Japan Program/Japanese Language Study Abroad



LSA+ Program, Tokyo, Japan
The Language Study Abroad (LSA+) Program in Japan is an integral part of the Japanese language program as well as both the major and minor in Japanese at Dartmouth. Students generally complete the second year of Japanese language study through this program, usually participating during the summer following their freshman or sophomore years. Enrollment in the program fulfills Dartmouth's mandatory summer term. Prerequisites for the program are: completion of Japanese 3 (or the equivalent) and Japanese 10 (Introduction to Japanese Culture).

  • LSA+ 2002 Photo Album

  • LSA+ 2000 Photo Album

  • LSA+ Program 2001
    Click here to get more information for last year.

    During the course of the summer, students complete three courses in the Japanese language: Japanese 22, Japanese 23, and Japanese 29. Japanese 22-3 are courses designed to take full advantage of the environment in improving the student's verbal skills in Japanese. Projects include a series of interviews with various local people as well as oral presentations. Japanese 29 introduces the student to a variety of written texts, including poetry, essays, newspaper editorials, and short stories. The readings are meant to contextualize the cultural activities and excursions which are part of the program.
      The day-to-day schedule for most of the program runs as follows:

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Sat./ Sun.
    9:00 - 10:00 JPN 22 JPN 22 JPN 22 JPN 22 JPN 22
  • Exploring on one's own

  • Time with homestay family

  • Activity/Field trip
  • 10:00 - 11:20 JPN 22 JPN 22 JPN 22 JPN 22 JPN 22
    11:30 - 12:30 JPN 29 JPN 29 JPN 29 JPN 29
    12:30 - 1:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
    afternoon Free Excursion Free Free Activity

    Activities and Excursions
    One or two afternoons per week are given over to Japanese cultural activities. In the past the groups have done the following:
    • tea ceremony
    • calligraphy lesson
    • introduction to the kimono
    • Japanese drumming (wadaiko)
    • discussion with the KUIS manga (comic) and animation club
    • Japanese archery(kyudo) lesson
    • visit to a Japanese junior high and senior high school
    • flower arranging session
    • BBQ with the Dartmouth Club of Japan
    • discussion with the Keio University English Speaking Society
    • visit to the National Museum of Japanese History
    • introduction to the martial art of aikido
    • Obon (Festival of the Dead) dancing at Tsukudajima
    • visit to the Yasukuni Shrine and museum (WWII artefacts)

    Trips, Long and Short
    The summer program includes three trips out of the Tokyo area. One is a weekend trip to an area of historical interests. In the past, groups have visited either the Izu Peninsula, site of Commodore Perry's landing in 1853, or the city of Nikko, home of the grandiose shrine and mausoleum for Tokugawa Ieyasu, the man who unified the country in the early 17th century and whose family reigned as shoguns for over 250 years. A second weekend trip is to the city of Nihonmatsu, Hanover's sister city. Nihonmatsu was the birth place of Asakawa Kan'ichi, a prominent historian and pacifist, and also the first Japanese to graduate from Dartmouth College (1899). In addition to various activities sponsored by City Hall, the students spend two nights in the home of a local family. The third trip is a week-long excursion to the Kansai area (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka) as well as Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    • Dartmouth students wanting more information on the program are welcome to download the "LSA+ Handbook" from Dartmouth's PUBLIC server. Once there go to the Asian and Middle East Lang. & Lit. Dept. folder, then the Japan Program (DAMELL) file.

    • "Incident at the Hotel Nihonmatsu," a short article by Professor Dorsey (director of the program in 1998) appeared in the newsletter of the Office of Foreign Students. You can also read it here.

    • Back Number
      A photo-journal of the 1998 group is available


    Off-Campus Activities
    Name: Tony Campbell
    TEL: (603) 643-1202
    Email: Tony.Campbell@dartmouth.edu
    Address: 6102 Wentworth Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 03755

    Or contact Prof. Dennis Washburn, Prof. James Dorsey



    Last Modified May 6, 2001, by Yukari.