Dates: May 10 to June 8, 2019.
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.

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 the Japanese Summer Program are due March 5, 2019. Four students will be selected to participate.

To apply:

  1. Pick up an application form from the International Office (E2025) or request one via email from
  2. Submit the completed application form and application essay to Caitlin Smith, International Projects & Exchange Coordinator, Fanshawe International (E2025) no later than February 18, 2019.
  3. Selected students will be contacted for an interview the following week.
  4. Final selections will be confirmed by February 28, 2019.

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