World Campus - Japan Program - Unique Access to Japan

Overall rating: 9.8 based on 8 reviews

Program Description

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 one or more 3 week block programs in different regions across Japan. Participants will have the unique chance to gain cultural and 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 during the programs.
In the summer of 2019, 3 sessions are taking place between mid-June and mid-August:
Session 1: June 13th ~ July 2nd (Omura in Nagasaki prefecture, Kumamoto City, Omuta in Fukuoka prefecture/Arao in Kumamoto prefecture)
Session 2: July 3rd ~ July 22nd (Suita in Osaka prefecture, Uda in Nara prefecture, Isehara in Kanagawa prefecture)
Session 3: July 23rd ~ August 11th (Mito in Ibaraki prefecture, Abiko in Chiba prefecture, Tama in Tokyo prefecture)

Highlights

1. Experience modern Japan through local business people, politicians, and teachers.

2. Learn about Japan in interactive workshops and presentations.

3. Participate in cultural immersion activities, such as studying Japanese traditions.

4. Share your culture and volunteer your talents with ordinary citizens, school children, and the elderly.

5. Spend a few weeks living in local Japanese host families and interacting and learning from them.

What`s Included

• Housing, Meals and Transportation during the session(s) in Japan

• 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

Subjects

Culture, International Relations, Japanese

Program Locations

Suita, Osaka, Japan

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Overall rating 
9.8
Experience
10
Program Administration
9.3
Living Conditions
9.3
Cultural Immersion
10
Social Life
10
Health and Safety
10
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Program Details

Provider:
World Campus International
Location
  • Japan: Suita, Osaka
School Term:
Summer
Languages:
English, Japanese
Participants:
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South african, South aftican, WorldWide
Cost:
JPN Yen247,500 ~ JPN Yen330,000 per a Three Weeks Session
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    For a long time it was a great wish to visit Japan. Then I learned about World Campus Japan and everything became better than expected.

    The program gives only a hint of all the experience. It starts with the staff who organized the whole trip just perfect. And there is a lot of organization. Supported by local people and the families who allowed us to live in their homes.

    I was really lucky with my two families. To me it felt, on both places, as I would be part of the family. They showed us their places, we were invited to their friends, we tasted many dishes and cooked it together. I felt welcome and pampered.

    The program is a brilliant mix of culture, sports, nature, food and communication with people from every age group. We were invited to a tea ceremony, to a Kendo show, into a temple and so much more. We visited schools and a retirement home and a maple plantation. We saw an anime and after that we had the opportunity to talk to the filmmaker. The potluck parties at the end of every part were another of so many highlights. No, the whole trip was a highlight!

    I’m grateful for all the experience I gained. Back at home it took me a while to process all the impressions. I still stay in contact with the families and most of the other people I met there.

    This insight into Japan is really unique. I now nothing comparable that brings you closer to this great country. With all the colorful parts and friendly people. I was overwhelmed and still are, thinking of the time in Uda and Suita.

    Thanks to Hiro and all his helping hands!
    I benefitted so much from this program! It was worth every single Yen!
    Avatar Jacqueline

    World Campus Japan for ever

    Review by: Jacqueline , On: 11 Mar 2018 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    For a long time it was a great wish to visit Japan. Then I learned about World Campus Japan and everything became better than expected.

    The program gives only a hint of all the experience. It starts with the staff who organized the whole trip just perfect. And there is a lot of organization. Supported by local people and the families who allowed us to live in their homes.

    I was really lucky with my two families. To me it felt, on both places, as I would be part of the family. They showed us their places, we were invited to their friends, we tasted many dishes and cooked it together. I felt welcome and pampered.

    The program is a brilliant mix of culture, sports, nature, food and communication with people from every age group. We were invited to a tea ceremony, to a Kendo show, into a temple and so much more. We visited schools and a retirement home and a maple plantation. We saw an anime and after that we had the opportunity to talk to the filmmaker. The potluck parties at the end of every part were another of so many highlights. No, the whole trip was a highlight!

    I’m grateful for all the experience I gained. Back at home it took me a while to process all the impressions. I still stay in contact with the families and most of the other people I met there.

    This insight into Japan is really unique. I now nothing comparable that brings you closer to this great country. With all the colorful parts and friendly people. I was overwhelmed and still are, thinking of the time in Uda and Suita.

