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  • Locations: Chiba, Japan; Kamakura, Japan
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Restrictions: GSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Dates of Program: May 17 to  May 30, 2019 
Credit Units: 3 Credits               
Sponsor of Program: School of Public Health

For the first time, GSU is offering a study abroad program in Japan focused on learning about Zen Buddhism Tradition. The program provides educational, applied, and cultural opportunity in Kamakura, Japan for up to 10 graduate students who are interested in public health, integrative health, research, and practice of traditional forms of mind-body healing. Students will be introduced to a cultural context where Mindfulness originated. Through mentoring and hands-on experiential activities, students will gain invaluable knowledge and skills about the history of mindfulness and the Zen Tradition as part of the culture of health that will augment their academic preparations at GSU. The program builds on Prof. Dube’s research on the impact of stress on health, and practices that originate in Asia/East Asia that can counteract the stress response, build resilience, and promote well-being. 
The program contains coursework on the use of adult learning theories to engage in reflective practice and learning. The eleven-day trip will feature an interactive program designed to explore Zen Buddhism practices and well-being through a focus on the five areas below:
1) Exploration of human creativity as a form of promoting health and well-being;
2) Use of Japanese natural landscape near Kamakura and in the mountains;
3) Methods and techniques of self-cultivation through the Zen tradition developed in Japan, and how this integrates with promoting health;
4) Understand the principles of this tradition that integrate with promoting health; 
5)The study of Okinawa, a BlueZone, known for a population with longevity and low prevalence of disease. 

The students will stay at the International Zen Center in Kamakura, Japan, reserved exclusively for use in this study abroad program. Students will reside in a Zen Monastery, where they will stay and classes will be held. The Temple is large enough to accommodate all students. In addition, students will take tours in Zen gardens. Mornings and afternoons will feature field trips to the temples. Students will have hands-on experiences in various arts, and dialogues with priests, artists, and craftsmen.

Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.

The program is open to graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University, School of Public Health. Students from other graduate programs who have met their respective academic requirements are encouraged and eligible to apply. However, program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $  5000.00,PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees.Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Passport
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
February 1, 2019 $500.00 Deposit with application
March 15, 2019.  $4500.00  Remaining balance 
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt 

Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance:  Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account.  Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship and the International Access Scholarship. Visit the scholarship page on our website or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities & financial aid for study abroad.

Students from all majors and degree programs are encouraged to apply. Non-Georgia State participants must first apply for transient student status through Georgia State. Following application, Georgia State and non-Georgia State students must meet with the program director, Dr. Shanta Dube for a 20-minute interview. Students must also meet with financial aid to ensure necessary funding.
Students interested in applying should click the "Apply Now" button to login with their Campus ID and password and complete all application components. Because the program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of the application.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2019                      .
International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
One week course in Atlanta from May 13 to May 17 focused on:
  • Stress, Trauma, and Health from a biomedical perspective
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program as taught and practiced in the West
May 17 to May 30 in Kamakura, Japan:
  • Zenmonastic experience,based on the monasticrulesat Engakuji and Kenchoji.
  • Observe the lived experience of the Zen tradition 
  • Fieldtripsto Zen Temples
  • Learn about Japanese culture and how Zen Tradition in integrated
  • Hands-on experiences in various Japanese artistic traditions
  • Dialogueswith Zenpriests.  
  • Speakertopics focused on lifestyles of Zen Traditions and how health is viewed in the Zen Tradition. 
  • Engagement in self-study
Program Director: Dr. Shanta R. Dube, PhD, MPH
Office address: 140 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: 678-641-8372
Application Deadline:  February 15, 2019
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised.
Individual interviews will be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.

This program is currently not accepting applications.