An introduction to the study of Japan and its place in the world An introduction to the study of Japan and its place in the world

Programme Dates: 27 June - 11 July 2020

Academic Leads: Prof. Simon Kaner

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Accreditation: Non-accredited

Level: Undergraduate

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.

Throughout this undergraduate level programme you will have the opportunity to visit the world-renowned Lisa Sainsbury Library at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

You will gain an enhanced passion for the history of Japan, Japanese culture, and the future of Japan within our global society, and enjoy guest lectures, workshops and field trips to enhance class discussions.

This module is delivered by Centre for Japanese Studies, Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at UEA.

Field trips may include

Day trips to London and Cambridge to visit cultural sites such as the British Museum and the Cambridge University Library. There is also likely to be some time spent off campus in Norwich at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

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.


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.

Hear from our Alumni!

“Japan Orientation program is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge about Japanese studies, Lectures were provided by prominent researchers and those whose work is directly related to Japan, you will hear uniqe information based on their experiences.” Egor from Russia, Japan Orientation 2019

“Apply for this programme because it is a valuable experience and it is not often that these occur. You will not only discover an interesting module to study, but you will also find yourself in a beautiful city with friendly people.” Lisa from Romania, Japan Orientation 2018

"Japan Orientation gave me the possibility of listening to stories – about Japan, its past, present and future, about my friends’ plans and dreams, experiences and concerns." Ewa from Poland, Japan Orientation 2018 - read the full post on our blog!


The Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) is supporting funded places to applicants from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech-Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

These funded places will include full programme tuition, return airport transfers, accommodation, off campus study trips, some catering during social activities and field trips, a two week bus pass and up to £250 reimbursement of travel costs.

The application deadline for Japan Orientation is 31 March 2020

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