    Thanks to Hiro and all his helping hands!
    I benefitted so much from this program! It was worth every single Yen!
    Overall rating 
    10
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    So this year (2017) I joined WCI Japan again, and I can honestly say that I had an even better experience than last time. So many fun and interesting people made the weeks fly by as if it was an instant. Some of my best friends I've made because of world campus. With crazy Czechs, Colombian pranksters and comedic Americans you will do daily activities like the field trips back from school days. Classical Japanese artforms like Kyudo, Taiko and Kendo, visiting schools from elementary all the way up to university, wandering deep into bamboo forests, shrines and temples left, right and center- it is a hands on curriculum for sure. Doesn't that sound great?- I tell you it is.

    If you choose to join, you will enlarge your family- there is no denying it. I still keep in touch with my host families and I do get that warm feeling inside when I think of my time spent with World Campus International Japan. Finally a word of warning though. The culinary explosion of deliciousness on your pallet during your stay, might cause an addiction. For me it is soba, and I can tell you it is hard to find good soba in Sweden. //Daniel Solvold
    Avatar Daniel Solvold

    Second time around

    Review by: Daniel Solvold , On: 17 Oct 2017 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    So this year (2017) I joined WCI Japan again, and I can honestly say that I had an even better experience than last time. So many fun and interesting people made the weeks fly by as if it was an instant. Some of my best friends I've made because of world campus. With crazy Czechs, Colombian pranksters and comedic Americans you will do daily activities like the field trips back from school days. Classical Japanese artforms like Kyudo, Taiko and Kendo, visiting schools from elementary all the way up to university, wandering deep into bamboo forests, shrines and temples left, right and center- it is a hands on curriculum for sure. Doesn't that sound great?- I tell you it is.

    If you choose to join, you will enlarge your family- there is no denying it. I still keep in touch with my host families and I do get that warm feeling inside when I think of my time spent with World Campus International Japan. Finally a word of warning though. The culinary explosion of deliciousness on your pallet during your stay, might cause an addiction. For me it is soba, and I can tell you it is hard to find good soba in Sweden. //Daniel Solvold
    Overall rating 
    10
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    This program is a great way to get a taste of Japan and its culture. When you want to know the Japanese culture is something for you, then this program is a good option to consider. Everything is well planned and makes sure that everyone has an activity that they like and will learn from. For me personally the host families were the best part. They will do their best to make you feel a part of their family. I assure you that the bond you make will remain with you forever. For people who are learning Japanese this program is a good option to help improve their Japanese and confidence. In general this program is a quick way to have fun and get new experiences, but you also get lots of chances do do something for the natives in return.
    Avatar Arthur Bettens

    Amazing introduction to Japan

    Review by: Arthur Bettens , On: 22 Sep 2017 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    This program is a great way to get a taste of Japan and its culture. When you want to know the Japanese culture is something for you, then this program is a good option to consider. Everything is well planned and makes sure that everyone has an activity that they like and will learn from. For me personally the host families were the best part. They will do their best to make you feel a part of their family. I assure you that the bond you make will remain with you forever. For people who are learning Japanese this program is a good option to help improve their Japanese and confidence. In general this program is a quick way to have fun and get new experiences, but you also get lots of chances do do something for the natives in return.
    Overall rating 
    9.7
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    8
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    I came into contact with this program through an alumni of World Campus Japan who had joined the previous year and although she told me incredible stories, it couldn't compare to experiencing it myself for me. There are multiple things that make this program so special for me. The group, the host families and also the activities all contributed to making my participation making a very unique experience and I will tell a little bit about each of them.

    First of all, the host families. Every host family will take you as part of their family for one week and also after that. They are excited to learn about you, your country and customs and also are very willing to share theirs. You become part of their family. Even now I still keep in touch with the families I stayed with.
    Next a little bit about the activities. Not every activity might sound as interesting as some others, but there’s a lot of variation and if you put in a little effort, it will pay back double. For every activity, there are people that made efforts to organize something worthwhile and will be an unique experience and they are incredibly fun and sometimes also very educational. Having activities daily for 3 weeks does sound very tiring, but every week there will be a day you’ll spend with your host family and a free day off where you can decide on your own how to spend it.
    Then a little bit about the group. When I joined the program in the 3rd session, it started out as a group of fellow participants from different countries. Over the course of 3 weeks I learned a lot about them, their respective countries and I now call most of them my friends. During the program you spend a lot of time with these people and naturally you’ll get along better with some, but after I got back home, I missed every one of them.

