pedestrian walking in Osaka Japan after dark illuminated by pink street lights

 Japan Study Abroad

June 7, 2023 – June 14, 2023

This three-credit Entertainment Arts study abroad course explored Tokyo, Japan with an overview of the history and styles of animation, concept, and video game design. As these mediums become more accessible through technology, this trip allows you to discover the role they play in world cultures both as artistic forms of expression and as representations of social and political issues.  

Tokyo holds the key to open any culture-focused curriculum. You’ll get plenty of time in the capital to experience what makes Japanese culture unique before entering timeless Shinto shrines in the parks of Shibuya. Look up at the towering screens in the Ginza District or peer down from a cable car atop Mt. Komagatake—either way, Japan will give your curriculum a distinctly new perspective.

Open to Junior and Senior Undergraduate and all Graduate students- letter of recommendation and personal essay required to apply. 

Developed by the Entertainment Arts department at the College For Creative Studies, this program is led by adjunct faculty member Mel McCann with support from EF College Study Tours.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Koslowski in the International Office at

Registration Deadline

February 2023

Enroll at EF College Study Tours

You will be automatically enrolled in the course after your application is submitted and reviewed. The course charges will appear on your CCS bill for summer tuition.

Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan
Day 2: Tokyo
  • Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Receive your included Tokyo Museum Grutt Pass, which gives you free or discounted admission to museums around Tokyo
  • Enjoy dinner in Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo
  • See the Imperial Plaza and Metropolitan Government Building
  • Take a guided tour of Tokyo
  • With your expert local guide you will see:
    • Harajuku shopping district, the trendy district popular among younger locals
    • Shibuya district, home to the famed Shibuya crosswalk that has upwards of 3,000 people crossing at a time
    • Shinjuku district, a large entertainment and business area
  • Visit the Meiji Shrine and its elaborate wooded Inner Garden
  • Spend a half day exploring Tokyo on your own
Day 4: Tokyo
  • Explore Ueno Park, a space with many museums and shrines, on your own
  • Take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and try matcha tea
  • Visit the Tokyo National Museum, Japan’s largest art museum
Day 5: Tokyo • Mount Fuji • Lake Ashi
  • Take a day trip to Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi
  • Visit the Fujisan World Heritage Center
  • Explore Mount Fuji’s 5th station on your own, a stop atop Mt. Fuji that offers breathtaking views
  • Visit Hakone National Park, known for its hot springs, lakes, historic sites, and close-up views of majestic Mount Fuji
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and soak in views of Mt. Fuji
  • Ride a cable car up Mount Komagatake
Day 6: Tokyo
  • Spend a full day exploring Tokyo on your own
Day 7: Tokyo
  • Take a tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market
  • Attend a sushi-making class
  • Enjoy a sushi lunch
  • Spend a half day exploring Tokyo on your own
  • Enjoy dinner in Tokyo
Day 8: Depart for home

Accommodations will be arranged through EF College Study Tours in conjunction with CCS Entertainment Arts and International Student Services departments. The trip is also designed to offer participants the opportunity to learn from and connect with their peers, therefore we encourage students to room with each other.


$4,864– for 3 credits 

Cost includes payment for three undergraduate or graduate credit hours, as well as accommodations, studio fees, museum fees, some meals, and all transportation and international airfare.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The College for Creative Studies only offers GLOBAL FUNDS scholarships to select students enrolled at the College. This small scholarship helps to offset the price of the overseas plane ticket. Please apply at the International Student Services Office. Scholarships are limited. Guest students, please check with the study abroad office at your educational institutions regarding opportunities that may be available. Check with the CCS Financial Aid office to see what is available to you for additional aid for study abroad.

EF College Study Tours offers merit, financial need, and diversity & equity scholarships. Annually, 24 scholarships are awarded ranging from $500 – $2000 each.

Course Credit

The Japan Study Abroad course is an official academic course of the College For Creative Studies Entertainment Arts Department. CCS is a fully accredited art and design college offering BFA and MFA degrees. Students who successfully complete this course will receive three (3) credit hours. These can be transferred to your home institution to be applied toward your BA, BFA, MA or MFA degree.




Program price includes round-trip airplanes tickets and on-the-ground transportation. Travelers will need a valid passport. 

Passport/VISA or Entry Requirements


A passport is required for all EF College Study programs. We recommend applying for a passport as soon as you enroll on your program, as it can take up to eight weeks to process. U.S. citizens traveling abroad must bring a passport that is valid for at least six months after the program’s return and has at least three blank pages.
Make sure that the first, middle and last name on your EF account matches your passport. They will use this information when purchasing your flights, and airlines may not permit passengers to board if their ticket does not match their passport exactly. Name changes after 95 days prior to departure carry a minimum $200 fee up to the cost of a new ticket.

For some destinations, EF will need to compile a list of travelers’ passport details (including name, passport number, gender, expiration date, birth date and citizenship) in order to make travel arrangements. EF will contact travelers directly to collect this information. For all other groups, EF will contact travelers to confirm their name and birthdate for ticketing purposes. Group Leaders can log in to their account to keep tabs on travelers’ passport information.

For more information, please visit the U.S. government passport website at or call Traveler Support at 877-485-4184.


Katherine Campbell
International Student Services department