UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Open

Life Sciences in Japan

Kusatsu (near Kyoto), Japan

Arrive Date: June 24, 2018    End Date: July 20, 2018

Program Overview

Study biochemistry while living in Japan! We will stay at Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu. Kusatsu is 20 minutes from Kyoto, giving students many opportunities to explore one of the world's most treasured cities (UNESCO World Heritage Site). With ample free time, students can visit Osaka or Tokyo, shop, delve into manga, dine in foodie heaven, or relax in an Onsen town. Class excursions to aquariums, science museums, botanical gardens, or fermentation facilities producing beverages or foods, show how Japan presents science-related topics to the public. Excursions also include visiting some of Kyoto’s most famous and beautiful historic sites such as Fushimi Inari and Ryoanji. Students will broaden their intercultural experience by meeting with Ritsumeikan students who also study life sciences and share similar career goals.

Instructor:  Larry Morand

Taught In:  English

Max Enrollment:  31

Program Coordinator:  Kendall Quisenberry

Info Session Presentation 

SA Japan Info Session PowerPoint

Biological Sciences (BIS) 102. Structure & Function of Biomolecules (3 units)

Biological Sciences (BIS) 198Life Sciences in Japan: Directed Group Study (5 units, P/NP)

Tutors enroll in an alternate course.

Prerequisite Note: Summer Abroad will be enforcing prerequisites for this program. For more information, see Academics.

Program Highlights
  • Live, study, and make friends at Ritsumeikan University.
  • Take in the natural beauty and meet the kind people of Japan.
  • Experience the wonders of Kyoto: historic sites and modern life.
  • Personal travel possibilities to Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, Mt Fuji, Tokyo, or elsewhere.
  • Enjoy the food: ramen, yakitori, okonomiyaki, sushi, & many other delights.
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