Tokyo Summer Programme 2015

Tokyo Summer Programme | 1-15 August, 2015

Call for Applications for the Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo Summer Program in Japanese Archaeology and Heritage 2015

About the Programme

The Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo, in conjunction with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, invites applications from undergraduate students who are not of Japanese nationality and interested in Japanese archaeology and heritage to take part in a two-week Summer School program in Japan. Participants will spend the whole period with undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo and learn together about Japanese culture and history.

This is the second year that this exciting program will be run. A report on last year’s program is available here.

Dates and contents of the program

The program will run from the 1st to 15th August 2015.

The first week of the program from the 1st to 7th August will be based at the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo in the central part of Tokyo, involving lectures, group work and visits to historical sites and museums. This will be followed by a week in Hokkaido. The Hokkaido portion of the program will include lectures, visits to museums and heritage sites, and archaeological excavation at the Tokoro settlement dating to the Satsumon period (cir. 11th centuries CE) which has been the focus of a long-term research project at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Tokyo.

The program will be led by lecturers at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo.

Fees and conditions

The costs of the stay in Japan including accommodation, meals and internal travels will be covered by the Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo. Successful applicants will be responsible to pay for their own international travel costs to and from Tokyo as well as international travel insurance (to be arranged by themselves). The entire program will be taught in English. No Japanese language or previous experience of Japan is required. Participants will be asked to submit an essay on their experience upon conclusion of the program; this essay will be published online subsequently. The program cannot accommodate dietary requests (although some effort will be made).

Five students will be selected to join this program with five undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo. Those who have been selected are expected to participate in the whole program.

How to apply

Applicants should send a short statement of interest including why they would like to take part in this program and a one-page CV to the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at sptokyo2015@gmail.com
by 15th May.

The selection panel at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures will select the successful applicants, who will be notified in early June.

Queries should be addressed to sptokyo2015@gmail.com.