The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) partnered with Northwestern University and brought 23 economics and political science students on a free trip to Japan during Northwestern’s spring break. This trip was part of a larger project by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan called “Japan’s Friendship Ties Programs,” which organizes people-people exchanges between Japan and countries around the world. The goal of this trip was to promote a global understanding of Japan’s economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics, and diplomatic relations among Northwestern students with no prior background in Japan.
This special program was only offered in 2017. Students interested in studying abroad in Japan should consult Undergraduate Learning Abroad.
- Students attended lectures on Japanese politics, society, history, and diplomatic relations to gain a deeper understanding of Japan and its current strategies on policies.
- Students visited a variety of educational and cultural sites, including education and research institutions, high-tech and traditional industries, fine arts and traditional crafts exhibitions, cultural heritage sites, and local government offices.
- Students participated in homestays and home-visits with Japanese families.