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The Kakehashi Project Information

Exciting CEAS Study Abroad Opportunity: The Kakehashi Project

Please Note that the Deadline for this Program has Passed.

Kakehashi - Bridge for Tomorrow and Youth Exchange Project with North America is a new initiative by the Japan Foundation's Center for Global Partnership (CGP) that will provide a fully funded 10-day study tour in Japan for twenty-three undergraduates from selected Kansas universities from June 23 to July 3, 2014. The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas was chosen to organize a Kakehashi Project group led by KU professor of Japanese literature Maggie Childs and KCTA Associate Director Nancy Hope.

The purpose of the program is to encourage greater understanding between the youth of Japan and the United States and to foster long-term and ongoing interest in one another by providing firsthand experiences with each other's culture.  Please click on the links below for details, or attend the info sessions.  Application deadline is Friday, March 21st at 5:00 PM.

Eligibility

To participate in the Kakehashi Project you must:

  1. Be matriculated and enrolled at the University of Kansas, or another institution of higher education in Kansas, and not graduating before December 2014.
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Be a US citizen or a green card holder.  (If a green card holder, appropriate visas and documentation to travel to Japan must be obtained and presented).
  4. Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.
  5. Not have traveled to Japan previously.
  6. Have no history of behavior infractions as identified by campus security.
  7. Show proof of health insurance that provides coverage overseas, including a recent statement of medical health upon request.
  8. Present a valid passport, or as a green card holder, a visa to Japan by May 21, 2014.
  9. Be willing to follow Kakehashi code of conduct while in Japan.
  10. Be able to ride a bicycle.
  11. Attend two orientation sessions to be held at the University of Kansas from 9 AM to noon on April 26 and May 10, 2014.
  12. Be willing to interact with Japanese college students visiting Kansas for one day in fall 2014 (Date TBD).
  13. Conduct one lesson in fall 2014 at a local elementary or secondary school that shares some facet of Japanese history or culture learned through Kakehashi.
  14. The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas may add further requirements as appropriate.

Costs

The Kakehashi Project will cover the following costs for student participants:

  1. Roundtrip air transportation between Japan and a major American international airport.
  2. Surface travel to and from the international airports and accommodations in Japan.
  3. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as per tour itinerary.
  4. All train and bus travel expenses as per tour itinerary.
  5. All entrance fees to special attractions as per tour itinerary.
  6. Orientation session upon arrival in Japan.
  7. Travel insurance subsidy.
  8. Study tours and site visit/study tour.
  9. Possible homestay experience with a Japanese family.
  10. Possible visits to Japanese schools and colleges.
  11. An English speaking escort to accompany the group in Japan.

Participants will be responsible for the following:

  1. Passport application fee (if you do not already have a passport).
  2. Proof of personal health insurance that provides coverage overseas.
  3. Roundtrip transportation to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
  4. Overweight luggage fees (if necessary).
  5. Approximately $25 per day to cover personal expenses (as necessary)
  6. Small administration fee (TBA).

Application Forms

Information Sessions

An opportunity to meet study tour leader(s) personally and learn more about the program has been scheduled for Thursday, February 27th from 4-5 PM in the International Room of the Kansas Student Union and also for March 3rd from noon to 1:00 PM in the Olympian room of the Burge Union. 

If you cannot make one of these information sessions, or for additional information, please contact Nancy Hope at the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas, Bailey Hall, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 201, Lawrence, KS 66045-7574 at nfhope@ku.edu.


Events
Sep 10
Study Abroad Fair
10:30 am
Oct 09
Tea and Talk Lecture: Benjamin Uchiyama
04:00 pm
View events: Upcoming
SWCAS & MCAA Joint Conference, 2014

CEAS will host a joint conference of the Southwest Conference of Asian Studies (SWCAS) &
the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) in Lawrence, KS on October 3-5, 2014

Please click here for registration, or follow this link for more information.

Program Chair: J. Megan Greene, mgreene@ku.edu

New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

New CEAS Study Abroad Program

The University of Kansas recently participated in the Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow, a 10-day study abroad trip to Japan for 23 students from Kansas universities. In the 2014-15 school year CEAS will host a group of students from Japan.

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