Dates: May 11 to June 8, 2020 * Approximate dates.
Location: Hitachi, Japan.

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture at Fanshawe’s partner institution, Ibaraki Christian University! Located in beautiful Hitachi city, approximately 2 hours by express train Northwest of Tokyo, Ibaraki Christian University is a small, friendly campus ready to welcome you!

This cultural exchange program is an exploration of Japanese culture and history. Students will participate in a wide range of cultural activities including a traditional tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy lesson, local cuisine cooking class, temple visit, origami, and more! Students also have the opportunity to volunteer with a local kindergarten class and participate in seminars focused on cross-cultural communication and Japanese language. You will spend your time with local students and other international students from across Europe and North America.

This is a cultural exchange program and is not credit based.

Program cost: 10,000 yen. * Approximate cost.

Photo from Japan summer programCost includes:

  • Cultural activities and site visits;
  • Administration and in-country support;
  • Pick up from Narita Airport and transportation to Ibaraki.

Additional costs:

  • Accommodation;
  • Meals;
  • Round trip airfare ;
  • Health insurance;
  • Return transportation from Ibaraki to Tokyo;
  • Personal spending;
  • Visa (if necessary).


Participating students can take advantage of accommodation associated with Ibaraki Christian University or can make their own arrangements if they choose. The following accommodation is recommended:

Single apartment:

Item Fee
Apartment rent 36,000 yen
Deposit (10,000) will be returned if no damage. Other half is for apartment cleaning. 20,000 yen
Utilities 10,000 yen
Total (Approximately $750 CAD before deposit return.) 66,000 yen

Housing insurance:

Item Fee
Co-op fire insurance (12 month coverage, value for 11 months will be refunded at the end) 2,000 yen
Co-op liability insurance (12 month coverage, value for 11 months will be refunded at the end) 2,000 yen
Co-op membership fee (necessary to buy insurance above and will be returned when leaving) 5,000 yen
Total (Approximately $100 CAD, before returns.) 9,000 yen

Accommodation features:

  • Furnished apartment with wi-fi, air conditioning, rice cooker, toaster, bathroom, pots/pans/dishes, bedding;
  • 10-minute walk from school.


Applications for this summer program are due February 28, 2020.

To apply:

  1. Pick up an application form from the International Office (E2025) or request one via email from
  2. Submit a completed application form and application essay to Caitlin Smith, International Projects and Exchange Coordinator, Fanshawe International (E2025) no later than Monday, February 24, 2020, at 1:00 p.m..
  3. Final selections will be confirmed by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

For more information go to the International Office (E2025, London Campus) or contact