Norwich, United Kingdom

Japan Orientation

when 27 June 2020 - 11 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks

Due to current developments around the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the difficult decision to postpone summer study programmes at UEA for 2020, and have closed all applications. Details regarding future programmes will be released in due course.

Please email with any queries, and register your interest for future short term study programmes on our website.

Japan plays a significant role in the contemporary world, yet it is still seen by many as an unknown and mysterious culture. You will explore the latest approaches to Japanese studies and focus on stimulating discussions involving leading researchers and experts in the field of Japanese studies.

The course draws upon the Centre’s dedication to producing excellent interdisciplinary research on Japan and provides an introduction to generating a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of Japan. Delivery will focus on stimulating discussion with contributions from a number of programme speakers who are leading researchers in the field of Japanese Studies.

This module is delivered in partnership with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

Field trips are likely to include two day trips to London and Cambridge to visit cultural sites such as the British Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum. There is also likely to be some time spent off campus in Norwich at the Sainsbury’s Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

Course leader

Professor Simon Kaner

Target group

“We are hosting this innovative course to enthuse others with a passion for Japan; past, present and future.”

The course is suited to those who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest approaches to Japanese Studies. No specific prior knowledge is required, except a desire and willingness to learn and engage.

Course aim

By the end of the module students will:

- Be able to be a more intercultural member of society, having gained knowledge about Japan’s social, political and cultural context. 
- Have a greater understanding of Japan’s history and geography. 
- Have an appreciation of Japan’s significance within European society. 
- Have enhanced study skills, in particular the ability to present information and express ideas about materials studies in oral and written formats.

Credits info

This is a non-accredited course.

Fee info

GBP 0: Successful applicants will receive funded places on the programme which includes:

- Airport transfer from London Heathrow to UEA
- Return airport transfer from UEA campus to Heathrow Airport
- Two weeks on-campus private en suite accommodation in a shared flat
- Induction and orientation programme, including welcome brunch, guided tours and a traditional Sunday roast meal
- A range of inclusive social activities
- Finale celebrations with Afternoon Tea
- Assessment and study skills workshops
- Study support drop-in sessions
- Tuition, field trips and tutorials
- Certificate of attendance


The Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) are supporting funded places for applicants from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech-Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Please see full details on our website.