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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Osaka, Japan
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Budget Sheets: May Term
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.7 Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel
Area of Study: Asian Studies, Human Rights, International Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Peace & Justice Studies, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Politics Language of Instruction: English
Class Status: 1-First Year, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate Student, 6-Other Program Type: Faculty-Led, InFocus Global Seminar, Study Abroad
Program Description:

Japan: Legacies of WWII

InFocus Global Seminar


Program Overview

In 2016, laying the groundwork for President Obama’s upcoming historic visit to Hiroshima, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "Everyone should visit Hiroshima, and everyone means everyone."  Moravian College is proud to provide an opportunity for students to visit Hiroshima as part of this inaugural InFocus Global Seminar. Stu
dents will visit important historical and cultural sites; learn about diverse Japanese perspectives about peace and war; and dip into fun and fascinating aspects of Japanese cuisine, history, entertainment, art, religion and culture. Led by two Moravian College professors, students will explore firsthand the continuing legacy of World War II, be exposed to the history and urgent contemporary questions regarding nuclear weapons, and meet with various individuals and groups who are involved in creative efforts to build peace cultures in Japan and the world.

Course Content

Travel to:
  • Osaka, to meet peers from Osaka-Ohtani University, Moravian College's sister university; there students will be introduced to Japanese culture, language and cuisine.
  • Hiroshima, to meet with a survivor of the first atomic bombing and visit the Children’s Peace Memorial in the Hiroshima Peace Park, one of the most unique and renowned commemorative sites in the world. Students will also add a contribution of origami to the millions of paper cranes exhibited in hope for world peace, explore the science of atomic weapons, and environmental impacts of atomic bombs, and tour one of 90 US Military Bases located in Japan, and a Zero (Kamikaze plane) hangar. 
  • Nagasaki, to visit the ruins of the Urakami Cathedral and the Atomic Bomb Medical Museum; learn about the history of the global peace movement; hear from scholars at RECNA (Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University); meet and spend time with students from the Youth Peace Delegation; and sample the local specialty of champon noodles.
  • Kyoto, to participate in a PeaceMask workshop where students can create art and dialog in the cultural heart of Japan; see the Flying Cloud and Silver Pavilions among hundreds of amazing historic temples, shrines, and gardens in this historic treasure trove of Imperial Japan; enjoy traditional Japanese foods; and visit the International Manga Museum. 

Program Details

Hiroshima Atomic DomeProgram dates:  May 14-June 1, including 2-weeks of travel in Japan (exact dates TBA). This course will include work online prior to and after the travel part of the program. 

Credit: 1 Unit 

Cost: Approx. $2,950* + airfare and fees  (includes: tuition, in-country transportation, housing, and some meals); Non-Moravian students should add $500 to the cost of the program. 

Scholarships:  Scholarships may be available for eligible students based on need. 

Application Deadline: January 25, 2018 

Japan Program Directors: Kelly Denton-Borhaug and Daniel Jasper

More Information: Contact program directors at or

*For Moravian and LVAIC students

Faculty Directors

Additional Information

Please note: Japan has strict laws concerning medications and medical devices brought into the country. Some over-the-counter medications commonly used in the US are prohibited in Japan (i.e. Tylenol Cold, Nyquil, Sudafed, Advil Cold & Sinus, Vicks Inhaler, and others). Some prescription medications are illegal in Japan, even if they have been prescribed by a doctor in the US (i.e. Adderall). Depending on the medication, students may have to apply for a certificate called a Yakkan Shoumei prior to departing for Japan. 

It is important that students applying to this program read the following links carefully to determine whether any medications they are currently taking are strictly illegal to bring into Japan or if they will require a Yakkan Shoumei.  Please email with any questions. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2018 01/25/2018 02/01/2018 05/14/2018 06/01/2018
NOTE: This program will run between May 14 and June 1. As part of the program, students will travel to Japan for two weeks and continue their course work there (exact dates TBA). Class time before and after the travel to Japan will be held on the Moravian College campus or online.