University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2022: Japan PSYC - micro

Program Dates January 07, 2022 - January 29, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

Program Overview Note: If you do not have a current passport, you should be aware that COVID-19 has delayed passport processing times significantly. The U.S. State Department has announced that it now takes an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) to process a passport.

Given the circumstances, if you want to study abroad in 2022, you need to apply for or renew your passport NOW - even if you’re not 100% sure about your study abroad plans yet. We recommend expediting both the processing time and the shipping time for your passport.

Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 22W study abroad program.

Due to an error this program was open and "closed". Pending approval it will re-open for applications in August. Please check back weekly for updates.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

Study the Psychology of Language while immersed in the foreign language and culture of Japan.

Starting in Tokyo, the busy capital city of Japan, you’ll walk through modern bustling neon neighborhoods, experience the busiest intersection in the world, eat sushi, drink matcha, and slurp noodles. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with native Japanese speakers and observe the various forms of written Japanese (hiragana, katakana, and kanji) – even having the opportunity to try your own hand at Japanese calligraphy. Next, you’ll speed through the countryside in a bullet train, visit the shrines and temples of old Kyoto, walk under bright orange torii, explore tall swaying groves of bamboo, and interact with Japanese macaque monkeys as you compare their communication with features of human language.

The Psychology of Language course will give you a foundation in the study of language as a universal component of the human mind, while at the same time you’ll be gaining first-hand experience with Japanese, a language that differs notably from English in its sounds, words, and structure.

Students will stay in double or triple rooms in three- or four-star hotels or apartments. Included in the program fee are a welcome and a farewell dinner and the cost of transportation on-site (trains and subways). If you have an interest in psychology, languages, and travel, this trip will definitely be your cup of (green) tea.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Japan, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Tokyo. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
PSYC 344-070: Psychology of Language (3 credits)
UNIV 370-215: Study Abroad - Japan PSYC Micro (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,623.00$4,356.00
Estimated Program Fee$2,385.00$2,385.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$4,038.00$6,771.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,200.00$1,200.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Tamara Nicol
Faculty Director
Wolf Hall Rm. 216

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2021

Interest Meetings:

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.