Japan Studies Institute
Incorporating Japanese Studies Into the Undergraduate Curriculum
June 6–19, 2022
San Diego State University
The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) is a multidisciplinary, national faculty development institute focused on helping participants integrate Japanese studies into their undergraduate curricula. While modern Japan serves as the focus for the program, participants are provided with a firm foundation in the
pre-modern history and culture of Japan. The Institute involves two weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, films, and cultural activities related to various aspects of Japanese history, education, business, and culture. Previous programs have included topics as diverse
as wartime and the occupation of Japan, and social relations and the changing role of women in Japan. Institute faculty will include scholars, representatives from the local Japanese community, artists, journalists, and government officials.
Required documents below must be submitted by February
28, 2022. Your application will not be considered if not completed with all items mentioned below. Supporting documents must be sent by email to
The two-week residential program is held on the San Diego State University campus. While attending the program, participants are housed in shared suites (separate bedrooms, common living area) in a dormitory on the university campus. Due to the intensive nature of the
program, families cannot be accommodated and are not permitted to stay in the
Additionally, due to policies in place at San Diego State University, all fellows in residence are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and provide proof of vaccination once they are accepted into the Institute and before arrival to the campus. There is also a mask mandate for all individuals
Classes are held Monday through Friday, from morning until late afternoon. Sundays and evenings are reserved for free time and/or independent study. There are off campus excursions on the first Saturday, and a closing dinner on the final Saturday. The formal program is complemented by several off-campus and evening activities.
Participants in the program are
responsible for ancillary expenses related to travel to and from the program
site, and all other personal and miscellaneous items.
The JSI Fellowships and Institute on “Incorporating Japanese Studies Into the Undergraduate Curriculum” are made possible by a generous endowment from the Nippon Foundation. They are managed by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), an association of more than 300 public institutions of
higher education across the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. San Diego State University provides the academic program and the facilities.