Frequently Asked Questions
What will we do on the trip?
- Depart from Chicago O’Hare airport on Thursday January 4, 2013
- Arrive at Itami Airport in Osaka Friday January 5 (expect daytime high temps in the 50s).
- Stay a youth hostel in Kyoto for 6 nights, while there we visit the World Heritage shrines and temples, see a kimono show, and meet with Japanese students. We will also visit Osaka andsee youth street scene, visit the Human Rights museum, experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, see Takarazuki Revue music-dance show. Our last night will be in a traditional Japanese Inn (ryokan) with the traditional bath (onsen).
- Fly from Osaka to Okinawa
- Stay in a youth hostel Okinawa for 6 nights. The weather in Okinawa in January is similar to that of Florida, sunny about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In Okinawa we will visit the Shuri castle, visit a reconstructed Ryukyu village, and participate in traditional crafts, see the famous Peace monument and other World Cultural Historic sites, and go to the beach among other things. Stay last night in a Japanese business hotel.
- Fly back from Okinawa and return to Chicago on January 17
Costs: Approximately $4,500
- All lodging (14 nights).
- All transportation (RT airfare and public transportation inside Japan)
- Two breakfasts, 2 lunches & 11 dinners (no beverages at meals although tea and tap water is often free).
- All entry tickets to museums, temples, baseball game, etc.
- Includes mandatory trip health insurance fee and UWW travel study fees
You must pay a $300 deposit now, the remainder will appear on your student bill to be paid before we leave. Note: food, lodging & transportation in Japan typically run 20% higher than the US.
- Shipping luggage between hotels in Japan ($30-35 total) THIS IS A NECESSITY, we do it once.
- Some meals (breakfasts & lunches for 12 days, $18 per day est., and 3 dinners $16-$26),
- Beverages at meals and between-meal snacks (cost varies), Example, $1.20 is what a very small can of coke costs from a vending machine in Japan and $3-4 is a small coke at a restaurant.
- Any passport fees if you do not have a passport.
- Storage lockers ($2 per usage, you’ll need to use them 3 or 4 times), coin laundry.
- Getting to/from O’Hare airport, personal items, and souvenirs. Personal items and souvenirs.
- Total will be about $300-$500
How much can I bring?
Packing extremely light is very important. Do not take what you cannot carry long distances (5 busy city blocks with huge crowds of people). Most days we will be staying at hotels with coin washers (small, Japanese-sized ones), so you only need to take enough clothing for 3-4 days.
Is there anything we should be warned about?
Health conditions are equal or better than in the U.S. You should still check with your doctor and bring medications.
Get into shape. The trip is physically rigorous and there will be a great deal of walking. Few Japanese train stations or public places have elevators, expect to go long distances and up many flights of stairs.
Be prepared to use Asian style squat toilets, Western style will not always be available. Some adjustment may be required.
As with all university trips out of the country, serious misbehavior will not be tolerated. Be warned: the offending student may be DEPORTED FROM JAPAN and sent back to the USA immediately, at his/her own expense.
Fill out an application with the Center for Global Education (Hyland 1227) as soon as possible.
Get a passport if you do not have one. IMMEDIATELY! It can take months for it to be processed and you cannot leave the US for Japan without one.
Apply for financial aid & scholarships.
Register for ASIANSTD/PPOLSCI 491 in Spring semester through the Center for Global Education (Hyland Hall)
Practice eating with chop sticks. All provided meals will be Japanese food and Japanese restaurants rarely provide forks -- the only way to eat is with chopsticks.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The cost of a study tour counts as part of your financial aid package (Grants & Loans). There are also scholarships available, but you must apply early.
Students should contact the International Education and Programs Office or the Financial Aid Office for scholarship and grant applications.