Study Abroad in Japan - Summer 2 2022

Japan 2022 Study Abroad


BCMN 2730 - Multimedia Production (3 credit hours). Open to all majors.

This is an entry-level course focused on creating short, "snackable" video content, ideal for social media platforms. No previous experience is required.


BCMN 4322 - Corporate Video Production (3 credit hours).  Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BCMN 3319 or BCMN 3350, and BCMN 3340.


COMM 4391 - Multimedia Explorations (3 credit hours). Communication Advisor Approval Need.

This course will primarily focus on cultural tourism whereby students will theorize through photography and map-making. In the first week, we will learn how to make maps to document our journey, conduct research on the sites to be visited, and strengthen principles of composition. At the end of the course, you will produce a photo essay (via a photobook).

The overall theme will be "Spaces, Places, Faces, and Cases. 


COMM 5391 - Geosemiotics and Intercultural Communication (must be enrolled as a graduate student)

Graduate students will also be producing photographic essays based on the theme of "Spaces, Places, Faces, and Cases". We will be approaching our study under a Geosemiotics lens, inspired by Ron and Suzy Scollon. Geosemiotics refers to Semiotics of place.

Download Application and Apply

The Department of Communication will be offering undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study abroad in Japan for 4 weeks during the Summer 2 term. Professors LaDonna Aiken ラドンナー•アイケン先生 and Dr. Brian Horton ブライアン•ホートン先生 will be leading the excursion. Applications should be completed no later than February 28, 2022 to be considered for the program.

Tentative Sites and Schedule At A Glance

This schedule we be adjusted as we continue to gain more information about Japan's reopening. Be sure to stay connected to our Microsoft Teams group, where we will post important updates.


Week 1

  • Classes at UTA (skill development and pre-trip research)

Week 2 - Tokyo 

Week 3 - Greater Tokyo and Yokohama Area

Week 4 - Kansai Area (central Japan)

Week 5 - Shikoku and Seto Inland Sea



The information listed below is tentative. Due to the global pandemic, the largest unknowns at this time are airfare and lodging costs.


Tuition, Fees, and Materials

  • Program Fees - $1800. Fee includes housing, events, welcome dinner, and faculty fees.
  • Books and Materials US Undergrad - $0 • US Graduate - $8 - $45
  • UTA Study Abroad Application Fee - $75 


Miscellaneous Required Expenses

  • Passport - $135 ($0 if you already have one)
  • Student Insurance - $76 ($19 per week)


Extra Expenses

  • UTA In-State Tuition and Fees for 3 Credit Hours: $1200 - 1600
  • Airfare to Japan - $1600
  • Food: $800 (estimating $30 per day, but this can be much less)
  • Train transportation: $500


Miscellaneous Optional Expenses

  • International Student Identity Card - $25