:

910 S. Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:45pm.  We are closed on holidays and when classes are not in session.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2015-2016 09/15/2015
09/16/2015 01/03/2016 01/16/2016
Winter Break 2016-2017 09/10/2016 09/10/2016 TBA TBA

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