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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Okunoshima, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer Intersession
  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer Intersession
  • Please follow the application instructions in the brochure below.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Messages from Hiroshima: Global Peace Education
University Honors Program
May 14-29, 2018


This course takes an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to peace studies, specifically related to nuclear technologies/politics, WWII histories (the Pacific Theatre), human and environmental health (radiation effects), war literature, intercultural communication, and international relations. Specifically located in Japan, this global peace studies course visits Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki and includes various museum/facility visits; various lectures; A-bomb survivors’ storytelling; numerous readings and discussions; and some tourist attractions. Japanese language proficiency is NOT required to enroll in this course.  


  • Tokyo
  • Hiroshima 
  • Hakata
  • Nagasaki


May 14 - May 29, 2018.


Date Content Lodging
5/14 (Mon) Depart from the U.S. to Japan  
5/15 (Tue) Arrive in Tokyo in PM Asakusa Smile Hotel
5/16 (Wed) Tourism in Tokyo (Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Akihabara, etc.) Asakusa Smile Hotel
5/17 (Thu)
  • Edo-Tokyo Museum (WWII and Tokyo)
  • Tokyo Sightseeing
Asakusa Smile Hotel
5/18 (Fri)
  • Leave for Hiroshima
  • Survivor's Storytelling
  • Hiroshima Sightseeing
Hiroshima Peace Hotel
5/19 (Sat)
  • Okunoshima/Poison Gas Museum
  • Yamato Warship Museum
Hiroshima Peace Hotel
5/20 (Sun)
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Aster Plaza
5/21 (Mon)
  • Radiation Effects Research Foundation
  • Honkawa Elementary School Museum
  • Dr. Bo Jacob's Lecture (Hiroshima City University)
Aster Plaza
5/22 (Tue)
  • Miyajima Tourism
  • Lectures/Discussion (Japanese Culture and Karaoke)
Aster Plaza
5/23 (Wed)
  • Lectures/Discussion
  • Atomic Bomb Literature/Reciting
  • Leave for Nagasaki
Lodging in Nagasaki
5/24 (Thu)
  • Oka Masaharu Museum
  • Nagasaki Peace Memorial Museum
  • Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park
Lodging in Nagasaki
5/25 (Fri)
  • Leave back for Hiroshima
  • Discussion
  • Workshop
Hoshifuru Terrace
5/26 (Sat)
  • Discussion
  • Workshop
Hoshifuru Terrace
5/27 (Sun)    
5/28 (Mon)    
5/29 (Tue)
  • Leave for Narita
  • Leave for the U.S.


UHON 351U, UHON 351M, or EA 370A (3 Credit Hours) OR CMST 490C (3 Credit Hours)
  • Pre-trip meeting attendance
  • Short Papers
  • Check-ins
  • Tour Guide
  • Research project or creative exhibit
  • Pre-trip meeting attendance
  • Short Papers
  • Check-ins
  • Tour Guide
  • Research project or creative exhibit
  • Two one-hour lectures under supervision

Educational Objectives

This course takes a communication approach to peace studies, education, and activism. The fundamental assumptions of a communication approach are that our realities are socially constructed in/by/through communication and that mindful communication can help us agentically construct realities/messages for the future. You are going to use ethnographic field/interviewing and library research to study Hiroshima A-bomb experiences. You interact with A-bomb survivors, peace educators, and local residents. Further, you are to construct "your own" peace message from your stay in Hiroshima regarding wars, nuclear politics, and/or international relations, and produce a creative  text (a speech, story, essay, poem, prose, picture archive, documentary, dance piece, song, etc.) that conveys the message in a lively and engaging manner that highlights your academic interests/majors.

Faculty and Contact Information

Instructor: Satoshi Toyosaki, Ph.D.
Office: Comm. 2209
Phone: (618) 453-4669


Number of Participants

The program is based upon a minimum of ten participants.

Program Charge and Payment Plan

Program Charge - $1,500.00

What is included:
  • Museum visits, tours, day trips, and lectures
  • Survivor testimony, storytelling, and interviewing
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Lodging throughout stay
  • Coordination and supervision of stay
  • SIU Study Abroad insurance
 Other Costs:
  • SIU Tuition
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Japan Rail Pass
  • Most meals

Payment plan:
Installment 1- $150 Non-refundable deposit is due with application
Installment 2- $1,000 due March 1, 2018
*Installment 3- $Balance of Program Charge due April 1, 2018

Installment 1 & 2 must be made by check or money order made payable to SIUC at the Study Abroad Office located in Woody Hall.  At this time you will fill out a “Payment Form” that will let us know if you plan to have the third installment billed to your Bursar bill (see *).

*SIU Students may request the final installment to be placed on their Bursar bill.  It will be billed to the Spring statement dated April 15 or if you wish to defer it to the summer statement May 15 a "Request to Defer Payment" form available in the Study Abroad Office in Woody Hall and will need to be filled out by the Financial Aid Office.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for SIU Carbondale students and requires full-time registration and other conditions.  You should consult with the Financial Aid Office to get an estimate of what you might have available.  Programs that take place after the end of the Fall Semester/commencement are considered as Spring Semester Programs.  Programs that take place after the end of the Spring Semester/commencement are considered Fall Semester Programs.

Study abroad has scholarships that are available for SIU undergraduate students.  You can apply for those here “Salukis Abroad Scholarship”.?


Housing will be arranged by program coordinator prior to the trip. Expect hotels, inns, or hostels. Names of lodging are included in the itinerary above.

Participants will be instructed on how to purchase a Japan Rail Pass.


Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policies apply to all programs with the exceptions noted:
90+ Days before departure - $50 application charge plus any non-refundable charges
60+ Days before departure - $100 plus any non-refundable charges
30+ Days before departure - $$150 plus any non-refundable charges
Up to day of departure - $200 plus any non-refundable charges
After departure – No Refunds


Withdraw Policy

Please contact us immediately if you are unable to participate in a program. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify Study Abroad Programs and the instructor about withdrawals. This must be done in writing--e-mail is acceptable--as well as withdrawing through MyStudyAbroad. You will be considered as a continuing participant until you notify us. If you need to withdraw, it is in your best interests to withdraw as soon as possible and to verify that we have received your written notice.

Application Deadline and Procedure

Applications are due by March 1, although earlier application is advised. We cannot guarantee that spaces will still be available by this time.

There is a $150, non-refundable application charge due upon applying for this program and is included in the total program cost.  The application charge will need to be paid by check or money order at the Study Abroad Office in Woody Hall once you have submitted your application online.

To apply, simply click on the Apply Now button in the top section of the program information. A $150 deposit is due upon application, $50 of which is not refundable. This $150 is included in the program charge.


Please follow the application instructions in the brochure below.

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