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Ramapo College - Japan & S. Korea: Exploring the Harmony of Traditional and Modern Societies
Kyoto, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Summer 2020 03/02/2020 ** 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, Communication Arts, Cultural Studies, East Asian Studies, Economics, Ethnic Relations, Finance, History, International Business, International Studies, Management, Marketing 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, South Korea / Tokyo, Osaka & 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
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 South Korea. This course covers a consideration of general histories, cultures, languages, and businesses of 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 Japanese and Korean businesses, including consumer behavior, customer service, management, and retail business.
  • Understand the similarities and differences in the lifestyles of Japanese and Korean citizens and their values.
  • 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 (30%)
Students should read the required materials prior to the in-country component. Students will participate in online discussions based on their readings through forums provided via Moodle. Through the discussions, students can exchange information and different perspectives to have a critical analysis and understandings of the two countries.

Daily Reflection Memo (30%)
During the program, students are required to write a daily reflection memo which describes their experiences. 

Research Paper (30%)
Depending on each student’s major (or interest), groups will form before the trip and each team will decide main topics for a trip research paper. After the trip, each team will submit a research paper. The report should be developed based on team members’ experiences about Japanese and Korean political, economic and cultural environments, etc. The report must be submitted in a professional manner (APA style). Detailed instruction will be provided on Moodle.

Post-program Presentation (10%)
Students are required to give a presentation to Ramapo College to share their experience. 
Program cost: $5950
(non-NJ Residents = $7,118)
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
Payment Timeline
Commitment &
$500 Deposit (non-refundable)
March 25
Payment #1: $1750 April 8
Payment #2: $1850 April 22
Payment #3: $1850 May 6
Late Fees
A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office. Note: There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.
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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