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Japan, Sports Sciences & Kinesiology, Summer Faculty-Led Immersion
Tokyo, Japan; Tsukuba, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
2.75 (may be flexible) Language of Instruction: English
Year in School: May apply as freshman; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Academic Pre-requisites: KINS 294 and KINS 308, or equivalent of the two
Coordinator: Shanti Freitas
Program Description:
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Sports Science in Japan

This program is a Faculty-Led Immersion, coordinated by Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator in Academic Affairs. Please direct all questions to or 715-836-6037, and submit all application materials to Schofield 17. It is listed on the Center for International Education website to assist students in exploring all international opportunities.


Drs. Saori Braun and Yoonsin Oh will be leading this international immersion program, sponsored by the UWEC Blugold Commitment, for 12 undergraduate students majoring/minoring in Kinesiology who are interested in intercultural experiences. The first week of the program consists of attending the “Tsukuba Summer Institute for Physical Education and Sport” program ( organized by the University of Tsukuba that brings in a number of international students and professionals from overseas to engage in research collaboration, workshops, and traditional sporting activities. The second week of the trip consists of visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan area including some historical/cultural sites and potentially a training site where elite athletes train in preparation for national and international competitions.

Japan activity

The program will take place in Tsukuba City, Japan, which is approximately 1 hour northeast of the Tokyo metropolitan area.  Workshops and meetings during the “Tsukuba Summer Institute” will take place on the University of Tsukuba campus. During the second week, we will be taking public transportation to visit sites in the downtown Tokyo area.

Students will be staying in one of the dormitory facilities on campus at the University of Tsukuba, which is within walkable distance to the dining area and restaurants surrounding the campus community. Lunch during the first week of the Tsukuba Summer Institute will be included in the program cost. Students will be responsible for all other meals during the rest of the immersion experience. 

The experience in Tsukuba will bring to light varying cultural differences and awareness as undergraduate and graduate students along with faculty join the summer program from different countries, including India, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, and the United States. Attending students will be sharing spaces with local students as well as international students as they engage in sporting and outdoor activities.

  • Schedule a general advising appointment with Faculty-Led Immersion staff by calling 715-836-6037 or emailing Shanti Freitas at

Japan workshop

To learn more about the academics of this program click here: Academics - Japan Summer

Below you will find more information on estimated program costs: Japan Summer15.pdf

*This faculty-led program receives funding from the Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program. The goals of the Blugold Commitment are to extend access and affordability to these exceptional high-impact practices for all UW-Eau Claire undergraduates, to ensure that more of these opportunities are available for these students, and to increase the numbers of students who participate. Therefore, while UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in multiple high-impact immersion programs, each student is eligible to receive BCDT funding for only one FLIIE experience. Any student who has participated in a previous FLIIE experience is not eligible to receive funding through BCDT for a second FLIIE experience.

Visit the website: to find out more about the programs that the Tsukuba Summer Institute offers. There is a video clip uploaded from Summer 2013 that provides a better idea of the activities that take place.

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Japan kendo

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