    One session is 3 weeks with a group of people you barely know at the beginning, and at least 3 different host families, the program is packed full of activities, but it doesn’t get tiresome at all. The people you’ll meet are very nice and usually like-minded people. This program asks you to give a little bit of yourself, but you’ll definitely be rewarded with one of the most unique inside experiences to Japan. And the chance of keeping in contact with AT LEAST one person who lives outside your country are incredibly high.
    Avatar Sabine Boom

    Japan of the Japanese

    Review by: Sabine Boom , On: 05 Mar 2017 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    I came into contact with this program through an alumni of World Campus Japan who had joined the previous year and although she told me incredible stories, it couldn't compare to experiencing it myself for me. There are multiple things that make this program so special for me. The group, the host families and also the activities all contributed to making my participation making a very unique experience and I will tell a little bit about each of them.

    First of all, the host families. Every host family will take you as part of their family for one week and also after that. They are excited to learn about you, your country and customs and also are very willing to share theirs. You become part of their family. Even now I still keep in touch with the families I stayed with.
    Next a little bit about the activities. Not every activity might sound as interesting as some others, but there’s a lot of variation and if you put in a little effort, it will pay back double. For every activity, there are people that made efforts to organize something worthwhile and will be an unique experience and they are incredibly fun and sometimes also very educational. Having activities daily for 3 weeks does sound very tiring, but every week there will be a day you’ll spend with your host family and a free day off where you can decide on your own how to spend it.
    Then a little bit about the group. When I joined the program in the 3rd session, it started out as a group of fellow participants from different countries. Over the course of 3 weeks I learned a lot about them, their respective countries and I now call most of them my friends. During the program you spend a lot of time with these people and naturally you’ll get along better with some, but after I got back home, I missed every one of them.

    One session is 3 weeks with a group of people you barely know at the beginning, and at least 3 different host families, the program is packed full of activities, but it doesn’t get tiresome at all. The people you’ll meet are very nice and usually like-minded people. This program asks you to give a little bit of yourself, but you’ll definitely be rewarded with one of the most unique inside experiences to Japan. And the chance of keeping in contact with AT LEAST one person who lives outside your country are incredibly high.
    Overall rating 
    9.7
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    8
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    Hi,
    This Programm is all about showing people Japan and showing Japanese other people. It's a simple way of experiencing the Japanese and their lifestyle, that being living with them. If you are looking for a Programm in which you will
    - Learn about Japan & the Japanese people
    - Learn about their culture
    - Experience Japanese Festivals
    ( - Go To JAPAN!)
    - Eat many kinds of Foods (The Host-Families try very hard - it's almst all delicious)
    (*cough* Nato *cough*)
    - Get to know many People
    - etc.

    Then you should consider checking out the Webpage for Details.

    If you struggle with Embarrassing situations, Too many new people or are a very untrusting person AND are not ready enough to try to fix those things then you may end up in some unenjoyable situations. However the Staff are there to help and they ensure a safe environment where all things that do not cause physical damage to simply be laughed off. (I ran into a lot of such ... special situations ... i got the nickname Anime Protagonist ... )

    The main things i gained from this Programm are:
    - A great Holiday with a lot of Fun with new Friends around the Globe
    - Places in Japan i can call home
    - Pictures to remember
    - I matured a lot as a person (i used to think americans were fools - after meting some i thought they werent actually all that bad ... then Trump happened so yeah)(point is i learned that "American A" is not the same as "American B")
    - I am confidant i could now survie in Japan on my own - nowhere close enough to "Live" there but i have learnt enough to survive there ... probably

    Conclusion:
    I recommend this to Everyne who A. has some spare money B. has an interest in Japan and C. wants to grow as a person
    I do not recommend it to those who are A. very easily Tired B. extremly shy or C. can't handle making a leap of Faith (cause you travel alone to another country and that can be scary) However if you think that these do apply to you and you want to try this programm anyways try contacting WCI and the Staff will do their best to support you.
    Avatar Michael Griffiths

