EDU ODYSSEY SEMESTERS
Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall and Online Sessions Available
Why Choose Edu-Odyssey?
Traveling abroad, experiencing and learning about other cultures is an experience that may shape the course of one's life, one's opportunities, and one's ability to extend their talents into global challenges. Edu-Odyssey ensures small group programs so that can have a tailored experience and plenty of support along the way. Programs are designed to aid students in developing themselves into independent and capable persons while also introducing students to cultures, histories, and ways of life around the world. Unlike many university programs, our courses tie closely into the host locations to allow the students to integrate their surroundings into their new knowledge; our guides combine, academic specialization, practical and creative experiences within each host culture.
Edu Odyssey courses focus on developing the individual while gaining an understanding of academic topics. Integrated into our courses are assignments. We recognize that much of the benefit of a study abroad period come from the personalization of the experience and one'e own connection with the host country, so we help to foster these connections and facilitate creative and analytical thought by student participants surrounding topics in the host country. Student can have multi-cultural experience from around the world, and can help students to globalize their experience and relate it to practices around the world. Our educators have been engged in each of their academic fields not just as instructors but in practice, engaging in business enterprises in the host countries of each study program and others.
As a not-for-profit organization, Edu-Odyssey is always investing in outreach prorams to reach new audiences who otherwise wouldn't have the opporutnity to study abroad. we sponsor outreach programs for students within the United States to learn about other cultures and global issues, and also outreach to let students from other nations better understand and exchange with those in the United States.
HISTORY AND CULTURE TRACK
JAPANESE CULTURE AND HISTORY THROUGH THE ERAS
Have you ever wanted to delve deeper into the foundation of what makes Japanese culture stand out globally as innovative and unique? This course will help you get to the roots of this fascination. As Robert Louis Stevenson said, “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.”. By experiencing Kyoto, Tokyo, Kamakura and Nara, four enthralling cities with polar characteristics, and by pursuing a studied understanding of a nation’s history along with the patterns by which value systems and cultures are developed internationally, the space between the ‘foreign’ and the ‘self’ is bridged.
Students gain a broad overview of traditional and contemporary Japanese society through a study of each era of Japanese history from ancient Japan to the modern Heisei Era. Special attention will be paid to the spread and influence of Buddhism, the artistic and cultural flourishing of the Heian Era, the development of the shogunate and warrior culture, and the political and social changes of the modern eras. Students will develop an approach to historical analysis and philosophical extension by analyzing texts and artifacts pertinent to the evolution of Japan as a nation and gain a better understanding of the process of influence of historical events on contemporary culture.
Students will draw their own conclusions through historical inquiry and clearly articulate their conclusions in discussion and writing. We will examine both universal and local themes in Japanese Culture, including but not limited to war, existentialism, individualism, family roles, enduring traditions and clashing cultures, modern values and mythology. Students will leave this course with an understanding of formative events of historic and modern Japan and an ability to identify thematic struggles in the nation's development such as conflicts between native and foreign influences, value development and preservation of traditional Japanese culture against modernity.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND TRAVEL WRITING WORKSHOP
As Thoreau said, “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” Students pursuing the Creative Track actively attempt self expression in a new environment. You can enter either a beginner or advanced group. Beginner groups will approach Japanese culture by both analyzing existing notable Japanese creative works in various fields (film, fiction, photography, architecture, fashion...) and following our carefully designed curriculum involving creative writing, photography, digital design and creative feedback and response. Advanced students of a particular field (photography, graphic design, creative writing...) may focus on their specific projects in a mentored class setting, receiving regular feedback, direction and group critique to progress.
In Japanese Travel Writing Course, students will engage in artistic and creative project work surrounding travel writing and photography in an advancing curriculum throughout the term of the trip. For the creative writing segment, beginners will be introduced to principles and styles of travel writing with the aim to create professional, publishable pieces while more advanced students will be helped to fine tune their composition and voice throughout portfolio development. We focus on development of an eye for interesting and compelling stories, gathering material for stories, as well as analyzing and learning from successful contemporary travel writers and trends of the modern era. In the photography segment of the course, students learn the elements of composition and how to use them to achieve desired effects. Through surveys of established photographers, Japanese and international, and individual and team projects that take students on adventures in town, we develop as photographers. For the advanced student of photography or aspiring photographer, our instructors are adept at helping you to fine tune and challenge your body of work and creative direction. Use this semester to grow and experiment!
Students emerge from this course with a developed portfolio and new, useful life skills. It is designed to be paired with the History and Culture track, so students are able to attend all classes and participate in all activities
1 Course - $4,550
2 Courses - $4,950
Includes: Shared Housing in Student Accommodation, Excursion fees and Entrance Fees (including to included cities Kyoto, Nara, Kamakura and Tokyo and excursions therein), Transportation for Excursions, Welcome and Farewell Dinners, Round the Clock On-Site Support, Transcript and Tutored Class Support as Requested
*Programs are subject to change as deemed fit due to inclement weather, availability and varying circumstances as Edu-Odyssey adapts to provide the best experience for students.
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