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  • Locations: Ishinomaki, Japan; Rikuzentakata, Japan; Sendai, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Program Overview

Japan Crisis Team

The Initiatives for Community and Disaster Resilience (ICDR) is an interdisciplinary institute whose focus is on research, educational outreach and community enlightenment. This initiative, created with the collaboration of the Center for Public Service and the Economics Department, aims to serve as an intellectual hub for students, scholars, and practitioners to work on issues related to emergency management and preparedness and community resilience from natural disasters.

While many academic and policy research centers for emergency management exist in the U.S., they primarily focus on the ‘hard science’ aspect of natural disasters. In contrast, the ICDR is designed to approach natural disaster-related issues from “soft” social science and policy perspectives.

This course focuses on issues related to emergency/disaster management, disaster preparedness, and community redevelopment and resilience. For that purpose, the main part of this course will be a mandatory trip to visit the disaster-stricken areas in the Tohoku (Northeast) region, Japan where the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami happened in March 2011. Through this field experience, participants will 1) gain in-depth knowledge from academic professionals at Kyorin University in a 3-day session, 2) interact with public officials, nonprofits, and community organizations of Kesennuma City and Ishinomaki City, and 3) engage in dialogue with locals to capture the forgotten stories of struggle and hope in the aftermath of the crisis and explore how we can all learn from each other.

Course registration is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as practitioners and community members. Japanese language proficiency is not required, as the program will be delivered in English (an interpreter will be provided at a minimum). In addition, the class will be led by PSU faculty and staff who are fluent in both English and Japanese. 

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019
Urban Center Building (URBN) - 511

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019
Urban Center Building (URBN) - 511

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Faculty Leaders Josh Metzler, Program Coordinator, Center for Public Service 
Hiro Ito,
 Professor of Economics, PSU
Masami Nishishiba, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Associate Director of Center for Public Service, PSU
Travel Dates June 22, 2019 - June 29, 2019
Areas of Study All disciplines welcome
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes, specific dates and times TBD
Course & Credit Students can register for 1 course from the following:
  • ECON 410 (4 credits)
  • PA 410 (4 credits)
  • ECON 510 (4 credits)
  • PA 510 (3 credits)
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Japanese
  • Hotel / Hostel
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75
Graduate 3.0

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Application Requirements
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Interview
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad) - cannot be submitted by one of the program leaders
$3,340.00 $2,400.00 $5,740.00
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast & some lunches and dinners
  • Professional site visits 
  • Transportation to/from site visits
  • 4 undergraduate credits or 3 graduate credits
  • Ed Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health Insurance
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1500)
  • Most lunches and dinners (estimated at $400)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $150)
  • Trains, taxis, and other ground transportation, including round-trip train transfer (estimate $350.00)
  • Passport or visa 
    • US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 02/10/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/22/2019 06/29/2019

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.