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The Lakeland College Study Abroad Program offers students the opportunity to spend a semester, or year, at its campus in Tokyo, Japan.
Lakeland College Japan offers a fully-accredited curriculum in the liberal arts. Students may transfer credits earned at LCJ to their home campuses. Of particular interest to participants in the Study Abroad program are our courses in Japanese and in Asian Area Studies.
LCJ is an ideal place for students to begin their studies of the Japanese language, or to begin their exploration of Japan and the Far East as a possible area of academic, professional, or personal interest.
Japan is one of the world's most advanced economic countries. An island nation with a population of over 125 million and 146,000 square miles, Japan is a principal trading partner with the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as other areas of the world. Its distinctive, sophisticated culture preserves many centuries of achievement, combining influences from China and Korea with native innovation. Modern Japan is at the cutting edge of developments in technology, fashion, music, and art.
Visitors with a taste for the traditional will find much to enjoy. Thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines preserve the religious art and architecture through which Japanese culture flowered. Medieval castles, 18th Century merchant towns, and world-renowned villas and gardens may all be enjoyed within a day's travel from Tokyo. A lively cycle of local festivals marks the key points in every season, and a striking variety of traditional drama, arts, and crafts may be enjoyed throughout the year.
Visitors more inclined toward the 21st century will not be disappointed. Tokyo, the world's largest metropolis, offers a correspondingly large quantity of modern entertainments. Concerts, dance clubs, movies, restaurants, sporting events, amusement centers, karaoke halls, beaches and ski slopes offer unlimited opportunities to relax and have fun.
LCJ staff are experienced in helping students adjust to their new community. Advisors are available to meet with students individually to provide a wide range of academic and personal support services.
The school also organizes social, cultural, and educational events to promote intercultural awareness and education.