Course Details

Program dates


Travel dates


Course credits

EAST 430, INTL 205/305

Total credits: 10


INTL 205/305 none; EAST 430 instructor’s permission

Massimiliano Tomasi

Professor of Japanese
Miller Hall 222C

Program Highlights

During the first three weeks of the program, and following a placement test, students take 6 credits of Japanese language taught by KCP International faculty. During the remaining two weeks students take a 4 credit 400 level course titled Topics in Contemporary Japanese Society taught by WWU faculty Massimiliano Tomasi.


Students at a table at KCP in Tokyo Japan

Expectations of Participants

INTL 205/305 is an intensive Japanese language course. Students spend most of the day in the classroom. Distance from school to nearest train station is less then 10 minutes on foot. Distance from train station to dorm may vary considerably. Excursions include visits to museums and cultural sites and may require walking for a few hours in very warm and humid weather. The months of June and July in Japan are hot and humid. With or without reasonable accommodations, students must be able to walk for hours at a time in warm and humid weather, climb stairs, and stand for prolonged periods.

Refrigeration should be accessible at any time.

Students must work with the WWU Disability Access Center, Wilson Library 170, (360) 650-3083, For service eligibility, a complete diagnostic description from a qualified professional is required. Specific accommodations or services are determined on an individual basis and are modified to meet the unique needs of the student and their academic experience. Accommodation policies and procedures are highly individualized and centered on self-advocacy, realistic self-appraisal, and student growth. Each quarter, students need to activate their approved accommodations for each class. Students choose which of their approved accommodations they want to activate for each class.

We strongly recommend that all students traveling on this Global Learning Program are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to maximize the safety of the student cohort. Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to departure, or provide a proof of an official COVID-19 vaccination waiver granted by WWU.

Participants are expected to abide by all attendance policies of the program, including those for classes and excursions, and to adhere to the program schedule. Since the programs are academic in nature, parents, friends, partners, and families are not permitted on any part of the Global Learning Program. Personal travel must be outside of the course dates and not conflict with coursework or excursion schedules. Travel plans should be vetted by faculty beforehand to ensure personal plans do not interfere with meeting the learning objectives of the course.