    Experiencing another way of Life

    Review by: Michael Griffiths , On: 11 Dec 2016 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    Hi,
    This Programm is all about showing people Japan and showing Japanese other people. It's a simple way of experiencing the Japanese and their lifestyle, that being living with them. If you are looking for a Programm in which you will
    - Learn about Japan & the Japanese people
    - Learn about their culture
    - Experience Japanese Festivals
    ( - Go To JAPAN!)
    - Eat many kinds of Foods (The Host-Families try very hard - it's almst all delicious)
    (*cough* Nato *cough*)
    - Get to know many People
    - etc.

    Then you should consider checking out the Webpage for Details.

    If you struggle with Embarrassing situations, Too many new people or are a very untrusting person AND are not ready enough to try to fix those things then you may end up in some unenjoyable situations. However the Staff are there to help and they ensure a safe environment where all things that do not cause physical damage to simply be laughed off. (I ran into a lot of such ... special situations ... i got the nickname Anime Protagonist ... )

    The main things i gained from this Programm are:
    - A great Holiday with a lot of Fun with new Friends around the Globe
    - Places in Japan i can call home
    - Pictures to remember
    - I matured a lot as a person (i used to think americans were fools - after meting some i thought they werent actually all that bad ... then Trump happened so yeah)(point is i learned that "American A" is not the same as "American B")
    - I am confidant i could now survie in Japan on my own - nowhere close enough to "Live" there but i have learnt enough to survive there ... probably

    Conclusion:
    I recommend this to Everyne who A. has some spare money B. has an interest in Japan and C. wants to grow as a person
    I do not recommend it to those who are A. very easily Tired B. extremly shy or C. can't handle making a leap of Faith (cause you travel alone to another country and that can be scary) However if you think that these do apply to you and you want to try this programm anyways try contacting WCI and the Staff will do their best to support you.
    Overall rating 
    10
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    So I had a great time in Japan and it turned out that this program fitted me perfectly. For the last year before participating I've studied Japanese and it was a good way to put it into practice. The program doesn't require any knowledge in the language but if you do, or want to do you will get a lot of opportunities to practise while taking part in great communities. Anything from learning how to cook Japanese omelett to cutting bamboo in the forest. Weather you want to visit every shrine in sight or just want to stay around a camp fire with your host family and their friends, -turning into a dance party, this program is simply put full of opportunities and it is great. It is a great moral boost to be surrounded by 40 school children calling out your name. And the best part, except for all the nice people and delicious food, the only thing that is required from you is that you are decent and have an interest, how great isn't that? :D

    The only downside to this program is that after weeks you will have to leave your family (not your host family but family- period) and friends. Thank ... what ever or whomever you want to thank, for the internet so that you could keep in touch. Loved it!
    Avatar Daniel Solvold

    A Great Experience

    Review by: Daniel Solvold , On: 28 Nov 2016 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    So I had a great time in Japan and it turned out that this program fitted me perfectly. For the last year before participating I've studied Japanese and it was a good way to put it into practice. The program doesn't require any knowledge in the language but if you do, or want to do you will get a lot of opportunities to practise while taking part in great communities. Anything from learning how to cook Japanese omelett to cutting bamboo in the forest. Weather you want to visit every shrine in sight or just want to stay around a camp fire with your host family and their friends, -turning into a dance party, this program is simply put full of opportunities and it is great. It is a great moral boost to be surrounded by 40 school children calling out your name. And the best part, except for all the nice people and delicious food, the only thing that is required from you is that you are decent and have an interest, how great isn't that? :D

