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Ramapo College - Japan & S. Korea: Exploring the Harmony of Traditional and Modern Societies
Kyoto, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Discipline of Study: Anthropology, Business Administration, Cultural Studies, East Asian Studies, Ethnic Relations, History, International Studies, Management Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 2nd year (Sophomore), 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior) Program Type: Study
Program Description:
Program Description:
Japanese and Korean Cultures and Businesses:
Exploring the Harmony of Traditional and Modern Societies 


Credits: 4
Program Location: Seoul, Korea and Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan
Term: Summer
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Prerequisites: None
All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.

Christina Chung
Christina Chung
Associate Professor of Marketing
Office: ASB108 / +1 (201) 684-7310

Changhee Lee
Changhee Lee
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Office: ASB212 / +1 (201) 684-7349 

IBUS 315: Japanese and Korean Cultures and Businesses: 
Exploring the Harmony of Traditional and Modern Societies

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an understanding of global perspectives by exploring and experiencing Asian countries, and more specifically, Japan and Korea. This course covers a consideration of general histories, cultures, languages, and businesses of Japan and Korea. The course focuses on gaining first-hand experience in Japan and Korea, and understanding how traditional and modern societies harmonize in Japan and Korea (4 credits, no prerequisite). 

Course Goals & Objectives
  • Understand Japanese and Korean histories and cultures.   
  • Understand the similarities and differences in the lifestyles of Japanese and Korean citizens and their values.
  • Understand Japanese and Korean businesses, including consumer behavior, customer service, management, and retail business.
  • Understand how modern and traditional concepts are blended together in Japanese and Korean businesses, cultures, and economies.
  • Strengthen intercultural communication skills.

Students will reside in hotels throughout the program.

Course Assessment

The final grade will be based on the following assignments:

Country Analysis Report (20%)
Based on required materials and individual research, each student will write a 4 page paper for each country (Japan and Korea). It should be included history, culture, lifestyle, business, society, economy, ect. Detailed instruction for country analysis will be posted on Moodle. 

Daily Reflection Memo (20%)
During the trip, students are required to write a daily reflection memo which describes their experience. 

Research Paper (30%)
Two or three students will be in each group. Each team will submit a research paper. There are three steps for developing a research paper. (1): Research and decide a topic of study before the trip, (2): Submit a daily reflection report during the trip, and (3) Write a research paper and PowerPoint presentation after program travel. For each group, a group database and a chat room will be provided using Moodle. Detailed instructions for the trip report will be posted on Moodle.

Post-program Presentation (10%)

Program cost: $5,700 
(non-NJ Residents = $6,850)
Included: international r/t airfare from New York; Flight between Japan and S. Korea; tuition for 4 credits; lodging; some meals; comprehensive international health insurance; books; all excursions and entrance fees.
Not included: U.S. Airport Transfers, some meals, immunization costs and personal expenses

For further information:

The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533

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