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  • Locations: Ishinomaki, Japan; Rikuzentakata, Japan; Sendai, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Overview

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 Tohoku University in a 3-day session, 2) interact with public officials, nonprofits, and community organizations of Rikuzentakata 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 (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. 

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Hannah Fischer
Get Started Attend and Ed Abroad 101 Session
Faculty Leader Hiro Ito, Professor of Economics, PSU
Masami Nishishiba, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Associate Director of Center for Public Service, PSU
Travel Dates June 23 - June 30, 2018
Areas of Study All disciplines
Required Pre-Departure Meetings
  • Saturday, April 28 (date tentative) - Room TBD
  • Saturday, May 26 (date confirmed) - Room TBD
Credits 3 or 4 (upper division or graduate credits)
Language of Instruction English
Host Country Language  Japanese
  • Hotel / Hostel
  • Residence Hall
  • Other
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergrad: 2.75
Graduate: 3.00
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Prerequisites N/A
Interview You will be contacted following the deadline to schedule an interview.

Info Sessions

  • Feb 7 @ 5pm (URBN 511)
  • Feb 8 @ 3pm (URBN 511)
  • Feb 15 @ 3pm (URBN 511)

Pre-trip Sessions

  • Saturday, April 28 (date tentative) - Room TBD
  • Saturday, May 26 (date confirmed) - Room TBD

Course & Credit Information

  • PA 410: TOP: Sendai - Learn from Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis - 4 credits
  • ECON 410: TOP: Sendai - Learn from Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis - 4 credits
  • PA 510: TOP: Sendai - Learn from Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis - 3 credits
  • ECON 510: TOP: Sendai - Learn from Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis - 4 credits

Program Costs 

Tuition & Fees Additional Estimated Costs Total Estimated Costs
$3,210 $2,420 $5,630


PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application 

Tuition & Fees Includes:

  • 3 credits (PA 510) or 4 credits (PA 410, ECON 410, ECON 510)
  • Housing
  • Group bus transportation
  • Entrance for course related excursions
  • Education Abroad service fee
  • International Health Insurance

Additional Estimated Costs Include:

  • International round trip airfare
  • Meals
  • Local Transportation
  • Personal spending money
  • Passport/Visa

Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional 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:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.