    The only downside to this program is that after weeks you will have to leave your family (not your host family but family- period) and friends. Thank ... what ever or whomever you want to thank, for the internet so that you could keep in touch. Loved it!
    Overall rating 
    9.7
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    8
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    What this program offers is a unique experience you can't really get anywhere else: the chance to have a look at Japan and its people from an inside perspective. In every city you visit, you'll become a part of a new family. In fact the host parents often insisted that I call them 'Mother' and 'Father' in Japanese. And when I left, each family always told me that I was welcome to stay in their home any time- several even called me 'Our new son'. Don't worry about the language barrier, because you can always work your way around that, and if all else fails, you can call the staff and have them translate for you.
    You could potentially experience something similar by staying in Japan as an exchange student for an extended period of time, but this program offers you the chance to have this experience in at least 3 different families over the course of 3-9 weeks. Add to that the truly unique experiences on offer, like getting to meet and speak with a survivor of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and you've got something that's really special.
    The relationship you'll build with your fellow participants from all over the world is yet another great aspect. I've personally made friends across several continents and regions of the world as a result of my participation. And the way that the staff and their local partners take care of you is just amazing- they're always ready to help you with anything ranging from translation to planning trips on your personal days. So while it definitely costs quite a bit to join, I'd say it's money well spent- you won't really find another program that lets you do all these things so well!

    Simon, from Denmark
    Avatar Simon Presley

    World Campus- every bit as unique as they claim!

    Review by: Simon Presley , On: 11 Dec 2015 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    What this program offers is a unique experience you can't really get anywhere else: the chance to have a look at Japan and its people from an inside perspective. In every city you visit, you'll become a part of a new family. In fact the host parents often insisted that I call them 'Mother' and 'Father' in Japanese. And when I left, each family always told me that I was welcome to stay in their home any time- several even called me 'Our new son'. Don't worry about the language barrier, because you can always work your way around that, and if all else fails, you can call the staff and have them translate for you.
    You could potentially experience something similar by staying in Japan as an exchange student for an extended period of time, but this program offers you the chance to have this experience in at least 3 different families over the course of 3-9 weeks. Add to that the truly unique experiences on offer, like getting to meet and speak with a survivor of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and you've got something that's really special.
    The relationship you'll build with your fellow participants from all over the world is yet another great aspect. I've personally made friends across several continents and regions of the world as a result of my participation. And the way that the staff and their local partners take care of you is just amazing- they're always ready to help you with anything ranging from translation to planning trips on your personal days. So while it definitely costs quite a bit to join, I'd say it's money well spent- you won't really find another program that lets you do all these things so well!

    Simon, from Denmark
    Overall rating 
    10
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    World Campus Japan is a program unlike I had ever seen before. You will experience things that are really exclusive. Some examples are talking with a politician, visiting the deity building, having fun while informally debating with local Japanese and hanging out with university students!

    Besides this exclusiveness I've also been able to experience the most true-to-reality daily life and culture of the Japanese citizens. Thanks to the full-homestay program I had a great time and even now I'm still in contact with some of my hostfamilies. This home-stay aspect may sound scary. Living in someone else's house with complete different cultures and sometimes even some sort of language barrier? But don't let this hold you back. As I've noticed, I was welcomed with open armes, and the Japanese families I stayed with were very welcoming and easy going. Be nice to them, and they will be nice to you. Even with differences in food, temperature and way of sleeping, I can assure you, you will feel at home very quickly. Oh, and futons really aren't that bad!

    Another great thing about this program is that it hosts people from all over the world, so besides Japanese culture, you will come in contact with many more! I'm proud to say that now I have friends from all over the world :).
    Avatar Fleurtje Meijer

    A whole new world

    Review by: Fleurtje Meijer , On: 09 Dec 2015 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    World Campus Japan is a program unlike I had ever seen before. You will experience things that are really exclusive. Some examples are talking with a politician, visiting the deity building, having fun while informally debating with local Japanese and hanging out with university students!

    Besides this exclusiveness I've also been able to experience the most true-to-reality daily life and culture of the Japanese citizens. Thanks to the full-homestay program I had a great time and even now I'm still in contact with some of my hostfamilies. This home-stay aspect may sound scary. Living in someone else's house with complete different cultures and sometimes even some sort of language barrier? But don't let this hold you back. As I've noticed, I was welcomed with open armes, and the Japanese families I stayed with were very welcoming and easy going. Be nice to them, and they will be nice to you. Even with differences in food, temperature and way of sleeping, I can assure you, you will feel at home very quickly. Oh, and futons really aren't that bad!

    Another great thing about this program is that it hosts people from all over the world, so besides Japanese culture, you will come in contact with many more! I'm proud to say that now I have friends from all over the world :).
    Overall rating 
    9
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    8
    Living Conditions
    6
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10

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